When I accepted my latest job, I'll admit I was a little reluctant. I knew I'd be away for the entire Summer, and in the humid heat of Tennessee. But it wasn't only the thought of frizzy hair that made me second guess myself, it was the thought of leaving town for the 4th of July.
It's not really the holiday that I'd be missing, but mostly the thought of leaving my kitchen during one of the biggest food celebrations of the year. Most of the time when I travel for work I stay in hotel rooms with little kitchenettes, nothing really equipped for the sort of baking I like to do in my spare time. But I lucked out on this gig, and I'm fortunate enough to be staying in a fully furnished apartment, with a tricked out kitchen.
The biggest challenge of baking while away from home was not having my stand mixer, because I've been very spoiled and have always had one at my disposal. While I was searching through the baking section of Publix I found a little hand crank mixer, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it works very well. It's small enough to fit into my luggage so I'll be bringing this with me every time I travel from now on. I also had to improvise and use a glass to roll out the dough, like a damn pioneer. I feel very accomplished after baking without all my fancy tools!
So, knowing that the 4th was coming up, I planned to make a dessert that not only reminded me of home, but that I could share with my coworkers. Cue the dessert pizza. It's not a pizza at all, it's just shaped like one. A giant sugar cookie topped with cream cheese frosting and fresh fruit. When I was little we used to make this all the time in the summer, and we'd always buy a star fruit to put right in the center. And then, like clockwork, we'd bite into the star fruit and wonder how we managed to forget how sour and awful it was.Read More