You guys thought I forgot all about Operation Kitchen Stuff, huh? Operation Ice Cream ended in September and I'm not really sure how to account for the last five months except a big trip, the holidays, and a serious lack of energy. Now that things have settled back down, I'm ready to get back into the game with Operation Use My Kitchen Stuff. I've finally finished with Operation Bundt Pan and as you can see below it was a pretty tasty challenge. I only managed two savory dishes but I'm still calling the challenge a success.
- Even if you have a "non-stick" bundt pan it's still really helpful to grease the pan before making a cake.
- Pouring icing from a measuring cup makes decorating a bundt cake a breeze. My dear friend recently showed me that you can melt regular frosting in the microwave in low heat and easily pour it over the bundt for simple fancying up.
- Bundt cakes typically have a space on the bottom from the rounding. If you don't cut the bottom of the bundt to level it (which I am way too lazy to do), you can just fill that space with cut fruit--see last picture.
That's pretty much it. Ha! Otherwise using the bundt pan couldn't have been easier, and the presentation beats the heck out of a regular cake from a cake pan unless you take the time to decorate and ice the cake.
Pumpkin Spice Bundt with Buttermilk Icing
I learned from the recipe that it's best to add the powdered sugar icing after the cake has cooled so that it doesn't just melt into the cake. But still--delicious, delicious, delicious.
Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips
I wanted to see if I could make my regular banana bread recipe in the bundt pan. I doubled the recipe but I wasn't quite sure how long to cook it for so I ended up overcooking it a bit. Still tasty but I'll stick to the loaf pan unless I plan on having brunch for a crowd. For the powdered sugar, pour into a sieve and lightly tap over the cake to dust.
Whole Chicken in a Bundt Pan
Winner winner Chicken Dinner. I will never roast a whole chicken another way again--seriously. I covered the whole of the bundt with foil and clean up was a breeze. Next time I'll add veggies to the bottom and I did add less butter than the recipe calls for. Once more...seriously the best way to roast a chicken in your oven.
Twinkie Bundt Cake
From Pure Vanilla Cookbook
It was a lot of work to dig those tunnels to pipe in the cream, but I love the idea of a filled bundt cake. And so did everyone else who tasted it.
Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
from Foodie Bride
Really good and it really didn't take too long to form the little pepperoni balls. Elle liked to help, but mostly to pop the cheese into her mouth. It's the savory take on Monkey Bread (though I've heard that you can make regular garlic bread pull-aparts in bundt, too).
Lemon Bundt Cake
from America's Test Kitchen
(I can't find the original website I used for recipe)
ZOMG. And the icing? ZOMG. My brother is still asking me when I'm going to make this one again.
Regular Boxed Cake
from my pantry (Duncan Hines)
I had never tried making regular boxed cake in a bundt before and wanted to see how it would turn out. Lovely. Why bother making a cake in a pan and then have to go through the headache of frosting it?
Where Do I Go From Here?
What's next? Trifle Dish!!! Have any recipes you love to make in the trifle? I'd love to hear about them! I'm also on the hunt for creative uses for trifle dishes and I'm also looking for some non-dessert recipes to test out. Hopefully not another five months before I share with you...
What is your favorite thing to make in a bundt pan?
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