Cookie Class at Create A Cook with ZANDA PANDA Molds

ZANDA PANDA Cookie Clas at Create a Cook

ZANDA PANDA Cookie Class at Create a Cook

I had a great time teaching a cookie making class at Create a Cook in Newton, MA.

It was on Earth Day, so I thought everyone would enjoy making butterfly cookies.  They loved using the butterfly molds, but I think the stoneware cookie molds were definitely their favorites.

Along with the butterflies, they made cats, bats, robots, unicorns, dragons, witches, knights, shields and castles..
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ZANDA PANDA Cookie Class at Create a Cook

ZANDA PANDA Cookie Class at Create a Cook

A creative and delicious way to spend  a rainy Earth Day!

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Photography by NIKO

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Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Mexican Butterfly Pizza

CINCO de MAYO

Mexican Butterfly Pizza with a Sculptured Cheese Top*

Mexican Pizza with Sculptured Butterfly Cheese Top

Mexican Pizza with Sculptured Butterfly Cheese Top

Here’s an idea for an easy dish to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  This is a fast, fun recipe that’s great to make with kids.

Mexican Pizza IngredientsMexican Pizza Ingredients

One Mexican pizza will make an entree for two, a side for eight, or appetizers for twelve to fifteen.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb  shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb  ground beef
  • 16 oz jar of salsa
  • Packet of taco seasoning mix (optional)
  • 4 tortillas
  • ZANDA PANDA’s Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold

The seasoning packet is optional.  I only used about a tablespoon of it, sprinkled on the beef when cooking.  Next time, I think that  I’ll just mix the beef and salsa together .

Constructing the pizza

Tortillas, Ground Beef, Salsa and Cheese

1.  I used whole wheat tortillas, you can also use corn or white flour tortillas.  Place four overlapping tortillas on the serving plate.

2.  Place the seasoned, cooked beef on the four overlapping tortillas.

3.  Add salsa on top of the ground meat.  You can also add a layer of cream cheese, guacamole, or salsa verde.

4.  Press the shredded cheese into the Kaleidoscope Butterfly mold.  This is great for kids to help with, as this job has ‘squish appeal’.  Place the cheese-filled mold into a 350°F  (177 °C) oven for a few minutes, watching carefully, as it melts fairly quickly.  Remove from oven  and allow to cool a bit and solidify. Caution: mold and cheese will be very hot .

Top off with the Butterfly cheese top.  It will still hold it’s shape if you re-warm it.
Tip: Dab with a paper towel to remove excess oil from the melted cheese before placing it on the pizza.


Slice of Mexican Butterfly Pizza
Slice of Mexican Butterfly Pizza

So there you have it.  Cute, fast and fun.

*What do butterflies have to do with Cinco de Mayo, you ask?  Why we’re also celebrating the return of the monarch butterflies from Mexico!  Yes, I know that this stylized swallowtail isn’t quite a mariposa monarca (it’s Mexican name), but this is a pretty ‘cheesy’ way to celebrate after all…


HAPPY CINCO de MAYO!


 

 

New Technique! Marbled Cameo for the Kaleidoscope Butterfly Cake Topper

I’m so proud of myself!

I’ve just thought up a ridiculously quick and simple way to make absolutely gorgeous cake toppers using two colors of chocolate.

Two-Tone 'Cameo' Kaleidoscope Butterfly Cake Topper

So all I did was take melted Ghirardelli molding chocolate, put it on the surface of a Kaleidoscope Butterfly Mold, pull a flexible silicone spatula across it, let it cool, then add white chocolate on top of it!  That’s IT!!!

Ghirardelli Dark Dipping Chocolate

Ghirardelli White Dipping Chocolate

I wasn’t even very careful about it, and where I ‘missed’, it created a very pretty marbled effect!

If it started to solidify,  I’d just pop it into the microwave for a few seconds.

I am going to have so much fun with this technique!

I can’t wait to try to using tinted white chocolate in pink and red for Valentine’s Day – A Kaleidoscope Heart, No-Bake Backwards Cake with all the elements in a contrasting color, not just the hearts!

You could probably get a very pretty ‘stained glass’ look rather easily by using several colors.

You can also use regular chocolate, but be sure to temper it, so that it will solidify properly without graininess:

Quick-Tempered Chocolate

Finely chop chocolate or use chocolate chips. Melt two thirds of the chocolate in the microwave for thiry second intervals, stirring in between with a silicone spatula (don’t use wood, it can introduce moisture and cause your chocolate to ‘seize’).  Keep the temperature below 120F.   When chocolate has melted, add the remaining one third in three batches, stirring until smooth after each addition.

Using a pastry brush, paint the melted chocolate into your mold.  Be sure to brush into the crevices, brushing out any trapped air bubbles.

Polymer Clay Jewelry

Heart and Butterfly Polymer Clay Pins made with Zanda Panda Kaleidoscope Collection Molds

Craft Demo: Polymer Clay Jewelry. Heart and Butterfly Polymer Clay Pins made with Zanda Panda Specialty Bakeware's Kaleidoscope Collection Molds

POLYMER CLAY JEWELRY DEMO

There’s a new demo up on making Polymer Clay Jewelry.  The demo is on making butterfly and heart-shaped pins from Zanda Panda’s  Kaleidoscope Collection molds.  The same method used in the demo to create polymer clay pins can be used for pendants and appliqués for trinket boxes, hair ornaments, refrigerator magnets, handmade soap , cast paper and other crafts.

Actually, to make cookies or chocolate, confectionary coating or edible clay appliqués to embellish cakes, cupcakes, etc., you pretty much use the same method, just the material differs.  Everything’s easy with Zanda Panda 🙂


Zanda Panda Kaleidoscope Cookies!

Kaleidoscope Cookies!

Kaleidoscope Cookies!

Kaleidoscope Cookies!

Check out our new demo on Kaleidoscope Cookies.  It shows how to make two-toned Heart and Butterfly cookies, which you can also use to make ice cream sandwiches.  Also mini sandwich cookies that are very cute!  There will be a link to an informal video on how to make them soon, but for now, check it out in stills.


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