The last time I made croissants I was 17! My Mom loved them but they didn't taste like croissants should (not like the ones in Quebec City for sure which to this day are the best I've ever had). I'm happy with how this batch turned out, although there still is room for improvement!
I had been planning to make almond croissants but Gourmet Warehouse was out of almond paste yesterday so I went with pistachio! They are delicious - not sure the almond could have been any better.
With the scrap dough, I made pistachio rolls. I used the pistachio butter for the filling and then added a little more pistachio butter on top for the chopped pistachios to stick to.
This cake is three tiers of sour cream chocolate cake with peanut butter Italian meringue buttercream and crunchy roasted peanut praline. I wasn't sure about peanut butter buttercream when it was first mentioned but it is DELICIOUS and I will definitely be making it again!
The cake tiers are covered with green peanut butter flavored fondant with an ombre effect.
A fondant 'wood' sign is the perfect way to write happy birthday on an outdoor themed cake!
I love the little fish popping his head out of the water. I had initially wanted to have a wood boat with a fishing rod in the pond at the bottom of the waterfall but there just wasn't room so a fish pays tribute to the fishing hobby.
Making people from fondant has always been a challenge for me but I tried as best I could to make it look like Doug.
Happy 50th and I hope it is a great party!
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