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Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #27

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Hi, @Tracy Merlau! Nice challenge entry. Just a couple of things:

1) For the future: All challenge entries MUST go into the Practice Bakes Perfect clip set in order to be entered in the challenge. If the photo is not in the clip set, our judges will not evaluate it. You did not put this image in that clip set, but, fortunately, I happened to spot it on the site and added it to the clip set. I can't guarantee that I can do this in the future, as I do not check every photo on the site, so please remember this one for next time. 

2) Also, to qualify for this challenge, we asked that you talk in a comment under your entry about the methods you used to perfect your circles and any lessons learned through this challenge. Please add these remarks at your earliest convenience. (See challenge rule #4: "4. Your main photo for your entry must be taken from directly overhead, like my Simple Silly Snowman Platter example above. Additional pictures of your set that are taken at different angles may be included as attachments in the comments to your entry. In the comments to your entry, please also describe the technique(s) you used for getting your circles as perfect as you did in your photo , or any challenges you encountered. We always love to hear about lessons learned and new techniques!")

Thanks.

Thanks for the correction, I forgot that there was a special tag for that category.  I’m not sure I understand the comment regarding taking the picture from overhead, as this is the way they were photographed.  Is there something different I should have done?

To help achieve the “perfect” circle (which some of these missed the mark!) I used a smaller cutter to create an indention in my cut cookies before baking.  WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

What I learned from this is that I did it wrong!  I didn’t consider the cookies spreading when baked hahaha, again, showing my newbie status. 

Tracy Merlau posted:

Thanks for the correction, I forgot that there was a special tag for that category.  I’m not sure I understand the comment regarding taking the picture from overhead, as this is the way they were photographed.  Is there something different I should have done?

To help achieve the “perfect” circle (which some of these missed the mark!) I used a smaller cutter to create an indention in my cut cookies before baking.  WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

What I learned from this is that I did it wrong!  I didn’t consider the cookies spreading when baked hahaha, again, showing my newbie status. 

Thanks! The orientation of the photo is fine; i just copied all of Rule #4 here (verbatim from the original challenge blog post) so you could see the original statement at the end of it about what to comment on.

These are a great way to get some serious circles practice in!  I enjoyed your comment about making a circular indentation in the cookie prior to cooking and discovering that this made your cookie spread!  Next time, you might try gently pressing a cookie cutter into the cookie after it is baked, but when it is still warm. This will leave a light circular impression that you can follow when you pipe your circular outline.

Vartouhi posted:

how do you get the lines all perfect and how do you get the orange texture/

I am just getting into cookies any help is appreciated.

 

Thanks for reaching out, I too am an amateur! I don’t have a lot of tools so I used one large round to cut the cookies and once baked and iced I used the next smaller size cutter to draw a semi circle on each side and a just a straight edge to draw a line down the middle with an edible marker, easy! 

I was playing with gold and orange edible  sprays after poking (dozens!) of holes in a few pieces of parchment paper..

I hope that helps, happy to help.  

 

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