Gingerbread Blondies with Cranberries and Lemon Cream Accents

A medical trip this afternoon means time to make gratitude cookies for essential workers, i.e., drivers and nurses and techs. Since I had an abundance of dried cranberries, the decision was this dense and delicious variation on blonde brownies. Hello, full strength molasses and gingerbread spices. I love fresh lemon and cream cheese frosting on … More Gingerbread Blondies with Cranberries and Lemon Cream Accents

Dutch Apple-cranberry Deep Dish for USA National Pie Day

Yesterday I noticed “National Pie Day” written on my calendar and ran through some ideas for pies I might bake. My niece sent me an idea for a lemon pie similar in recipe to Key Lime pie and which included a saltine crust, but I didn’t have all the ingredients. I thought the crust might … More Dutch Apple-cranberry Deep Dish for USA National Pie Day

In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Drop Biscuits

Today the girls and I made drop biscuits, which is the proper name for the type of super fast and easy biscuits* that I routinely make, either plain, with added ingredients and/or flavor or topping. No buttermilk? No problem as milk soured with a teaspoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar works very well. … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Drop Biscuits

In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Coffee Cakes Galore

“Ooh, an emulsion! Tell me what happens when you whisk the oil and egg. I think it’s very exciting and it’s one of my favorite things to watch when I’m cooking or baking. You are making an emulsion. Watch it.” I said those things when the girls and I made coffee cakes in our separate … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Coffee Cakes Galore

Cranberry-Raspberry Coffee Cake with Orange-Raspberry Glaze

There was leftover berry filling from the extravagant birthday cake* made a few days ago and I’m not one to waste leftover goodness. The question was how to use it and I’ve wrestled with ideas because I didn’t want to just make a repeater and I didn’t want it to sink if I put it … More Cranberry-Raspberry Coffee Cake with Orange-Raspberry Glaze

Never-ending Experiments with Cinnamon Biscuits, Now with Cranberries and Butter Tops

Yep, I can’t help myself. My versions of cinnamon buttermilk biscuits began with a mere cinnamon-sugar sprinkle on the top of a biscuit, then a sprinkle in the middle and and top. The last experiment introduced a small pat of butter in the middle underneath the cinnamon sugar to test whether the biscuit could be … More Never-ending Experiments with Cinnamon Biscuits, Now with Cranberries and Butter Tops