I’m a ruminator. Some things I just can’t let go. For instance, calling a maple-flavored, cinnamon-sugar topped baked item “Maple Cinnamon Quick Bread” wouldn’t have brought a lot of attention to Trader Joe’s newest branded offering of somebody else’s invention, the Pancake Bread* which I reviewed here earlier this week. However, I’d already decided to … More Cranberry Cinnamon Quick Bread or is it a pancake bread? Recipe.
The 22nd of December is the birthday of a friend who didn’t get a cake on her birthday last year (or even a dedicated post-birthday cake) not due to oversight but because my daughter took me to Las Vegas to satisfy my curiosity about the city at the same time as removing me from the … More Chocolate Sourdough Cherry Cake with Betty Christensen’s Fudge Frosting, and a joyous family surprise
As a baker who doesn’t like to make or eat pie crust but is fond of the fillings which go into the shell, and as I will not be preparing Thanksgiving dinner again this year but am making a couple Dutch apple pies for gifts today, I decided to chop some additional apples and make … More Who doesn’t like Dutch Spiced Apple Birthday Pie? My recipe.
I had a first go at this cookie a number of years ago for Mother and the Old Buck’s 50th wedding anniversary, along with the huge Mexican chocolate cake I made for the same occasion. Then, last week a package of freeze-dried, unsweetened, unsulfured raspberries in Trader Joe’s caught my eye and I decided to … More Revised & New! Raspberry Jones for a Birthday
The last of the can of sweetened condensed milk — around 2 Tablespoons used in substitution for sugar and part of the milk — has helped to turn the apartment into a lovely, fragrant morning space. I went to the store yesterday to acquire the orange, then reached into the fridge this morning for a … More Cranberry Lolly & Orange Scones, Now with Sweetened Condensed Milk
I grew up making these strawberry preserves in the summers with my mother, standing at the sink, washing and hulling strawberries, leaving them whole, then by some magic in more than a few minutes filling a big stainless steel tub with berries in a thick syrup to cool, also to pluck a whole berry from … More Great Grandmother’s 6-Minute (haha) Strawberry Preserves
There was a couple pounds of fresh Washington-grown apricots which went on a special journey. After taking out the pip and cutting them in pieces, I popped them into a deep Corning Ware baking dish with sugar, intending on roasting them to the stewed stage and then making a first-of-the-summer fruit ice cream. It just … More Oven-stewed Apricot Jam
“I’ve got some spring rhubarb in the garden if you want to make something,” said a neighbor a couple days ago. It just so happened that I’d told Stanley yesterday that I would bake him something when he’s working here today on the rig. I asked what he liked, what he didn’t like and then … More Oma’s Rhubarb Cake with Cinnamon Crumble
Plumber fellow who will be in a couple hours providing a bit of a fix to a serious problem under the kitchen sink said, a few days ago, “Yeah. I like to eat. I like baked stuff.” I’d told him that I often express gratitude by baking something which I know the intended recipient has on … More Gratitude Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Crumble Crust, Recipe
I glimpsed a headline this afternoon announcing National Pie Day. I didn’t know there was such a thing, but there is, and so some apples from Bellingham in a brown bag inside the fridge finally found their long-intended way into a pie. In truth, pies are my least favorite things to bake, but I accepted … More National Pie Day? Dutch Apple Pie