Cranberry Cinnamon Quick Bread or is it a pancake bread? Recipe.

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.

Chocolate Sourdough Cherry Cake with Betty Christensen’s Fudge Frosting, and a joyous family surprise

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

In a kitchen with juliyya: Snowman birthday cake, Part Deux, with a family

It was two years ago when the first Snowman birthday cake* made such an impression on the six-year old who enjoyed the creative process and result so much that she decided another must be made. Perhaps the theme might be repeated next year in some way. Maybe three starts a tradition. Who knows? (We’ve already … More In a kitchen with juliyya: Snowman birthday cake, Part Deux, with a family

Who doesn’t like Dutch Spiced Apple Birthday Pie? My recipe.

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.

Chemistry? Egg whites, canned milk, baking powder biscuits & Cranberry Lolly scones.

If you’ve made a German chocolate cake, then you know it takes 8 egg yolks and 4 egg whites with 4 egg whites left over, leaving a decision to be made for using the extra whites. I decided to substitute half of them for an egg in each of two batches of Super speedy baking … More Chemistry? Egg whites, canned milk, baking powder biscuits & Cranberry Lolly scones.

I pulled an “Alexa” for quick peanut butter frosting for 2 cupcakes.

Man oh man. Today I quickly baked a batch of Gratitude cookies* for the two maintenance men who arrived this morning to repair a broken U pipe under the kitchen sink, replace and hook up two broken elements on the old stove and install weather-stripping around the door. I put all three of the requests … More I pulled an “Alexa” for quick peanut butter frosting for 2 cupcakes.

Cranberry Lolly & Orange Scones, Now with Sweetened Condensed Milk

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

Speedy Baking Powder Biscuits Made with Sweetened Condensed Milk & Full Moon

There’s a half can of sweetened condensed milk left over from Emergency Brownies* a couple days ago, and unlike the days when I stirred it into cups of coffee in an early upscale coffee shop in Bahrain from behind the counter as a 16-year old, I lost my taste for coffee sweetened in that fashion, … More Speedy Baking Powder Biscuits Made with Sweetened Condensed Milk & Full Moon