It’s the birthday of my Dutch friend on the 24th and he and his family had just returned from a trip abroad last night, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be up for cake when my day started. Turns out they were, so I chopped a lot of apples and used my Dutch grandmother’s recipe … More Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake
See, it’s like this. That pretty inside-out pizza made yesterday? Well, it was meant to be one part of a sourdough extravaganza. The eco-exterminator was paying a fourth visit to the property where I’ve been living for almost two years. People who know me can be pretty certain that I’m going to bake something when … More Sourdough ‘Stravaganza, Part Deux
There’s still rhubarb in some local gardens, even after the big Rhubarb Cake with Cinnamon Sugar that I made last week for the Bon Voyage/Happy Birthday and block party. I’ve been promising this bread all season, and today was the day. I made it last year with pecans but followed the original recipe* this time … More Rhubarb Tea Bread with Hard Flour
There were apples needing use, so Saturday afternoon I decided to make the Apple Pie Bread Pudding with the baby cinnamon roll base and custard, so me and the big mixer got busy with some dough and a plan. The plan included making a smaller version of the 1955 Pillsbury Bake-Off recipe for Swedish Ripple … More 3 Breads 3. Well, maybe not breads.
It is indeed time for another birthday by proxy. Mark handed me a bag of organic dried cranberries during the Christmas baking blitz and this cookie was on the tentative menu. I ruled it out after looking at the number of tins full of cookies and candies on the makeshift tables in relation to the … More Birthday by Proxy: Molasses, Fruit & Nut Chews with Lime Cream Glaze
I like sweet potatoes baked plain in the microwave sometimes, but for Thanksgiving and Apple Cup and leftovers, I like the gooey version with butter, brown sugar, walnuts and marshmallows. This year I saw a recipe which included a bit of bourbon, no nuts and no marshmallows, so I decided to try it and it … More j’s Sweet Potato Bread, Christmas lights on sun porch
The first of two expected windstorms in the Pacific Northwest passed yesterday with leaves and branches and plenty of fresh air. The second, more powerful storm, is already hitting the coast and expected here in the Seattle area beginning in a couple hours. While it’s not necessary — at least locally — to fill the … More How to prepare for big storm: Bake! Loaded Frittata, Hard Flour Banana Nut Bread
Last week one of my nieces put up a wee Facebook post about Wednesday cake. It set off my make-cake-bells and I went to the crisper to retrieve some bananas that I’d put there to ripen slowly for some baking purpose. Sadly, overripe, so the banana-nut cake that I had in mind? Nope. Substitute cake? … More Sunday Cake: Banana Nut with Creamy Nut Icing. No nuts.
There was maybe 3/4 cup of leftover chocolate fudge icing in the fridge and last night somebody gifted me with a bag of Washington’s own Bluebird Grain Farms organic whole grain hard white flour while we were discussing acquisition of some good quality chocolate for a cake recipe. So, with chocolate on my mind and … More j’s Hard Flour Brownies with Cocoa, Walnuts & Fudge Icing
What do you do with storebought purple plums and nectarines that are a bit too mushy for snacks? Stew them for breakfast? Make jam? Use them for baking? Since it’s a bit chillier in Seattle following our brief heat wave, I decided in favor of a hot oven and the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg … More Plum, Nectarine and Walnut Crisp