Two things. First thing: I got ingredients to make a batch of my artisanal cookies, the Peppermint Cream Joneses* for my pregnant grandniece’s craving … a couple months ago. She lives some distance from me on the other side of the water and it seems that nobody could make it to Seattle to pick them … More Pinky Grasshopper Cupcakes
An experiment in gooeyness is all this is. A low-fat, chewy chocolate chip cookie with a marshmallow baked onto the top of it. Variations on this theme are called smookies and marshookies because they’re a takeoff on those wretched campfire things made with graham crackers, squares of milk chocolate and a freshly-roasted marshmallow. I thought … More Smookie Marshookie Fold-overs
Bless my late Aunt Dorothy again. Her recipe for whole wheat banana bread* has undergone another successful modification, along with simplification. The latter was simply using two bowls, one for the dry ingredients and one for the wet stuff, then a speedy stir together with a wooden spoon. The process is thereby shortened and the … More Rum Raisin Banana Bread: my recipe
I’ve seen Butter Rum flavoring in little flavoring-type jars before and wanted some to test this idea for yet another quick bread, the easy kind, that Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread* acting as a catalyst to new goodies for the third time. I went looking for it at all the major grocery chains in my neighborhood … More Butter Rum Quick Bread, a test. No rum. 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.
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
That’s right. The brand new Dutch Potato Gingerbread Cake* has undergone its first variation. While the Snowman Family birthday cake was being made yesterday, I had a little chat with the missus about putting a lemon-lime icing on it in lieu of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or making the gingerbread offering into a … More One cake leads to: New! Dutch Molasses Ginger Cake with Creamy Lemon Frosting
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
The morning Twitter feed included the fact that November 26th, today, is Cake Day, known in the U.S. as National Cake Day, and I’m not one to miss an important day involving cake. Who needs an excuse to make or eat cake anyway? There was leftover chocolate cream cheese frosting from the Dutch Potato Cake* … More National Cake Day: Hey! I didn’t get any of the last cake! What about a mini do-over?
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.