It’s Washington State cherry season. A quart of pips-out, split dark cherries, 2 cups of sugar, 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice macerated at room temperature for three hours and then an hour of constant stirring over medium low heat to 220 degrees Fahrenheit yields merely two jars (3 cups) of heavenly jam. Wish … More A Jam of Cherries
There was a 6 ounce container of vanilla yogurt in the fridge staring at me and I decided that its best use would be an experiment. It turned out beautifully and looks just like the sour cream version* made last week and was gone in a flash. The recipe included in that post is changed … More Using Yogurt to Replace Sour Cream in the Coffee Cake
Sylvia, the 90 year-old lady who kindly gives me a ride to the grocery store every week and who has a flower garden and cat both of which I very much admire, told me that she’s very fond of my coffee cakes, by which she means my coffee cakes, quick breads, muffins and hyped-up versions … More Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Mini Chocolate Chips, My Recipe
Have you ever thought that the thing about making shortcake for summer fruits is that it’s not chocolate enough? Maybe some 20 years ago I devised a chocolate biscuit for shortcake, but it was made the “hard” way, by which I mean cutting shortening into the dry ingredients which adds time in the kitchen. Anyone … More Chocolate Shortcake with Nectarines, Recipe
“Mummy, do we have any chocolate?” asked my daughter visiting for a few days from London. “Well, how about a quick batch of brownies? Do you want anything in them? Nuts? Fruit? Chocolate chips?” She suggested raisins and I said they’d have to be golden raisins since I reserve the Thompson’s for breakfast oatmeal, but … More Fudgy Frosted Chocolate Cherry Brownies, Recipes
Time for breakfast this morning and a decision to use Trader Joe’s (sour!) mango kefir as the sour liquid for biscuits along with some cinnamon and golden raisins in the dough. They turned out even bigger than usual and, naturally, tasty with a crunchy shell. Because the kefir is thicker than milk, it was necessary … More Cinnamon & Golden Raisin Biscuits with Kefir
Skipping over my last idea for the “next” cinnamon-y biscuit (which was to make all six of a batch — rather than one or two — of the super-fast biscuits into the double-decker crunchy, buttery Cinnamon Biscuits*) came a brainstorm last night for these. I did a search for a recipe online and found none! … More Oh, yes I did. New! Coffee Cake Biscuits!
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
Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t, but I am thinking about a spiced apple pie, the Dutch* kind. One of my neighbors has been frantically readying her art for sales (and hopefully some fun) at the Emerald City Comic Con which started today at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle. I think she and her … More National Pi Day. Maybe some pie.
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