Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cookbook Review-Loveless Cafe

Should I be cursing the local library?

Every time they get a new cookbook for me to try out...I just must own it. I think Joel might take away my library card.
This is yet another book that I just wanted to scan through at the library. Well, it had to come home with me. And well...I had to purchase it. On looks alone it is a winner. The recipes seemed easy and yummy. The reviews on line raved, but you can't believe every thing online.

I have made 5 recipes from this book so far. All of them excellent. Best Snickerdoodles, EVER. There are 2 biscuit recipes that were good, 2 cookie recipes, and this cobbler. Only 1 cookie recipe was gross...but everyone but me loved it. It is a meringue thing-I hate anything even similar to meringue. The photos are wonderful and just bring happiness to my heart with the retro homey feel.
This recipe calls for left over biscuits! I just love biscuits and there are typically no leftovers. So I made a huge batch to make sure we had plenty and a half. The dessert is layered like a lasagna.

Ingredients in this cookbook are fresh. A lot of the recipes use Rose Water. This recipe used fresh orange juice between layers.

The top layer is biscuits rolled in melted butter..which gives the top a nice crunch. I added orange zest..waste not want not.

Now, mine is darker because I added blueberries also. And homemade vanilla ice cream.

Peach Biscuit Brown Betty adapted from The Loveless Cafe Dessert Book

16 oz frozen sliced peaches-unsweetened
1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries Mix all together. Put half in baker.
2/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 tea cinnamon
1/2 tea nutmeg

2 cups crumbled biscuits Crumble half over fruit

1/3 cup fresh OJ Squeeze over biscuits in baker

2 TB melted butter Mix melted butter and remaining
biscuits and sprinkle on top

1 tea orange zest Sprinkle zest and sugar on top
2 TB cinnamon sugar

Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool 15 min before serving.

We had wonderful guests over who are visiting the KOA from Idaho. They brought us some great rocks for our collection.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ezekiel 4:9 Bread

I fell in love with Ezekiel bread. I picked up a loaf out of desperation when we were traveling. I wanted something "healthy" since we tend to live on fast food while we travel. This loaf was expensive..and not because it was large. In fact, it was quite small. This loaf was so delish.

I have tried to recreate it at home and although not came out pretty good.

Since we were spouting things...we creating some flats of grass. They are still growing in our living room (until I need my lasagna pan back).

My Grandmother's Wheat Bread

1 TB yeast
3 cup whole wheat flour (I grind mine fresh..nice and warm for the yeast)
2 3/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup oil

1 TB salt
3 cup whole wheat flour

Things I added to my grandmothers recipe:
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill 10 grain cereal
1/2 cup spouted wheat berries

Mix first 5 ingredients. Add salt, last flour, and whatever extras you are adding. Add enough flour that the mixture is still a tad sticky. If you put your finger on it a tad would stay on your finger. Mix for 10 minutes.
Rest for 10 minutes.
Shape into loaves.
Raise 45 min or until just over the top of the pan. Bake 30-40 min for small loaves until hollow sounding.

I use a small pan and put 12oz of dough in each pan. Sadly, my pans do not have measurements but they are smaller than 7x3.

It is a fairly quick and easy bread with big rewards!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Bug Birthday Party

Someone is 3 years old!! We had so much fun planning this party. I found an enormous amount of ideas for a bug party on line. We did what we could and pulled off a really fun memory. My husband really made this happen. I was idea committee, cake and food, and party favors. He did all the decorations and games. One of our favorite things to do together is throw a birthday party.

Homemade invitation for all the kids. Hand delivered by the party girl.

I used my rainbow cake recipe to make cupcakes but not layered.

Since we love books so much, we always have books available. As decoration but also if needed for a quick quiet-mellow things down time.

An army of party favors: we made lollipop spiders and butterflies with goldfish crackers.

I spouted real grass for our "Bug" cake to sit on.

Caterpillar decoration

This was the winning activity. The kids loved digging for plastic bugs that we had hid in the dirt. We also had a craft making antennae for everyone.

More balloon bugs!

The bumble bee!!

And my greatest piece of advice: Everyone is going to want the head of this cake. Make extra heads!! All my girls had a cupcake face and no one had to fight or be sad.

Monday, January 2, 2012

ABC Banana Chocolate Swirl Cake

Happy New Year!! The Avid Baker's are baking from The Weekend Baker this year. I am really excited about this. The entire title is:

The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People

And who does that not apply to these days? Stress free baking. I love it!!

Now, talking about stress free...well I was a tad stressed. First recipe of the year. First recipe from the new book. I had everything room temp. except the bananas. I had those in the freezer. I keep a supply because we like so many baked goods with banana. I waited until I thought they were room temp. As soon as I spun the mixer the butter froze and made a huge mess! Then the chocolate froze when I added that!!! Lumpy mess..I thought for sure the cake would not work.

But it did. And it was great. I did not use I really slathered the pan before hand. I have learned from making my pumpkin roll that it is the nuts that keep the cake from sticking. Not using nuts you need to compensate.

The other difference was that it called for 40 minutes of bake time. I pulled it out after 50 minutes and probably would have gone another 5 or 7 minutes.

The cake was beautiful to look at with a wonderful flavor. The texture was spongy..could be the frozen batter!

Oh fellow ABCers, I did make last months cake-eggnog pound cake. I just never blogged it. Maggie and Joel loved it. I was reminded that I do not like eggnog.