Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pre Christmas Baking Ideas

I was thinking about all the things I want to bake this holiday season. A few are easy and others are more time intensive but worth it. Some of my favorite things I dream about are:












Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandy Butterscotch Sauce




Christmas Yule Log



And I found a cookbook at the library that has a slew of recipes I want to try: cornmeal brownies, cranberry brownies, and malt brownies to name a few! The Ultimate Brownie book! -2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Baked Grits- The marriage of 2 cookbooks

This week for my Baked baking group we made grits. Which we personally love because we spent 5 years in the south! The only main problem is getting real stone ground grits here in the west. We made due with Bob's Red Mill because we ran out of our Mabry Mill Stone Ground Grits..Boo Hoo.

Everyone loved this. It was a nice compliment to our quiche!

With the leftovers you could make the Breakfast Grit Cakes from Modern Hospitality Cookbook.

These really wonderful grits especially with bacon! The only change I made was halving the pepper. I have made them before and prefer slightly less pepper.

I added this picture later..leftovers with ranchero sauce..yummy!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Wonder Cookie


I had the best cookies when visiting my brother and his wife. Her mother made chocolate chip cookies that were to die for. So my assistant and I made some.


The wonder Bug can make a great cookie.


Mix the creamy ingredients until just so..fluffy about 5 minutes.


These cookies are the end of my chocolate chip cookie journey. Thanks Amy!!


                  Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix in order:

  • 2 cubes margarine
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 packages chocolate chips

Directions:
Mix in order given. Before adding dry ingredients (after the eggs) beat with kitchen aide like crazy for about 2-3 minutes. Bake 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Southwestern Chowder

Something wonderful about winter coming on and having soups and chowders. I love them. The perfect companion to bread, my all time favorite.


This is an easy and soothing chowder.
Southwest Chowder
Ingredients: 
  • 5 potatoes, peeled and diced

Boil and drain most of liquid. Remove half of potatoes to a blender and add:
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 Tb chicken bouillon

Return to pan and add and heat:
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup diced cooked chicken
  • 1 can white beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 2 Tb sugar- I use raw
  • 1 tsp chili powder
Serve with cilantro and shredded cheese.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fast and Reliable Pie Baked Sunday Mornings

In baking for Baked Sunday Mornings this time, I deviated from the book and  I used another recipe for the crust because I did not have time to wait 30 minutes while the crust chilled. When that happens I use my fallback recipe. It lacks flavor but wow does it hold up to any kind of filling. It is very quick and easy..and if it breaks..its okay..just press it back together.

It is a moist pie crust and does better when rolled into the pie plate rather than folded and put in.

This recipe for Buttermilk Pie (recipe) was easy to whip up.

The directions were easy to follow...as is typical of these cookbooks.

I wondered why we should add flour before the filling..anyone?

I also was shocked when I put the pie in the oven to discover that I had forgotten one of the main ingredients!! The maple syrup was sitting on my counter. So I whisked it in..in the pie shell and added another 1/2 tea of flour to the top.


I needed to cook the pie an extra 20 minutes! The center was still very wet. I finally just pulled it out and hoped it would firm up while cooling. It did which made me wonder if I had over cooked it! 


It really was a mellow and wonderful pie. It is humble!! A quick dessert if you needed something fast and reliable. If you have time, check out what my fellow bakers thought of this.