So, I said I would be sticking around for awhile and then I don’t post for weeks. Wish I had a great excuse other than I just didn’t make the time to post. But I don’t. I baked – not the required recipes, mind you. For various reasons, the recipes for this month haven’t been completed but my slackerdom has given me a wealth of backlogged recipes to choose from. Apologies to the recipe selectors this month. Who knows? I may be linking to you in six weeks when my stars align.
For now, I give you:
Cornmeal Fruit Loaf. (no finished picture. this is a picture of the entire batch of batter i had to throw out because I realized — too late — there were bugs in the flour. insert curse word here.)
Not a big hit in our house. I took it to work and – even though I was sure to label it CORNMEAL – some just didn’t get it. When someone expects a moist quick bread but bites into this, you’ve lost them already. For the record, I liked it but I alone cannot a loaf finish.
Carrot Spice Muffins
Will loved these. LOVED these. I have been serving them to him as breakfast this week and he has been eating one after dinner too. Can’t get a better review than that!
this picture is Will having one for breakfast. he owns a robe but insists on dragging that blanket to the breakfast table. we choose our battles…
In her introduction, Dorie said these were the result of a mistake. They were supposed to be muffins but turned into cake. Following the general idea that sometimes life really does force you to make adjustments (often when you least expect it), I turned these back into muffins.
Will is the only taste tester so far but he gave them an A+++. What better endorsement do you need? Recipe is at Baking and Boys.
Ok…yeah…it’s been awhile…a long while. I have been busy and unmotivated to use my spare time to post. I have not, however, been unmotivated to bake. I have made most of the recipes I have missed. To actually get this posted, I am going to keep my reactions short and sweet. From the most current on down…
Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Cookies: After reading the P & Q, I decided not to offer these without a filling. I made two ice cream sandwiches for the kids. Hmmm…I tried one and didn’t go back for a second. Will ate his but didn’t ask for a second. Colin ate three bites and walked away. Not a hit around here. The chocolate flavor was just too weak, I think.
Date/Nut Loaf: Didn’t get to it. I just knew it would not be well received around here and I am not in a position to be the office baker at the moment.
Chocolate Biscotti: I got pretty small cookies. They were good. Biscotti is not really my thing but I was curious about the chocolate. I did take the rest of these to work and they flew off the table.
Blueberry Plain Cake: I was originally planning a post comparing this to the Oatmeal Nutmeg scones but, alas, that didn’t happen. In short, we liked this but ended up not quite eating it all. I can’t really tell you why. Seemed like the perfect breakfast cake to me but maybe (subconsciously for some) we are trying to eat healthier breakfasts.
Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones: Dorie’s scones and I are not friends. Period.
1. Bundt pans are a b***h to butter/flour.
2. Bundt pans are a b***h to wash.
3. Therefore, all bundt cakes must be judged on the ratio between tastiness and #1 and #2.
4. This bundt cake mostly succeeds (1.5 to 1?). It is wonderfully moist and sweet. I used two apples and raisins instead of the pears/prunes. In future, I think I would stick more apples in or maybe even some cinnamon. I wanted the other flavors amped up a bit.
5. BUT, my mother loved this cake. And this is an important “but” because I served it on mother’s day. And a mother’s opinion? Overrides a lot, right?
6. Full recipe at Pantry Revisited.
(once again, there is a picture – quickly snapped on my cell which is now dead. I will make an effort (but probably not every effort) to get it added.)
So, yeah, it’s not Tuesday. Could possibly be days later (as I am writing this I am not sure when I will get it published). [updated to add that I can’t seem to find the time to get the photo loaded…put house on market again…what was that definition about insanity…doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result…sounds about right]
I made a half batch of these on Easter with orange zest instead of lemon. I don’t love shortbread. I don’t crave shortbread. I just sort of tolerate it. But, somehow, in a Cadbury Egg/pastel M&M induced sugar fog I managed to eat several. I immediately packed the rest up and sent them home with my mom.
I would call that a success, wouldn’t you?
The recipe is at Une Gamine dans la Cuisine.
These were awesome. I will definitely make them again. That is all.
This was the VERY LAST muffin so I had to quickly snatch it and snap a shot. It is sitting on the lid on the container they briefly called home.
Next week: honey nut brownies. i have actually made these already…