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TWD: the definition of slacker

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…

TWD: Apple (not) Nut Muffin (not) Cake

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.

TWD: still breathing….

Yup.  I am still around.  I have been lurking a bit but not baking much.  If I start relaying how crazy this summer was and how I never meant to take an extended break, I probably won’t stop for 37 pages and we still won’t have discussed TWD.  While lurking, it came to my attention that TWD will be finished by the end of the year.  I started baking along in April 2008.  That is a lifetime ago in some respects (and about two weeks ago in others).   The point is…it’s a long time to bake along and not finish.


So, I am finishing.  I wish I could say that I had today’s flip over plum cake to report on but we ate all the plums in 2.6 seconds.   I will make it though, along with a few others I missed, and, if all goes according to plan (hollow laugh), I will even post about it.

For today, I can report that Colin (above – shiner courtesy of playground roughhousing) and Will enjoyed the classic brownies.  I tried a small bite but not enough to make a definitive conclusion about them.   They seemed dandy but Dorie has enough good brownie recipes that I probably won’t go back to these soon.

I also made the salt+pepper cocoa shortbreads.  Salt+pepper+sweet is exactly the kind of weird food I love.  I, therefore, could only make half a batch and immediately took all but one to work.  If they hadn’t been shortbread (eh), I probably would have devoured them in the car on the way.  What I tasted I did like and will probably crave until I breakdown and make a bowl of dough and eat it standing at the kitchen counter.

All pictures will be iphone photos now officially.  The incredible “hassle” of downloading photos has thwarted more than blog post in my past.  So, I officially give in to my laziness. 

I am really going to make an effort to be back next week and the week after that.  Get used to me folks.  I am sticking around for awhile.

TWD: Most of June and even one from May…

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.

TWD: Brown Sugar Bundt Cake

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.)

TWD: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

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.

TWD: good morning, sunshine muffins

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…

Thought for Thursday

What is about diet coke?  Will and I were discussing whether we planned to give up anything for Lent and he told me a friend’s mother tried to give up diet coke one year but didn’t make it.  I shudder at the thought of even trying.   Not even under consideration.

Hashbrowns 2; Me 0

















Quick pic  – believe me, I wanted to spend not a second more on these babies.

OK.  I give.  This was latest and FINAL attempt at hashbrowns.  They are now permanently relegated to restaurant food (or Ore Ida) only.  I don’t have time for this finicky dish.

I couldn’t help myself – I did a little research.  Apparently, I am supposed to grate the potatoes straight into cold water.  hmmm…I am sure I will be rushing to the kitchen to try this…right after i finish War and Peace.

TWD: Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to my favorite Hazel Eyed Guy.

I know you are looking forward to your favorite mexican food tonight (complete with jet fuel margarita) but you got scones for breakfast.  Almond scones with less almonds and more cherries.  Yum.