Category Archives: Baking

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is for Niki. She has been on a quest (part 2 and 3) to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I agree with her completely in that personal preferences play a big part in the “perfect” cookie. Of course, ingredients and oven temperatures do, too. I like slightly crisper cookies and I simply love oatmeal in cookies. Niki wants a chewy cookie, the kind ... Read More »

Baguette a l’ancienne in progress

I was perusing the forums at eGullet and noticed an interesting “demo”. A member posted his (her?) process for making baguettes a l’ancienne, also known as slightly sour, naturally yeasted baguettes. Now I was immediately impressed by the photos of big, uneven holes and a lovely crispy crust. Though the recipe takes a few days, it is a very low maintenance dough. All you need ... Read More »

Pumpkin Donuts with Spiced Sugar

There is nothing wrong with spelling the word for these fried rings of dough as “doughnuts” or “donuts”. They are both correct. Just ask spell check. I personally use the “donut” spelling, as it is faster and simply more economical as far as I am concerned. There is nothing wrong with spelling or dialect variations, particularly when involving pastry. This week, as you may have ... Read More »

Editing

I was enjoying the last of the donut cookies, made from a recipe posted by Joe at Culinary in the Desert, when I saw that I was tagged on Grab Your Fork for a meme: find the fifth sentence of your 23rd post and post it. Curiosity overcame me and I looked back through my archives. Looking at some of my earliest posts, I couldn’t ... Read More »

Marbled Cheesecake

Hot on the heels of Friday’s custardy SHF entry, is another type of custard: cheesecake. The first time I read Lori’s excellent post on making the best cheesecake on the planet, I was sold. Did you know that she used to make cheesecakes for a living? I wanted to try making her bulls eye cheesecake, but I chickened out after preparing the batters. I was ... Read More »

Hot Dog Buns

I have never been a big fan of store-bought hot dog buns. I know that the number one complaint about them is that buns are sold in packages of 8, while many hot dogs are sold in packs of only 7, but that doesn’t bother me too much. Who hasn’t over-toasted a bun and been glad for the extra? I say that it’s good planning. ... Read More »

English Muffin Batter Bread

This post is not actually about english muffins. It is about how to create a simple, tasty stand-in for an english muffin. I will admit that nothing could replace a tasty, fresh english muffin, but most of us eat the kind sold in the market. They make great toast, but are hardly exceptional. Unfortunately, though undoubtedly worth doing, they are time consuming: raise the dough, ... Read More »

Black and White Cookies

“The thing about eating the Black and White cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate And yet somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie all our problems would be solved.” – Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld (The Dinner Party) Black and white cookies are one of ... Read More »

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