Saturday, June 25, 2011

Whole Wheat Cheddar Bread

Whole Wheat, with salt, ready for yeast and water:

Kneaded, rolled, and cheesed:

And ready to rise:

Alas, it did not rise well. Too much cheese? It was delicious anyway.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

I tried a new sandwich bread recipe, involving a loaf that I was not to knead, really, but stir vigorously, and knead a little bit. Here's that dough:

Risen a bit:

And then it went into the fridge for a day, and got giant!

The resulting light, fluffy, 100% wheat loaf was delicious...even though I didn't grease my pans well:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cheesecake Blondies

Instead of a regular chocolate base for cheesecake...cheesecake blondies:

First, the blondie batter - lots of rich brown sugar and butter:

Then the cheesecake:

And a swirl!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Cracked Wheat Bread

Back to some bread, especially since I haven't posted in a while!

Bulgar. The base for this cracked wheat bread published by the NY Times:
Do not be fooled - this recipe is...more complicated that the much more famous "minimalist" loaf!

It involved a sponge, a dough, lots of rising...

More rising...

And when all was said and done, I probably need to make it again to get my loaves a bit lighter. But the flavor of this one is amazing, and worth another baking!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chocolate Ginger Banana Bread

I don't know why I didn't think to combine these three of my favorite things before - chocolate, ginger and bananas:

But a friend shared a quickbread recipe for just that. All mixed up and ready to go:

It didn't last 24 hours. And I didn't share!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats are delicious and simple, but I rarely take the time to melt the marshmallows and make them:

But when you add peanut butter, like here, I just can't resist. I already have another bag of marshmallows in the kitchen, ready to go!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bread I Like: Peter Pan Doughnut Shop

A few classics from one of my favorites, Peter Pan:
Every doughnut I've ever had from Peter Pan has been a well done classic, but I keep returning to the chocolate coconut. This one here, together with a classic cruller, composed a post run snack!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Maple Oatmeal Bread

Oatmeal, I've said before, is my favorite kind of sandwich bread:
This recipe from King Arthur adds a little Northeast flavor to one of my favorites.

Here's the dough, ready to rise - note, I did not add the "maple flavor" suggested in the recipe - just 100% maple syrup:

And risen. Magical:

Ready for the oven:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lemon, Coconut and Ginger Energy Bars

The recipe and full details of these lemon, coconut and ginger energy bars are over at Taste As You Go:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

It may be a little cheesy, but hearts and valentine's day do go together, so I made up this recipe to celebrate:
Tempted as I was to use a blueberry jam filling, I stuck with the raspberry jam so that I wouldn't be presenting friends with black hearts.

These cookies are not very interesting until they get shaped, but here is the butter, sugar, peanut butter and eggs, all creamed together:

The dough, rolled into balls and flattened:

And with preliminary heart indentations:

And the finished cookies, after baking, filling and baking again.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Pumpkin Muffins

I like to make muffins and freeze them for a quick breakfast hot from the microwave. If they last that long, that is:

These pumpkin muffins, like all good fall flavors, start with a good dash of cinnamon and other spices. I particularly like to add a bit of clove and nutmeg:

Muffins are (usually) quickbreads, made with an oil or (applesauce as a substitute) but this recipe called for butter, creamed with sugar. yum!

Once the eggs and dry ingredients were mixed in, the final step was chopped pecans and golden raisins:

Straight into the oven:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Whole Wheat Cheddar Biscuits

I love cheese:

So I added some to a biscuit recipe, instead of using all butter for the fat:

Ready to bake:

And melted, ready to serve:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Apple Pie

This was my last apple pie of the fall (and I'm not posting it until now...), so I tried to make it a pretty one:

Apple Pie is best kept simple: thinly sliced, well spiced, not too much sugar and a touch of lemon for brightness:

A detail of the finished crust:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

(Almost Vegan) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I altered the recipe for these delicious and (almost) healthy cookies from another running food blogger, Vegan by Valerie:
Although I'm not vegan (or even vegetarian) I love Valerie's site because she always considers nutrition and how she is going to be fueling her body for her running.

The recipe works like one for a quickbread. First, the dry (note - instead of using pumpkin pie spice, I used a combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg):

and then the wet ingredients (note - here I used pumpkin puree I had made from a fresh pumpkin rather than canned, and I used an egg rather than egg replacer after speaking to a vegan friend. Incidentally, my vegan friend told me the egg would probably taste better than any replacement I could try):

Mix it all together, add your chocolate chips and bake!
Full Recipe:


1 1/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour (or regular whole wheat flour)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

spices: about 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and 1/4 t. cloves

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. pumpkin puree

1/4 c. maple syrup

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 T. canola oil or coconut oil

1 egg (large)

about 3/4 c. chocolate chips


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all dry ingredients

3. Combine all wet ingredients and whisk until smooth

4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until fully mixed in.

5. Stir in the chocolate chips.

6. Form sticky balls from the dough (tablespoon size at least, I like mine larger) and place on buttered or oiled cookie sheets

7. Bake for 12-13 minutes, or until cookies are cooked through.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This is what I think of when I think of oatmeal cookies, no matter whether they are adorned with raisins, chocolate chips or coconut: oats, cinnamon, flour and eggs:

But this particular chocolate oatmeal recipe is built more like a brownie recipe - melted chocolate and butter, to which the other ingredients are added:

The shiny chocolate mixture getting the final crucial ingredient:

and ready to bake on parchment!