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!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

"Very Best" Oatmeal Bread

I keep returning to this recipe for oatmeal bread. You start, basically, by making oatmeal:

While the oatmeal cools, you can gather the rest of the ingredients. The dough always mixes up easily, even when I add some whole wheat flour:

A smoothly kneaded ball, ready to rise:

And ready to bake! Predictably, I didn't manage to get a good sandwich shot of this bread for time.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Minimalist Bread: White Flour

I did not knead this smooth looking lump of dough at all - this is the result of another iteration of the minimalist bread recipe. This time, I used all white flour:

It baked up lofty and crusty, a truly beautiful loaf:

Also, delicious!