Archive for January, 2008

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Cocoa-Coffee Crinkle Cookies

Cocoa-Coffee Crinkles (Christmas Cookies Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 egg whites 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened

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Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Spicy Ginger Crinkle Cookies (Christmas Cookies Magazine from Better Homes and Gardens) 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1 egg 1/4 cup full-flavor molasses 1 teaspoon

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Pears in Nightshirts

Pears in Nightshirts (Eat Feed Autumn Winterby Anne Bramley) Pears: 4 ripe baking pears, such as Barlett or Bosc, with stems intact 2 cups pear juice (you could use apple juice if you can’t find pear juice) 2 cups water 1/4 cup sugar Meringue: 4 large egg whites 1/2 teaspoon

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Snowballs

Snowball (Eat Feed Autumn Winter by Anne Bramley) 1 cup cream 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/4 cup coffee beans 3 cinnamon sticks 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 lemon wedge 1/2 cup vodka 4 cups ice Combine the cream, granulated sugar, coffee beans, and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan and bring

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Cranberry Corn Muffins

Cranberry Corn Muffins (Holiday Entertaining from Williams-Sonoma) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 2/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1 cup whole milk (2% is fine too) 2 tablespoons corn oil 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (preferably organic)

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Maple Apple Tartlets

Maple Apple Tartlets (Eat Feed Autumn Winter by Anne Bramley) 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed (you will have one leftover in your package) 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons sugar 3 small to medium baking apples 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons maple syrup Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

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Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake (The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) Ginger Crust: 2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 40 cookies) 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon Pumpkin Filling: 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 3 large eggs

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Gingerbread Muffins

Gingerbread Muffins (Feast by Nigella Lawson) 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 egg 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup whole milk (I

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Pita Bread

Pita Bread (Mediterranean Harvest by Martha Rose Shulman) 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 2 cups warm water (or 2 1/4 cups if using whole wheat flour) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 5 to 6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, or a combination (I used

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Caffe Freddo

Il Frantoio’s “Special Caffe Freddo” (Mediterranean Harvest by Martha Rose Shulman) 3/4 cup strong brewed espresso 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon almond syrup (orgeat) 1/8 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 cup cold water Milk (to taste) Ice cubes (optional) Make the espresso, and while it is still hot, add the sugar,

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Cut-Out Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies (from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Powdered Sugar Icing 2 cups powedered sugar, sifted 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling

Chocolate Whoopie Pies ( recipe from www.teriskitchen.com) 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups buttermilk 2 teaspoons vanilla Marshmallow Filling (from

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Peach Queen Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

Peach Queen Cake with Dulce de Leche Buttercream Frosting (from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) Dulce de Leche: 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk Cake: 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans 1 cup pecan halves 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 3 cups sugar 6 large eggs 1

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Extreme Sugars Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Version XS (Extreme Sugars) (from Demolition Desserts by Elizabeth Faulkner) 1 1/4 cups (4 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats 16 tablespoons (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup (about 8 1/2 ounces) firmly packed dark muscovado sugar 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) Demerara sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

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Triple Chocolate Scones with Almond Topping

For the photos and Megan’s comments: click here. Triple Chocolate Scones (from The Modern Baker by Nick Malgieri) 3 ounces milk chocolate, cut into 1/4 inch pieces 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder 1/3 cup sugar 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt (I like using

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No-Bull Bloody Marys

For photos and Megan’s comments on this recipe: Click Here No Bull Bloody Marys (from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) 4 cups tomato juice Juice of 2 limes 4 shots high-quality vodka 2 teaspoons fresh or prepared horseradish 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon celery salt Tabasco sauce Salt and freshly

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Espresso Ice Cream

For photos and Megan’s comments on this recipe: Click Here Espresso Ice Cream (from Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten) 3 cups half & half 6 extra-large egg yolks 2/3 cup sugar Pinch salt 2 1/2 tablespoons espresso/finely ground coffee beans 1 tablespoon Kahlua coffee liqueur 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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Southern Comfort Apple Pie

For pictures and Megan’s comments see post: Apple picking and Southern Comfort Apple Pie Chef Mark’s Southern Comfort Apple Pie (recipe from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather) Crust: (This is such an easy pie crust recipe…its a breeze to roll out) 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 2/3 cup

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