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090814 – Celebration Bread | BBA #11
090814, 9:57 pm
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Cellebration BreadBBA #11 | Celebration Bread

I finally got around to making this celebration bread (I baked challenge #15 last weekend)!  I would not feel like I had conquered the Bread Baker’s Apprentice if i never baked this bread. In part, I blame Joe for my procrastination.  He did not like the Artos (Greek Celebration Bread) I had made way back when for challenge #2,  and has been trying to convince me to skip it entirely.  Now that i have baked it, it has turned into one of his favorites!

More than half the loaf is gone. I personally thought it was about 10 x better than the Artos.  Either my baking skills have drastically improved, or using the lemon extract, or both made a big difference.  The extract smelled amazing.  The bread had a lot of flavor and was just the right amount of sweet, between the 3 T of sugar and dried cranberries.  I think this will make great french toast (or regular toast) in the morning and it will definitely make an appearance at Thanksgiving!  Thank you Peter Reinhart!

As a side note: I had to go out during the day, so after shaping the loaf, I kept it in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.  I took it out when i got home and let it warm up/ proof on the counter for 90 minutes (partly while preheating the oven).

Cran-walnut Crumb

More photos coming soon on FLICKR!




090719 – tequila lime popcorn
090719, 9:00 pm
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Tequila-lime Popcorn

Thank you 101 Cookbooks! (click link for recipe). I would have never thought to make this otherwise.  I didn’t have any jalapenos on hand, and we are moving in a week so i didn’t want to go buying anything new.  I just added a couple of dashes to substitute the spiciness.

Honestly, though, i had a little trouble executing this recipe properly.  I think.  When i poured the buttery-lime mixture over the bagged popcorn, it got almost immediately absorbed by the pieces on top.  When shaking the paper bag, the remaining pieces only got moderately moistened when they brushed against the soggy top pieces.  The pepper mixture distributed pretty well.  Baking at 350 F for 7 minutes didn’t even come close to drying out the soggy pieces.

My next popcorn endeavor will be salt and vinegar, which i sampled post-race at the Charlottesville Ten Miler this year… Hopefully those won’t be so soggy.



090715 – DARK Chocolate Pretzel Cookies
090715, 9:24 pm
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Chocolate Pretzels

I have been baking so much with the BBA challenge lately, that i have ceased all other baking.  I completely forgot that i have not made my Chocolate pretzels since starting this blog.  We finished up our corn muffins pretty quickly, and today, i had a hankering for these.  By the time i finished writing this post, i have had more than my fair share of these cookies.  I’ll run them off tomorrow!

  • 1 1/2 t instant espresso powder
  • 3 T boiling water
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 t  vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 C unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 packets Sugar in the Raw, for sprinkling

1. Stir espresso powder into the boiling water until dissolved; set aside. Meanwhile, put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until creamy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Reduce speed to medium-low. Mix in egg, cocoa and dissolved espresso. Gradually add flour, and mix until a smooth dough forms. Turn out onto a piece of wax paper; pat into a square. Wrap dough, and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.

2. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll into balls. Shape balls into 9 or 12-inch-long ropes. I just rolled them out on the wax paper that they the dough was refrigerated in to save on clean up.  Twist each rope into a pretzel shape. Space evenly on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Brush cookies with egg wash; sprinkle with sugar in the raw. Bake cookies until dry, about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week (but they won’t be around that long).



090709 – MamMaw’s Cookies
090710, 6:48 am
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White Chocolate Cookie

So, here I stray from my typical (at least somewhat) healthy recipes.

My uncle’s mother is one of the sweetest women i know and she comes to the beach with us nearly every year.  This year she brought some interesting looking cookies with her.  I admit that i was apprehensive at first, but these cookies taste better than they look.  They are super simple to make and serve as a satisfying, crowd pleasing dessert.

  • 2 C mini marshmallows
  • 4 C rice crispies
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1 C raisins
  • 1 C crasins (or other dried fruit)
  • 2 lb bar or blocks of white chocolate
  • 2 C dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  1. heat white chocolate in a large bowl in the microwave for approx. 2 minutes, stir, then repeat to melt completely
  2. add peanut butter till mixed
  3. add peanuts, fruit and rice crispies and drop 1/4 cup portions onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.  Refrigerate to harden for at least 2 hours.


090707 – Deviled Eggs
090707, 8:28 pm
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Deviled Eggs

I am trying to help out in the kitchen here a little bit every night.  We have been not only staying in the same house for 10 years in a row, we have also been eating prettymuch the same foods each year. The ‘grown ups’ honed the meals so that each one has a something for everyone and we eat a good variety of foods throughout the week.  Last night we made about a dozen eggs woth of deviled eggs and by the end of dinnertime they were all gone.

Here is the no longer secret family recipe:

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 C light mayo
  • 2 t mustard
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 t vinegar (white wine)
  • dash of pepper
  • paprika to garnish
  1. boil eggs in a large pot of salted water for 10 min.
  2. place in cool water for 10 min, or until eggs are room temp.  You can leave them for longer if you want, just don’t let them dry out before peeling the shell off.
  3. Shell eggs, slice in half, and put yolks into a small bowl and mash.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the yolks and mix.
  5. Re-stuff the eggs and sprinkle with paprika.


090630 – Granola Bars
090702, 9:33 am
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Hungry - why wait?This is a simple, two step thing.  First, to make the granola, then form the bars.  I have made granola a few (three) of different ways in the past and have my favorite recipe prettymuch down.  To make the bars, i just added a bit of maple syrup to my usual granola recipe, to make it more sticky.  Next time i might add some chocolate chips…

Homemade Granola Recipe:

  • 2 C rolled oats
  • 1 C peanuts or toasted almonds
  • 1/4 C sesame seeds
  • 1/4 C flax seeds
  • 1/2 C toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 C coconut (this time i used the fresh coconut i had hand cut at the beach)
  • 1/4 C fiber one (crushed in a coffee grinder)
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1/2 C raisins (i like to mix golden and regular)
  • 1/2 C dried fruit (dried apricots + craisins)
  • scant 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  1. Mix the oat, nuts and grains in a large bowl.
  2. Measure oil into the measuring cup and swirl it around before pouring into bowl.
  3. Then measure out the honey in the same, unwashed cup. The oil will help the honey exit the cup.
  4. Toss everything together until evenly coated and then pour out into a baking pan. I use a large roasting pan, as it keeps everything contained. A cookie sheet with a lip also works, but you have to stir it slightly more carefully if you use that.Baking Granola
  5. Bake at 300° F for 30 minutes, turning it with a spatula every ten minutes or so. You want everything to be an even golden brown.
  6. When it is finished cooking, returned the baked granola to the mixing bowl, add the raisins and fruit and stir to combine. Granola Press
  7. To form bars, line a rectangular baking dish with wax paper.  Immediately pour the warm granola into the dish, cover with another piece of paper, and press down HARD, packing the granola as tightly as possible.  Cut Bars
  8. Let the pressed granola harden cool for at least 3 hours (i let mine sit overnight) before cutting.  My pan yielded 14 thick granola bars.  For lack of more sustainable  packaging ideas, I wrapped them up in some saran-wrap.




090627 – breakfast smoothie
090628, 8:34 pm
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three part smoothie

I eat at least two of these a week for breakfast… and sometimes for lunch on the weekends.  they are so easy and cheap to make, i cannot see why ANYONE would go to one of those expensive  smoothie places.

  • 1/2 C frozen strawberries …..large bag of frozen strawberries: $9.50/64 oz. bag~ $0.70/serving
  • 6 oz Fat Free Plain Yogurt: $2.70/32 oz tub~$0.50/serving
  • 1/4 C Orange Juice (or milk if you’re Joe): $2.60/64 oz canned~$0.16/serving
  • 1 small banana: $0.19 at Trader Joe’s
  1. first add yogurt, then berries, using an immersion blender cup,
  • Optional ingredients: flax seeds ($5/lb~$0.25/serving), rolled oats ($4/carton~$0.10/serving)

total cost: $1.54 – $1.79 per smoothie




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