Baking


I could eat brownies daily.  Good. Fudgy. Brownies.  The Man loves cookies.  Daily.  Any kind.  When I can combine the two it’s a good day.  Like today.  The Avid Baker’s Challenge made Deb’s brownies/cookies/ brownie cookies.  Whatever you call them are GOOD!!  Lots of chocolate flavor – not hard to understand since they have cocoa, chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate in them.

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The Browniest Cookies

Little bites of intense!  The perfect way to end a meal  Not sweet but not bitter.  Just right!

I did make a couple of small changes.  I subbed Splenda for the 2 Tbl of sugar {the cookies also have 1 cup packed brown sugar.}  And I subbed in 1/2 cup WWF for 1/2 cup of the AP flour.  It didn’t make any difference in the taste or texture but it made me feel better about the sugar and increased ‘healthiness’ of the cookie.  LOL

These cookies are for February’s Avid Bakers Challenge.  I haven’t baked with them in quite a while but decided to join back in since all the baking won’t be JUST sweet stuff this year.  We are baking from Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen for 2017.  She is one of my favorite reads and recipe sources.   

 

When I was 8  and we lived east of Liverpool in the little village of Rainhill my Mom had a garden.  Not unusual to have a garden.  Except it was the first garden my Mom ever planted.  And it contained rhubarb which grew wonderfully in that area of England.  I loved it.  It was sour and sweet at the same time.  I haven’t had rhubarb but twice since then.  Both for Tuesdays with Dorie.  You don’t find it in the stores much.  But I have a friend who grew some and I had just enough to make this Crisp.

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Mix together two cups chopped apple and two cups chopped rhubarb with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 Tbl cornstarch.  {I added a heaping tsp of cinnamon.  Cinnamon and Apples are perfect together.}  Let this sit for about an hour.

With a pastry blender mix together 2/3 cup uncooked oats, 1/2 cup AP flour, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. and 2 1/3 Tbl tub margarine until it resembles coarse crumbs.. {while I have enjoyed the recipes from this cookbook I will NOT miss using this awful  sub for butter!!!}.  

Sprinkle the topping mixture over the apple/rhubarb mix in a 1 quart casserole dish. Bake at 375 until the topping is light brown. {Mine took about 30 minutes.}  Let cool four about 2o minutes before serving.

I will tell you that this was NOT very good.  While The Man said it got better after a few bites I thought it was awful.  It could be that the rhubarb was picked too early and had no sweetness.  It could be the crumble which seemed stale.  It could be I just don’t like rhubarb anymore….There won’t be a repeat on this one.

The recipe is from Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook – my book for February Cookbook Countdown –  page 306.  The last recipe from this book as Countdown 14 starts tomorrow.  Still looking at a book for that one.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 13 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

Nothing brings sunshine to a day like citrus.  A round juicy orange.  A tangy green lime.  A small yellow lemon all bring a taste of spring with them.

Trying to find a recipe that isn’t heavy and brings a thought of spring is not easy.  Donna Hay has TONS of lemon dishes to choose from.  I ended up making Donna’s

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LEMON AND COCONUT IMPOSSIBLE PIE

This is a super easy pie to make.  I don’t know why it’s called impossible.  All the ingredients are placed in a blender and then poured into a pie plate.  I just wish we had liked it.  Oh, well.  

The recipe is from Donna’s Website -> Lemon Pie

More Citrus -> A Taste of Critrus

Now you can have cookies for Breakfast.  Or after breakfast.  At least that is what Dorie tells us. A nice crunchy cookie with oats, dried fruit, granola, and almonds.  How can you turn that down?  Did I mention the orange zest?  Just an added flavor to make the biscotti extra good.

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Note to Dorie:  I made a couple of changes in your cookie.  I subbed in  1 cup whole wheat flour and I used splenda {1/2 cup} and bulk stevia {1/8 tsp} and sugar {1/4 cup}.  While not as sweet as they might of been they were a little healthier.  If I can sub out some sugar I can bake and we can eat more of the cookies.  Hope you don’t mind, Dorie.

These are from Dorie’s Cookies (page 98)and part of Tuesdays with Dorie – Dorie’s Cookies.

For more Cookies -> TWD

This is not at all what I had planned to make for this week’s IHCC ingredient – LEMONS!.  The weather was rather chilly when I picked out a nice lemon risotto and then the weather turned warm – mid 70s this week (and keep in mind it is mid-January) – so I switched to a nice citrus-y cake.

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Lemon Yogurt Cake

    4 oz butter
    1 cup superfine sugar {I subbed in 1 cup Splenda and 1/2 tsp bulk stevia}
    2 eggs, beaten lightly
    1 cup plain yogurt
    3 Tbl lemon juice
    1 Tbl lemon zest
    2 1/2 cups self raising flour
    1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix the butter and sugar together ’til fluffy.  Add the eggs and incorporate well.  Add in the yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, flour, and baking soda.  Mix well.

Spoon (it’s way to thick to pour) mixture into a 9″ cake pan and bake 45 minutes in a 350F degree oven.  {Mine only took 35 minutes}.  Cake is done if toothpick comes out clean.

While cake is still hot pour the syrup over the cake and let the cake sit for 5 minutes before slicing.

Syrup:

    1/3 cup sugar
    3 Tbl lemon juice
    zest of 1 lemon

My syrup didn’t turn out like I wanted but it did add some more lemon into the cake.  I ended up making a lemon drizzle and putting, way too much, over the cake.  The cake wasn’t real sweet and had just the right lemony flavor.  Good cake!

The recipe adapted from Donna Hay’s the new cook page 181

Want More?  -> LEMONS!

Peggy came up with a fun theme for this week’s Eating with Ellie – Barnyard Fun!  The theme left it wide open for just about anything one would find in a barn or farm yard – beef, pork, chicken, duck, eggs.  So many different things we could choose from.  The first thing I thought of was eggs.  Because I used to have fun collecting the eggs when we lived on a farm for a couple of years.  I also loved to help bring the cows down to the barn for milking and feeding the chickens.  But since I didn’t feel like making something from beef or chickens {We are basically chickened out!} I went with eggs which turned into a quiche.

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A lovely  Broccoli Cheddar “Quiche in a Bag”

In a bag because after cooking some ingredients all of the ingredients are ‘squished’ together in a bag before pouring into an no-roll olive oil pie crust.  Ellie also makes it in a bag so it will be easy to freeze to make it later if you want. 

I made the crust and I made the quiche.  Neither one set my palate on fire!  The crust is a crumble crust much like a graham cracker crust and while I like the idea of that it was tasteless.  Water, flour, salt milk, olive oil.

The quiche contained broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese with some dry mustard, salt, and pepper.  I didn’t think it had much flavor either.  With a little more seasoning and maybe a touch of nutmeg it would have been much better.  It wasn’t bad, but it just lacked something.  Doesn’t mean I won’t make it again, just with something more…

The crust and the quiche are from Ellie’s you have it made.  Pages 33 and 35.

Want more barnyard pickin’s -> Barn Yard Fun

And if you would like to join Eating with Ellie all the themes are listed.  Just cook something for the theme from one of Ellies books or online, post a comment.  We’d love to have you.  PS  We don’t include the recipe.  We would love you to simply buy her books.

I completely missed December for Cookbook Countdown.  Between bronchitis, sinusitis, and bursitis {I was really tired of the suffix “itis“.} I didn’t get a chance to do much of anything.  I even had my  cookbook picked out with recipes.  Ah, well – there’s always NEXT December! But you can check out what all the others made in December -> December Cookbook Countdown.

So, let’s start the New Year off right.  With a cookbook that should NOT have been sitting on the shelf without use for the last year.  Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook from the American Heart Association.  There aren’t any exciting recipes in this book but there are lots that have been trimmed down.  So I thought I would try some.

How about some Buttermilk Biscuits to begin with?

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If you notice, they don’t LOOK any different than regular buttery biscuits.  But they taste (almost) as good.  If you HAVE to have biscuits, these might be the ones.

    Veggie Oil Spray
    1 cup AP flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp sugar
    1/8 tsp baking soda
    1/8 tsp salt
    1 Tbl acceptable stick margarine cut in small pieces {I used
    Smart Balance}

    1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
    1/4 cup fat-free plain yoghurt. {I used Greek}

Preheat the oven to 425F.
In a food processor mix together the flour baking powder, sugar, soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
Add in the margarin until small pieces form. Add in the buttermilk and yoghurtand mix until just moistened.
Turn the dough out onto a floured board, sprinkle with flour, and knead into a disk. {I needed to add a little more flour as the dough was rather wet.}
Using a rolling pin, or your hands, flatten the dough until it is a bout 1/2 inch thick. Cut out biscuits using a 2 1/2 inch or 2″ cutter.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until nice and golden-brown.

81 calories each. 1 mg cholesterol. Fat 1.5 gm
Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook page 272

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 13 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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