Baking Roundup – October 2012

Other than making progress on the baking cookbook challenge, I did do some other baking in October.  Here’s a quick roundup.

Featuring: kale chips, Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies, lemon poppy seed bread, and bacon and egg muffins.

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It didn’t take long for the spam comments to start. >_>  I’ve enabled a math captcha.  Yay, maf!

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[CC – TWSBB] Nuts About Bananas

Ahh, bananas, such a fickle food.  They start out green, seem to take forever to get ripe and yellow, and then go brown in a blink of an eye.  I always buy a bunch with the hopes that I’ll eat one a day or something.  It never seems to work out.









Thus begins the cookbook challenge.

For the cookbook challenge, I’d intended to go through the recipes from the first to the last.  Since I had an immediate need to use up some bananas, I decided to see what recipes the book has.  It has two. :o

The first is a Banana-Nut Bread, the second is for Banana-Walnut Muffins.  The recipes are nearly identical.

Banana-Nut Bread ingredients: unsalted butter, sugar, bananas, 3 eggs, buttermilk, flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and nuts (recommendations: walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts)

Banana-Walnut Muffins ingredients: flour, sugar, walnuts, baking soda, salt, walnut or canola oil, 1 egg, bananas, and buttermilk

Yeah, not really sure why there’s a difference.  The loaf has a bit more spice and the muffins are a little more liquid. I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand, and I hate buying it because I can’t ever buy it in the exact quantity I need.  I did, however, have buttermilk powder, so I used that.

In any case, both recipes called for 2-3 very ripe bananas.  Given I had 5, I used 2.5 per recipe.

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Sausage Balls!

Sausage balls.  Heart attack in ball form.  Comfort food.

My mother used to make sausage balls when I was a kid growing up in Oklahoma.  We…didn’t eat the best in those days.  I recall many meals that involved spam and ramen. ;)  Anyway.  Sausage balls.  So tasty, but so bad for you.

I only make these a couple times a year, if that.  At work, we’ve taken to using “Sausage Balls!” as a sort of expletive.  We’re weird like that.

You can find many recipes out there, but the gist of it looks like this.

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In Which I Give Myself a Baking Challenge

I have a lot of cookbooks, but I still almost always look online for recipes first.  So, I decided I should really use my cookbooks.

A couple years ago, a friend of mine gave me The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book: The Essential Recipe Collection for Today’s Home Baker.  It’s one of the smaller cookbooks I have, so I’ve given myself the following challenge:

Make everything in the book.

If I can count correctly, there are 39 recipes for Cookies & Bars; 45 recipes for Muffins & Quick Breads; 19 recipes for Coffee Cakes, Scones & Biscuits; 46 recipes for Cakes & Tortes; 44 recipes for Pies & Tarts; 22 recipes for Yeasted Breads; 20 recipes for Fruit Desserts; and 15 recipes for Custards & Egg Dishes.  That’s a total of 250 recipes.  Yeesh.

We’ll see how much I have to modify.  I’m not going to buy any special pans if I can help it – I have enough of those already.  I might have to substitute some ingredients if there are any that use ingredients I really don’t like.

I’m not sure how long it will take me to get through the book, and I’ll be doing other recipes as well, but stay tuned for pictures and commentary. :)

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I’ve decided to remove my original website and content and just have a simple blog.  My hobbies, which are many, will be the focus.  I like to bake, knit, dabble in fandom, play video games, and whatever else suits my fancy.  Perhaps you’ll find it interesting, perhaps not.

Regardless, welcome. :)

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