Archive for June, 2012

Bake 52 Week 26: Black and White Cookies

June 27, 2012

I have been baking ahead in anticipation of our big baby day (I always go early, so better to be prepared even though we’re really praying for full-term this time!), and it’s a good thing because our computer crashed in the meantime, so I’m glad for a handy phone app and already typed up recipes! I have no excuse for the lack of pictures though.

These cookies looked really fun, but I admit some trepidation over the fact that I get really annoyed when I see a picture of a perfectly frosted cookie in a cookbook and then try to replicate that myself. I guess I’m just messy with frosting. But really, the worst part was that no matter how far apart I spaced the cookies on the baking sheet, they spread out and baked right into each other, so none of them turned out nice and round and smooth on the edges. They just weren’t pretty. Oh well.

It almost pained me to even frost the cookies…I ate one plain and it was soooo yummy! Putting chocolate on something so wonderful was hard.  And once they were frosted (which turned out to not be as hard a job as I thought it would), they no longer beckoned to my taste buds, so I didn’t try a totally finished product.  The kids ate them up and enjoyed them, and Joseph said they were good, but carried a pretty subtle flavor….I think he would have liked something with slightly more kick. He took what was left to work and the concsensus there was that as far as presentation goes (in spite of their lack of a pretty shape) these were pretty impressive.  However, most seemed to be a little underwhelmed with the flavor….not bad, just too mild.

If you want to try them out, the recipe and detailed instructions are on Janet’a blog!

Bake 52 Week 25: Southern-Style Skillet Cornbread

June 20, 2012

I’m kind of glad that I’ve had a bad experience with a recipe that I’ve chosen so that I don’t feel so bad not liking someone else’s recipe.  This cornbread was a doozie for us.  I had high hopes.  I actually quite like cornbread, though we don’t eat it often.  The recipe called for using a cast iron skillet, which I don’t have, so I just used a heavy casserole dish.  That seemed to work just fine, though I imagine that the outer crust would have been crustier with a skillet.

The recipe itself was actually pretty easy.  Just a few ingredients and quick to put together.  It was fun to watch as I poured the batter into the hot dish and see the edges start baking up before it was even back in the oven.

While the bread was cooling, it dawned on me that I hadn’t put any sugar in the bread, so I quickly pulled out my recipe book to make sure I hadn’t missed it.  Whew…I hadn’t!  But that was the point that I started to become a little leery about how this bread would taste….and for good reason.

It’s important to note that the cornbread I’m used to is slightly sweet.  So imagine my surprise when I took a bite of this bread and felt like I might as well be eating cornmeal right out of the container.  Bland, bland, bland.  There seriously was no flavor at all.  Not even a little butter helped.  And it would have taken more honey than my taste buds can handle to sweeten this stuff up to the point that it would have been edible.  My kids all took one bite and screwed their faces up.  Not even Joseph was impressed enough to have more than one piece.  Needless to say, the rest of the bread went into the trash, which is a shame because it was actually quite pretty.

I’m not sure what southerners do with their cornbread…Joseph said maybe it would be good sitting in a bowl of stew…but this one will definitely NOT be going on my to-bake-again list.  I think I’ll stick with my Lehi Roller Mills mix for next time!

Jen was this week’s host…and I’ll forgive her for offending my taste buds (I at least tasted the final product, which is more than I can say for some recipes!).  I hope everyone else liked it better.  If you’ve got a great use for flavorless cornbread, head on over to Jen’s blog for the recipe!

Bake 52 Week 24: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

June 13, 2012

I’ve made various cinnamon swirl bread recipes over the years and none of them have quite captured me. Usually they turn out too dry, or the cinnamon/sugar ratio isn’t quite right.  Even the cinnamon burst loaf from Great Harvest is a little dry for my taste.  Finally, this recipe combated both of those problems!  I’m pretty sure I ate the bulk of the loaf myself, but my kids did proclaim the next morning that it made the best toast they’d ever had and they wanted it everyday….and I agreed!   It turned out perfectly gooey in the center and not dry at all.  The one downside to a rolled loaf like this is that it tends to unroll once you’ve cut a slice, which can get a little messy for eating.  Toasting it helped.

 

One of the ladies I visit teach was having a birthday just a few days after I made these loafs, so I packaged one up for her.  It made such a cute and easy gift!

Rebekah was this week’s host….hop on over to her blog for a yummy, must-try recipe!  Thanks for such a great recipe Rebekah!  We loved it!

Bake 52 Week 23: Coconut Macaroons

June 6, 2012

This week’s pick was pretty quick and easy–my kind of recipe! Just a handful of ingredients and steps and you have yourself a cute little cookie.  I’m not a big coconut fan though. It’s more a texture thing than a taste thing….and yet, I can manage to burn through an entire box of Samoas by myself in no time flat.

I shaped a few of these cookies in haystacks and dipped the bottoms in chocolate, trying to match the picture in the book. They didn’t turn out so hot. My haystacks weren’t very pretty and when I tried to dip them in the chocolate, they kind of suctioned themselves to the bottom of the bowl and the tops would fall off when I tried to pull them out. I finally resorted to just spreading some chocolate on the bottom and calling it good. The rest were just the little round ball cookies and they were a breeze.

Had these been more of a regular cookie with ground up coconut to add flavor, I think I would have liked them. But the whole cookie was coconut, which was just too much for me.

Emily was this week’s host, and even though these aren’t cookies I’d ever make for myself, they are simple and pretty and I will likely make them again to share with friends.  Check out her blog for the recipe!