Sunday, January 31, 2010
You may think there are raisins in the image above. In reality, they are tiny currents. But the majority of the little black blobs are cocoa nibs and chunks of 60% Ghirardelli chocolate.
The addition of chocolate does not automatically signify the addition of sugar. This granola is for chocolate lovers - those who love the rich taste of chocolate. This is not a sweet granola; however, the chocolate flavor is primary.
The darker the chocolate, the more health benefits therein contained. "Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables." (link to more healthy chocolate facts here)
Into the next batch of chocolate granola, I think I'll add a pinch of cinnamon or maybe some espresso powder.
Heart healthy February. You can find the recipe here.
Classico Amaretto di Amore....it even sounds -- sweet - - - See the description below:
a view from the side; the cake is about 2 inches tall and packed with almond goodness
Green sage, pink peppercorns, & white garlic, all floating in EVOO.
I cooked the beans until tender, then added tomatoes, onion, and stock. This soup is the perfect meal on a weekend in January when West TN is iced/snowed in. Here in the south, we close schools, businesses, and churches when ice storms such as this arrive. As you might guess, this does not happen very often. Though the ice storm causes loss of income to numerous individuals, many of us adults feel like we have been give a 'Snow Day!'
The white bean soup recipe can be found here. I added some roasted chicken and a piece of parmigiano-reggiano rind to the soup; the flavor of the cheese enhances the soup exponentially.
Ayers Pottery in Hannibal, MO.
The recipe can be found in Charity Ferreira's, "Brittles, Barks, & Bonbons" on page 31.
long before the mixture reached 340 degrees:
cinnamon for flavor:
sugar mixture cooked to a 'spatula spike'
Though the granola is very good, this post is about my 'Granny Reeves.' The McCoy bowl was hers. When I eat my morning granola from the bowl, I think of her. She was a grandmother who made Barbie doll clothes for her granddaughters. Do you know how small those were/are???
She made hot tamales with my dad. She liked to play Yatzee. She was a petite little lady who drove a light blue car and had a friend named Vera. Granny's name was Toy.
for those of you who enjoy antiques:
You can find the granola recipe here. This is a crunchy granola flavored with cinnamon - yummmm...
Saturday, January 30, 2010
ahh....this looks like I'm a trained barista mastering latte art...but I'm not
This is brown sugar beginning the conversion into delicious butterscotch caramels. The recipe is from "Brittles, Barks, & Bonbons" by Charity Ferreria (page 77).
I cooked this mixture to 250 degrees F; the caramels cut beautifully. For those of you who, like me, fear sugar/caramel, I encourage you to just jump in and melt some sugar. I've experienced more successes than failures. Once the fear of melting sugar passes, there are endless possibilities.
Spun sugar, here I come!
very early boiling stage:
a few minutes later:
they cut SO much easier at room temperature rather than immediately out of the refrigerator:
beautiful ... just beautiful
wrapped and ready to share (wax paper squares are so much easier to wrap than parchment paper)
unwrap and enjoy!
photograph and consume:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I'm sorry you cannot hear the sound of this little loaf as it is pulled it from the oven. It c r a c k l e s .......
This is a version of the "artisan bread in 5 minutes a day" bread. I added italian seasoning and garlic powder; I knew I wanted to dip the bread in / I mean, eat it with my roasted tomato soup. The basic recipe can be found here.
This was so, so simple to make. And, yes, the result was good enough to serve to company. I only made half the recipe; this will make two small 7 oz. loaves. Half the dough is resting in the refrigerator, waiting for another baking day.
in the beginning:
after the rise:
fresh from the oven:
Not your every day orange juice - this is 'weekend orange juice,' made with simple syrup, roasted oranges and a vanilla bean.
The drink is smooth, rich, sweet, - unusual. It would be good poured over shaved ice in the summer. And, it was good on a cold winter day in January, when I was searching for something that reminded me of summer...
You can find the recipe here.
juicer has been around a few years:
vanilla bean seeds floating in and flavoring the orange juice:
When I asked Julie what she would like for me to bake and send to NE for Christmas, she only wanted her Mom's cinnamon crisps. But, she said, they will never survive shipment from TN to NE.
She sent me her Mom's recipe, of which I'm proud to add to my collection. I did find a cinnamon cookie recipe to bake that would survive the sleigh ride via FedEx.
Roll and cut:
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar prior to baking:
Ready for the FedEx ride to NE (and, I sent a tin of these to my Niece M in UC,TN):
You can find this recipe here.
Maybe, some day, I'll try Mrs. Morris' recipe. Let me know if you try this one...
2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c margarine
1 beaten egg
1/2 c milk (about)
1 c sugar
1 T cinnamon
Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and 1 T sugar. Cut in 1/2 c.
margarine. Beat egg and enough milk to make 3/4 c. Mix together and add to
flour mixture. Turn out and knead 25 times on lightly floured board. Roll
long narrow until about 24" long. Brush with melted margarine. Put 1/4 of
sugar cinnamon and roll up. Cut into 1/2" slices. Dip into melted margarine
and a cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll between waxed paper until 1/8" thick.
Transfer to baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees about 10 minutes or until
lightly browned. They will be very delicate but worth it!
Think of mint chocolate Hershey's Kisses, chopped and mixed into a rich chocolate biscotti....
If you are a fan of 'Thin Mint' girl scout cookies, you will love these. By the way, friends are selling girl scout cookies now - buy yours from a Girl Scout today.
Biscotti made at home is so much better than purchased biscotti. One never knows how long biscotti in the retail stores has been sitting on the shelf and getting harder and harder and harder. This biscotti has just the right amount of crunch.
You can find the recipe here.
Santa will be missing a treat if he doesn't taste the cake! Among the ingredients are chocolate, honey, and Kahlua.
The cake gets better as the days pass. This was still delicious after 3 weeks.
Friday, January 1, 2010
A much needed break from the pounds of butter and sugar incorporated into the holiday baking, this granola provides flavor, nutrition, and crunch.
I baked mine a few minutes longer than specified in the recipe, and that was a mistake. Once the granola cooled, it became quite crunchy.
The candied ginger adds a nice flavor boost, but half the amount listed in the recipe would be adequate. Notice the tiny pecans. They can be purchased on line at http://www.kykernelpecans.com, from orchards in Hickman, KY, near my home. The flavor of these small pecans is far superior to that of the larger pecans. These pecans remind me of the pecans Mom would spend hours cracking and storing.
Recipe can be found here.
The cookies taste very good and received positive reviews from my 'tasters' at work, but the cut cookies did not hold their shape as well as I had hoped. You can find recipe here.
The dough did come together as easily as the recipe stated.