Almond Biscotti

Having realized that I forgot to make any biscotti over the holidays, I had to remedy the situation right away by making a batch.  I kept it simple and went with a fairly plain almond biscotti.  But sometimes plain can be so, so good.

Because I’m me, I made a few changes – I omitted the egg wash and orange zest and I mixed the dough in my stand mixer instead of in the same sauce pan that the butter gets melted.  Click the link below to Bridget’s blog if you want to see the original instructions.  But I was very happy with the results.  I found the dough to be a little bit more sticky than any other biscotti I have made.  It made shaping the logs slightly difficult, but the final product was just fine.  I should also point out that I don’t like my biscotti overly brown, so I shortened each baking time by a minute or two.

Almond Biscotti

Source:  adapted from The Way The Cookie Crumbles

3¼ cups (15.6 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 large eggs
10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 teaspoon salt
1½ cups (10.5 ounces) sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or orange liqueur
1 tablespoon orange zest – sadly I omitted this
1 cup slivered or sliced almonds

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.  In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, mix the flour and baking powder.

2. In a small sauce pan, heat the butter just until melted. Remove the pot from the heat and pour the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer.  Stir in the sugar and salt.  Stir in the eggs, one at time; add the extract, liqueur, and zest.  Slowly mix in the flour mixture, then the almonds.

3. Divide the dough in half.  On the prepared baking sheet, shape each half into a log 2-inches across and ¾-inch high. Brush with egg white. Bake for 30 minutes, until puffed and golden.

4. Carefully transfer the logs to a cooling rack; cool for about 30 minutes.  Leave the oven on.

5. Slice each log on the diagonal into ½-inch thick cookies.  Lay half of the cookies cut side down on the baking sheet.  Bake 11 minutes; remove the pan from the oven and, using tongs, turn each cookie over onto its other cut side.  Bake 7 minutes, until the edges are browned. Transfer to a cooling rack.  Repeat with the remaining cookies.

Blueberry Muffins

I stumbled upon this recipe while reading an issue of Real Simple one night and I decided to make them the next morning since I had all of the ingredients.  I don’t remember what possessed me to buy Splenda in the first place, but I’ve had it for several months and am trying to get rid of it.  I made a few changes including adding orange zest and using regular Splenda instead of the “plus fiber” kind.  We thought they were great!  Perfect for our breakfasts this week.

Blueberry Muffins

Source:  Splenda

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

zest of one orange

1 cup Splenda with Fiber {I used regular}

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/4 cup honey

2 eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and orange zest.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy.  Add splenda and honey, beating until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time.  Stir in vanilla.  Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour.  Fold in blueberries.

Fill muffin cups evenly.  Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden.  Cool n wire rack.

Pumpkin Scones

Unfortunately for Tim, it had been awhile since I baked anything at all.  So to get back on his good side in the kitchen, I knew that whatever I baked would really need to knock his socks off.  Pumpkin flavored anything is his weakness, so I knew that couldn’t go wrong there.  This recipe nailed it.  The warm, subtly spicy, and not too sweet flavor was perfect for breakfast or a snack.  We both really enjoyed them!

Pumpkin Scones

Source:  Cook Like A Champion

Ingredients:
For the scones:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/3 cup pumpkin purée
1/3 cup heavy cream
6 tablespoons (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the glaze:
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons pumpkin
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 425º.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
-In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt and spices.
-In another medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, cream, sugar and vanilla.
-Using the tips of your fingers or a pastry blender, cut butter the into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
-Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just moistened.  The dough will be crumbly.
-Turn the dough out onto the counter and push the pile together with your hands.  Continue pressing and kneading the dough until everything comes together, taking care not to overwork it.
-Form the dough into a rough circle 3/4 to 1 inch thick.  Cut the dough into 8 wedges and placed on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
-Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom.  Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
-While scones are cooling, make the glaze by whisking the syrup, pumpkin and powdered sugar together in a small bowl.  Add more syrup or powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.  Pipe or drizzle over the cooled scones.

Yield 8 scones.

Berry Granola Bars

Here’s a new granola bar recipe that I tried out.  Even though I doubled the original recipe, it still makes a smaller batch than any of my other granola bar recipes.  It is a nice and quick recipe though that yields a thick cookie-like bar.  I have listed the ingredients as I made it {doubled}, if you want to cut it in half, use an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan for baking and cut into 8 bars.

We ate them way too fast to warrant freezing them, but the recipe indicates that they freeze extremely well.

Berry Granola Bars

Source:  cooking for 2 magazine, Spring 2009.

Ingredients

4 Tbsp butter, soft

4 Tbsp brown sugar

2 eggs

4 tsp corn syrup

2 tsp molasses

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/3 cup old-fashioned oats

6 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup chopped pecan

1/2 cup dried mixed berries {blueberries, strawberries, cherries, cranberries…any combo totaling 1/2 cup is fine}

Directions

Cream butter and brown sugar.  Beat in the eggs, corn syrup, molasses, and vanilla.

Combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in pecans and dried fruit,

Spread into a lightly greased 8″ or 9″ square pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until set and edges are browned.  Cool completely and then cut into bars.

French Breakfast Puffs

I wanted to have a homemade breakfast item on hand for the week, so I did a little baking and whipped up these muffins.  Since cinnamon and sugar is one of my favorite flavors, I thought they were very good!  There’s nothing French about them necessarily, but that’s okay!

I made a few changes that include reducing the amount of salt, adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and subbing buttermilk for regular milk.  I just can’t make a baked good without a little vanilla and I just happened to have some buttermilk that needed to be used, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to use that instead.

I also reduced the amount of topping ingredients because I thought it sounded like an awful lot of butter and I didn’t want to have any leftover that would be wasted.  But it turned out that I ran out of my reduced toppings!  I could have melted up some more butter, but I was too lazy so I just left a few muffins {maybe 3?} plain.

French Breakfast Puffs

Source: Pioneer Woman

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt {I used 1/2 tsp}
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ⅔ cups Shortening {I used butter flavored Crisco}
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Milk {I used buttermilk}

Topping

  • 1-½ cup Sugar  {I used one cup}
  • 3 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 2 sticks Butter {I used 1 stick, but ran out so I just didn’t coat all the muffins}

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups.

In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In your mixer bowl, cream together 1 cup sugar and shortening. Then add eggs & vanilla and mix again. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.

Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full {or more, mine were pretty much heaping}. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

In a bowl, melt 2 sticks butter. In a separate bowl combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Dip baked muffins in butter, coating thoroughly, then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Eat them while they’re warm!  Enjoy!

Flaky Biscuits

Mmmmm, the breakfast of champions – bacon, eggs, and biscuits.

These biscuits were very tender and thick!  They were great for this breakfast, but would also be wonderful served with sausage gravy or along side a hearty stew, fried chicken, or other dinner.  Give them a try!

Flaky Biscuits
Source:  Good Things Catered, originally from Joy of Cooking

Yield: 8-10 big biscuits

Ingredients:
2 c. all purpose flour
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, plus more to top
3/4 c. milk {I used buttermilk}

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 450 degrees
-In large bowl, sift or whisk together flour, powder and salt.
-Cut the very cold butter, into dry ingredients until butter pieces are about the size of a pea.
-Add the milk and mix until just combined (texture should be sticky, moist and lumpy)
-Roll or pat the dough out on flour prepared surface into 1 in. thickness.
-Cut with lightly floured biscuit cutter and place on prepared baking sheet.
-Top each biscuit with a small cube of butter to help brown.
-Place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes or longer until tops are nicely browned.
-Serve immediately.

Waffle Mini Muffins with Maple-Sugar Glaze

Several days ago we were out of easy-to-grab breakfast food items so I decided to make some mini muffins.  I chose these since we are BIG fans of actual waffles.  They turned out to have the perfect flavor of waffles in a bite sized muffin!  They were really good warm from the oven, and not as great cold so I suggest zapping the leftover muffins in the microwave before eating them.

Waffle Muffins with Maple-Sugar Glaze

source:  Cuisine at Home magazine, April 2010 issue

makes about 36 mini muffins

Ingredients for muffins:

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup malt powder

1/4 cup cornmeal

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs, separated

2 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for the glaze:

2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

2 Tbsp coarse sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and coat 2 mini muffin pans with nonstick spray.

Whisk together the flour, malt powder, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and set it aside.

Whisk together the slightly cooled melted butter, buttermilk, granulated sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla in a large bowl until blended.

Whip egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer to medium peaks.

Combine buttermilk mixture with flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated.

Fold whipped egg whites into batter just until thin white streaks remain visible.  Transfer batter by 2 heaping teaspoons (or #30 scoop) into prepared pans.

Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 12 minutes.

Combine maple syrup and sugar in small bowl; brush onto muffin tops. Return muffins to oven for 2-3 minutes to set the glaze.

Serve muffins warm.

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries