Tuesday, September 9, 2014

ABC - Almond Tarts

I love almonds. Blanched, unblanched, roasted, spicy, plain, salted, it doesn't matter. The fact that I'm allergic to most other nuts probably also plays a role in that affinity. This month's ABC baking project is uber almond-y: Almond Tarts from King Arthur Flour. The recipe uses almonds in the crust, and almonds in the filling. It looked fairly straightforward and you didn't have to buy special ingredients like almond paste. If you don't have almond meal/flour, you could certainly make your own by grinding up almonds in a spice grinder (which I find does a better job than a food processor, although it takes longer because you can only do one small batch at a time).

One large Almond Tart. Yum!


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

ABC - Roasted Vegetable Focaccia

With the abundance of fresh vegetables this month, I figured that this month's ABC challenge from King Arthur FlourRoasted Vegetable Focaccia, would be a great way to use of those yummy veggies. I made this bread over a period of three days (by choice) which worked out great. Most of that time is inactive time anyway. I let the starter go for about 24 hours. Then made the dough and let it retard in the fridge for about 16 hours. Then shaped the dough and topped it with veggies and let it rise at room temp for about 3 hours before baking. Very simple, and very delicious.

Yummy zucchini focaccia bread sticks!



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

ABC - Strawberry-filled Angel Food Cake

When I searched the King Arthur Flour website for a summery dessert, I came across this Strawberry-filled Angel Food Cake. About five years ago, I baked and tasted my very first Angel Food Cake, and loved it. It was a recipe by the baking queen, Rose Levy Beranbaum. The thought of filling with the cake with a fruit-filled cream filling sounded REALLY good, and so it became our July challenge for ABC.

Orange flavored Angel Food cake with Red/White/Blue filling. Bon appetit!



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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ABC - Scones

A few ABC-ers had asked if we could bake Scones for our June challenge. After browsing through several recipes for scones on the King Arthur Flour website, I settled on a "basic" scone recipe that allowed for choosing your own add-ins. I had it all figured out: coarsely chopped almonds, dried cranberries, and lots of orange zest. Then one day I was grating fresh ginger to cook with and I thought, "what would pair well with ginger in a scone?" Before too long, my mind wondered off to a land of plump raisins, the aroma of freshly grated orange zest, and beautiful specks of finely shredded carrots. Boom! That's how my Gingered Carrot Cake Scones were born :o)




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Monday, May 19, 2014

ABC - English Digestives Biscuits

Growing up, I ate a lot of Digestives. They were cheap and readily available at any grocery store. When I came across the English Digestives Biscuits recipe on the King Arthur Flour website, I knew I had to give them a try. That's exactly how they landed on our ABC recipe list for this month.

English Digestives. Yum!


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