Monday, March 23, 2015

TBB - Luxury Oatmeal Cookies

This week, Rose's Alpha Bakers are baking oatmeal cookies. Not just any oatmeal cookies. Luxury Oatmeal Cookies. What could be luxurious about a plain ol' oatmeal cookie, you ask? These are made with homemade granola.

To be honest, I already have a favorite oatmeal cookie recipe that I've tweaked to "perfection" and have been using for many years. Rose's recipe has several steps, including making your own granola which is one of the ingredients in this cookie recipe. Since the oatmeal cookie is hubby's favorite cookie, I wanted to give it a try.

After I tasted the granola, I knew my efforts weren't in vain. Even if the cookie is a dud, I'd still be extremely happy (luckily the cookie wasn't).

Chock full of raisins, toasty almonds, and butterscotch chips! And oats of course :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TBB - Caramel Buns

Due to allergies, I would normally omit pecans from a recipe, if possible, and continue my merry way. But since my husband LOVES sticky buns, and he hadn't had any since before we got married, AND because it was our anniversary last week, I decided to put the pecans on one half of the dough, and make these Caramel Buns our anniversary treat.

Caramel Bun Fondue, anyone?

Fully dressed Caramel Bun for hubby. Look at that fluffy texture!

This will be a short and quick post. I've been really busy and additionally I'm participating in a club-level Toastmasters speech contest tomorrow (for which I have to practice just a little bit more tonight).

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ABC - Lemoniest Little Lemon Muffins with Chocolate Ganache

With so much citrus available this time of year, I had to pick something citrus-y for this month's ABC recipe. I absolutely love lemon (with orange as a close second). This recipe for Lemoniest Little Lemon Loaf had both lemon zest and lemon juice, so I knew it would deliver on the lemon flavor.

Instead of baking the batter into a loaf, I followed Karin's muffin example. One of my favorite cakes growing up was a lemon pound cake with a dark chocolate glaze on all four sides. I thought I'd bring back some of those memories by putting a chocolate ganache glaze on some of my muffins.

Lemon cornmeal muffin with chocolate ganache glaze!

If you'd like to join the ABC bakers in their monthly baking adventures, please go to the ABC blog for more information.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TBB - Lemon Posset Shortcakes

I was almost forced to skip this week's challenge. My left wrist had started acting up again, out of nowhere. But then all the Alpha Bakers started saying how wonderful the Lemon Posset Shortcakes were, so I had to come up with something.

Shortcuts, shortcuts.... I had some Super Lemony Muffins in the freezer which I had made for my other baking group, Avid Baker's Challenge. This is the first time that the baked product of one baking group aids in a dessert of another :o)

I need more shortcuts... Hmmm. There is no shortcut for Lemon Posset. Or is there? An idea began to form in my head. I watched some videos on how to make Lemon Posset on YouTube to get a sense for the milky consistency immediately after cooking. It was still fairly runny, and that's when I knew my idea would work. What is my idea? Well, if England and South America got married, and had a baby, it would be named Lemon Posset Leche Cake. Yes, I used the warm Lemon Posset mixture to soak my Super Lemony Muffins, Tres Leches-style. It was awesome!! :o)

Lemon Posset Leche Cake with a chocolate whipped cream shell border. I love lemon + chocolate!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

TBB - Swedish Apricot Walnut Bread

I was excited about baking a yeast recipe this week. The Swedish Apricot Walnut Bread needed a few tweaks to suit my taste and allergies, but turned out great in the end!

I loved the soft, light and airy crumb of this bread. The sweetness from the dried fruit was just the right amount!