Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ABC - Tender Loving Crackle Cookies

I love crackle cookies and when I saw Christina Marsigliese's TLC cookies blog post, I knew I had to pick them for our ABC group's June Challenge. I've made this type of cookies before, using a Nick Malgieri recipe which were awesome, so I knew the bar was set high. Christina's recipe did not disappoint.

I didn't change much in the recipe except I added 1 tsp of instant espresso powder for a little mocha flavor (and that's coming from a girl who doesn't even drink or like coffee) and I used 60% Ghirardelli chocolate chips.

Fudgy + chewy = yummy!

And pretty too!


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Monday, June 1, 2015

ABC - Brown Butter Banana Bread

This is a super late blog post but as they say, better late than never :) It will also be super short. Things have been hectic lately but in a fun way (long overseas vacation, mom currently visiting me).

Moist brown butter banana bread

Our ABC recipe for the month of May, Brown Butter Banana Bread, was made a while ago. Having baked numerous banana breads, I was intrigued by the brown butter aspect in this recipe. The process of making browned butter (or beurre noisette as it's called in Fancy Land), is mesmerizing. I have to admit that the browned butter flavor was lost in the end, overwhelmed by the chocolate and banana. It was still a lovely banana bread though, moist and not too dense.

I like to use mini chocolate chips for better chocolate flavor distribution

Moist and airy
Don't forget to check out the other ABC bakers' results.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

ABC - Fudgy No-Butter Brownies

I'm late, late, late, but better late than never, I suppose. These Fudgy No-Butter Brownies were awesome! I was skeptical at first but I have to admit, it worked.

The ABC bakers had interesting challenge this month. Bake a gluten free brownie without butter. Mission impossible, you say? Not so much.

These delicious gluten free brownies were baked about a month ago for the Pi(e) Day celebration at work. I baked the batter in a 9" Pyrex pie pan and so the "Brownie Pie' was born :o)

"Brownie Pie"


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TBB - Cran-Apple Upside Down Cake

Although I'm super late with this post, I couldn't get myself to not blog about it. It will be a brief post though.

Hubby doesn't like sour things. So I knew he wouldn't like the fresh cranberries in this recipe, so I split up the cake in two: one half with cranberries for yours truly, and one half with thinly sliced Gala apples.


Cranberry-Apple Upside Down Cake. Why choose when you can have both? :o)


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 :)