First off Happy Mother’s Day to all the yummy mummies out there!
This mother’s day I wanted to bake something a little more special than just a cake, and seeing as how I had just made my mom a Carrot Cake for her birthday a couple weeks ago, I thought I would hold off on another cakey creation, that we would eat for about a week… So I thought about what my mother might like instead, and then it came to me. A Cheesecake!
A couple reasons for this is because a. my mom had actually came home from work one day a while back with a brand new springform pan for me, cause she knew I didn’t have one, and b. because every time my mom has gone on a cruise ship (and believe me, she’s been on a million) she always says she loves having the NY Cheesecake. I remember she would go to High Tea every day on the ship just for the cheesecake, and was rather dissapointed once when they didn’t have any! Shocking, a cruise ship with no Cheesecake! So I thought it would be nice to bake her one from scratch, non of this no-bake, pre-bought cardboard tasting cheesecake. Nope, it would be straight fom the oven! And, even though It was hard, I waited the agonizing million hours for it to bake, and cool completely, and store in the fridge over night. Luckily she wasn’t home at the time so I could do all this without her knowledge, and have it ready for the reveal on mothers day morning. Along with pancakes for breakfast and of course home made strawberry coulis! I also found the cutest mothers day card, which I thought was quite fitting! (see below)
Now, I think I had only ever made a cheesecake once before for thanksgiving, a pumpkin one, and it didn’t turn out so great. But! this one is definitely a winner and a great basic like Dorie says. You can add many variations to it or have it just plain. I stuck with plain, and made some strawberry coulis to go with it. The recipe is super easy to follow, and I highly recommend the water bath, and hair dryer technique!.. you’ll see. Enjoy! Love you mom! (more…)
So I’ve been wanting to bake something more fruity ever since I made the carrot cake last week. I do love all the chocolatey things and cakes and all the good stuff. But lately i’ve been wanting to bake something with apples, that seems a little lighter and healthier. (ok, i know it’s not exactly healthy.. eating an apple on it’s own would be a lot better, which I have been doing also!) But I had wanted to use up some green apples that were sitting on the counter. Of course I searched for recipes on the web, and in Dorie’s Book to find an apple related recipe that was lighter and less dense than say, an apple pie.
So I stumbled upon this recipe, and decided to combine it with a recipe I found in Dorie’s book for Dimply Plum Cake. I really liked her’s but found It was a bit smaller than I wanted to make so I combined the two recipes to make something inbetween. Instead of chopping the apples up and incorporating them, I sliced them and layed them on top of the cake like Dorie’s plum cake. This recipe is worth trying for sure.
Dimply Apple Spice Cake
- 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 3-4 apples, cored and sliced
- cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spay a 9×13 baking pan, dust with flour and tap excess off.
- In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk to combine well and set aside.
- In bowl of stand mixer, combine sugars and butter and beat on medium high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.
- Turn mixer on slow and fold in flour mixture a little at a time until just combined.
- Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Layer top with apple slices so they all face the same way, and sprinkle top generously with cinnamon sugar.
- Place in oven and bake until cooked through, when top slightly bounces back to the touch, about 30 minutes, you may need an extra 5 minutes if it looks too soft, so just turn the oven off, and let them sit for another 5 minutes before you take them out.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan, cutting and serving. These would also be good with whipped cream, cool whip or a dollop of ice cream.
Yet another chocolate chip cookie. I wonder how many there are out there?? I made the Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies by Martha before and said they were the softer more cakey cookie recipe I use. This one is the opposite. These are crunchier, softer in the middle and crisp on the edges. After coming home from the gym (yea, gym and cookies? not a good combo! But I’ve got another membership, and been going everyday this week! good for me right?) my mom requested some chocolate chip cookies that were crispy and thinner than the last ones I made. So I grabbed my book and got a recipe. Her and my brother consumed the entire first batch.. yes the entire cookie sheet. Alright I may have had one..or two. Sorry mom. I’m sure it was mostly Nick… right? So if you’re looking for a crunchy chocolate chip cookie I suggest you give these a try.
So you think that I would know by now, from baking so many things, the proper way to add ingredients. Sadly I have proved myself wrong. As I was making these last night (post gym) I thought it would be easiest to quickly make them(so I could go shower, change and eat them, obviously..and undo all the hard work at the gym.) But in doing so I made a mistake. While adding the eggs, one at a time, I thought what the heck, why not crack them on the side of the bowl, while the paddle attachment is on low. Why not indeed…Oooh maybe because half of the egg shell fell into the bowl and continued to beat into the cookie dough. Yes, this happened. Luckily my instincts kicked in and I turned the down the mixer to off, or so I thought. The swtich turned out to be the locking swtich, so I quickly pushed the (right) switch to off, and proceeded to dish out the hunks of shell. Luckily they hadn’t been smashed to little bits and I got them all out safely. Please, don’t do this. It is not fun.
Recipe from: Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips or 2 cups store-bought chocolate chips
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, or pecans (optional)
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
- Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes or so, until well-blended.
- Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each egg goes in. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in 3 portions, mixing only until each addition is incorporated. On low speed, or by hand with a rubber spatula, mix in the chocolate and nuts. ( The dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen. If you’d like, you can freeze rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, ready for baking. Freeze the mounds on a lined baking sheet, then bag them when they’re solid. There’s no need to defrost the dough before baking – just add another minute or two to the baking time.)
- Spoon the dough by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between spoonfuls.
- Bake the cookies- one sheet at a time and rotating the sheet at the midway point- for 10-12 minutes, or until they are brown at the edges and golden in the center; they may still be a little soft in the middle, and that’s just fine. Pull the sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to rest for 1 minute, then carefully, using a wide metal spatula, transfer them to racks to cool to room temperature.
- Repeat with the remainder of the dough, cooling the baking sheets between batches.
Enjoy with a nice tall glass of milk!
After having the baby shower this weekend, I think I need to stay away from cupcakes for a while (we’ll see). I had wanted to enter the Iron Cupcake Challenge this month, but never got around to it as I was busy with the baby shower. But please vote for the people that enterered! I really wanted to, I loved the Coffee theme! I was going to make Mocha Cupcakes.. maybe i’ll have to make them sometime anyways.