Tuesday, December 30, 2008

TWD - Cookies Galore

So I missed a couple weeks of posting, but I have been baking. I make "Grandma's All-Occasion Sugar Cookies" (pgs. 146 & 147 in Baking from my Home to Yours) on multiple occasions and also tried out the "Buttery Jam Cookies" (pg. 80). Thanks to Ulrike of K├╝chenlatein for choosing Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies and to Heather of Randomosity and the Girl for choosing the Buttery Jam Cookies.

But since it is the holidays and I would love to get back to hanging out with family and (unfortunately) I have to do some research work for school....so here are some pictures of the baking. Sorry for the limited comments.

Oh and I used Strawberry Jam for the jam cookies :) And Christmas sprinkles for one batch of the sugar cookies and just random sprinkles for the other one. Also I opted for slice and bake method for the sugar cookies. The first time I froze the dough for about 45 minutes because I was short on time, and the second time I refrigerated the dough for the full 4 hours as suggested. Both came out fine, I just accidentally left one of the batches in the oven too long and they got a bit dark...;)

Here is a picture from the baking extravaganza 2008. I think I washed and reused the KitchenAid about 4 times (I also made a double batch of almond biscotti and a batch of blondies, all from Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking from my Home to Yours)). In the background you can see my husband working on the bacon bowties (really easy, just get thinly sliced bacon and cut it in little pieces big enough to wrap around a club cracker. Then bake at 200 for 2 hours (ish...not sure exactly) and when the bacon bakes it cinches up and makes the crackers look like bowties...can be eaten right away or refrigerate and eat the next day).

The next "week" (I am a bit behind) is supposed to be the Butterscotch Pudding...but I am really not a fan of butterscotch, so I will probably skip that one. And then next is the New York Cheesecake, which I am definitely looking forward to :) (hopefully I will get it done and posted in December...we shall see).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

TWD - Linzer Sables AND Thanksgiving Twofer Pie

Thanksgiving Twofer Pie

So I definitely made this Thanksgiving Twofer Pie (actually 2 of them) the Monday before Thanksgiving. So I could have posted it when I was supposed to last Tuesday. But there was a little extension to allow for the holiday, allowing us to post as late as Sunday...so what do I do? Forget about it until yesterday. And to top it all off I made a third pie on Thanksgiving day itself (the first 2 were given away).

Anyways, this pie is superb. I adore pumpkin pie, but have never really liked pecan pie because it is just too much sweetness. But this pie is a perfect blend of the two. Baking it was really easy too.

Thanks to Vibi of La Casserole Carree for choosing the perfect pie for Thanksgiving (see her site or page 321 of Baking from my Home to Yours for the recipe).

Linzer Sables

This week's recipe was chosen by Dennis of Living the Life. I am in finals this week in school and so life is pretty crazy for me. I was really wanting to not do this week, but then I chose to join this group, and I do enjoy baking, so I decided to go for it. My husband had also told me that he doesn't like this kind of cookie so to not be offended if he didn't eat them....this was going to be a great week.

But I made them anyways. They are super simple to whip up. The recipe can be found on Dennis' blog or on pages 134-136 of Baking from my Home to Yours. I didn't make them into cute little sandwiches because I was short on time. And I halved the recipe. But they are great on their own with some powdered sugar and milk :) I think they would be better though in sandwich form with some chocolate in the center...yum.

Anyways, as you can see we have already eaten 4...the rest will soon be gone as well :) Stay tuned next week for Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies on pages 146-147.