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What are you baking these days? March 2012, part 2! [OLD]

Hello from warm and sunny Toronto! I forgot how much I love this city. Lots of eating but no baking for me this weekend...and seeing friends old and new is always fun. So, what are YOU baking these days? Muffins, perhaps?

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  1. Funny you asked about muffins, as Madame Souschef has requested low-fat muffins. I found an Epi recipe I intend to make this weekend. If they are any good I'll post a link.

    Don't forget the food and wine show in Toronto (Mississauga, that is).

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    1. re: souschef

      Souschef; I bake lots of low(er) fat muffins; Ellie Krieger makes some good ones.. here are some favorites:
      They're good, and they don't taste,er.."healtthy"..if you know what I mean..

      1. re: rstuart

        I'm kind of not in a pumpkin mode right now (too wintery for this early spring!), and I was wondering how the blueberry ones are in particular since I thought they looked like they didn't rise very much in the photo.

        1. re: roxlet

          I really like them roxlet...they rise pretty well and fill the muffin tin..

          1. re: rstuart

            Thanks for posting the recipe; I'll give them a whirl.

        2. re: rstuart

          I looked at the food network recipe and wondered why muffins need to have so many spices these days. I like spices, but not in muffins. Even the little nutmeg I used in the epi recipe I did not really like. BTW after a day my wife and I changed out minds about those muffins.

          1. re: souschef

            To the worse? Traditional muffins (quite low in fat) have a very short shelf life. They were intended to be eaten hot with dinner.

            1. re: buttertart

              Yup, to the worse. I'll keep the low shelf life in mind the next time.

      2. with the rainstorm heading in tonight/tomorrow, i plan to spend a lot of tomorrow in the kitchen...
        funny you mention muffins... i was contemplating whether i was gonna make some to go with brunch tomorrow -- i already water bagels retarding in the fridge. i don't really need another starch, but we'll see. if i do, it will likely be Grape or Blueberry Cashew... can't remember what i have more of in the fridge...

        in the mood to make kichel as well.
        and something with caramelized white chocolate.

        and sunday, i just might do apple or pear strudel. watched that great video and started to look at my coffee table as the perfect place to set the scene...

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        1. re: Emme

          boiled and baked off some of the water bagels today... they floated awfully quickly... i fear i didn't retard them soon enough (due to extenuating circumstances)... oh well, they got good reviews, but didn't have quite the crust on them that i was seeking...

          ended up making a small (6 muffin) batch of grape cashew muffins.

          also baked off some chocolate rugelach - i did a chocolate dough, and filled with brown sugar and dark chocolate chips... sprinkled the top with granulated sugar before baking. really nice when they cooled.

        2. I'm in the mood to bake as well.

          I found a recipe for mandelbrot in my desk today, one I'd clipped from somewhere years ago and never tried. So I baked it up, adding chocolate chips etc, and they were good.

          I see brownies in my future tomorrow ... not sure what kind. I also need to make a large birthday cake (for 15-20) at some point.

          1. Hi, new poster (but long-time reader). I had left-over egg white to use up, so I made flourless chocolate walnut cookies. I added some bittersweet chocolate chips which I would not do again; they did not cook as nicely as when I have left them out. They also had to cook longer than the recipe specifies (though that could be because I made them full-sized this time).


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            1. re: klynne

              Welcome to the baking thread! Always great to have another fellow baker for inspiration!

              1. re: roxlet

                Thank you! I must admit, I get much of MY inspiration from you all, so I'll have to try to get creative and return the favor.

              2. re: klynne

                Yes, welcome! Happy to see a new face.

                1. re: klynne

                  Oh, I've made a version of those cookies, really the same thing with slightly different proportions, and I used pecans; I got the recipe from Chowhound poster Danna. I made them for the holidays a couple of years ago and really loved them.

                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    Yes, yes, yes! The first time I baked them, they came out as rocks. But then you and Danna helped me get 'em right. :)

                    I have a very funny pic of April Katt staring at the rocks, seemingly puzzling over what happened! Don't ask me why you've gotta turn your head to see:

                    Thank you for reminding me of what else to do with extra egg whites--I keep getting stuck on almond cake. Those cookies are fantastic, tho'!

                      1. re: rstuart

                        Thank you! She's such a good girl--and keeps me amused in and out of the kitchen. ;)

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          LOL, that's a great picture!

                          I caught my cat recently walking off with a vanilla bean, lol.

                          1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                            OMG, that's funny! Thankfully, this bean was safe!

                      2. re: kattyeyes

                        Yes, I get stuck on the idea of macaroons for my egg white leftovers, but I am more likely to have chocolate around than coconut!

                        1. re: klynne

                          I tend to make friands with my leftover eggs whites... they are pretty easy, and with the browned butter, taste great.. this is one that I make a lot in the summer...

                          1. re: rstuart

                            Another good reminder! One of my friends made them earlier this year (sans cherries) and I'd forgotten all about these treats with the funny name. ;)

                            ETA: In case you have fewer egg whites on hand (I have four when I make gelato, so this is perfect), here are my friend's friands!

                            I still need to pick up some mini molds, tho'.

                            1. re: kattyeyes

                              Yum! I made my friands in muffin tins.. since I don't have any mini-molds!
                              Apparently they're very popular in Australia.. I've found a few good recipes from Donna Hay..

                              1. re: rstuart

                                Those look and sound wonderful! I'll have to add them into the "left-over egg white" rotation.

                  2. I made some small brioche filled with pastry cream, then rolled in melted butter and sugar. (I rolled the brioche in the butter/sugar, not me)

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                    1. re: sandylc

                      I generally find that by the time I've finished a large baking session, I do tend to look like I've rolled in butter and sugar (with splotches of chocolate!)

                      1. re: rstuart

                        Ha, true. My kitchen floor is always a floury mess, too. I clean it and within 24 it's covered again.

                        1. re: rstuart

                          i have a couple of "baking sweatshirts," ones in which i have no shame in wiping my flour or sugar dusted hands on. you can tell when i've been in the kitchen... some combo of flour, sugar, fondant, gumpaste... not to mention the other week when i found a small (but not small enough to not be weird) piece of fondant in my ear (the section above the actual ear canal)... i was glad i was alone when i found that...

                      2. Tomorrow I'm making my pie for pi day. I wasn't feeling well on Tues and Wed, so it hasn't happened yet! My brother is looking forward to it and has been bugging me since Wed to get it done

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                          1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                            A baked coconut pie, recipe from here:

                            It looks and smells good, but it's still too hot to eat

                            1. re: sarahjay

                              This sounds wonderful -- a variation on coconut custard pie. Please report on how it turned out!

                              1. re: roxlet

                                It's good, but really sweet. I might try with unsweetened coconut next time, but the fam loved it!
                                It has a brulee-esque crunchy top and a gooey custardy filling that reminded me of pecan pie. I used a TJ's crust because I didn't want to make one and I'd had them in the freezer for months. It wasn't a bad crust, but of course not as good as homemade:)

                                1. re: sarahjay

                                  Oh, my!!! That's my family's toasted coconut pie recipe, with two very small differences:

                                  1-our recipe uses 1 1/3 cups coconut, and
                                  2-Instead of vinegar, we use 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

                                  My mother has been making this for holidays for years. I haven't had it in quite a while because, as you say, it is VERY sweet and therefore doesn't appeal to me as much as it used to. Thanks for the memory!

                        1. I'm having fun experimenting with my new ovens. Yesterday was my second attempt at baking and I'm learning to adjust to an oven w accurate temperatures!

                          I found a recipe for a Fig & Anise Quick Bread in my relatively new cookbook - Williams Sonoma Cooking at Home. I was looking for something to accompany my cheese course and this recipe fit the bill. Fittingly (given it's the St Patty's Day weekend) the recipe is based on an Irish Soda Bread. Happy to report the flavour and texture was just perfect with our cheeses. Not too sweet and the soft texture was a nice contrast to the crisp, crunchy flatbread we served.

                          I was pleasantly surprised as I thought my dough was a bit too sticky when I turned it out onto the counter. Perhaps this is just one of those recipes that's more forgiving than others. I did need to reduce the cooking time by approx 7 mins.

                          I'd recommend this one. Here's a link to the online recipe if folks are interested:


                          Oh, and as I continue to experiment w my new oven, I'd sincerely appreciate any tips you baking experts here might be able to share w me. I've started a thread here and would love to hear from you:


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                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                            Breadcrumbs, I just wanted to say you made me smile. What I love about Chowhound is no-one looks at me funny when I say "cheese course"

                          2. I made s'mores brownies today, based on a Giada recipe (but I made bars instead of bites)

                            1. Double coconut muffins fom SK. Awful. Oh well, can't win 'em all.

                              1. Made some Swedish rye with freshly squeezed orange juice and some Russian rye with chocolate, shallots, espresso powder, etc. Both were outstanding and we look forward to thin toasts made from them and eaten with poached eggs tomorrow morning.

                                EDIT: Both recipes from Beth Hensperger

                                1. This weekend I made Nigella Lawson's dense chocolate loaf cake. It's not a pretty cake as it splits and the top is slightly burnt (though didn't develop a bitter taste).

                                  The cake is very dense and very rich and very good. It reminded me of Julia Child's reine de saba cake although there's no almonds involved. The center is slightly undercooked and fudgy. As promised by the recipe the cake flavors develop over time and it's better tasting on its third day then when I made it on Friday.

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                                  1. re: Roland Parker

                                    Roland; that recipe has long been on my list of things to try.. glad to hear it's so good! I find that Nigella is very good with chocolate...

                                  2. We've had lots of rain & cold here in the Bay Area, so I've been baking like crazy. A pumpkin pie for pie day; pumpkin scones (to use up leftover heavy cream); oatmeal muffins from soulemama (pretty bland & chewy; tasted much better cut in half and toasted the next day); KAF no-knead pizza dough (which I used to make a big focaccia and then small focaccia rolls for sandwiches); Mark Bittman's whole wheat flatbread (went great with lentil soup); and there's a Maida Heatter coffee cake in the oven now for tomorrow. Whew!

                                    1. Wow! everything sounds terrific. Must get baking again myself.

                                      1. Yesterday was a big baking day at my house and an equally BIG disaster.

                                        The plan was production of 6 large and 1/2 dozen small meat pies for the freezer. The fillings were prepped and ready to go: traditional pork pies, deep-dish double crust turkey pies and a new Morrocan pork/turnip/prune/cumin style pie that had the most delicious filling.

                                        As a 35-year baker of pies, I have tended to get a little cavelier about pastry/pie-crust. Added to that, I have been suffering (whining between the sneezes and the coughs) from what is known locally as the 100-day-cold. My husband, who knew his fave meat pies awaited the end of the effort, offered to help with the pastry-making which was motivating!

                                        We made a giant batch of pastry (regular Crisco, AP flour, salt and ice-water) in the usual, by-hand method and formed the results into the correct number of proportionate-sized balls, slightly flattened.

                                        Then,my husband prepped them for their rest in the fridge while I went to change for our hike.

                                        I think this is where things went wrong, though I hasten to add that I do NOT blame Himself for this, as I didn't see the problem coming.

                                        I usually wrap each individual slightly-flattened pastry disc tightly in plastic wrap. Hubby simply placed them all on dinner-plates and covered the plates in plastic bags. (He is very environmentally careful and will re-use the washed bags again and again: I confess I would bin the plastic wrap!).

                                        We then went for a much longer walk and then napped before I got back on track with the pie-prep. When I woke up and grogged my way to the surface, I realized that I had no time left before dinner and had to get those pies formed and in the oven/freezer fast so I got the plates out, prepped my rolling area and went for it.

                                        That is when the disaster revealed itself. Every single disc fell apart as soon as I tried to roll out the pastry. Leaving out the cursing and the tears, I then ended up piecing together enough bits to do 1/2 dozen single (top) crusted pies, turning the Morrocan dish into a pastryless casserole, and serving some of the turkey mixture on rice for dinner. More than 1/2 the pastry went in the bin. We ate very late.

                                        Post-game analysis?

                                        -my cold impaired my experienced judgement and the pastry was too short to begin with

                                        -you MUST wrap pastry INDIVIDUALLY to retain moisture while it rests in the fridge

                                        -you MUST obey rules of timing for pastry-rest 1/2 an hour in the fridge and no more or take out from fridge and rest for an hour before attempting to roll if you have left it there for more than 3 hours

                                        Alternatively, maybe there are some days you simply shouldn't try to do major kitchen projects!

                                        In any case, no permanent harm done and I am getting re-inspired reading this thread: I think muffins sound like a good safe place to go next!

                                        Have fun in TO, my old home town, Buttertart!

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                                        1. re: LJS

                                          Aw, that's terrible, LJS. I concur with wrapping the pastry in plastic wrap, but I sometimes make my crust a day ahead and have it rest overnight -- and sometimes even longer. The falling apart is always a question of moisture to me, and I always feel that recipes understate the amount of water needed to bring a pie dough together. But for an experienced pie baker, it is always a major disappointment to have one's crusts not work out, so I sympathize whole-heartedly!

                                        2. From the current Cookbook of the Month, the Greek cookbook The Olive and the Caper, a yogurt cake with lemon zest, soaked with lemon-ouzo-sugar syrup.

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                                            1. re: roxlet

                                              It is delicious, and even better the day after it is made, when the syrup has had more time to permeate the cake. Very lemony and moist.

                                          1. Has anyone tried baking Perfect Party Cake from Dorie's Baking from My Home To Yours? Did you have success with the cake rising?

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                                            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                              Yes and yes... but it was a few years ago...

                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                Oh okay. I made it but the cakes didn't rise so I had a two layer instead of a 4 layer cake. Trying to sleuth out what may have been the cause.

                                            2. Had a fun day in the kitchen yesterday and one success story was another recipe from Maida Heatter. This time I baked "Kathy's Cranberry Loaf" from her New Book of Great Desserts. The recipe yields two glazed loaves - something that's always appreciated here as it's nice to have something to tuck into the freezer.

                                              Since there were two loaves in the oven at the same time, I decided to experiment with my convection bake feature. I adjusted the temperature down by 25° (per oven directions) and the loaves baked for the suggested 45 mins at which time I checked them per Ms Heatter's instructions. She instructs that if the tops are too pale (they were) to raise the rack to a higher pos'n (which I did). I liked that she also noted the the precise appearance of the loaves (2 inches high with a crack down the length of each loaf...check, check!). The cooking time using convection heat was 1 hour - identical to that which was prescribed for conventional baking.

                                              I did stray from her instructions when it came to the glaze and simply released the loaves from their pans, replaced them and glazed them in there instead of on plates as she suggests. I use this technique for lemon loaves and never have an issue.

                                              This is an outstanding recipe. I used blood oranges and they imparted a special punch. we loved the fruitcake-like texture as well. Highly recommend this one!

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                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                I haven't really used the convection feature on my oven, but when I did the results were less than optimal. In particular, when making several pans of lasagna the pasta did not cook on the edges and was crispy instead. Anyone have any general tips when baking with convection?

                                                1. re: mahlzeit_yumyum

                                                  Up-thread I posed the same question mahizeit. I asked folks for comments/tips on a separate thread and provided this link:


                                                2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                  Where are folks getting cranberries this time of year? I keep seeing recipes pop up and can't help wondering...or are they frozen? I can't find 'em past Turkey Day, it seems.

                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                    Mine were frozen kattyeyes. Since they freeze so well and I just love them, I tend to stock up after the holidays when they go on sale. I have one bag left now so I'm looking forward to Easter!! ; - )

                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                      Thank you, Breadcrumbs. Lesson learned--this kat is stocking up next time! I love 'em, too!

                                                  2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                    In one of her books Maida (really my all-time favourite dessert cookery author) mentions being a Virgo and hence obsessed with details and making everything perfect. ;-) Her instructions are as good as they get in cookbook writing.

                                                    Just made cranberry sauce a week or two ago with cranberries from 2010...tastes fine.

                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                        Most of my best friends are Virgos! MH's details make her books ideal for experimenting with my convection and surround bake functions. I'll be sure to continue to share results here.

                                                        We're loving that cranberry loaf btw, I fear the second one won't be in the freezer much longer!

                                                    1. Yesterday made some Portuguese Sweet Bread and some Lavash Crackers. Very pleased with both. (pictured)

                                                      Also made some sugar diamonds, which i didn't photograph, along with some Caramelized Rugelach some with white chocolate some not.

                                                      1. I made a shoofly pie (alton brown's recipe, but baked in a raw shell for less time for a wet-bottom pie) because I got some bad news and wanted to eat my emotions. I'm good now that I had pie ;)

                                                        1. We were craving something sweet after dinner tonight, so I took the opportunity to finally try turning some of my homemade cream cheese into cheesecake. I'm doing 2 mini cheesecakes, lemon zest mixed in and orange curd swirled on top, with brown butter shortbread crusts. I'm using a new recipe for the crusts, which are just pre-baking now. The uncooked dough tasted great, so I have high hopes.

                                                          1. Tried my first recipe in Tish Boyle's book The Good Cookie -- the lemon cornmeal cookies (crumiri). Delicious! :) Thin, not too sweet, and I doubled the lemon (zest of 2 lemons total). Perfect to accompany tea or coffee, or (as one taster said) to wolf down by the half-dozen after going for a run.

                                                            1. I made the zucchini muffins in the link below; I already had the zukes, so decided to make them first, before the other low-fat recipes posted above. They turned out really nice, so I'll make them again. Mme Souschef loves them ❤

                                                              The recipe is a perfect example of something I dislike - 3 cups of grated zucchini specified, instead of the weight. I bought 2 zukes, thinking it would be enough, but I got two cups, unless I had decided to pack the stuff, in which case it would have been one. Emme will understand my frustration.

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                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                  This link. I'm positive I included it, but here it is:


                                                                  Oh BTW I omitted the cinnamon, and used almonds instead of pecans.

                                                                  1. re: souschef

                                                                    Interesting, I wouldn't really consider that a low-fat recipe, with 2/3 cup oil for a dozen muffins, but I guess it's all relative.

                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                      I know nothing about low-fat as I've never had to watch my fat intake. I was telling my wife that there's nothing wrong with that recipe that butter would not fix :)

                                                                      Would you consider 1/3 cup oil for a dozen muffins low-fat? I'm looking for guidance here.

                                                                      My wife was suggesting that I add bran, wheat germ, and flax seed, as well as using some whole wheat flour, making it disgustingly healthy. What do you think?

                                                                      1. re: souschef

                                                                        You didn't ask me, but I will barge in here anyway! Many recipes will easily take a 25-30% substitution of whole wheat for unbleached/white flour. A bit of bran or germ is good. Flax seeds, however, are useless to the body unless they are ground before eating.

                                                                        1. re: souschef

                                                                          Yes, 1/3 cup would be more moderate, in my eyes. If you note, the recipes rstuart linked up above each use 1/4 cup oil, but also use buttermilk, which I feel adds tenderness and moisture when you're using less fat. If your wife is more concerned about fat content than fat composition, there's nothing stopping you from using melted butter in place of the oil, for improved flavor.

                                                                          In the zucchini muffins, I'd certainly sub whole wheat flour for some of the AP. I personally prefer the more finely ground whole wheat pastry flour, which performs most like AP because its protein content is similar and it's not coarse. I often use all WWPF in muffins and the like, but that's me. I do tinker, subbing different flours and such but instead of adding bran, etc. to a recipe, you could also start with a recipe that uses those, and add the flavors I like. I like this bran muffin recipe, which uses 1/4 cup oil and has bran, wheat germ, and whole wheat flour and is moist and tender; I've added apples to it, as well as spices. I do think they bake better if you fill every other muffin cup: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3306...

                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                            Thanks Caitlin, I'll give those a try as well. While reading through the recipe I couldn't help but think Buttertart would never make them - too many bowls to clean after !

                                                                            1. re: souschef

                                                                              Souschef; it is possible to make yummy lower-fat muffins; I find that they just don't tend to keep as long as higher-fat options, so I tend to freeze them and just defrost as needed. As Caitlin said, usually 1/4 cup butter or oil per dozen muffins is good. I've replaced up to half the fat in other muffin recipes with unsweetened applesauce. I also replace up to half the flour in the muffins with whole wheat flour..
                                                                              This is another good recipe..

                                                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                                                i find that sometimes using applesauce is fine, and sometimes not so much so.. it definitely can alter texture.

                                                                                sometimes i like to use 0 or 2% Fage to replace some of the fat. i find it doesn't make them so dense as applesauce or fruit puree can.

                                                                                if i do use applesauce, i tend to separate the eggs and beat the whites to peaks to add a little leavener.

                                                                                and as to the whole wheat, bran, flax, etc, i love using a little wheat germ (in so many different applications). it's not a huge nutrient booster, but i do love the taste it imparts.

                                                                                1. re: Emme

                                                                                  True.. you've got to experiment.. and you need some fat for moisture. I've made some with no fat at all.. and they are always so dry.

                                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                                    I've always wondered what it would be like to use duck fat in sweet stuff. Has anyone tried it ? Buttertart? Caitlin? Roxlet ?

                                                                                    1. re: souschef

                                                                                      I can't imagine. Duck fat has a wonderful flavor, but it seems pretty strong and very savory to me.

                                                                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                        Wouldn't you classify a zucchini muffin as savory, despite the sugar?

                                                                                        I have some duck fat in the fridge, so I should try it - for me, not for the wife.

                                                                                        1. re: souschef

                                                                                          I would call it a sweet - in the same way that a carrot cake or muffin would be a sweet. I am sure you can make a savory zucchini muffin, but those I've encountered have been sweet.

                                                                                          1. re: souschef

                                                                                            I've seen goose fat cookie recipes. Try it!

                                                                                            1. re: souschef

                                                                                              only if it was made with onions and garlic and herbs... :)

                                                                                  2. re: souschef

                                                                                    Would depend on whether the dishwasher had been emptied recently...

                                                                      2. Today I made an orange-scented vanilla cake (12 x 18) with chocolate buttercream and hazelnuts. And four cupcakes of the same combination. And biscuits, because dinner had to happen.

                                                                        1. A dozen and a half sesame bagels.

                                                                          1. A belated nod to Pie Day - I made a couple of dozen pie pops, inspired by the pictures on Gesine Bullock-Prado's pieitforwardcookbook.com site. I did not use her recipes, just the assembly steps. For dough I had whole wheat pastry flour and unbleached white to use up - not quite enough so I added almond meal, a roughly 2:2:1 ratio. Again using up, 1:1 unsalted butter to butter-flavored crisco. Fillings were raspberry (dregs of preserves + fresh + Trader Joe's freeze-dried), blueberry (preserves + frozen), and apricot (jam + dried). They went fast, with compliments on the flavor of the crust. It was not very flaky but with the cookie-cutter size cut-outs, flaky might have meant too fragile. It's too hot to tackle the planned caramelized pear with gruyere crust hand pies, but the filling and dough are made and in the fridge awaiting the return of cooler weather this weekend. In New England, the equinox ushered in "Sprummer".

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                                                                            1. re: greygarious

                                                                              Hooray greygarious, love "Sprummer". Here in NJ too. GO AWAY, want baking weather back!

                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                I want baking weather back, too! Only too soon is it going to be gone til at least mid-September.

                                                                                1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                  You know we'll still be baking...I used to bake in my only lightly-airconditioned kitchen in Brooklyn in summer.

                                                                            2. It's sourdough day again! Another 2 loaves of basic SF-style sourdough bread, since the last one turned out so well (oooh, all the irregular holes!) and another double batch of pizza crusts for the freezer, since I'm down to a lone, frozen blob.

                                                                              And I'm experimenting with English muffins. I only have one appropriate cookie cutter, so I'm cooking them one at a time. It's proving to be rather useful, as I'm finding it tricky to get the temperature and cook time just right. Muffin #1 was delicious, but kind of flat, a touch dense and way underdone (doughy even after toasting). Muffin #2 looks better, but still kind of flat. I think next time I'll proof my starter a bit more before tossing in the rest of the ingredients and see if I can get it to rise better. Regardless of their faults, they taste great, so I'm sure we'll manage to eat them all.

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                                                                              1. re: BananaBirkLarsen

                                                                                Some recipes for English Muffins call for some baking soda water to be stirred into the wet dough just before cooking them - helps with the hole structure.

                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                  Hmm.. this is a good idea. I might have to try it next time. Thanks!

                                                                              2. I just finished making the glazed lemon cookies from The New Best Recipe, and they are excellent. Very lemony with a nice brown ring around the edge. They will be a nice textural counterpoint to the lemon mousse with raspberries we are serving for dessert. Lemon mousse is next up!

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                                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                                  I don't suppose you could paraphrase or point me to a link for those cookies? They sound terrific & I googled but can't find the recipe.

                                                                                  Thanks in advance!

                                                                                  1. re: maplesugar

                                                                                    Start with 2 tablespoons of grated lemon peel, which you will whir around in a food processor with 3/4 cup of sugar until the sugar looks damp. To that you will add 1 3/4 cups of AP flour, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of baking powder. Pulse to mix. Add 12 tablespoons of butter cut into pieces, and pulse to combine. Mix together a large egg yolk (I had extra large), two tablespoons of lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Add that in to the food processor and let the whole thing mix until it forms a ball. Remove, and roll into a log about 10 inches long, roll some parchment around it, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 375, and cut the cookies into 3/8 inch thick slices. Bake on parchment for 12-16 minutes, switching front to back halfway through. The rims of the cookies should be brown. Slide the parchment onto a rack, and while the cookies are still warm, frost using an off-set spatula. For frosting, mix 11/2 cups of confectioner's sugar with 1 tablespoon of room temperature cream cheese that has been mixed with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. I drizzled in a couple more drops of water to get the right consistency. The warmer the cookies are, the more glaze-like the frosting will be.


                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                      Those do sound terrific, and I have saved the recipe. I would find it a pain to have to have 1 T cream cheese for the glaze, frankly, because it's not something I eat or keep on hand. Do you think it's essential to getting the right flavor/consistency? If yes, I guess I'd just need to bake something to use up the remaining CC.

                                                                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                        I'm not sure -- maybe to make it a bit more semi-opaque? We always have cream cheese in the house, so it didn't faze me. How about a tablespoon of yogurt, and maybe add additional powdered sugar if the glaze is too thin. The glaze should not flow of its own accord, but it should be spreadable once it hits the warm cookie.

                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                          Hmm, thick Greek yogurt maybe - and I almost always have that around - but that would probably be looser/meltier. The cookies sound v. good, so I may have to try it sometime. Thanks.

                                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                            Perfect chance to try the Japanese cheesecake, Caitlin! The original recipe calls for 7 oz...

                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                              Alright, then! I did save that recipe from one of your posts. If/when I make these cookies, a Japanese cheesecake shall follow.

                                                                                        2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                          Caitlin the lemon glaze from Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Loaf Cake might work here - very lemony and opaque & no cream cheese involved. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in... Otherwise I might just sandwich them with some lemon curd with/instead of the glaze.

                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                            Yes, they are very delicious, and verrrrry lemony.

                                                                                          2. re: roxlet

                                                                                            Thank you so much! I won't have much time in the kitchen til late next week but these are first on my list!

                                                                                      2. Shout out to Ms. McGrath: didn't you mention using walnut oil in a cake sometime? I tried searching and came up without. Thanks!

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                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                          Perhaps you're recalling when I made a hazelnut version of krisishere's almond bars with hazelnut meal, hazelnut oil and browned butter? I've not not used walnut oil in a cake (not that I wouldn't do, but haven't).

                                                                                          1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                            Conflating that Greek walnut cake 9which i must make) with that, maybe?

                                                                                          2. re: buttertart

                                                                                            I have used walnut oil in a carrot cake. Yum.

                                                                                            1. re: peppermint_sky

                                                                                              I'll have to keep that in mind. I bought some walnut oil, and I'm looking for ways to use it before I open it knowing that it can turn rancid quickly.

                                                                                          3. Made a Slovak nut roll (orechovnik). I came across the recipe on a food blog called Dramatic Pancake last week and decided straight away to make it for the weekend. I've had various versions of the nut roll in Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic and was quite happy with the results.

                                                                                            An interesting feature of the roll is that you start out by making the yeasted dough which is rolled out as if you were making sticky buns. Then apple sauce is smeared across the dough before the ground nut/sugar topping is added.

                                                                                            The apple sauce helped keep the rolls moist and tender over successive days. I must remember this the next time I make sticky buns as I imagine the apple sauce would be a good and healthier substitute for the ubiquitious softened butter.

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                                                                                            1. re: Roland Parker

                                                                                              Thank you for this, must look this up. I've made a povitica (sp?) which is yeast dough rolled out very thinly and rolled up with nut filling, the roll cut in 2 and twisted together, then baked (Gourmet magazine recipe) which was very good.

                                                                                            2. I'm thinking about a bar cookie that is a slim layer of brownie topped with coconut --- black bottom coconut bars (Martha Stewart) here:


                                                                                              But I was thinking that I might want sweetened condensed milk in the coconut layer? I read a Mounds brownie recipe that kattyeyes makes and she combines 1 cup unsweetened coconut with 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk. Her version nestles the coconut in between the brownie, whereas the recipe above looks like a slim layer of chocolate topped with the coconut. I may just try the Martha S recipe as written, although I would prefer a bigger batch. I always share with friends, so 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 doesn't generate enough to share, and keep some at home too :)

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                                                                                              1. re: peppermint_sky

                                                                                                Anyone else made a coconut-brownie with some input or a great recipe to share? thanks.

                                                                                                1. re: peppermint_sky

                                                                                                  i make a layered caramel coconut brownie -- i layer brownie, then caramel mixed with toasted coconut, then more brownie, sprinkled on top with coarse sea salt.
                                                                                                  caramel for me is 105 g of white sugar with 2 tbsp water, cooked over heat til golden. stir in 43 g of butter til melted, and 60 ml (1/4 cup) heavy cream til smooth. i toast a good amount of finely ground coconut and stir into caramel at a high proportion of coconut to caramel.
                                                                                                  i tend to use either a chewy or fudgy/chewy brownie variation.

                                                                                                  1. re: Emme

                                                                                                    Thank you, Emme. Which brownie do you like to use here?

                                                                                              2. I finally baked the rest of the blended sablé and browned butter cookie doughs, rolled into rolls about the diameter of a quarter, chilled tightly wrapped in the famous pt inside rolls, then cliced about 3/16" inch, baked (convection) 350. Verdict? Very close to the ur-cookie but need to be a bit crisper. Will add a bit more flour and beat the dough a bit longer next time.
                                                                                                Also have James Beard's freeform white loaf x 2 rising. Had Greek yogurt that had frozen and separated, so walloped the heck out of it in the fp and used it i/o buttermilk.

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                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                  I guess they're a hit -- I went in search of an oatmeal cookie and found a tin of these, lovingly stacked in perfect rows. :)

                                                                                                2. Just baked a big batch of walnut divines (chewy choc chip cookies with more nuts than chips)

                                                                                                  Dorie's perfect pb cookies will come later this week, and I'm also going to try empanadas.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                                    Ooh, empanadas. Always reminds me of that Coke commercial, HA HA HA! I would love to see what you come up with.

                                                                                                    Once again, I have leftover egg whites to deal with from making gelato. So, this week, it's either my variation on those killer flourless chocolate Payard cookies or coconut friands (a.k.a. friendly little coconut cakes, as my friend Patty calls them, HA HA). Decisions, decisions. If so, I need to figure where to get molds fast-fast.

                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                      I know it is not baking, but the other way leftover egg whites get used around here is in pisco sours. But that is usually the same day. And only a couple. Or a few...

                                                                                                      I want to try the friands next!

                                                                                                      1. re: klynne

                                                                                                        HEE HEE HEE! "And only a couple. Or a few..." I like how you think/drink! Cheers!

                                                                                                    2. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                                      Those walnut things sound awfully good -- recipe?

                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                        Here you go! The original recipe was in one of those cooking mysteries and used pecans. I was all set to make them with pecans, but I'm up in Ct this week and the $7-8 bag of pecans I usually get at WF was $12-13, so I switched to walnuts.

                                                                                                        Andrea's Pecan Divines
                                                                                                        (from Fudge Cupcake Murder, with some changes by me)

                                                                                                        1 c unsalted butter, melted
                                                                                                        1.5 c sugar
                                                                                                        3/4 c light brown sugar
                                                                                                        2 tsp vanilla
                                                                                                        2 tsp baking soda
                                                                                                        3/4 tsp salt
                                                                                                        2 eggs, lightly beaten
                                                                                                        2.5 c unbleached flour
                                                                                                        1.5 c semisweet chocolate chips
                                                                                                        2 c med. chopped pecans

                                                                                                        Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

                                                                                                        Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Then, using a hand mixer, beat in both sugars.

                                                                                                        Add the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and mix. Add the eggs one by one, and mix thoroughly.

                                                                                                        Add half of the flour and blend well, then add the chocolate chips and pecans, stirring to incorporate them thoroughly. Then add the rest of the flour. The dough will be quite stiff, but mix it well til it's fully blended.

                                                                                                        Chill the dough for about 10 min. before baking, or else it will be too sticky to work with easily.

                                                                                                        After 10 min., drop the dough by teaspoons (I made teaspoonish-sized rounded balls) onto cookie sheets covered with parchment paper. You should be able to fit 12 cookies per pan.

                                                                                                        Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 min., or until just lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool 2 min. on the cookie sheets before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

                                                                                                        My yield: about 5 dozen

                                                                                                        1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                                          Those do sound divine! Thank you, Cckt!

                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                            You're welcome! They're among my top choc chip cookies. :-)

                                                                                                    3. I made chocolate peanut butter bars for work.. there is a strong possibility of what is delicately called "a labour disruption", so I figured we needed a sweet distraction. Surprisingly good, and I was able to pull together quickly so I could watch the Mad Men premiere!

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                                                                                                      1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                        Lotsa mad for Mad Men here...me too.

                                                                                                        1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                          Could you share a recipe, please? I was planning to bake something peanut butter + chocolate in the next couple of days and bars sound better (and easier) than the cookies I was considering.

                                                                                                          1. re: klynne

                                                                                                            My pleasure.. Klynne.. I found the recipe here:

                                                                                                            Very quick and easy.. and quite moist. I cut it into about 30 or 40 pieces though...
                                                                                                            I have also made some FABULOUS, decadent peanut butter brownies in the past. here's the recipe...

                                                                                                            Buttertart; I was glued to the TV last night!

                                                                                                            1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                              Thank you! Choices are always good. I, too, will take these to work. No impending labor unrest, but we have been awfully busy lately and morale could use a peanut butter-chocolate infusion!

                                                                                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                So, I made the SK recipe (because I had everything on hand and did not have PB chips for the other recipe). Everyone, including me, enjoyed them!

                                                                                                                I did end up overbaking them a little. My oven ALWAYS seems to need the longer baking time specified by a recipe, but these were already slightly overdone when I first checked them. They still disappeared in a flash, and tasted great. I used bittersweet Ghirardelli chocolate chips for the ganache. Yum!

                                                                                                                Thanks again!

                                                                                                                1. re: klynne

                                                                                                                  Yeah.. that's a really decadent, wonderful recipe! Glad it was a hit!

                                                                                                          2. I made these no-bake too-good-to-be-true peanut butter bars... (usually I leave out part of the butter and use extra peanut butter for more protein)
                                                                                                            (well it was from an old cookbook, but it seems the same...)

                                                                                                            I also made Monster Cookies--they have oatmeal, peanut butter, m&ms, and chocolate chips, and well also some butterscotch chips.. and no flour. Just a mess of awesomeness!

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                                                                                                            1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                              Grace.. those look great.. my favorite peanut butter bar recipe is from Nigella's How to Be a Domestic Goddess.. although it is even less healthy!

                                                                                                              1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                Thanks for the reminder on Nigella's no-bake peanut butter squares, rstuart! I made a batch about five years ago and I still remember how quickly they vanished, and that they are reallllly decadent (yet simple to make).


                                                                                                                1. re: peppermint_sky

                                                                                                                  I live alone. I think I'd be too scared to make them for myself alone.

                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                    They are so, so good.. but yes, whenever I made them (and it's been a few years for me too...) I had to get them out of the house ASAP..

                                                                                                            2. Double recipe of Alice Medrich's cocoa brownies with browned butter and walnuts in a 9x13 pan, with minor alterations to use what I had in the house (dutched cocoa in place of natural, half brown sugar). Dark, chewy, fudgy, not overly sweet. Gobbled up appreciatively at a meeting


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                                                                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                That is a killer recipe. I can still see the stack of brownies pictured on the cover of Bon Appétit last year in my mind's eye. YUM.

                                                                                                              2. Undoubtedly sad due to being on a cleanse, I decided to cheer me up by baking some baby cakes -- did a Yellow Cake hollowed and filled with a white balsamic custard and topped with Caramel Powder - made caramel and powderized it using tapioca maltodextrin (man I love that stuff!)

                                                                                                                1. Empanadas ... first time making them and they were really good, if I do say so myself. The dough was flaky and used cream cheese, and the filling included ground turkey, almonds, raisins, olives, and crushed tomatoes, among other things.

                                                                                                                  1. I have puff pastry and brioche doughs chilling, along with a sponge and soaker for a whole wheat sandwich loaf getting good and aged. Tomorrow I get to make stuff from them.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                        Yeah, we baking types have interesting things to get excited about, huh? Talked the hubby through pizza dough for dinner tonight - now he might not be quite as impressed with my baking skills. I revealed to an outsider how easy dough can be!

                                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                            that's like sharing how to make the No-Knead Bread... the cat is out of the bag... and thoroughly non-plussed.

                                                                                                                      2. Part of family is Jewish and part is Christian... so I am planning to make: Easter-Matzah Toffee.... meaning:

                                                                                                                        I will make Matzah Toffee.. and then put Easter candies on top. I am not a blogger, but if I had a baking-blog, I would make this as a feature recipe. I am still excited to make it!... in a few weeks.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                          We do both, too. Love the matzoh toffee!

                                                                                                                        2. For those of us in the southeast, I'm looking for two items to use in baking... one is Maple Sugar (for a pie) and the other are maple sucking candies.. they are an amber color (like a lollipop) and shaped like a maple leaf.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                            Are you looking for places to buy them? I'm sure there are local sources that I can't think of at the moment, but Amazon has both.

                                                                                                                          2. Home from work early...am making Brownies ....so simple , makes the house smell great and everyone....and I mean everyone likes them....warm, gooey, chocolatey...a little vanilla ice cream later...and you know?.....I might tell the wife I have a headache tonight!

                                                                                                                            1. Flourless chocolate cookies. AHM NOM NOM NOM!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                ME WANT COOKIE (said in Monster voice).

                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                  Katty... gorgeous! Are those the kind with nuts or without??

                                                                                                                                  1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                    Thank you, rstuart (and Kt, too!)! This time no nuts, raspberries or white chocolate--just 1/3 cup of chopped dark chocolate.

                                                                                                                                    Here is an old link to the recipe that demonstrates the beauty of having online baking friends!

                                                                                                                                  2. And let the Passover baking begin...
                                                                                                                                    Will be test running a few things this weekend, and next week have to cook for a few clients (in home) -- (the concept of "turning over the kitchen" still baffles and eludes me... i understand it in concept, theory, and tradition, but in practice... oy.)

                                                                                                                                    Today, going to make some pistachio paste.
                                                                                                                                    Planning to do a Pistachio Dacquoise with Lemon Curd and a Honey Pistachio Buttercream
                                                                                                                                    Also, some almond cranberry mandelbred
                                                                                                                                    Flourless Chocolate Cake (of course)
                                                                                                                                    contemplating Matzo Crack... or perhaps a variation on it

                                                                                                                                    Made some macarons last night with leftover egg whites. I generally never use the french meringue method, but i was, alas, lazy. Worked just fine. Sandwiched with a brown sugar vanilla swiss meringue buttercream, and now they're chilling and softening in the fridge... fingers crossed for the theory of slightly overbaking and allowing to sit and absorb filling to soften...

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                      Yum yum yum ... can you email me some please?? :)

                                                                                                                                      I need to get going on my Passover baking, too.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                                                                        if only... :) but in spirit!

                                                                                                                                        made my pistachio paste today.

                                                                                                                                        decided to make Maple Mini Cakes, which I will frost and give to the kids next door tomorrow.
                                                                                                                                        also made a test run of a passover cake using matzo cake meal, potato starch and whatnot. I have to find out whether my clients are willing to use baking soda... it is in fact kosher for passover, but i have no idea whether she and her family still choose to eschew it. i'm going to cut into that cake tomorrow, but i have a feeling i will be remaking it with baking soda to see how differently it comes out...

                                                                                                                                        also made some pie dough, as i'm test running a recipe for an upcoming pie contest.
                                                                                                                                        and lastly, some cookies'n'cream fudge... because sometimes you just have ta.

                                                                                                                                        tomorrow... Passover PB & J bars... or maybe cocoa PB bars... or cocoa PB & J bars... ah decisions.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                        Me 3 please post any recipes you deem successful. Need to add to repertoire.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                                          for a client today in her kitchen (sigh), i made:

                                                                                                                                          some really great almond butter and jelly cookie cups (baked in mini muffin tins, kind of a nut butter dough base filled with jelly (that melted) and a little more dough) -- i'd fill them less full next time. and wish i had had a silicone mini tin, because no matter the spray, it's still more annoying than popping them out.

                                                                                                                                          mini pavlova

                                                                                                                                          lemon curd (to go with the pavlova)

                                                                                                                                          flourless chocolate cake

                                                                                                                                          chocolate toffee matzo

                                                                                                                                          raspberry meringues

                                                                                                                                          mandelbred -- i use almond meal as part of my base -- some with dried cherries and white or dark choc chips, some plain, some with nuts

                                                                                                                                          chocolate chip cookies

                                                                                                                                          almond muffins

                                                                                                                                          cocoa hazelnut bars

                                                                                                                                          ...and a partridge in a pear tree... she told me she had a double oven. she did not. she had two *racks* in her oven... who doesn't?!

                                                                                                                                          tomorrow, i'm doing mini pistachio dacquoise with lemon curd and a honey pistachio buttercream; another flourless chocolate cake, more toffee matzo, more macarons (these always disappear so quickly!), and some almond white chocolate mini cakes (to put my homemade almond paste to good use.)

                                                                                                                                          oh, and i have to finish two cupcakes -- my twin neighbors are going through potty-training, and i told them i'd make them cupcakes if they kept going as they're supposed to... she wants hello kitty, and she asked me to make her brother a rock star cupcake. so, hello kitty in fondant is drying right now; she'll get whiskers tomorrow. the electric guitar is drying as well. it will get strings tomorrow...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                            Some pesach baking? A friend of mine who just finished cleaning her house for passover told me she loves the cooking part, hates the cleaning..
                                                                                                                                            Yeah.. that is not a double oven!

                                                                                                                                      3. I am kind of addicted to making these.. even though the amount of brown sugar, means you cannot really cut them at all. They just are super soupy-doughy in the middle... but still very tasty.

                                                                                                                                        (It is from Keep It Sweet.. which is not my blog. FYI)

                                                                                                                                        Chewy Gooey Cinnamon Toffee Blondies
                                                                                                                                        Recipe type: Dessert Author: Lauren of Keep it Sweet Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 37 mins Total time: 52 mins Serves: 24
                                                                                                                                        3 cups light brown sugar firmly packed
                                                                                                                                        1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
                                                                                                                                        2 cups all-purpose flour
                                                                                                                                        2 teaspoons salt
                                                                                                                                        3/4 teaspoon baking powder
                                                                                                                                        1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                                                                                                                                        4 large eggs
                                                                                                                                        1 tablespoon vanilla extract
                                                                                                                                        1 8-ounce bag (~1 1/3 cup) toffee bits
                                                                                                                                        1 cup cinnamon chips
                                                                                                                                        Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
                                                                                                                                        Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray; set aside
                                                                                                                                        In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar and butter over medium heat and stir constantly until melted into a thick golden brown mixture; set aside
                                                                                                                                        Whisk flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a medium bowl; set aside
                                                                                                                                        In a large bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla until combined
                                                                                                                                        Whisk in brown sugar butter mixture
                                                                                                                                        Slowly whisk in flour mixture just until combined
                                                                                                                                        Stir in toffee bits and cinnamon chips
                                                                                                                                        Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 32-37 minutes or until top begins to crack and a knife or toothpick comes out clean
                                                                                                                                        Allow to cool before slicing into a 6×4 matrix

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                          Grace.. I think that you mentioned these before, and I printed out the recipe post-haste. Alas, I discovered that cinnamon chips are not available in my downtown Bulk Barn.. will have to wait until I next visit the suburbs to stock up! They are not as widely available in Canada as they are in the States...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: rstuart

                                                                                                                                            I recently made them again with toffee chips (As directed) but with milk chocolate chips and I left out the cinnamon. Given that most people like chocolate more than cinnamon (I love cinnamon!!!), people actually liked the chocolate versions better.

                                                                                                                                            You are warned however that post-baking they don't really even turn into cookie-texture... it's more like chewy-dough-texture because of all the brown sugar.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                              Hmmm.. also good to know. Dorie's Greenspan's blondies or Mark Bittman's (via Smitten Kitchen) are my "go-to" blondie recipes.. but I'm always up for trying more blondie recipes. And I always have toffee chips and chocolate chips!

                                                                                                                                        2. Lemon-blueberry scones.

                                                                                                                                          I wanted to make blueberry pancakes for breakfast, but did not have enough milk. I did, however have cream... hence the scones.

                                                                                                                                          1. Onward and upward into April here...

                                                                                                                                            PS that pie pan was my mom's, and the scratches are the evidence of thousands of her pies enjoyed out of it.