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What are you baking these days? February 2014 edition! [Through February 28, 2014]

Well, January was a bang-up month for "What are you baking" -- almost 400 posts! -- and no wonder, with the horrid weather here and elsewhere. February is starting up pleasantly in my neck of the woods (above freezing, imagine) but like you, I'm sure, I'll be in the kitchen happily baking away whenever I get a chance. So what's building a fire in your ovens these days?

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  1. I'll start this off with the most mundane of baking -- chocolate chip cookies. I made lemon bars yesterday for my son's team (at his request), and they went over like a lead balloon. So for Monday's match, it will be back to the same old, same old. If I have the time, maybe I'll try Kenji's very involved method on Serious Eats.

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    1. re: roxlet

      I saw your lemon bar post. You gave them so much extra care, I thought you'd salvaged them!
      I'm making chocolate chip cookies at some point today as well. I think I'm trying a new recipe I found on the NYT site. It calls for bread flour and an overnight rest. Hope it's worth it.
      http://gastronomyblog.com/2011/04/12/...

      Eta: not the link I found them on, but seems to offer good details. Doing this one handed!

      1. re: rabaja

        Oh, they tasted OK, but the kids didn't go for them the way they go for CCC.

      2. re: roxlet

        I was planning on making kenji's cookies this coming week.

        1. re: roxlet

          Bummer about the lemon bars! I too thought they'd end up working out.

          I wouldn't call CCCs "mundane." They're always welcome 'round these parts :)

          1. re: roxlet

            Mmm, CCC. I think the Litmus test for a good bakery is how good their CCCs are!

          2. I just pulled chocolate olive oil cake out of the oven, approximately two minutes before the potluck I made it for was canceled due to weather. I had considered adding some Grand Marnier this time but decided not to for this particular crowd. Now that I'm a crowd of one for the evening, I'm kind of regretting that decision.

            http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/C...

            1. I just pulled a Crack Pie out of the oven and will start on the Ultimate, Moist, Fluffy, Ridiculous Coconut Cake as soon as the butter and eggs are up to room temperature.

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              1. re: Njchicaa

                Do Tell, Njchicaa---where can I find the recipe for that coconut cake? I am drooling as I read the name of it ;0)
                Thanks.

                  1. re: rstuart

                    She posted it on last month's baking thread, I believe. This is the link she shared:
                    http://willowbirdbaking.com/2013/04/0...

                    1. re: roxlet

                      Duh.. I even copied it then! Thanks Roxlet!

                      1. re: rstuart

                        what rstuart said! i think i saw this one last month too but didn't remember.

                        Njchicaa-pls let us know how it turns out. thanks!

              2. Made some glazed vanilla bean scones for breakfast for the bf. I may or may not have eaten 3. I have a tummy ache :(

                 
                 
                1. I started making brioche dough this afternoon hopefully to make russezopf that looks at least something like this http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...
                  I haven't had too much luck with the cutting rolled up dough in half, it's fallen apart on me when I've tried in the past, but I'm going to try again.

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                  1. re: zitronenmadchen

                    Why hello snow day, you're the perfect day to enjoy a tasty treat. Look how pretty it came out!

                     
                     
                     
                      1. re: zitronenmadchen

                        Wow! I would love to spend a snow day at your house.

                        1. re: cheesymama

                          I figure we'll burn off plenty of calories once we start shoveling, so a highly caloric treat is in order. I'll still probably bring most of it to work tomorrow.