Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

  • That my daughter met a new friend at the Farmer’s Market.  At four years of age they were, of course, instant best friends.
  • My husband is putting the baby to sleep more often.
  • Said baby isn’t hesitant to let us know her wants or not wants as the case may be.
  • Smiling faces upon waking since I am a grouch immediately upon waking.
  • Blossoms in the garden.
  • The excitement when an eagle is spotted on the property.
  • The young deer meeting up in front of our house and keeping away from the garden.
  • Finding a use for all the stinging nettles, a little late in season but I’m going to try cooking.  Apparently these area  powerhouse of nutrients and by golly I plan on making the most of this prolific weed as it’s growing more successfully than anything in my garden right now.
  • Bread baking tomorrow.
  • Canning next week when my mom visits for the week.  She was worried we wouldn’t have much to do – little does she know…!



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We live in the back of a ten acre lot.  It's uphill all the way back from the mailbox and I hear about it from my 4 year old the WHOLE way...

We live in the back of a ten acre lot. It’s uphill all the way back from the mailbox and I hear about it from my 4 year old the WHOLE way…

It looks like we're gardening on the edge but there's just a steep hill beyond the fence.

It looks like we’re gardening on the edge but there’s just a steep hill beyond the fence.



Today's project.

Today’s project.

My newest addiction.  Roasted Cauliflower.  Jon prefers Broccoli and there's some green beans thrown in for kicks but for me - it's about the cauliflower.

My newest addiction. Roasted Cauliflower. Jon prefers Broccoli and there’s some green beans thrown in for kicks but for me – it’s about the cauliflower.

100% whole wheat.  The reason why I'll never give up carbs.

100% whole wheat. The reason why I’ll never give up carbs.

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This new oven has a massive window which was a selling point.  I’ve never had an oven with a window on it so I went for the gusto who buying appliances for the new place.  I enjoy the art and science of food.  It’s good for the kids to see too.

This though, is torture.

Cookies I can handle – they don’t take long to bake.

Bread – whoa, I’m dying here.  The smell!

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  • Big family meals.
  • Sunny days but still cool enough to cozy up at night.
  • A husband who thinks bacon crumbled on top of cornbread is “gourmet”.
  • A daughter who was happy with the Easter Eggs she had and wasn’t trying to get as many as possible to fill her basket.
  • Another daughter learning to say, “Mama.”
  • A good night’s sleep after a hard day’s work.
  • Cow’s milk for my coffee.  There really is no substitute.
  • Just enough.

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  • When the kids have gone to bed.
  • The smell of a campfire.
  • Cozy down jackets.
  • Making plans for baking this week.
  • That I was right about banning play-dough from the house.  What a mess.
  • That my SIL is giving me some of her plants before she moves!  I so need to deer-proof this place.
  • The fact that I’m getting excited about composting.
  • The time I’ve spent with my dad learning about his years in the military.
  • The healing power of grandchildren.
  • Looking at the December/Christmas issue of magazines.  I’m such a sucker for the holidays.
  • This persistent feeling that started recently to do something outside my comfort zone, to be a part of something beyond myself…

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  • That my phone has been FOUND and should be back in my hot little hands in the next 24 hours!
  • My husband singing along to my daughter’s children’s music CD.
  • That we all agree that our homemade granola is only good when Sofia is in charge of the cinnamon.  Who knew that “Whoa! Oh my gosh, stop! Stop! Stop!” was a unit of measurement?!
  • Hanging the clothes out to dry for the first time this year.
  • That the deer haven’t notice the strawberry plants we just planted – I really need to put up some sort of barrier asap…
  • Chocolate, chocolate chip cookies.
  • That this is the first time in my life that I am using appliances that are younger than I am!

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In the process of becoming unprocessed I’ve come up against a bit more resistance than I thought I would.  Mostly from my husband.  With the three year old it’s simply a matter of telling her No and offering her something else enthusiastically to sway her.  I’m talking about treats/dessert in particular.  As a self proclaimed choc-aholic I’ve come to appreciate the term ‘die-hard’ when it comes to converting him.  So, I’ve slowed things down a bit and have taken more baby steps than leaps and bounds with the process and have treaded very lightly when it comes to chocolate treats!

I made these brownies the other day but it called for a pan size I didn’t have so I guess-stimated and was ok with the results.  I own a baking bracket the lines the edge of the pan – I use it specifically for brownies but you can use it for sheet cakes too.  I first used the bracket in pastry school – you can find them at restaurant supply stores.  It just makes the edges way cleaner and there’s less waste when cutting which I think is important given the amount of butter and chocolate involved – those more expensive ingredients.  Because there are so few ingredients in brownies there’s not much to make less processed.  I swapped out the AP flour with Whole Wheat Pastry flour in equal parts with no problems.  It’s also my opinion that because of the simplicity of the ingredients list trying for a lower fat/fat free alternative will result is something so different from a true brownie that it’s just not right to even call it tha,t rather, one should simply stick to a trusted original recipe and eat in moderation.  I put mine in the freezer after cutting them which slows my husband down a tad.  I did manage to eat a couple before they were all gone and I have to say these brownies are(were?!) damn good and I rarely swear when it comes to food – that’s how good they are.  The original recipe is the Barefoot Contessa’s Outrageous Brownies.  I find it laughable that she sells these in a boxed version.  Brownies are about the simplest baked good you could make!

Here’s the original recipe.  The changes I made were cutting it back to about 3/4 measurements (give or take) to fit a half sheet pan AND the 1:1 swap between AP flour and WW pastry flour.  Otherwise follow the recipe word for word and you won’t be disappointed.  Oh, and I cut mine into about 2 inch square serving sizes.  They’re super rich so you’ll be more than satisfied with this size.  They also turned out a little on the thin side for my liking but that’s just my aesthetic taste.  I would definitely include the walnuts, it helps mellow the richness a bit.

Outrageous Brownies

Oh, PS:  I forgot that instead of the semi-sweet chips mixed in at the end I chopped the equivalent weight in bittersweet chocolate.  I think that’s what took the brownie to the next level.  Chopping chocolate isn’t one of my favorite things to do but I’ve never been disappointed with the results.  Try it!

This was my second attempt with photographing the brownies.  I had plated two more earlier, then Jon came home and promptly ate them!

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