Zoe had a gig. Zoe asked me to bake. So I did:
We had (and I guess it’s not too much to list!):
- Ginger tamarind cookies
- Giant salted olive oil chocolate chip cookies
- Cranberry walnut bread (not baked by me)
- Roasted cocoa cake (vegan)
- Confetti chiffon cake with orange almond crunch
- Buckwheat chiffon
I also baked a traditional birthday cake for Toby:
We went to Zoe’s Aunt’s for the annual New Year adjacent soup dinner. It’s a cute idea that became a tradition and connects her aunt with a side of the family.
So I said I’d make baps which I hadn’t made since Zoe went on tour;
They came out nice thought I suspect people didn’t like them as much as Zoe does. I made them half size (so 24 instead of 12) and that worked out fine.
I also made apple rose tarts because I had gotten the puff pastry and why not:
I need to work on these to make them yummier and easier to make. They are so pretty and have so much potential.
It’s the big baking time of the year and I blew a bunch of the week on experimental baking working through parts of Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy with mixed success. We have very yummy, super thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies:
Ginger honey crisps which still didn’t come out right:
Hazelnut molasses cookies (which were a big hit in the household):
Saffron tuiles which were a real disappointment:
Whew! Then came the party treats, pizzelle:
Burnt caramel fruitcake and salted caramels:
I had a factory of elves to help wrap them up:
I managed to bake something on my last Sunday of the semester. Of course lots of things went wrong. 1) I broke one of our more useful bowls and 2) misread tablespoons for teaspoons for one of the cookies.
Plus I had some temperature control issues and things got a bit toasted.
But they seem ok!
Butterscotch oatmeal aka “crack” cookies:
Honey lace cookies which were supposed to be a lot smaller and numerous:
They have a nice ginger kick due to some awesome ginger powder I got. I used Kilburn honey as well. They are yummy.
Lots of lying in bed.
But I did get out to get new glasses when I saw this awesomeness near St Ann’s Square:
Not much baking this week due to illness but I did manage to get a practice Xmas baking in. These biscotti are fab…full of all kinds of crunch, chew, and flavor.
I need to play around with the first baking. Slicing would be easier if the logs were softer.
I put a ton of lemon and orange powered zest in.
No baking this weekend! Zoe’s gone and…I don’t know if this is illness aftermath or resurgence but I’ve had trouble doing anything but sleep.
However, earlier in the week I made some buckwheat, cornmeal, walnut, raisin scones:
They were really tasty and delicate. They would have been fine with a touch less sugar though they were perfectly delish. It could be interesting to muck with spices or toast the walnuts in advance. The buckwheat, per usual, didn’t come through. I don’t know what would happen if I ditched all the white flour as they were fragile as it was.
Compare to mom’s recipe these were a pain. You had to cut butter and chill them for 30 minute (!). And the oatmeal raisin ones are so good that it’s not like these are so much better. But they were different and tasty.
For Halloween I finally made witch finger cookies:
Of course, I wanted to do the “bleeding” ones with jam on the inside.
Whoof. That was a lotta work for eh. I didn’t use the recommended dough because again so much chilling in the fridge. But I think even then that filling them isn’t worth it. It’s finicky and messy and time consuming and it’s not like the inner jam dribbles or anything. A bit on the stump does the job.
They puffed and de-shaped more than I expected. Something to work on!
I made a couple of toothy bloody mouths with the scraps: