Moving

So, I’ve decided that WordPress is just not working for me. Apart from all the issues I’ve been having loading pictures, it’s just a really frustrating host for a blog.

However, I am moving this blog to Blogger. If you’re looking for some new goodies please follow this link.

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Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies

I wanted to make cookies today, and this recipe just called to me. It’s a recipe from Two Peas.

 

Mix the flour, the salt, and the chopped pecans. Set aside.

Beat the butter, the sugar, the egg yolk, the maple syrup, and the vanilla extract.

Slowly, add the flour mixture.

Shape into balls and press a pecan half into the dough, if you’d like. Then bake!

2 3/4 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

3/4  chopped pecans

2 sticks butter

3/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 egg yolk

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 3/4 cups of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir in 3/4 cup chopped pecans and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together 2 sticks (1 cup) of room-temperature butter and 3/4 cup of sugar until smooth and light. Add 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup, 1 large egg yolk, and 1/4 teaspoon of maple or vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until just combined; the dough should be smooth and pliable. Flatten the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out rounds using a two-inch cookie cutter and place one inch apart on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with 1 beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar (turbinado for a coarse look; table sugar for a light glaze). Place a pecan in the center of each cookie, if desired. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

 

Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies

Who doesn’t love shortbread cookies? At my house they are mana from the gods, so here is one recipe that is just fantastic.
Mix the butter, sugar, well, pretty much everything together and stir well.
Cover the dough, or wrap it in plastic and refrigerate until the dough is easy to handle. Then shape as you like and bake. When they’re done frost with chocolate and spribkle with pieces of almond if you like.
Recipe from The Starving Artist
– 2 sticks unsalted butter (1cup)
– 3/4 cup powdered sugar
– 1 tbs vanilla extract
– 2 cups sifted all purpose flour + more for dusting
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 2 1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
With an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla.
Then (in low speed) slowly add in flour, cinnamon & salt,
until dough forms.
Wrap the dough and store it in the fridge for at least 2 hrs or
over night.
Once you remove the dough out of the fridge, knead until
dough is soft enough to work with.
if its too hard, then put it in the microwave for 15 seconds,
and continue to knead with hands.
Flour your table, and continue to roll out and flatten with
a rolling pin, until desired thickness.
Lay out your cookies on an ungreased baking sheet &
Preheat your oven to 300 Degrees. 
Place them on the middle rack & bake until edges begin
to brown.
You can coat with chocolate and sprinlke with nuts, if you like.

Old South Prune Cake

My mom came yesterday from work with a huge case of dried prunes that’s she’d seen at the supermarket. She’s an impulsive buyer, so this came as no surprise. She then hinted “well, you know, you could bake something with it, if you have time.” I knew what that meant, so this morning I set out to find a recipe. I found one at CooksRecipes.com. Apparently it is very old, tried and true.

Boil a cup of prunes until they are mashable, then mash them.

Mix all the other ingredients, adding and stirring.

I didn’t have buttermilk, I never do, so I made my own. It’s really simple: 1 tbsp. lemon juice or white vinegar and one cup of milk.  MIx it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Ta dah!

Ok, you’ve got all your ingredients, make sure your pan is prepared and stick it in the oven. While it bakes, make the sauce.

This sauce is seriously addicting, so be careful when you try it. I had to stop myself after the first spoonful.

Here it is, in all its glory.

Old South Prune Cake

1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cooked mashed prunes
1 cup chopped nuts
 
The Sauce:
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon light corn syrup or honey
1/2 cup butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan. Set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients and blend well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until cake springs back when pressed in the center.
  3. Remove from oven. Pour sauce over top of hot cake immediately.
  4. For The Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook until butter is melted. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Pour over cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Fake First Post

So, nothing important to post, no cool pictures or tasty recipes, but I wanted to write something. Anything.

I think my next baking and therefore official first post will happen this Halloween. Wonderfully appropriate, since it is the Pagan new year and I proudly belong to the ranks of that magical community. It is the perfect occasion to start something new, so I will break the champagne bottle over this blog on that day. See you Sunday!