Sunday, August 28, 2011

Oozy Bread for Irene

Another one from the archives: Ooh, Ooh, Oozy Bread, November 2010.

It was "that" kind of morning. I guess hurricanes just put me in an Oozy Bread kind of mood. 

Thankful for having power and a dry basement, but praying for those still in Irene's path. Stay safe everyone!

Oozy Bread 
1 package bacon, chopped (I use pre-cooked bacon. Saves a step, tastes just as good)
1 8-ounce jar maple syrup
1 stick butter
1 package (8 biscuits) home-style buttermilk biscuits

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (today I baked at 350, and turned out with what may be the most evenly baked oozy bread to date). Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add bacon. Cook until crisp, about 8-10 minutes and reserve. Place a small saucepan over medium heat and add the maple syrup and the butter -- do not bring up to a boil. Cook until butter is melted, then turn the heat off and reserve. Butter or spray a 3x9 loaf pan. Pour a couple tablespoons of the maple/butter sauce in the bottom (I sprinkle some of the bacon on the bottom before adding the biscuits). Layer 3 of the biscuits in the bottom of the pan. Tear up one of the biscuits and fill in any open spaces with the pieces. Don't worry if any still remain, the ooze will fill those in. Sprinkle half of the reserved bacon onto of the biscuits and top with about a 1/2 cup of the butter/syrup mixture. Place the remaining biscuits on top, sprinkle the rest of the bacon over them and top with the remaining maple sauce. Transfer to oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. (when top of bread starts to brown, I tent with foil allowing for the extra baking time without over-browning) Remove and immediately turn over onto a serving dish.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Banana Bread Comfort Cookies

Rain, rain go away...come again another day. But while you're here, can I interest you in some comfort cookies??

One from the archives: Banana Bread Cookies, October 2010.

A modification of Martha's Stewart's Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookie.

Banana Bread Cookies
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana, about 1 large (don't be shy)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped into 1/4-inch chunks
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (about 2 ounces), toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chunks, and walnuts pecans. 

Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely (or not). Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

I know I haven't been a very faithful blogger lately, and I'm sorry for that. It's been a busy summer! Between vacations, visitors, and virtually anything else you can think of, I haven't had any time to bake. And today, my birthday, was no different, just a wonderfully busy day with the family.

So this post isn't about recipes or fancy photos, it's about 1 thoughtful statement and 4 amazing kids who backed it up.

"No one should have to make their own birthday cake."

And I didn't!

One boxed cake mix...

Some canned icing...

Lots and lots and LOTS of sprinkles...

And, voila! The most beautiful cake I've ever seen!

Funfetti to boot!

Got a kick out of this, the cake IS NOT on fire, there were just A LOT of candles (and a very excited grandma in the background).

I love my kids! They even cleaned up. (sort of)  ;)