Puff

September 29, 2009

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It’s hard to find time to bake when school is in session.  Or to do anything else for that matter.  I have a couple of blog entries that I want to put up, and I haven’t gotten to any of them.  Actually, right now I should be tackling the mountain of homework I have.  Shhh, don’t tell…

Anyways, I carved out an entire Sunday to tackle my first Daring Baker’s challenge: puff pastry vols-au-vent.  The September 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Steph of A Whisk and a Spoon. She chose the French treat, Vols-au-Vent based on the Puff Pastry recipe by Michel Richard from the cookbook Baking With Julia by Dorie Greenspan.

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Hearty Oats

September 20, 2009

We have 3 giant tubs of oats in our cupboards right now.  Not that I mind.  I love having a surplus of ingredients, or something that needs to be used up.  Blackened bananas never worry me in the slightest; they simply mean I’ve got a great excuse to make banana bread.  The words, “We need to use up those peaches” are simply wonderful to hear!  Peach bread pudding here I come (wait for the recipe, it’ll be here soon!).  Anyways, having too many oats is not an issue, but rather, a terrific reason to make some granola and cookies.

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These banana cookies were good.  They have absolutely no added sugar, so for once, my dad can’t comment that they’re too sweet!  And yet, they still taste good.  Not fudge-brownie-with-oreo-buttercream-frosting kind of good, but more like I-just-worked-out-and-want-a-wholesome-snack kind of good.  I got my recipe from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary, and didn’t change much, except for adding raisins to a couple.  I’d make these again; they’re a tasty snack.

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However, this granola exceeded tasty.  It was so good I had to cover it with a towel so I would stop snitching some every time I walked by the bowl.  We ate the entire batch in two days.  Actually, I should probably make another batch in the near future.  The recipe is courtesy of Cooking Light, and I didn’t change anything except for slightly reducing the sugar.  If you need an excuse to make this, go hiking, or for a bike ride, or bird-watching, or participate in some other sort of crunchy granola (um, pun very intended) activity.  Then you’ll need an energy boost right?  And where better to get that energy from than this granola?  Make it.

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

September 2, 2009

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My family was going to our friends’ house for dinner, so I got the task of making dessert.  My favorite task!  I love having an occasion to bake, because that means what I make is much more likely to be eaten.  When you’re in a house full of healthy eaters and you decide to make cookies on a Wednesday night, they unfortunately go to waste.  However, nobody had any problem eating these.  We all loved them.  They tasted delicious and looked beautiful!

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