Category Archives: Baking

banana bread

This is traditional banana bread (from Alton Brown). It's my favorite recipe for this type of banana bread, which is to say a loaf cake. For yeast bread made with bananas, check out this post. Wet Ingredients 3-4 overripe bananas, mashed 1 cup sugar 1 stick butter, melted 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp almond extract (though vanilla will work if you don't have almond) Dry Ingredients 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour 1/3 cup oat flour (I just grind up 1/2 cup rolled oats in my Read more [...]

lemon cupcakes

amazingly simple lemon cupcakes For Cupcakes 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (7 1/2 ounces) 1 cup granulated sugar (7 ounces) 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon table salt 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature 1/2 cup sour cream 1 large egg, room temperature 2 large egg yolks, room temperature 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract zest of one lemon (preferably organic) For Frosting 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 8 ounces white Read more [...]

sesame almond cookies

sesame almond cookies I was bored of plain peanut butter cookies and happened to have some tahini (ground sesame paste) left over from a Greek themed meal. Not wanting to go full out with sesame seeds, I complimented the tahini with ground almonds and almond extract. The result? A chewy cookie  that is reminiscent of the dryer almond cookies that you sometimes find at Chinese restaurants . If you like those at all, you'll love these! sesame almond cookie recipe 2 1/2 cups (12.5 oz.) unbleached Read more [...]

christmas in a cookie

Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.  While there, I picked up a cookbook that highlighted the area's desserts. I was very surprised to see how many of them used douglas fir – yes, the Christmas tree – as a flavor.  So apparently it's edible and can be used like an herb. Fast forward to this morning where I catch a glimpse of a rosemary and pine nut cookie recipe while stumbling around the web. I start thinking about adding rosemary to my biscotti recipe, Read more [...]

eggnog cupcakes

Got leftover eggnog from a Christmas party? Use it for these cupcakes! Eggnog Cupcakes 1 1/2 cups (7.5 oz) all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp table salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg 8 TB unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 cup (7 oz) granulated sugar 2 large eggs (at room temperature) 1/2 cup eggnog 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Eggnog glaze 1 1/2 cups (6 oz) powdered sugar 5 tsp eggnog 1 tsp rum or brandy (optional, use an extra tsp of eggnog if omitting) Procedure Preheat Read more [...]