Monday, January 31, 2011


A few shots, taken through the window, from after last weeks storm - another on it's way.  Enough already! 


What's baking? 
Banana crumb, apple, apricot almond muffins.  The Vermont Maple Apple Muffin recipe is from Susan Purdy's cookbook Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too.  They were good, but did the maple flavor is not noticeable.  Click on name for link to other recipes.  I used King Arthur cinnamon chips for topping on banana muffins instead of the crumbs in the recipe.  They taste good and are very convenient, much faster than measuring and mixing for crumbs.  The only change to the Apricot Muffins was to add a package of almond paste- yum!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Orange Almond Cake

What's baking?

I was planning to bake a cake to bring to a brunch.  First instinct is something with chocolate, but when I looked in the fridge I saw a large bag of almonds and a shelf full of these delicious, juicy Honey Bell oranges from Florida.  I found two very similar recipes.  One for an Orange and Almond Cake by Claudia Roden and one for Clementine Cake by Negella Lawson.  I was intrigued by the simplicity of the recipes and that they both called for boiling whole oranges, then grinding the whole cooked orange up and mixing in. I had to try it.  I made some orange curd and an orange glaze to go on top.  Friends said it was good (don't know if they'd tell me otherwise!)- moist and light.  I didn't tell them that the whole orange- peel and all- was in it!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Walnut Blondies

What's baking? 
I had butterscotch chips, mini chocolate chips and walnuts in the cabinet and wanted to bake something sweet.  I adapted Mark Bittman's Butterscotch Brownie recipe in his cookbook How to Cook Everything. This is one of my favorite cookbooks for straight-forward, adaptable, how-to-do-it recipes and this one is no exception. It's a simple one bowl recipe and came out great with what I had on hand. The mini chocolate chips just melted in and the walnuts added a little crunch to the otherwise fudgy consistency.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cake Decorating Classes

Have you always wanted to learn how to ice a cake smooth, frost cupcakes or add some flowers? Classes start Tuesday, sign up at store, bring a friend! Go to Susan's Cake Decorating Class for schedule. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Baking Gals Team

Last month Team Caring & Sharing baked and shipped 14 boxes to Jon, my friends nephew serving in Afghanistan. Another team member also heard from him "...My note was fairly similar to the one you posted. The battalion favorite from my bunch were

Sunday, January 9, 2011

News from Afghanistan- cookies made it to Jon for the holidays!

Happy New Year! I wanted to thank everyone again who participated in Baking GALS this past year and am looking forward to more baking in 2011! We do not always hear from the troops after we ship cookies, but it is great when we do find out that boxes made it to them! What a nice way to start the new