Sunday, August 27, 2017

LEBKUCHEN


Lebkuchen (German pronunciation: [ˈleːpˌku:xn], or Pfefferkuchen, traditional German baked Christmas treat, somewhat resembling gingerbread.
I've never tasted these before so I had no references as to comparisons. But just knowing that they have some relation to gingerbread and all those delicious ,warm spices that go with it, was enough for me.

Now mind you- at the present moment it is close to 100℉ here in Israel; humidity is, well, let's just say two showers a day are a minimum to feel "not sticky". So baking cookies that have a Christmas, wintery association is a bit out of sync for me, but I haven't baked in so long that I just had to give these a try.

Interesting. That's my word to describe them. Interesting. The combination of spices is soothing and warm, with the added chocolate coating on top to give it just the right amount of sweet ( but not too much).
The recipe calls for chopped candied orange peels, so I decided to make them myself. Saturday,most grocery stores are closed here and I was too lazy to go out in the heat to the one or two places that are open. Making the candied orange peels was easy enough and if I were to make them in large batches, I would definitely dip them in melted chocolate! Only warning if you want to try them is to allow enough time for them to dry out.



I think what I like about these cookies is that one was certainly satisfying ( I tend to overindulge!) and the taste of the spices sort of lingered in my mouth and just kept on going for quite a while. Like I said- interesting.

If you'd like to give these a try, you can find the recipe here at Baked Sunday Mornings.

Enjoy!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

OLD-SCHOOL OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES




Everyone has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. My personal favorite is from Jacques Torres. Then there are the famous Tollhouse cookies that we were all brought up with- just a so- so in my opinion. These definitely are up in running for a tie with first place!

The addition of oatmeal, both ground and chunks, gives the cookies a texture that is hearty and down to earth. The sprinkling of fleur de sel on top gives  that extra zing that takes them over the top. Both old and young loved them!


Apologies for the low quality iPhone pics- no time to get out the camera and set up the tripod etc.
You can find the recipe  here at Baked Sunday Mornings. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

S Cookies




This recipe came just in time to finish off the last of the flour in my house until after Passover. 
I have always looked at baking as a kind of therapy( for me at least). These simple, yet delicious (and addicting, I may add!) cookies really hit the mark on that note. I found the rolling of the dough so soothing  ( weird, I know, but...) and relaxing. They were easy to put together- the recipe calls for using a mixer and I did. I think they could be made without by just hand mixing. They are somewhat similar to a biscotti recipe I have which is completely in one bowl- which I love. Next time I try these I will see if they turn out just as well by hand mixing. 


The "S" shape is fun to do and as explained in the recipe, they are the perfect  dunking cookie. That's where the addicting  part comes in. You can't just dunk one or two- you have to keep dunking until all the tea or coffee ( or a glass of milk, for that matter) is GONE!  Anyways, that's my personal rule!



You can find the recipe here at Baked Sunday Mornings. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tricolor Cake


Unfortunately, from this picture, you can't see the tricolor. I'll have to edit this post and insert a picture when I cut the cake- and that will have to wait until Tuesday when the cake is being served. Hopefully, when I cut into it , there should be a layer of mint green, white and yellow.

This cake was a bit labor intensive- not difficult- just a lot of work and time consuming. I had difficulty finding almond paste and used something local, which I have no idea if it  worked or not- just have to wait until I cut into it. (scary) What I should have done from the very beginning was make my own almond paste.  In the first Baked book-Baked- New Frontiers in Baking, there is a recipe for Italian tricolored cookies. I have made them numerous times and they are one of my favorites. I used the recipe there for almond paste.  So easy and much more economical. Why I didn't do that this time is beyond my comprehension. ????
In any case, it's done and the verdict will come in on Tuesday. Updates to follow!

You can find the recipe here, at Baked Sunday Mornings.



Thursday, March 9, 2017

An Evening of Italian Recipes (plus some of my own latest creations)

This evening I attended a class of Italian cooking with Shira Wasserman and Ruth Ofek. An intimate, very enjoyable evening with demonstrations on how to make homemade pasta, a cream sauce with mushrooms and chestnuts (yum!), amaretti cookies and tiramisu. Good company, great food and belly full! 

Homemade Pasta- Shira 
Finished dish - cream sauce with mushrooms and chestnuts


Caprese salad

Homemade pasta- Shira Wasserman
Ruth Ofek making tiramisu

Tiramisu - Ruth Ofek

Rainbow Ozney Haman for Purim- (me!)

Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies (me!)


Recipe for the Nutella Chocolate Chip cookies can be found here.