Some days just feel like good days to turn on the oven. The kind of day when you think you might-could crank up the heater, but instead you let the oven do the work… and maybe throw in a simple, fragrant loaf of banana bread. It’s a win-win-win: warmth, aroma, and actual fresh banana bread.
I made this loaf of banana gluten-free using an all-purpose 1-for-1 flour mix. I really like King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi Purpose flour because it tastes clean. Bob’s Red Mill is also good but has more of a bean flavor. Glutino, also found in many grocery stores is a great option.
I should do a baking test of gluten-free flours, shouldn’t I? Yes.
First, banana bread.
Banana bread is supposed to be fast and loose. We can bend the baking rules. Thank goodness!
Bending the baking rules sometimes means mashing together bananas and brown sugar in a large liquid measuring, because… I mean, a bowl is a bowl.
I’d also like you to know that I... Read the rest of this post..... »
Here’s what I recommend. I recommend you take yourself out to dinner. Wear your loose-fitting jeans for max comfort, bring a book, call a car, sit at the bar, order an entire pizza for yourself, and have as much wine as makes you happy. Be chatty or not. Just go and do. The solo quality time feeds the soul.
Thank you to each and every one of you that came out to see me in Baltimore last week! You laughed at my haggard jokes, I made a pie and wrote in your books. I really do appreciate you. Thanks also for suggesting I eat a Hersh’s in Baltimore. It’s really so so good!
This week has been chilly and hurricane threatened. We’re busy. I can feel the hustle in the air. I hope you’re taking this day to breathe deep and rest. It’s a long run toward the end of the year. I vote we take it slow and easy.
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I’m so excited to announce that it’s time for another Baking Bootcamp Series with King Arthur Flour!
Baking Bootcamp is a 3-part baking challenge that’s meant to get us in the kitchen and have us emerge with new technique, new baking knowledge, and really lovely sweet treats! Let’s bake together!
Last year we baked four delicious recipes and learned about the difference between baking flours along the way.
We made Triple Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread + Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread + Apple Pie Biscuits and Gruyere and Green Olive Rolls. Sharing our treats on Instagram and becoming better bakers along the way!
This Baking Bootcamp, we’re focusing on technique. I want to take some of baking’s most intimidating techniques and make then approachable enough for our home kitchens. Let’s push ourselves!
For our first challenge, we’re making quick puff pastry. Puff pastry is a laminated dough that focuses on... Read the rest of this post..... »
Stepping in the kitchen takes confidence and guts, usually inspired by a grumbling stomach or a nagging sweet tooth. With some sort of sweet, salty, gooey, or melty craving in mind, we step into the kitchen with a recipe or an idea, with our fingers crossed, maybe a hope and a prayer.
I’ll be the first to admit that, as often as I bust out my stand mixer and preheat my oven, I still feel intimidated by certain recipes and dishes. I think it’s all part of being self-taught, but hungry and curious.
Tomorrow I’m launching another Baking Bootcamp series with King Arthur Flour! Last year we baked four recipes together, learned about different flours, and dang it… I think we became better bakers. This next Baking Bootcamp focuses on learning new techniques… totally exciting and a little intimidating. But! We’re in this together.
Here are a list of dishes I want to tackle. My belly says I must. It’s not that these recipes and dishes... Read the rest of this post..... »
It’s ridiculous, really. I’m always looking for any and every excuse to buy a bag of cookies from the grocery store.
The best excuse I’ve come up with so far is that I need to buy this bag of cookies to make a dessert with cookies in/on/all over them.
Related: Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies.
I tell myself that I can’t possibly make a good dessert if I don’t have cookies to make a dessert with. It makes the most sense, if you think about it (while standing in the cookie aisle, hungry, so hungry).
It’s my work. I really need these cookies. I’m gonna get these cookies. And make some dessert.
Key ingredients are simple: a box of rice cereal, a big bag of marshmallows, butter (lots), lemon zest and vanilla sandwich cookies because we’re fancy (and we were standing in the cookie aisle too long).
Tron (yes, my cat) is a huge fan of marshmallows. He always steals one, takes it to a corner, and I can hear him... Read the rest of this post..... »