Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Peach Cobbler

Today I baked a peach cobbler pie.  First I peeled 3-4 large ripe peaches.  Then I combined 1 table spoon of corn starch with 1/4 cup of cool water.  I stirred it until the corn starch was dissolved.  Then I added 1/2 cup of organic granulated sugar.  To that I added 1 tsp of vanilla and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  I also added a dash of salt to the fruit.  I put all of this into a sauce pan and brought that slowly to a boil, stirring, until thick.  I placed the fruit into a large deep pie dish.

I prepared a buttermilk biscuit topping.  Spooned the topping onto the fruit.  Then I baked it at 350 deg. F. for 40 min.  After 40 minutes I brushed the top with butter and sprinkled turbinado sugar on the top.  I baked it on a covered cookie sheet to prevent spills from burning in the oven.

Its a very rustic look.  In retrospect, I could have rolled out the biscuit, but whatever!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Peanut Butter cookies, the simplest recipe ever.

I found this recipe on the internet.  I thought it was bogus.  It wasn't.

1 cup creamy peanut butter.
1 cup organic granulated sugar
1 beaten, egg, room temperature.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine ingredients until completely smooth and integrated.
Drop by teaspoon full and flatten with teaspoon.
Bake for 12 minutes on an air bake.  Watch because these can burn.

Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling wrack with a spatula.
They will be soft when hot and harden when cool.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Cookie Cutters

Nordicware makes some really fun and interesting cookie cutters.  I am particularly interested in the mutliple cookie cutters that are for different seasons/holidays.  Someday soon I hope to buy on and try them out.  They are so very charming.  Also, I am very partial to the pie crust cutters too.

What kind of kitchen gadget is on your Christmas list?  Is there any gadget that you are lusting after?

Have you ever used a snowflake template to cut out a pie crust?  That is a neat idea.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Mueslix Muffins


2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup organic granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. cinnamon

2 eggs (room temperature) lightly beaten
1 cup butter milk
1/4 cup organic cream
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract (not vanillin)

1 cup mueslix
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup walnuts (or nut of your choice)
1/4-1/2 cup raisins (soften with either apple juice or water then drain off the liquid)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Butter your muffin tin carefully.
In medium size bowl, soak the mueslix in the apple juice.
In a large bowl,  sifting to aerate, stir with a clean dry whisk thoroughly combine dry ingredients
Combine the wet ingredients.
Stir wet into the dry, be careful not to over mix.  Fold rather than beat.  Use a whisk or spatula, not an electric mixer.
Add the mix-ins gently folding them in.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.
Bake for 25 min or until golden brown or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

These were very popular.  They were very filling and satisfying.  We ate them with some scrambled eggs and bacon.  Mueslix is a kind of a cereal medley usually served warm.  My batch had some dried fruit, nuts, and oat meal in it.