Tuesday, October 12, 2010

To Bake or Not to Bake

We've been doing a tiny bit of baking lately, some purposefully and some to make up for other baking mistakes.

First, we made these delicious chocolate chip cookies.  They claim to be the best chocolate chip cookie recipe out there, and while I can't say definitely that they're the best they certainly were delicous!  We only have 1 cookie sheet and a smaller than average size oven so we rolled most of the dough into individual cookie balls and then froze them.  It was beyond amazing to pop half a dozen cookies into the oven and in 10 minutes (they need less time when already frozen) get a batch of cookies!

Are these not the most beautiful cookies you've ever seen?  They're certainly the prettiest cookies I've ever made!

Unfortunately I really wanted to try out this Brownie Pillow Cookie  but with a single bag of chocolate chips running about $4.20 here it was going to be almost $20 worth of chocolate to make this recipe plus the Outrageous Brownies  that would make up the "pillow" part of the cookie.

Our next foray was into one of my absolute favorite recipes, Banana Bread Cake.  Banana bread is good in so many different ways.  You can make it like a cake, in a bread pan so you can slice it like bread, or in a muffin pan to get individual banana bread muffins.  Right now we're making it cake style since we don't have a bread pan or a muffin pan.

We also made a loaf of bread, sorry no pictures from that, it just didn't last very long!  Our second attempt at bread did not rise at all, so instead of giving up on it we turned it into breadsticks and an elephant ear type snack.

For the breadsticks we just rolled long ropes of dough and baked them in the oven until browned and delicious.

For the elephant ears, we rolled the dough very thin and fried it up in some oil until crispy. We then added some cinnamon and sugar, but powdered sugar would have been better!

Steve frying:

Final product:

Up next we're going to give wheat bread a try.


  1. Everything looks beautiful! I can't imagine baking in the heat out there, though. It just turning cold here in Colorado, and we're shifting from grilling on the porch to baking indoors.

    Y'all should try pizza next, I made it today. My very basic dough recipe:

    ~4 cups flour (all white, or 70/30 white/wheat)
    ~2 cups warm water
    2 1/2 tsps active yeast
    1 tbsp sugar
    1 tbsp oil
    Salt, plus whatever spices you have (basil, oregano, rosemary, chile powder, garlic power, etc.)


  2. Ooooh, we've been making pizza for a long time. I love making pizza! I don't think we've made one here yet, maybe we'll do that this week.

    As for the heat, since our apartment is way over air-conditioned and won't warm up about about 70 it feels really nice to use the oven.

  3. Bizarre: You're in the scorching desert, but out-of-control air conditioning forces you to run your oven to stay warm.

    Something out of Kafka?

  4. It's kind of the reality here. I wear more layers now than ever back home because the buildings are just so cold! Some days I have to just go sit outside to warm up; it makes you really think if cheap energy is really a good thing or not.