Holiday Cranberry Bread

Holiday Cranberry Bread Yield:  1 loaf of bread   INGREDIENTS   2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1-½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped in halves 1 egg 1 cup walnuts, chopped Juice and zest of one orange 2 teaspoons butter Boiling water   […]

Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones

   Yield: 8 INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 1-1/2 cup coarsely grated cheddar cheese 1/3 cup finely chopped green onions, green tops ¾ cup heavy cream + 2 tablespoons for brushing the top PREPARATION Preheat oven to 425 degrees […]

Roasted Red Pepper Tartines

Tartines are the French version of an open-faced sandwich.  They start with a slice of good rustic bread that is either toasted or not, and then topped with a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables and herbs.  Tartines are a great appetizer, as they can be assembled at the last minute without much fuss.  Depending on […]

Garlic Croutons

I like crunchy croutons and have found that a combination of stove top and oven baked preparation gives me the buttery, crunchy taste and texture that I am looking for in a crouton. Yield: 2 cups INGREDIENTS ½ loaf bakery or French bread – cut into ½ inch cubes 1 large clove of garlic – […]

Lemon Loaf Cake

  This is a recipe that I adapted from the Barefoot Contessa Parties! cookbook. I didn’t infuse the cake with the lemon syrup or glaze it. In doing so, it turned out like a coffeecake or sweet bread rather than a cake. Not too sweet, but great flavor and texture. Great treat along with a […]

Thyme Biscuits

Yield 12-16 Biscuits INGREDIENTS 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled ¾ cup buttermilk 1 egg beaten 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped PREPARATION Preheat oven to 425 degrees F Sift together dry ingredients. Cut butter into the flour mixture, but do […]

Cinnamon Crumb Coffeecake

Serves 8-12 INGREDIENTS Cake 1 cup butter (2 sticks) 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups sifted flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup sour cream Filling ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup chopped walnuts […]

Apple Fritters

Makes 4 dozen fritters INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cup all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 egg ¾ cup milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 medium firm apples, such as Golden Delicious or Granny Smith 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Vegetable oil for frying […]

Andrew’s Easy Pizza Dough

Combine in large mixing bowl or the bowl of a heavy duty mixer, such a Kitchen Aid mixer, and let sit for about 5 minutes. 1 package of active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons) 1 1/13 cup warm (105F to 115F) water After five minutes add: 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 […]

Sourdough Starter

It will take 5 days before your sourdough starter is ready to cook with. Day 1 1 Cup wholewheat flour 1/2 Cup cool water Combine the flour and water in a nonreactive container. Glass, stainless steel or food grade plastic all work well for this. Cover the container and let sit for 24 hours at […]

Cheese Biscuits

CHEESE BISCUITS The key to making great biscuits is buttermilk.  Having lived in the South for the past seven years, I have found that the best Southern cooks use buttermilk for their biscuits.  Using buttermilk in the recipe results in a tender, flaky biscuit.  INGREDIENTS 2 cups self-rising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon […]