Why use sourdough instead of yeast? There’s actually quite a bit of science to show that sourdough bread is healthier. In one review (Stamataki NS, Yanni AE, Karathanos VT. Bread making technology influences postprandial glucose response: a review of the clinical evidence. Br J Nutr. 2017;117(7):1001-1012), the authors showed that the “use of sourdough fermentation instead of leavening with Saccharomyces cerevisiae is able to modulate glucose response to bread.” Sourdough can also increase the shelf life of baked goods. Anyway, I modified this cinnamon raisin bread recipe and substituted my sourdough culture for yeast. It takes a little longer using sourdough:I added 100 g (and subtracted 50 g of milk, assuming the sourdough concentration of flour and water is 1:1) and allowed an overnight rise instead of 2 hours if yeast is used. This version was just as tasty.
It’s almost spring and I thought I would add a little color to the chocolate chip cookie, which is one of my favorites. I used the same recipe but instead of chocolate chips, I used a 11.4 oz bag of M&M Easter Milk Chocolate Candies. The color of the candy in the store gave me the idea.
When I was growing up, my mother ע״ה made a marble cake for my birthday. It’s my birthday (39 yo), so I thought I would make my own. This one’s a little different (NYTimes): buttermilk instead of regular milk and a cream cheese for the icing. My mother’s version: 4 eggs separated, 3 c flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 sticks butter at room temperature, 2 c sugar, 1 tsp almond or vanilla, 1 c milk and melt 2 oz unsweetened chocolate. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and put aside. Beat the eggs whites until stiff and put aside. Mix the butter briefly then add gradually the sugar until incorporated, then the egg yolks then the almond or vanilla and then alternate adding portions of the milk and the flour mixture. Then add the egg whites. Mix 1/3 of the vanilla mixture with the chocolate. Place in a greased tube pan: 1/2 of the vanilla or almond mixture first, then the chocolate mixture, then the remainder of the vanilla mixture. Cook for 1 hour. For the chocolate icing, first wait until the cake is completely cool. For the icing, 2 oz unsweetened chocolate melted, 1 T butter, 1/3 c milk, 2 c confectioner’s sugar and 1 t vanilla. Beat the melted unsweetened chocolate, the butter, milk, confectioners sugar and vanilla until it’s thick enough to spread. You might need some more milk if the icing is too stiff.
OK, cheesecake equals calories. But what’s wrong with a little enjoyment in life? The beauty of this cheesecake is that no baking is required. But it does have to sit in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight once the cheesecake is put together.
Oh, so yummy and so easy to make. The recipe here comes from the 1983, 12th edition of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook: 3 oz (85g) unsweetened chocolate, 6 T butter, 300 g sugar, 3 eggs, 1/4 T salt, 105 g flour and 1.5 teaspoons vanilla, mixed then baked for 40 min at 350 oven. Be sure and butter the pan-9 in square, before you start. I have skipped the nuts since some in my family do not like brownies with nuts. Cool for about 15 minutes then cut into 16 in squares.
Yes, there are a lot of cookbooks out there, but the Fannie Farmer Cookbook is one of my favorites. My 1983 version has become ragged, but I still use it today. Too bad there are not new editions published. Mine and the most recent version (published in 1996) was written by Marion Cunningham who died in 2012 at the age of 90.
Do you like crackers and cheese (roquefort). Try these rolls, inspired by Paul Hollywood. Very tasty and easy to make.
Cookies usually are made with butter, sugar, and eggs. So, what’s wrong with adding some oatmeal and raisins, maybe to make cookies a little healthier? Easy to bake, and though quite soft when coming out of the oven, the cookies will become more firm once cooled.
I never want to throw out ripe bananas. I found a cake recipe: Banana Chocolate-Chip Tea Cake: easy to make and delicious. The NYTimes cooking site is one my go-to site for cooking and my apologies to those of you who do not subscribe who cannot look at the recipe to make this. But, you could probably google the recipe’s name to find something similar.
Now, I am using a better camera than what I have with my iPhone. You probably can see the difference.
Some ask for recipes: the recipe for this bread comes from Breadtopia and is open for all-just click on this link. The bread rises nicely because there is bread flour that’s included, though a good sourdough culture is also needed. Next time, I will use a better camera-the camera on the phone is not as good for this.
It’s cold outside. Lentil soup is easy to make. Boil lentils in any homemade stock. This version comes from the New York Times.