Simply Perfect Pancakes

How about a stack of pancakes to make quarantine a little better? This is recipe #9 on kingarthurflour.com list of Best Basic Recipes. I have to admit, I haven’t had pancakes since…well, I don’t know when. So, this was a treat! Light and fluffy, an amazing vehicle for getting butter and pure maple syrup into my mouth!

Perfect Pancakes 1

Perfect Pancakes 2

2 large eggs
1¼ cups milk
3 Tbl melted butter or oil
1½ cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbl sugar or 1/4 cup malted milk powder*

Beat the eggs and milk until light and foamy, about 3 minutes at high speed of a stand or hand mixer. Stir in the butter or oil. Whisk the dry ingredients together to evenly distribute the salt, baking powder and sweetener (*I used powdered French vanilla coffee creamer). Gently and quickly mix into the egg and milk mixture. Let the batter rest for at least 15 minutes (hard to wait, but an important step), while the griddle is heating; it”ll thicken slightly.

Heat a heavy frying pan over medium heat, or set an electric griddle to 375°F. Lightly grease frying pan or griddle. The pan or griddle is ready if a drop of water will skitter across the surface, evaporating immediately. Drop 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the lightly greased griddle. Bake on one side until bubbles begin to form and break, about 2 minutes; then turn the pancakes and cook the other side until brown, about 1½ to 2 minutes. Turn over only once. Serve immediately.

 

Fudge Brownies

Recipe #6 on the kingarthurflour.com Best Basic Recipes is Fudge Brownies. Now I already have my favorite brownie recipe that I have made a billion times (maybe exaggeration). So, I thought, ok I will make these but no brownies will make me change my favorite brownie recipe. The verdict is, I think this recipe ties with my recipe, I was happily and deliciously surprised!

Fudge Brownies

4 large eggs
1¼ cups unsweetened dark cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp espresso powder, optional
1 Tbl vanilla
1 cup butter, melted
2¼ cups sugar
1½ cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan. Crack the 4 eggs into a bowl, and beat them at medium speed with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder (if using), and vanilla for about 1 minute, or until smooth. You can do this while you’re melting your butter (next step).

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Or simply combine the butter and sugar, and heat, stirring, until the butter is melted. Continue to heat (or microwave) briefly, just until the mixture is hot (about 110°F to 120°F), but not bubbling; it’ll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating the mixture to this point will dissolve more of the sugar, which will help produce a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Add the hot butter/sugar mixture to the egg/cocoa mixture, stirring until smooth. Add the flour and chips, stirring until smooth. Again, adding the chips helps produce a shiny top crust. Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Bake the brownies for 28 to 32 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.

Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownies

 

Sugar Cookies

This is kingarthurflour.com Best Basic Recipes’ #5. How are you doing with the “Stay at Home” or “Shelter in Place” order, depending on where you live, do you need a cookie? There’s something about a homemade cookie and a glass of milk. Well, I actually ate many of these cookies and a Diet Coke ;o). These sugar cookies have a crisp, sugary outside and a tender inside. I made half of the batch rolled in sugar and the other half rolled in cinnamon sugar, both are delicious! Wishing everyone happy baking and good health!

Sugar cookies 4

Sugar Cookies 2 Sugar Cookies 5 Sugar Cookies 1

Dough
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup (16 Tbl) butter, softened
1¼ cup sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 large egg

Topping
3/4 cup sugar (add 1 tsp cinnamon, optional)

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts, and the egg; scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the flour mixture, and mix at low to medium speed until the mixture is evenly moistened.

Place the 3/4 cup sugar in a large plastic bag, or in a shallow pan. Scoop the dough by tablespoonfuls into the sugar, rolling them in the pan or gently shaking them in the bag to coat them with the sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2″ between them. Using a flat-bottomed glass, flatten the cookies to about 1/4″ thick. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes — 10 minutes for softer cookies, 12 minutes for crunchier. The edges of the cookies will just barely begin to brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the pan for 5 minutes, before transferring to a rack to finish cooling completely.

More Comforting Cookies!
Peanut Butter Fudge Oatmeal Cookies
Fruity Pebbles Cookies
Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting
Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
Peanut Butter Oatmeal M&M Cookies
Biscoff Spread Cookies
Chunky Oatmeal Cookies

Scones

Recipe #3 of kingarthurflour.com Best Basic Recipe Collection is SCONES! I will eat any scone from plain to savory to sweet (sweet will always be the favorite, of course). The secret with scone dough is to handle it as little as possible to keep those littles bits of butter nice and cold until they hit the oven. This is a basic recipe and you can choose your mix-ins and flavoring, this time I used 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and vanilla. Next time I might use raisins, pecans, and maple, oh, that sounds amazing!

Scones 1

Scones2 Scones3 Scones 4

Dough
2¾ cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbl baking powder
1/2 cup cold butter
1-2 cups chopped dried fruit, chocolate or other flavor chips, nuts, or combination
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla or flavoring of choice
1/2 – 2/3 cup half-and-half or milk

Topping
2 tsp milk or half-and-half
2 Tbl sparkling sugar or cinnamon-sugar, optional

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut in butter just until mixture is unevenly crumbly; it’s OK for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated. Stir in the fruit, chips, and/or nuts, if you’re using them. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla or other flavor, and half-and-half or milk. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until all is moistened and holds together.

Line a baking sheet with parchment or silpat; if you don’t have either, just use pan without greasing it. Sprinkle a bit of flour atop the parchment or pan. Put dough onto floured parchment or pan, and divide it in half. Round each half into a 5″ circle. Brush each circle with milk, and sprinkle with coarse sparkling sugar or cinnamon-sugar, if desired. Using a knife or bench knife that you’ve run under cold water, slice each circle into 6 wedges. Carefully pull wedges away from center to separate them just a bit; there should be about 1/2″ space between them, at their outer edges.

For best texture and highest rise, place pan of scones in freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. Chilling scones relaxes the gluten in the flour, which makes scones more tender and allows them to rise higher. It also chills fat, which will make scones a bit flakier. While scones are chilling, preheat oven to 425°F with a rack in the upper third.

Bake scones in upper part of your oven for 18 to 23 minutes, or until they’re a light golden brown. Remove scones from oven, and cool briefly on pan. Serve warm. They’re delicious as is, but add butter and/or jam, if you like.

When scones are completely cool, wrap them in plastic and store at room temperature for up to several days. To reheat room-temperature scones, place on a baking sheet, tent lightly with foil, and warm in a preheated 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.

Southern Praline Bars

Our son has been in South Carolina serving a mission for our church for two years. He comes home Thursday! In honor of him, I am posting a southern recipe. Southern Praline Bars, they taste like pecan pie in a graham cracker crust, so easy and delicious!

Southern Praline Bars

Whole graham crackers, enough to make a layer in a sheet pan
1½ cups butter
1½ cups brown sugar
2 cups chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a sheet pan with foil, leaving overhang on each end. Place graham crackers in a layer completely covering bottom of pan. You will have to cut some crackers to make them fit, a fun little puzzle. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and whisk in brown sugar. Bring mixture to rolling boil, stir in pecans and boil for 2 minutes; stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla (careful, it will bubble up when you stir in the vanilla). Pour mixture over the graham crackers, working quickly but gently to spread mixture evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Entire surface will be bubbly. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes. Using foil overhang, remove bars from pan to large cutting board. Gently peel foil down from sides of bars, cut into squares and cool completely. You can also drizzle them with melted chocolate!

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Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

A little change from buttercream or cream cheese frosting on cinnamon rolls – peanut butter cream frosting! Why not? Yum!

Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Dough:
1¼ cups warm water
2½ tsp (1 pkt) dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbl oil
3½ – 4 cups flour
1½ tsp salt

In mixer bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water.  Add sugar, oil, and 1 cup flour.  Mix until well combined.  Add remaining flour and salt.  Knead.  Let rise until doubled.

Cinnamon Filling:
1/4 butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbl cinnamon

Mix sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in small bowl.

Roll out dough to 24″×8″ rectangle.  Spread softened butter over dough and sprinkle cinnamon sugar filling over dough.  Roll from long end to long end, pinch seam.  Cut into 12 – 2″ rounds (I use thread, place under dough, cross ends over and pull quickly through dough), put in sprayed 13″×9″ or 15’x10″ pan.  Cover and let rise until doubled.  Bake in preheated 375° oven for 15-20 minutes.  Frost with peanut butter cream frosting.

Peanut Butter Cream Frosting:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
milk

Mix powdered sugar into peanut butter, add enough milk to make desired frosting consistency.  Spread over cinnamon rolls as they come from the oven.

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Butter Swim Biscuits

Easiest biscuits for dinner! A little crisp and very buttery on the outside and tender on the inside. Recipe comes from simplytexas. Careful, these are dangerous, you might eat the whole pan!

Butter Swim Biscuits

Butter Swim Biscuits 2

2½ cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
4 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1¾ cups buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400°. Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Stir in buttermilk just until combined. Pour melted butter into 9″x9″. Drop biscuit batter into pan and spread out evenly. Butter will come up over the edges and cover over the top of the biscuit batter, as if it is “swimming”. Cut biscuits about half way down into batter to create the individual biscuits (3×3 or 4×4). Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and beautiful! Cool a bit and cut through again, but all the way through to the bottom of pan. Enjoy!

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Giant Chocolate Cookies

One cookie should be enough…but they are really good, you may just need another!

Giant Chocolate Cookies

1¾ cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 Tbl corn starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup butter flavor shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbl sour cream
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup white chips

Preheat oven to 325°. In medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, corn starch, baking soda, and salt. In large bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add egg, vanilla, and sour cream; mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in chips. Drop 1/4 cup scoops of dough onto silpat lined baking sheet, flatten to make 3″ diameter discs. Bake for 14-15 minutes. Cookies will be 4″ in diameter after baking. Makes 14 cookies.

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Swedish Cardamom Braid

Back to my roots! I am mainly of English and Danish decent, but I have a great-grandmother who is Swedish. Every once in awhile it is fun to explore recipes from your past, ones that you can imagine your great grandmother making so long ago in her kitchen. This is in memory of Adela Olsson Seely (who probably didn’t bake a loaf like this then promptly eat a third of it for lunch like her great-granddaughter did!).

Swedish Cardamom Braid

   Swedish Cardamom Braid 1   Swedish Cardamom Braid 2

   Swedish Cardamom Braid 3   Swedish Cardamom Braid 4

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pkt (2¼ tsp) dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, room temp, beaten
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2-3/4 cup raisins

Warm milk and butter to 110-120° and pour into bowl of mixer. Sprinkle dry yeast over milk and butter, sprinkle sugar over yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes for yeast to proof. Add egg and mix. Add flour, salt, cardamom, and raisins; knead. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Divide dough into three even pieces (no need to use flour while dividing and rolling dough, all the butter in it makes it easy to work with). Roll each piece into 20″ long rope, position three ropes next to each other on Silpat lined baking tray. Braid tightly, pinching ends together, cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush braid with egg white and sprinkle with sugar crystals (optional) Bake for 30 minutes, or until internal temperature is 200°. Cover with tent of foil during baking if necessary to prevent from over-browning.

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Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts

It is a frosty cold morning and a warm cinnamon pastry sounds wonderful. But it’s January and we are supposed to be eating better because of the indulgences of the holidays, right? So this is my slimmed down, smaller version of a recipe at kingarthurflour.com. Please don’t compare these to the store bought version because of the words pop tarts, these are buttery and flaky. Let’s drop the pop and call them Homemade Cinnamon Tarts.

Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts

Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts 1   Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts 2   Homemade Cinnamon Pop Tarts 3

Pastry:
2 cups flour
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbl cold butter, cut in pieces
1 egg, beaten, 1 Tbl reserved
3 Tbl water

Cinnamon Filling:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp flour

Stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Whisk together egg (minus 1 Tbl) and 2 Tbl water, mix into flour mixture. Add one more Tbl water if necessary to bring pastry together. Divide pastry in half. On well floured surface, roll each piece of pastry into a 8″x9″ rectangle (I have a ruler just for the kitchen, you can measure and cut the pastry with the ruler). Mark lines on one pastry piece for six rectangles, each 3″x4″ (see picture above).

Stir together filling ingredients, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Gently brush reserved egg over the pastry piece with marked lines, and put cinnamon filling in center of each 3″x4″ rectangle. Place second piece of pastry over the top. Use ruler to press and cut into six individual tarts. Press around edges with fork and prick the top to vent. Place on silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes while preheating oven to 350°. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool on pan.

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