Baking @ Christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

[is anyone else sad about how twitter has commandeered the @ symbol?]

[butterscotch pie, for our Sunday school class Christmas party]

It's no secret I love to bake; and I just love how Christmas provides ample excuse to get busy in the kitchen and try new things.

(My photos are going to be spotty at best.)

First up: Whole-Wheat Beer Bread

[adding the beer]

[batter topped with some kosher salt before baking, to give it some crunch on the topping]

[sorry it's blurry, but you can tell it's nice]

I first heard of beer bread from my brother-in-law's girlfriend. She sent me a recipe even simpler than this one: 3 cups self-rising flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 12 oz can/bottle of beer. The whole yeast-in-the-beer-makes-the-bread-rise thing fascinates me.

And oooo-weee, three ingredients, and you get a loaf of bread? Awesome.

I wanted to try to see how a whole wheat version would work out. This particular whole-wheat recipe calls for brown sugar, so it's not as sweet as the white flour version. both=yummmmmm

Whole Wheat Beer Bread
[from here]

1.5 c all-purpose flour
1.5 c whole wheat flour
4.5 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 teaspoons salt
1/3 c packed brown sugar
1 12 oz can/bottle of beer (PBR works well)

Stir dry ingredients together, then add the beer slowly. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 38 minutes. Remove and brush with butter. Bake another 15 minutes and remove/brush with butter again. Serve.

Next up: Jerkins family fave, Thumbprint Cookies

and Jonny's artsy pictures (i obvi didnt take these):

If you want this recipe, email me and I'll send it to you. This cookie won me my first ever Cookie Exchange.

Next up: Pebbernodder (Danish Christmas Cookies)

read about them on wikipedia here, if you want

Earlier this year, I really got interested in cardamom. I wanted to know what it's used for since it seems so exotic and specialized, and I'd never used it. One of the items I came across in my research were these little Danish Christmas cookies.

They just looked so adorable and tiny.

The recipe I used is here via allrecipes, and uses cinnamon and cardamom as the spices. Some versions (apparently) have black pepper, nuts, anise, nutmeg, etc. There are plenty on allrecipes to look at if you want to compare.

I liked the simplicity of this particular recipe. Delicious with coffee. Not super-sweet, though.

Also, Waishauna and I made some good ole-fashioned frosted sugar cookies (no photos uploaded yet) and I'm attempting cinnamon rolls again. (Trying to vindicate myself after last year's disaster.) Thanks, Mrs Michelle! I'll let you know how it goes.

Dining table + stockings:

Only a few more days until the BIG DAY! Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. Hey lady. I'll put in a request for your famous recipe! Merry Christmas!! I hope it's a happy one for your family! :)


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