Posts tagged ‘baking ‘

Banana bread mini loaves!!

I know they look big in the picture but they are not. They are mini loaves and are half a pound each. I know because I even weighed them. haha

So a few weeks ago I made banana bread and sliced it up into small $2 slice packs. They all sold. Made 1 small loaf of bread that sold too.

SInce then I have been wanting to get mini loaf pans, for the people who want to try it but don’t yet want to commit to a whole loaf. So I bought 8 and then we had 4th of July so I was focused on cupcakes and sugar cookies.


3 comments July 14, 2008

$20.00 for a dozen cupcakes!!!

Yes you heard that right. We were paid $20.00 to bake and make 1 dozen cupcakes for the 4th of July! Click here for pics of the cupcakes sent out earlier in the week. Earlier in the week we made up the boxes with 2 cupcakes + 2 sugar cookies for $2.00 or 3 cupcakes + 3 cookies for $3.00.


5 comments July 7, 2008

The cupcakes are back!!

….but not for long. 😦 I was all set to use the texas sheet cake recipe and make cupcakes to sell. I was going to make 48. Usually when I do this I double the cake ingredients and one frosting is enough for all 48. Well after making the batter, my eldest dd was putting cupcake liners in and there was only 21!!!! Yikes! We had mini cupcake liners but those are more like samples. She was able to get 12 mini’s out of the rest of the batter though. BUT not before I split the batter and poured it over a sheet cake pan.


5 comments June 11, 2008

What is the deal with the flour??

Okay so I cook and bake alot from scratch. I do have a grain mill and organic ww berries but I have been very bad the past few months and been using store bought bread flour and all purpose flour.

Anyways… I can get a 25 lb bag of bread flour from Costco for $8.89. Pretty good. I forget what the price for a 25 lb bag of all purpose (ap) is there.

A few months ago there was no price on the shelf and two 10 lb bags of gold medal ap flour wrapped together in plastic at Smart N Final. I asked the bag boy if he could check the price for me. He came back and said it was $4.00 so I asked him to get me another set.


4 comments May 4, 2008

How to make Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Bread


I am posting this for everyone to enjoy! This is a recipe so simple even a child can do it.

Thanks to Luisa from Wednesday Chef for posting this recipe. Here is her review.


To fully appreciate that review you should read this one too:

Jeff Hertzberg

The Jeff Hertzberg book I still want to get. I will maybe next month. That review kind of put me off though. I am going to try his recipe once I get a baking stone and a peel. Til then I will wait.

What I also really like about his bread/book/idea, what have you, is making up a big hunk of dough basically and being able to just pull some out from the fridge for up to two weeks as needed. I will try it and let you guys know.
For now I tried the Jim Lahey bread. It has been a few weeks. I kept forgetting to blog about it. It was awesome. I very clearly remember Joey and I loving it and him asking me if I could make this bread every day! It was over the top awesome. Like melt in your mouth. Like you can’t believe this came out of YOUR oven!


Add a comment January 31, 2008

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

Okay my tip for today is about baking. Whenever I am baking and I need to use oil or honey or molasses, I spray the measuring spoon or cup with pam or cooking spray. It helps the ingredient to slide right off my cup or spoon and into the mixer where it belongs. I used to hate having to get another spoon and trying to scrape honey or molasses off. Now I don’t have to and neither do you. Hope this helps.

For more tips check out Tammy’s recipes!

10 comments January 22, 2008

Sonshine’s Bagels

Well I tried something I have been wanting to try off and on for a while now. Bagels!


We had extra cream cheese from Christmas we hadn’t used. A friend posted a recipe for me to try as the one I originally wanted to do I was missing an important ingredient, malt powder. These turned out great but I got irritated while I was mixing it.


2 comments January 4, 2008

Texas Sheet Cake


..mmmmmm…this is the same recipe as the California Round Cake that I made earlier this month except I used all purpose flour instead of the wheat this time.

texas sheet cake

I also used the baking sheet this time instead of the round pans. It was really great. Even more awesome than last time.

texas cake 2

I think maybe next time I will compromise and use half/half. It was so good I even went back for a second piece. It was melt in your delicious. We ate it warm. I managed to save dh the two last pieces so he can take to work soon.

This recipe is really great and you will love it.

Texas Sheet Cake

Pioneer Woman Chocolate Sheet Cake
Combine in a mixing bowl:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan, melt:
2 sticks butter
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa. Stir together.
Add 1 cup boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup buttermilk.
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

While cake is baking, make icing:
Chop 1/2 cup pecans finely.
Melt 1 3/4 sticks butter in a saucepan.
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat.
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb minus 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Stir together.
Add pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.

Cut into squares, eat, and totally wig out over the fact that you’ve just made the best chocolate sheet cake. Ever.

6 comments January 4, 2008

Does it get any better than this?

This is my new spice rack and vinegar/oil holders next to 2 loaves of freshly baked bread. Does it get any better than this? You can only see one tier of the spice rack in this picture but behind it is 2 more. Not bad.


I had to take the rental van back the day after christmas. I still haven’t blogged about x~mas but it is mainly cause I can’t find my digi cam and that is what I took all those pics on. Grrrr….

Anyhow the day after, Joey went to work and I took the van back. I was sad to see it go. It was a lot of fun to drive and having a vehicle big enough to toss everyone in and just go somewhere is a good thing. Hopefully one more month plus a few days give or take and we will have our own.


2 comments December 31, 2007

Magnolia Bakery Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins
Well I found online about 7 of the Magnolia Bakery recipes. That is the bakery in New York City where people line up down the block for an hour or longer sometimes just to buy a cupcake. lol Joe was baking with me yesterday and we also tried the vanilla, vanilla cupcakes. I will review those later. These muffins are very good. I used half whole wheat/half all purpose flour. Usually any muffins I do, if I do all whole wheat they come out pretty wheaty tasting.

2 comments December 22, 2007






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