Plum Cornmeal Scones

I thought this was a good cornmeal scone base, but it needs a smidge of jam or fruit to mask the flavor of leavening. It’s not overwhelming, but it is noticable.

Original Recipe: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016842-cornmeal-plum-scones

Quick Plum Jam: (I didn’t make this, but it sounds interesting)

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4lb plums pitted and cut into 1″ cubes

Put honey and bay leaf in a medium skillet over medium heat, simmer until it bubbles and gets darker (approx 2 min). Add plums, cook without moving until the undersides are golden brown (approx 5 minutes), stir then simmer until tender. Chill for at least an hour, up to a week ahead.

Scones:

  • 3/4c heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 2/3 (or 275g) flour
  • 1/3c (60g) coarse cornmeal or polenta
  • 3tbsp (35g) sugar
  • 2tsp (7g) baking powder
  • 1/2tsp (2g) salt
  • 6tbsp (85g) cold butter (original recipe calls for room temp but cold will result in fluffier scones)

Heat oven to 400F. Mix together the heavy cream and egg. Separately, whisk together the dry ingredients, then cut in the butter then drizzle in the cream egg mixture until it makes a smooth dough (most of it, but probably 1/4th ish cups left) .

Pat into 1.25inch round, then cut into 6-8 wedges. Separate them (closer together = less browned scones) and brush with the remaining cream mixture.

Make an indent on the top of the scone for the plum jam and overfill it (so as it bakes it spreads over the whole scone). I did a dollop of jam topped with a whole sliced side of plum. S found the skin too tart. Bake for 15-17 or until golden brown.

Things to try next time:

  • Less leavening, the cold butter helps the scones end up fluffier, perhaps 1.5tsp is enough?
  • Other fruit — maybe dried cherries or fresh corn mixed in?

Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread

Original recipe (w/o Cheddar or Jalapenos): thespruceeats.com/corn-bread-recipe-995149

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal (1/4th-1/2 coarse/polenta)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar (optional if you prefer unsweetened cornbread)
  • 1 cup sweet corn (thawed)
  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapenos, cut into fourths
  • 1/2cup shredded cheese
  1. Grease a glass dish 8×8, preheat oven to 400F
  2. Mix everything (probably dry first, then wet) except corn (don’t overmix!)
  3. Fold in corn
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cornbread pulls away from the edges a little

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Source: https://www.insider.com/dessert-recipes-michelin-star-chefs-everyone-is-able-to-do-2020-4#lemon-drizzle-cake-2

The description is that it’s easy… and it is, if you have lemon juice or don’t hate juicing lemons. This used the juice & zest of 5-6 home grown Meyer lemons.

The original recipe has a lemon glaze, I didn’t make it. The cake is very lemony and not overly sweet, a nice balance without the glaze.

INGREDIENTS:

For the syrup

140g water
140g lemon juice
115g caster sugar

– Boil all the syrup ingredients together and set aside until needed.
– Let the cakes cool down for a few minutes before brushing with the lemon syrup.

For the cake

400g plain flour
10g baking powder
2g fine sea salt (quarter of a teaspoon)
350g whole eggs (7)
400g caster sugar
220g yogurt
30g lemon zest
80g lemon juice
150g unsalted butter, melted

– Sieve the flour and the baking powder together.
– Mix together the whole eggs and sugar, whisking until just combined (not thick and aerated). 
– Add the yogurt into the eggs, followed by the zest and the juice. 
– Add in the flour until just combined, followed by the melted butter. 
– Place into a large loaf tin that’s lined with parchment then greased and floured, and bake at 350F for 60+ minutes (It took me 1.5 hours at 320 then 350).
– Allow the cake to cool a little before gently unmolding from the tin, and place onto a cooling rack. 
– Let it cool for five minutes, then pierce with holes all over the cake for the syrup to enter. 
– Slowly pour all over with the lemon syrup. 

Chocolate Blackout Cake

Source: https://www.browneyedbaker.com/chocolate-blackout-cake/

FOR THE PUDDING:

  •  1¼ cups granulated sugar
  •  ¼ cup cornstarch
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  •  2 cups half-and-half
  •  1 cup whole milk
  •  6 oz unsweetened chocolate (chopped or chips)
  •  2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (optional)

MAKE THE PUDDING:

  1. In a large saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, half-and-half, and milk. Set the pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chocolate & cocoa powder and whisk constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture begins to thicken (it should look glossy and large bubbles break on the surface)
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
  4. Transfer the pudding to a large bowl and press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, until throughly cooled.

* Pudding can be made a day ahead, this recipe makes enough for the layers & covering the cake only. No snacking!

FOR THE CAKE:

  •  ½ cup unsalted butter
  •  1½ cups all-purpose flour
  •  2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  ½ teaspoon baking soda
  •  ½teaspoonsalt
  •  ¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  •  1 cup brewed coffee (decaf)
  •  1 cup buttermilk
  •  1 scant cup granulated sugar
  •  1 scant cup light brown sugar
  •  2 eggs
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract

MAKE THE CAKE:

  1. Make the Cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two 8-inch cake pans. (Did with an 8″ springform and a 9″ cake pan)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cocoa and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the coffee, buttermilk, and sugars until dissolved. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla, then slowly whisk in flour mixture. (Be careful to squish all the lumps!)
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely, at least 1 hour.

ASSEMBLE IT ALL:

  1. Cut each cake in half horizontally so that you have four layers.
  2. Crumble one the ugliest layer into medium crumbs and set aside.
  3. Place one cake layer on a serving platter or plate. Spread 1 cup of the pudding over the cake layer and top with another layer. Repeat with 1 cup pudding and last cake layer.
  4. Spread the remaining pudding evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle the cake crumbs evenly over the top and sides of the cake, pressing lightly to adhere.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. The cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days according to recipes. TBD on freezing.

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

100% from: https://thefoodcharlatan.com/the-best-double-chocolate-cookies-recipe/ (formatted to be easier for myself to read & note modifications at the bottom)

  •  1 cup salted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  •  1/2 cup white sugar
  •  1 cup brown sugar
  •  4 ounces (2/3 cup) dark chocolate, melted
  •  2 large eggs
  •  4 teaspoons vanilla
  •  2 cups flour
  •  1 cup cocoa powder
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  •  2 cups chocolate chips (dark!)

Make the Dough

  1. Cream the butter, then the sugars together
  2. Mix in melted 4oz of dark chocolate
  3. Add eggs and vanilla
  4. Add in dry ingredients (except choco chips). Stir with a spatula first so the stand mixer doesn’t make everything go “poof!” initially.
  5. Add in chocolate chips as soon as the batter comes together, don’t overmix
  6. Chill the dough for half an hour, then portion it (~60grams per ball) and fridge for another 30+ minutes, or forget in the fridge/freezer.

To Bake

  1. Preheat to 350 degrees F
  2. Space them ~2″ apart, and smush them slightly before baking or they’ll end up as mounds (kindof donut-like, but no hole in the middle)
  3. Bake for 10-11 minutes, until soft but not shiny

Modifications

mole cookies : add 1 tsp mole spice mix

Cauliflower Frittata

I liked this. Saving this so I don’t lose it and remember what I did differently. Original recipe here.

  • ~3 cups of barely cooked cauliflower florets + stems, cut up into small pieces (microwaving for 3 minutes does the trick)
  • a splash of olive oil (to grease the pan throughly)
  • 1 big shallot, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 eggs (try only 6 yolks?)
  • salt, pepper
  • 2tbsp grated parmesan
  • seasoning – original recipe did 1/4tsp cayenne, 2 tsp ground caraway (too strong) and fresh parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F, while the oven is preheating, sauté the onions and garlic until soft and lightly golden.
  2. Blend the eggs, cheese & seasoning. Mix in the cauliflower and alliums.
  3. Throughly brush a 9″ (10 was a little too thin) cast iron pan with olive oil
  4. Heat the cast iron on the stove on medium — give it a few minutes so it’s throughly heated.
  5. Pour the cauliflower mixture in, then bake for ~30 minutes (until set)

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Adapted from the NYT Recipe

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons/255 grams total (2¼ sticks) salted butter, cold
½ cup/101 grams granulated sugar
¼ cup/55 grams light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups
6 ouncesbittersweet dark chocolate, chopped (chunks!)
1 large egg, beaten
Turbinado or sanding sugar, for rolling (Turbinado tastes better)
Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 (though dough will rest overnight)

1. Stand mixer with paddle, beat butter, sugar, vanilla until light and fluffy.
2. Add flour, then chocolate chunks until just blended.
3. Divide in half, roll into logs and wrap in saran wrap
4. Chill overnight (two hours minimum, but overnight makes it much easier to slice)
5. Brush each log with egg, then roll with turbinado sugar
6. Slice into 1/2 inch slices, rotating as you go
7. Sprinkle with flakey sea salt
8. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the edges are lightly brown

Cheesecake Brownies

Best Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

8oz cream cheese
1 egg
1/4th c sugar
vanilla

DONT OVERBEAT.
Bake for 35 minutes at 350F.
Spread half the brownie batter in an 8×8 tray, then all the cream cheese, then dollop the remaining batter over that and swirl.