Archive | January, 2009

I’m a Dutchbaby

18 Jan

A favorite weekend breakfast food at our house is a Dutchbaby (also known as a German Pancake).  Light and fluffy. Only slightly sweet. This dramatic breakfast food is a sight to see.

I prefer it with cream cheese and homemade jam but it is just as good with brie.

The dramatic effect of this meal is short lived, as it is the steam of baking that makes it puff up, so serve it immediately or invite everyone into the kitchen for the unveiling.

Dutchbaby (German Pancake)

From: Joy of Cooking

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

mix together

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup sugar

add

1/2 cup milk

2 eggs

and whisk until smooth

Melt a little butter in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, swirl to cover bottom and sides of pan. (If  you look up the recipe, you’ll see they suggest 4 Tablespoons of butter, I find I only need 1) Add the batter and cook for one minute, until just starting to set. Place in oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until puffed and golden.

Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar or serve with your favorite breakfast condiments.

Double the recipe…pour in a casserole dish and bake 20 minute and you’ll have a Pannakucken to feed a crowd.

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I heart british cooking

17 Jan

People often ask me for advice on cooking.  Somehow, people think if you can bake…you can cook. But up until recently that wasn’t true for me.

When a cooking question comes up…where do I go for answers most days?…  I turn to the Brits.

Yes, the Brits can cook!

In 2003 I discovered the BBC Good Food Magazine and my life has never been the same.

This magazine has taught a baker to cook.  And I tell you that is no easy feat.  Yes, I can bake anything…I can spin sugar, make and sculpt my own fondant, and whip up the lightest,fluffiest genoise with ease. I know the rules of baking (I revel in them) and once I define the structure I can play with it….enhance it…even perfect it.

What I could never do was cook.  The idea you add a little this and a tad of that…that the rules didn’t matter and were more guidelines than structure just never worked for me.

Then came BBC and after 5 years of learning (one recipe at I time)…low and behold I can cook…and I am pretty damn good at it.  It is no longer daunting… but fun and I can experiment and play and some days even (gulp) make things up.

It has made me a better baker as I learn to throw the rules out (where appropriate) and just improvise.

So, if you follow this blog, you’ll find loads of links to BBC and I recommend you follow them, take a journey across the pond and change the way you cook tonight!

Out of the Starting Gate

10 Jan

After lusting after so many food and craft blogs, I have decided to add my owns views to the mix.

This blog will chronicle my adventures in baking (cooking), knitting, and sewing.

Who am I…

I am self-taught professional baker;

People have been telling me for years to do one thing….OPEN A BAKERY.  I am working on fulfilling their wish and this blog will, in part, chronicle my adventures into the business of baking.

If you are interested in why people keep saying I should open a bakery… check out the BAKE page above where **SOON** you will find a list of yummy things that can be shipped to your door via my on-line bakery PIECE.

I am the child of a knitting superstar

Who loves to knit the little things. Bring on the hats, scarfs, mittens, baby gear, and critters.

As for the big things…lets just say I have been knitting for over two decades and I have only finished one adult sized sweater…I do however have an impressive collection of half knit projects that chronicle the horrors of knitting fashion

I am a very amateur seamstress

(crafter would be a better word but bake, knit, craft that just doesn’t sound as catchy).

I sew the simple things where mistakes and mishaps can be counted as creative rather than unsightly.  I stick to the realm of curtains, critters, household items, even an apron or two.