This weekend I was just craving a chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate chip may sound like a really basic cookie, but there are sooooo many different ways to make them. Dense and chewy, crisp and crumbly, with nuts and all kinds of other inclusions (and that’s just a few examples – it’s never-ending!). This week we’re making a soft, cakey chocolate chip cookie. I know not everyone likes cakey cookies, but I’m definitely partial to those soft, fluffy little bites. And my coworkers always love them too. (more…)
If you’ve read many of my posts, you’ll know that I generally prefer savoury things over sweet (which is really weird for someone with a baking blog, right?). I mean I love chocolate (loooooooove), and cakes and cookies and pies are always welcome, but I’m not a big fan of purely sugary sweets. I’ll pass on most candies. If I’m asked to choose between fruit or a vegetable? I’ll almost always go for the vegetable. I could eat an entire bag of fresh peas in one sitting, but if you offer me some cherries, I might have one or two if I have any at all.
I grew up in a small town with a lot of fruit orchards, and almost everyone had apple and cherry trees on their property. I distinctly remember my best friend and I climbing and parking ourselves up the cherry tree for the day, eating every cherry within reach (and hoping her parents didn’t see us and yell at us to come down and stop eating all their cherries). I don’t know if my tastes changed as I grew up, or if I just got it all out of my system when I was younger. Regardless, when I see fresh cherries at the farmers market, it just doesn’t really excite me. Meh. Which is unfortunate, because there are a lot of them, and I can acknowledge that they look amazing right now at their peak. (more…)
You may have heard it said that if you want to get serious about baking, you should absolutely be measuring your ingredients by weight. If you already have a scale, check it out. Measure out a cup of flour and weigh it. Now measure another cup and weigh it too. Are they the same? Probably not. Whether or not you stir your flour first will make a difference, as will whether you scoop vs spoon your flour into the measuring cup.
They might not be off by much, but if your aim is to make multiple batches of something and get consistent results every time? Yeah, you’re definitely better off going with weights.
That said, keep in mind our parents and grandparents probably baked all their lives without kitchen scales. My mother didn’t even have a proper set of measuring spoons – she literally used a teaspoon and tablespoon from the cutlery drawer. (more…)
I’m still visiting the farmer’s market every weekend, and I just can’t say no to all of the lovely, plump berries in season right now. We’re nearing the end of the strawberries, but the raspberries still seem to be going strong. I’m not the type of person who will sit and snack on them on their own, but I’ll happily use them in smoothies or turn them into popsicles. (more…)
Some flavour combinations are so natural it’s like they were just made for each other – like lime and coconut, chocolate and espresso, and of course peanut butter and chocolate. But then there are combinations that seem so opposite that they kind’ve catch us off guard, like rich chocolate with hot peppers, sweet peaches with spicy jalapeños, and tart apples with savoury cheese. This is one of those flavours that sound weird until you try it. Sweet strawberries with sour balsamic vinegar? Yup. Somehow those two flavours meet in the middle to create something unique and delicious. (more…)
A couple weeks ago I made some lemon buttermilk popsicles, which I could have happily eaten all by myself. And I mentioned that a lot of people seemed really wary of eating them because of the word “buttermilk”. Weirdos. But eventually they tried them and loved them as much as I did. With that experience under their belts, I figured they’d be more accepting of another buttermilk recipe. And apparently I was right about that, because these were all gone within half a day. Plus “blueberry buttermilk” is a combination that I think we’re all a lot more familiar with. (more…)
Okay, first off? Don’t be scared off by the word “buttermilk”! I was shocked to discover how many of my coworkers heard it and envisioned some unholy blend of butter and milk. Now I’m not saying this is a healthy diet food (snerk! have you seen the types of things I make??), but it’s not the evil ingredient so many people think it is. It’s no worse than milk, honest. Surely we’ve all had buttermilk pancakes? Blueberry buttermilk muffins? Buttermilk fried chicken? (more…)
I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but it’s unseasonably warm here in Vancouver, and it’s feeling like popsicle season. Last year I don’t think I even started making popsicles until late July! I made a couple of different lime popsicles last summer – both of which were fantastic – and you can definitely expect to see more lime this year. I may have mentioned before, but I loooove citrus any time of year, but especially now. It’s such a refreshing summer flavour, right? (more…)