Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blueberry Orange and Almond Pancakes with Orange Maple Glaze

These are excellent summer pancakes. They are delicious and totally have at least a serving of fruit, so I'm going to go ahead and call them healthy.

Full disclosure....I had the for lunch and the glaze seemed like it would be just a little bit too I just had them with maple syrup.

Taken from: Joy the Baker Cookbook

For the pancakes:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 Tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp orange zest
Scant 1/4 tsp almond extract
3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, I used fresh)

For the glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbs fresh orange juice
1 Tbs maple syrup


1) Whisk together dry ingredients in large bowl.

2) Whisk together egg, buttermilk, orange juice and orange zest in a separate small bowl.

3) Combine all of the ingredients in the large bowl and fold in the blueberries.

4) Allow the batter to sit while you preheat the griddle to 350 degrees F. Spoon the batter over the hot griddle and allow to cook until bubbles are showing through the uncooked side. Flip and cook for about 5 minutes more or until done.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

S'mores Brownies

I am not a camper. I tried. For a really long time I thought that I could become a camper, but it's just not going to happen. Since coming to terms with my dislike for sleeping on the ground (combined with growing fear of snakes) I've really missed s'mores. There are a lot of good things about camping, nature can be pretty amazing but also s'mores. S'mores are always incredible, whether you are one of those who will slowly roast your marshmallow until it is perfectly golden brown and gooey and delicious, or if you just stick it in the flames and get your daily dose of carbon. 

With summer now upon us I thought these would be an appropriate treat to prepare for book club and would also help quash my s'mores craving.

Taken from: Joy the Baker Cookbook


11/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup roughly crushed graham crackers
12 large marshmallows

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour a 9X13 inch baking pan.

2) Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

3) Place a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water to melt the butter and chocolate. Once melted and smooth, remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Whisk in the sugars. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, until well combined. Whisk in the vanilla and add the dry ingredients. Fold in the graham crackers.

4) Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Dot with marshmallow and bake for 30 to 40 minutes (mine took 38). The Marshmallows will be brown and puffy, but will deflate once cooled.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chewy Coconut Almond Raisin Granola Bars

One of the good things about having a life skill is the ability to barter. Baking is pretty much the only life skill that I have in which I'm able to produce something that I can trade. So when one of my friends had an excess of the face wash I like...a trade was in order. She asked for something healthy-ish so these granola bars seemed like a good idea.

They are super easy to make, delicious and will make your kitchen smell like the best place in the world. Welcome to a cash-less society.

Taken from: Joy the Baker Cook Book

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs ground flax seed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup plus 2 tbs honey
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tbs orange juice


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil, butter the foil and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, combine oats, oat flour, flax seed, spices, coconut, raisins and almonds.

3) In a small bowl combine melted butter, honey, and orange juice. Pour over the oat mixture and combine until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.

4) Dump the mixture into the prepared baking pan and using your hands press into the dish until tight and solid in the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

5) Remove baked granola from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for about half an hour, then refrigerate for  an hour more until cool This will make cutting it into bars easier. Cut into 12 bars and wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store in an air-tight container.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kettle Corn

So the thing about that sometimes it sucks. And other times it's busy and some of the times sucking and busy join forces and really just make me want to curl up in bed with my cats and never leave. That's not really an option though, so instead I make kettle corn and feel just a little bit better about life.

It's also so simple and quick that it can be made even when you're terribly busy. Also, if you share it, all of you're friends will love you. But they'll also hate you because it's totally addictive.

Taken from: Joy the Baker Cookbook

2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 Tbs unsalted butter
1/2 cup yellow corn kernels
3 Tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp salt (or to taste)

1) Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat, then add the butter and allow it to melt. Add the corn kernels and sprinkle the sugar as evenly as possible. Place the lid on the pot and turn the heat up to medium-high.

2) When the popping beings (using oven mitts - this is important if you place value in not burning your hands) remove the pot from the heat and shake it around a bit, then return to the heat. Shake again every thirty seconds until the popping stops.

3) Once the popping stops, remove the pot from the heat and sprinkle the salt over the popped corn.