Last Christmas I decided it would be fun to make cookies. I made the dough a few weeks early, froze the dough, and then a couple days before Christmas cooked and decorated them with our nieces.
We had a great time and the cookies were delicious.
What could be more neighborly or Southern than taking a pound cake to a neighborhood pot luck? Some veggies from your garden? I don’t know. Either way, at this years Neighborhood Night Out I made a pound cake to take to our pot luck. I’ve never been a huge fan of pound cakes but was feeling the urge to bake one.
The cake was a little heavy for pound cake, so if I feel the urge again I’ll probably seek out another recipe (probably from a Southern source), but it was a decent cake. I served it on a platter surrounded by fresh figs (from my mom’s tree) and blueberries.
I’ve never been a big fan of cooked apples… either as a side dish or in a dessert. But around Thanksgiving the Pioneer Woman posted a really scrumptious apple pie and I made it for the holidays. It was amazing and totally changed my life… in only the way that cooked apples can… which isn’t too much, but I’m now open to the idea of cooked apples. Anyways, shortly after Thanksgiving I was hosting a family birthday gathering and was tasked with making a dessert. On the heels of my love of apple pie, I decided to try Mark Bittman’s Apple Crisp in How to Cook Everything.
Yes, this is the first actual post from the book in a long, long time. What can I say? I needed a break. Obviously. But I am back on the cooking-from-a-book horse and have a few more recipes up my sleeve.
So this apple crisp was very similar to the Pioneer Woman recipe, only without the pie crust. Which I should like because I hate pie crust. I hate making it and I hate eating it. At least I’m consistent.
The other difference was the use of oats. I also do not like oats. If I could substitute this topping with the Pioneer Woman topping I would have been very happy. But other than the oat-y topping, it was a delicious dessert and everyone seemed to like it.
I love Nutella. I love ice cream. Why I haven’t put these two together earlier, I don’t know. But its one of the most ingenious ideas I’d ever heard of.
I stumbled upon this recipe on the blog: Dinner with Julie. I’d link to the recipe directly, but my link is appearing to be broken.
It suggested using 1 cup Nutella and 2 cups milk or half and half or whipping cream. I can’t remember exactly. Instead of measuring properly I decided to use the whole jar of nutella. First warm it up a few seconds in the mircowave. I suppose you could use a sauce pan over the oven, but that’s just something else to clean. Once its softened a bit stir it in with the milk. Make sure you use a big bowl because I didn’t use a big enough bowl to allow for whisking. The idea is to make it smooth. Then pour into your ice cream maker and make as directed.
Since I was unsure of how much it would make and I used more Nutella than the original recipe called for my batch turned our really rich and really small. It made just over a pint of ice cream. Next time I will still use the whole jar, but probably do 3 cups milk.
In my last post I plotted out a meal plan for a week. I stuck to it, but it only took me 3 weeks to post it. Sorry. Without further ado… pound cake!
I felt like I wasn’t a true Southern girl since I am a quarter decade old without ever attempting to make my own pound cake. Although, to be truthful, I’m not crazy about pound cake. But it was a Sunday and I wanted to bake something sweet. I also wanted to use some yogurt I had laying around.
It was not too difficult to make, just a bunch of steps to add ingredients at just the right time. I’m sure there’s a science behind it that I just do not care to learn.
The cake turned out great and we enjoyed it for several days. I didn’t get a chance to toast some, which I wanted to do. I’m sure it would have been really delicious with a little homemade plum preserves.