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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Almost-Amish Cinnamon Bread

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is one of the easiest quick breads I've ever made. It got its unusual name because someone who enjoyed Amish friendship bread decided to make a loaf of it without using the stater that is the base for the original recipe. It did not turn out badly and it has since become almost as famous as the friendship bread itself. There is a lot of sugar in this bread, so I know it will appeal to those of you who crave sweets. The rest of you are welcome to join me for lox and cream cheese at the bagel table. This is a perfectly nice and serviceable sweet bread to make when you are pressed for time and do not feel the need to impress those sitting at your table. The recipe is great for beginning cooks and is wonderful to have on hand if you know you'll be working in the poorly equipped kitchen of a summer cottage or vacation condo. I do hope you'll give this homely bread a try. Here is how it is made.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Easy Soft and Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I think you'll like these chewy cookies. I made them because I had committed a batch of cookies to a bake sale, and while I wanted something good, I didn't want to spend hours in the kitchen making them. I've had great luck with the recipes that I've retrieved from Serious Eats and this is one of their recipes. This is a basic sugar cookie that is made with melted butter and brown sugar. While the brown sugar influences the color of the cookies and gives them a caramel taste, the melted butter makes the cookies less cake-like and more dense than the creamed version of the cookie. Because it is made with melted butter the dough can be used immediately without chilling. No special equipment, save fora bowl and wooden spoon, is required to make the cookies, so they are great to have in your roster if you have occasion to work in a sub par kitchen. If you need a small batch of cookies in a hurry, you might want to give this recipe a try. Here is how these cookies are made.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cherry Bombs (Scones) for Big and Little Kids

Cornmeal-Cherry Scones

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These scones were named by a young visitor who was in the kitchen, watching, as I made them for breakfast this past weekend. They are shaped liked small balls when they go into the oven and, for whatever reason, the addition of dried cherries made him think of fireworks and cherry bombs. I will be the first to admit these are homely and there appearance might not lure you to the table, but their taste will, and I feel certain that once bitten, they will make return visits to your table. The recipe comes The Cheese Board: Collected Works and it was featured on Food52. I bookmarked the recipe because the scones were simple to make and they could be prepared without the use of an electric mixer or food processor. That makes them a prime candidate for vacation breakfast that have to be prepared in bare bones kitchens. These are really quite good. While the cornmeal adds crunch and some texture to the scones, the addition of dried berries, prevents them from being just another version of cornbread. I happened to have dried cherries in the pantry, so I followed the recipe as it was written, but having tasted them, I think dried blueberries or cranberries would work equally well. The scones are quite short and crumbly, so make sure the kids are sitting at the table to eat them, or you'll spend the remainder of the morning cleaning up their crumbs. If you have an air-tight container the scones will keep for up to three days and still make for pleasant eating. I do hope you'll give this recipe a try. Here is how the scones are made.


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