What I'm Baking

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

My adventures in baking continue! I'm having so much fun experimenting, but I'm trying to give away as many of my creations as I can to friends & neighbors because my poor bod cannot eat everything I create...

Here are a few of the things I've been making lately, some of them more successfully than others - but all of them worth a try, if you're looking for a good dessert to make at home. I've instituted here the same sort of star rating system (out of five) that I use for my book reviews. Hope it's helpful.

The pic up top is of my new favorite go-to - thick, crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside chocolate chip cookies. I've made them for friends' birthdays, for another friend's divorce, & as a just-because pick-me-up for friends who need a smile. I even made a shoddy batch with burned bottoms, & Mike still said they were great. The key is, of course, the brown butter... & the sea salt on top. ★★★★★

I had a can of pineapple in my pantry & had no idea what to do with it, so I literally Googled "what to make with canned pineapple" - & voila, these! I was skeptical, but they were delightful, the soft, almost squishy texture of lemon bars but with the summery taste of pineapple instead. I went off-script & added some shredded coconut to the top for that extra something. ★★★★☆

Don't be fooled by the utter beigeness of these bars, as they are much, much, much more delicious than they look. They have the texture of brownies - thick & chewy & decadent but not too sweet, & no chocolate at all (because, to be honest, I'm not a big fan). These are my dream dessert, & I would eat a whole pan every day if I could. ★★★★★

I had a lot of pretzels I wanted to get rid of because I believe pretzels are only of value when consumed in a dessert; on their own, they're gross. Enter this recipe, which does indeed have almost everything: chocolate chips, peanut butter, raisins, walnuts, & coconut, in addition to those pretzels. They were good but not great, though the recipe yields a whopping 48 cookies! ★★★☆☆

Here's another dessert that's not so photogenic but is surprisingly delicious. They're super easy to make - just a few ingredients, just three steps - & the texture is a cross between a cake & a brownie. You've got to let them sit in the fridge overnight; I didn't like them right out of the oven, but they were great in the days that followed. The "frosting" is just Greek yogurt, powdered sugar, & diced strawberries. ★★★☆☆

What have you been baking lately? Got any recipe recommendations for me? 

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