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This is another updated post, I thought it was time to give one of my favorite breakfast treats some better pictures. I love zucchini bread, and it’s always my go-to breakfast to bring on the road. We are off to the beach for a week and I’m bringing this loaf to munch on for breakfast.

Zucchini Bread

1 cup flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

1.5 tablespoons cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil (or 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 cup apple sauce)

1.5 cups dark brown sugar

2 cups grated zucchini

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two loaf pans.

Combine the dry ingredients (first 7 ingredients) in a bowl and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.

Whisk in oil and sugar and then add the zucchini and the vanilla extract. Add in the dry ingredients in two parts, and just stir to combine.

Divide the batter into the two loaf pans and bake for about 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing.

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I found this recipe on Serious Eats and I couldn’t wait to try it because I love milanos. I know, they’re probably not that good for you and have tons of things in them that I can’t pronounce, but I love them. And that’s even more reason to try this recipe. It was also the first time I used my new kitchen scale, which was rather exciting.

Unfortunately, the texture wasn’t exactly the same. No nice little crunch, but the flavor was pretty similar. If you’re not expecting them to taste like milanos, they’re totally yummy. SO, let’s just call them sandwich cookies. They’re quite tasty and the chocolate filling hardens up nicely so they’re not too messy. Try them out. Just don’t expect them to taste exactly like milanos.

Faux Milanos

3/4 ounce cornstarch

8 ounces flour

4 ounces butter

3 1/2 ounces sugar

2 ounces corn starch

1/4 teaspoon salt

14 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 ounce powdered milk

1 egg and 2 extra whites

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

2 ounces cream

pinch of salt

Combine the corn starch and flour in a bowl. With a mixer, cream together the sugar, butter, salt, baking soda, powdered milk, and half the vanilla extract. Mix for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the whole egg and combine. Add half the dry ingredients and combine. Add one of the egg whites and combine.  Add the remaining dry ingredients and combine. Add the remaining egg white and combine. Transfer to a piping bag (or a ziploc with the corner cut off).

Pipe the dough into 1/2 inch wide, 2 inch long cookies. They will work best if you can make it as thin as possible, so keep the tip close to the cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 300 degrees or until they start to brown. Let cool.

Melt the chocolate with the cream and remaining vanilla extract and pinch of salt in a double boiler or just in a bowl (I sometimes even use the microwave). You can pipe the chocolate onto the flat side of a cookie or just spoon it carefully on. Place another cookie on top, making sure to match them for size. Let them cool at room temperature or in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

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I’ve never been all that excited by biscuits. I think it’s because most of the time, they turn out dry and somewhat tasteless if you get them at diners or restaurants. And don’t even get me started on the fast food version. But, now that I know how good these are, I’ll be stocking my freezer with loads of them. They bake up straight from the freezer and they are so light and flaky that they’re actually best all on their own. But that didn’t stop me from trying a fried egg sandwich with pancetta and cheddar.

Oh, and I should mention that once again this recipe came from the Flour Bakery cookbook. Still working my way through it and enjoying everything.

Sage Biscuits

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup cold buttermilk

1/2 cup cold heavy cream

1 cold egg

1 tablespoon chopped sage

1 tablespoon chopped scallions

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Scatter the butter pieces in and squeeze between your fingers so that they come together with the dry ingredients. Don’t over mix, you don’t want it to warm up either. The butter should still be in pea-sized pieces.

In another bowl or measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, cream, egg, sage, and scallion together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while  mixing with a handmixer, just until it comes together.

Gather the dough together and roll around in the bowl to pick up any loose flour. Pour out onto a floured surface and pat into a 1″ thickness. Cut out with a 3″ round cutter. Bring together the scraps until you’ve used all the dough. This should make 8 biscuits. If you want to freeze them, wrap them individually in plastic wrap now.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or 45 minutes if they were frozen.

I love a fried egg sandwich with pancetta, but you can definitely substitute your favorite bacon. I also am partial to cheddar or asiago, but use whatever cheese you like best as well.

Fried Egg Sandwich

1 biscuit

1 egg

2 pieces pancetta or bacon

handful of arugula

2 basil leaves

a couple slices of cheese or some grated cheese to taste

Fry up the bacon or pancetta in a frying pan until crispy. Remove to a paper towel. Cook the egg in the rendered bacon fat and season with salt and pepper. I don’t usually flip my eggs because I like them runny, but I do baste them with the extra oil/fat in the pan. Layer the cheese, pancetta, and arugula on the bottom and place the egg on top of the cheese so it starts to melt. Top with a couple basil leaves and the top of your biscuit and dig in!

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So, I went a little nuts with the baking last weekend because I was baking for the New Music Bake Sale in Brooklyn. I made two kinds of cookies and some banana bread, and it was tons of fun. I realized after the fact that I should have made my gougeres since they are probably the most popular thing I’ve ever made. Oh well. You’ll just have to wait for those.

I’ve been slowly baking my way through the Flour Bakery cookbook, and so far I haven’t really been disappointed in anything. These peanut butter cookies are no exception. They are a little more cakey than I probably would prefer, but then again, most peanut butter cookies get that way because of the texture of peanut butter when baked. I definitely have to agree they are delicious and I would definitely make them again. They are just the right amount of sweet and salty, and fresh out of the oven they are amazing.

Peanut Butter Cookies

2 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 jar chunky peanut butter (1 3/4 cups)

2 2/3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Cream together the butter and sugars for 5 minutes with a hand mixer until smooth and light in color. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Scrape down the bowl and then add in the peanut butter and combine.

Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in another bowl. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and don’t over beat. Refrigerate overnight.

Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten into discs. Using a fork, make cross-hatch marks on top (the traditional peanut butter cookie decoration).

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until they start to brown around the edges. Let cool on a rack.

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Oatmeal raisin cookies are a favorite around the apartment, and I think this may be the winning recipe. I was planning on giving the whole batch to Gareth to take on his trip this week, and I somehow kept to the plan. But I think I’m going to have to make them again soon, because the one I ate hot from the oven was just delightful. The original recipe is based on one from Flour Bakery (I’m still baking my way through their book), but I had to make a couple changes because I didn’t have enough raisins. I think they may be even better.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 stick butter

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons oats (not instant or quick cooking)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup chocolate chips

2 tablespoons dried currants

Combine the butter and both sugars in a bowl and cream together with an electric mixer. Make sure you use room temperature ingredients so they combine properly. Add the egg and beat together.

Meanwhile, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add the raisins, chocolate chips, and currants and stir together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix together. If you can, let the dough rest in the fridge for a couple hours or overnight.

Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten. Place on a silpat with enough space between because they will spread out. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees until they start to brown around the edges. Let cool.

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As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite bakeries in the world is Flour Bakery in Boston. I remember Sunday mornings and trying to decide what I wanted most. I’ve been waiting to try the muffin recipes from the cookbook, but it’s usually a last minute thought and I don’t regularly keep Creme Fraiche lying around. So far, everything I’ve tried from the book has been really delicious like the Double Chocolate Cookies and the Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies. I even adapted the one muffin recipe that didn’t use Creme Fraiche into my Apple Oat Muffins and they were delicious.

These muffins were so light and fluffy, with a glorious crunchy muffin top that just crackles in the right way when you pull it off. Let’s be honest, most people go straight for the muffin top and then reluctantly eat the rest. These are so good, that you will love eating the whole thing.

The original recipe uses raspberry and rhubarb, and it gives suggestions for alternate recipes like the classic blueberry muffin. I adjusted based on what I had in the freezer, which in this case was frozen raspberries and blueberries. I like to bake them fresh, so I’ll keep the batter in the fridge and bake them in the morning. It lasts a couple days, and they turn out so much better when baked fresh. But you can refresh them by popping them back in the oven for a couple minutes.

Raspberry Blueberry Muffins

3 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs plus 1 yolk

1 1/4 sticks butter, melted

1 cup milk

1 1/3 cup sugar

1 cup creme fraiche

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and then add the sugar, butter, milk, creme fraiche, and vanilla, making sure all ingredients are at room temperature. I like to add the melted butter with the sugar and then everything else, so that it doesn’t re-solidify at all if your ingredients are a little colder.

Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and fold gently using a spatula. Fold in the berries gently. The batter is a little lumpy but don’t worry. Spoon into the muffin tin to fill the cups. Bake for 40 minutes until the muffin tops are golden brown and let cool before removing them.

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Spice cookies always say the holidays to me, so of course I had to make some this week. As I watch the Nutcracker on TV and smell the cookies baking, I’m feeling particularly festive. For these cookies, I tend to substitute spices with what I have available so feel free to use something different.

Spice Cookies

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

a pinch of ground pepper

1 stick butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablepoons granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

turbinado sugar for sprinkling

In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add in the egg yolk and combine. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The dough will be crumbly, so dump it onto a piece of plastic wrap, form into a log, and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Slice into 1/2 inch thick slices and place on cookie sheet a couple inches apart. They don’t spread too much, but you want to leave enough room. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes rotating pans halfway through. Let cool on a cooling rack and enjoy.

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