Wednesday, December 30, 2015

TWD ~ BCM~Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

For weeks before Christmas, I spend days baking our Holiday family favorites. This year I added a new cookie to the mix, thanks to Dorie and the bakers at Baking Chez Moi! One of the picks this month was these delightful Stained Glass Cookies.
I found them fun to make, although a bit time consuming. The cookie itself was easy to put together. Basic ingredients that I usually have in my home, make them an anytime cookie.  The taste was melt in your mouth buttery, and delicious. One of the better butter cookies I’ve made. The harder part was making the stained glass cut out.  The first batch I made had little sprinkles of red melted candies in places they shouldn’t be. Dorie actually suggests making them with tiny cutouts. I decided to make the windows larger. First, I pulverized the candy…Life Savers as per Dorie’s suggestion. Then I used a tiny spoon to add to the middle of the cookie where I had cut it out. I found that if I took out the dough in that spot, then placed the cookie cutter back into the cookie…it was easier to fill with the candy. Confused? Me too! I do think they would be even more fun to bake with my grandchildren.  I know for sure they would delight in them! A new cookie to add to my Christmas cookie repertoire!

They really are quite pretty!

I actually baked these cookies for Christmas, but was not able to get them posted. So here I am, the end of the month, and a day late! My New Years resolution is to get back into a baking routine with Tuesdays with Dorie! Here’s hoping!
Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year! 

Next year I’m hanging some on my tree
And these little guys were my first batch…love the red and green

This post participates with the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group. We don’t publish recipes unless they have already been shared. 
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s wonderful book, Baking Chez Moi or here at Yahoo where Dorie has shared it! Do yourself a favor and get the book!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Chocolate Pancakes

Delicious Chocolate Pancakes

Well hello! It’s been awhile, I know! I did not forget about you but, I was kind of forced into a short hiatus.

It all started last August, while I was preparing to host a luncheon for my neighborhood Bunco group. Instead of making my Sangria punch, I wound up in the hospital ER. After numerous tests, I was diagnosed with Endometrial cancer. To say the least, I was greatly surprised. I was the picture of good health. I walked several miles a day, ate healthy, never smoked, visited my doctor yearly. Pap smears…yep. How did this happen? My doctor told me cancer is indiscriminate, and this type is sneaky! I was lucky it actually reared it’s ugly head when it did, so that I could be treated appropriately. I am almost done with my treatments and am cancer free! It’s time to come back!  
To all of you who have sent notes, left messages or e-mailed me, thank you for your concern. I truly appreciated it! I have missed all of you, and can’t wait to start visiting you again.

If you love chocolate, you will love the deep, rich flavor of these

On to the recipe! I haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking however, breakfast foods are one of my favorites.  I can always find time and energy to rustle up a nice breakfast! These pancakes have moved into my BEST LOVED category! Who doesn’t love pancakes, or chocolate for that matter? In my house both are winners! When I heard someone talking about making Chocolate Pancakes, I had to learn more.  After a few tries, I found perfection!  Are these just for breakfast, or brunch? I think they would make a great dessert. Think whipped cream, berries, and maybe some chocolate syrup. Yes!!

They are easy to put together, too! Mix the wet ingredients together, then whisk the dry ingredients together…now combine both. That’s it! I used a good dark Dutch cocoa powder.  Dutch process cocoa powder is also called “alkalized" or "European style". It has a smoother, more mellow flavor that’s often associated with more earthy notes.

These are the treats grandmas are known for. I can’t wait to make them for my grands! There are so many ways to top them, maybe some whipped cream, strawberries or raspberries mixed with bananas, sprinkled with powered sugar, raspberry or strawberry syrup…oh the possibilities are endless!! I served mine with sliced bananas and powdered sugar! Yum!!  The chocolate is deep and rich tasting! You really want to give these a try! A perfect treat to welcome in the New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a healthy one!


Chocolate Pancakes

4 servings

1 cup all-purpose flour
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark Dutch cocoa)
¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt                                                                                                                   
            ½ teaspoon baking soda, or 1½ teaspoon baking powder if using Dutch cocoa  
1 egg, at room temperature
1 cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons melted butter
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
            Powdered sugar for serving
      Prep time 5 minutes
time 8 minutes
Whisk flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl. Beat eggs, milk, and vanilla in another bowl; mix in the melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter on griddle and cook until bubbles pop in the center of the pancake, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip, and cook an additional minute on the opposite side.

To Serve sprinkle with powdered sugar and add your favorite toppings

And here’s something I saw at Serious Eats…can't wait to give this a try next time I make these pancakes…sounds divine!

Chocolate Sauce
½ cup whole milk
5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In small saucepan, heat milk to just simmering. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Serve over pancakes.