Sunday, October 3, 2010

Recipes!

Shamefully, I have been absent from this blog for too long, and I really have no excuse aside from laziness. That said, I happen to be celebrating my first wedding anniversary today. :) That's right! I have been married to a wonderful fellow for a whole year now. Since it IS our anniversary, and I have been talking about getting a stand mixer for a while, my husband told me I HAVE to get one and I'm not allowed to be frugal this weekend. As much as it pains me to spend money on unnecessary items, he's right. As much as I've been baking these past few months, it would really make things easier for me. So I ordered a Hamilton Beach stand mixer. More on that later. Stand mixer = thinking of baking= favorite recipes. So here are a couple of my favorites:


Snickerdoodles 
I highly recommend Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodle recipe from Allrecipes.com. I made some of these last month when I did "Cookies for the Cure" at work to garner donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. I had never made snickerdoodles before, so I followed this recipe to the letter. I have to say, I don't really think there is any way you could possibly improve it. It gives excellent directions, and the cookies came out beautifully. They were crispy around the edges, chewy in the center, and they had all of the sweet-tart-bite that you come to expect from great snickerdoodles. If you ever make snickerdoodles, you MUST try this recipe.

Biscuits
Another recipe sourced from allrecipes.com (one of my favorite websites, by the way), was this easy biscuit recipe. For those of you outside the U.S., what we call a biscuit here is not a dessert, but a breakfast quick bread most commonly found in the American South. I love biscuits. I love homemade biscuits. I really love my Mom's homemade biscuits, but (sorry Mom!) these are the best biscuits I have ever had in my life. I am totally serious when I say this. I will admit that I adjusted this recipe just a weee bit. I used about 1/2 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of shortening instead of 3/4 cup of shortening, because I love butter and it imparts much more flavor than shortening. Other than that, to the letter. These biscuits came out flaky and tender on the inside, flaky and crispy on the outside. Just what a biscuit should be.

Stay tuned! Up next: Bacon Cupcakes.

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