Peanut Butter Change-Ups

I’ve been doing a new thing where if possible, I try to make a half batch of a recipe. It doesn’t always work if a recipe calls for one egg, or the like, but if I can, then it makes it so that we can get through the treats in a reasonable time without stuffing our faces constantly. I’ve been less hungry, but still wanting to bake a lot. So, this lets me satisfy my baking itches and my belly needs. The recipe today is an example. You can make a double batch of what I wrote (which is half of the original) or you can make it as is. This will make between 24-30 cookies, which is perfect for our small family to enjoy. It leaves you wanting more…without them getting stale first.

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Mixed Bag Mondays (part 14): Dorie and Ina Cookbooks

For Christmas, I received two new cookbooks from my Dad and M. One was the new Dorie Greenspan cookie book and the other was a book from Ina Garten. The Dorie one has been awesome since I rarely have problems following her recipes, and they always turn out tasty. The Ina one has some good-sounding recipes but so far I’ve only made one, which I will share below. Both of these recipes today are okay…they tasted fine, but there are reasons I will be unlikely to make them again. If you have these cookbooks and were thinking of making these, well, read ahead and see if you still want to. You just might, or you might hold off and make something else (like these brownies).

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Mixed Bag Mondays (part 13): Mostly Misses

Let’s start with the cute…the Fudgelet attempting to help me line the cupcake tray. He struggled with separating them and mostly would give me a stack of 5-10 in each. Oops.

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Sebastian’s Remarkably Wonderful Brownies

Somehow, Dorie was correct. These brownies are both a bit fudgey and a bit cakey. Not one or the other fully, and yet they are delicious. They are not “traditional” tasting brownies, but they are good when you want brownies that are a little different. They aren’t more work than some other brownies, but they do require a mixer.

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Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake

This is a fairly straightforward cake with a hint of fancy. The fancy comes from the brown butter and vanilla bean. You can even add some rum or other flavorings if desired. It’s half breakfast, half snack cake. There wasn’t a picture in the cookbook, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it ended up as I expected. It is not your typical fluffy, light cake. But, I think that’s part of the reason you can eat it all day long. It’s not too sweet, either.

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Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream

Do you know what is happening one week from today? A very big deal. Part of the reason we need to have more fudginess today.

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So much fudginess…

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Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta for Two

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! I recently made a dinner that required 1 cup of heavy cream. This can be exciting, because it means I have 1 cup remaining in my pint container for something else….but what to make? You could double the original dinner recipe, but that wasn’t necessary. Also, many recipes require 2 cups of cream. In fact, this recipe originally did. But, the recipe (with 2 cups) would make more than we could eat before the panna cotta would start to be less yummy (according to Dorie). So, halving the recipe would be great! In general, it was easy, although some ingredient amounts got fudged a bit (haha). But, it is such a good recipe, that it didn’t even matter. It really does taste like cold hot chocolate, and the version I am sharing is perfect to whip up during a baby’s 30 minute nap, and then eat it with your husband when he comes home that night. You know, if you’re me. Otherwise, you could make it whenever you like, just know it needs a few hours to set.

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