As I mentioned back in January, I’ve recently come into a new wealth of cookbooks written by the hosts of the Great British Bake Off thanks to my thoughtful in-laws. I’m planning on trying and posting at least one recipe from each new book, and so far I’ve written about Mary Berry’s date and walnut sheet cake (there will probably end up being several recipes from each book, but one each is a good starting point, right?). This week, I bring you Paul Hollywood’s cheddar and chive scones from Paul Hollywood’s British Baking.
It’s the final week of Comfort Food Month! To end the month in a manner fitting with the spirit, I decided to bring you a treat that hits a few different comforts: soft beer pretzels and beer cheese dip. We’ve got chewy bread, gooey cheese, salt and spices, and a hint of beer. What more could you need?
Now that we’ve weathered the deluge of chocolate-laden desserts that precedes Valentine’s Day, it’s time to get back to everyone’s other favorite comfort: cheese.
Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is off to a good start. I know everyone has probably made resolutions that might not fit with today’s bakeventure (which is basically three layers of calorie overload), but sometimes you just need a little comfort food. Enter: chili cheese dip!
I first saw a version of this bread on the Great British Baking Show, and I knew I had to try it. It’s simply too pretty not to make. However, being who I am (and knowing that my husband hates butternut squash), of course I had to make some revisions to the recipe. I decided to add some herbs and spices to the dough, and I went with an almost entirely different filling. What I ended up with turned out pretty much like inside-out pizza without sauce, but I’m ok with that because it was delicious. It tastes best warm out of the oven, but it also tastes good cold. I am in the process of experimenting with freezing and thawing it, so I will update you on how that works out.
Over the past few months, I’ve developed the habit of cooking a large batch of something-or-other over the weekend, dividing it into portions, and taking one portion to work with me each day for lunch. It gives me an extra 5-10 minutes to sleep in each morning, and anything that gives me more time to sleep is a winner in my book. Since I promised you quiche a few weeks ago, I thought miniaturizing them to fit into my lazy lunch prep scheme would be a fun and useful new experiment.
While the majority of my baking tends to be desserts, baking doesn’t always mean sweet. My original plan for this week was decorated sugar cookies, but I just couldn’t get myself in the mood to painstakingly decorate a whole batch of cookies. With doctor’s appointments, windowsill gardening, and various other chores to attend to, this weekend was definitely more of a bread weekend. Bread requires shorter bursts of activity between long stretches of waiting, so it was perfect for a weekend when I needed to get some things done at the same time.