My father in law bought me this book for Christmas:
The book is about a woman who loses her job and contemplates the idea of making things instead of just buying them already prepared, as she had done before when she was working. The experiment includes making her own cheese, raising chickens and goats, curing her own bacon/fish, and raising her own turkey for Thanksgiving. Sounds interesting right?
Now, I love cookbooks and baking books and I’ll gladly read them over and doggy-leaf pages with recipes and all that dooda.
Let me just tell you that I wanted to doggy ear every page of this book!!! Not only does she have recipes for homemade cheese-its, mayo, and pop tarts….the stories are hilarious! And educational. After reading this book I have decided that I want to have chickens one day. But no goats. Maybe honey bees.
And she has a blog!!! www.tipsybaker.com.. amazing.
SO what I made from the book were OREOS and VANILLA EXTRACT. Yup.
Let’s start with the oreos.
Before we begin, let me apologize, because once again I have eaten everything without taking a picture… once again. I have some prep pictures of the cookies but that’s it…. I have failed you. Again. Sorry!!!
BUTTTTTTTTTTT I’m posting the recipe because these came out amazing. If you want to make them, take a pic and send it to me and I’ll put them up here!Ha!
from Jennifer Reese
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 c sugar
- 1 t vanilla extract (you just wait and see how easy this is)
- 1 c semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
- 3/4 c cocoa powder
- 1 t kosher salt (I used table)
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1 2/3 c confectioners’ sugar
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 T milk
- pinch of salt
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar.
- Add the vanilla and chocolate and beat well.
- Add the egg and beat some more.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda and pour anything that remains in the sifter into the bowl and whisk to combine. Stir this into the chocolate mixture. It will look like a fudgy, sticky mess. Let it rest for 20 minutes at room temperature to firm up.
- Transfer the dough to a piece of waxed paper. Try to ease the log dough into a long log–about 22 inches long and 1 3/4 inches in diameter. The dough is sticky but if you briskly and lightly roll it back and forth on the waxed paper, you will end up with a log. If the dough starts to stick to the paper, transfer it to a new piece of paper. Once you have a log of dough, try to make it as smooth and even as you can. Refrigerate the waxed paper covered log of dough for a few hours, or overnight, until very firm.
- Heat the oven to 325. Butter a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper (or use your Silipat mat!!). Cut the dough into scant 1/4 inch slices. Place them on the cookie sheet. They can be as close together as 1/4 inch– but don’t let them touch.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until they’re cakey but firm when you press with the tip of your finger. Cool completely on a rack.
- To make the filling, beat all the ingredients together until perfectly smooth. Spread onto cooled cookies to make them look like oreos.
This is all I got: (lame)
lined up on my Silipat mat
me with the chocolate log. (I know it’s gross looking–but the dough was yum!)
don’t put them too close together…..
Well people, although I have no pictures of the finished project to actually show you how good they came out–you’re just going to have to trust me or bake them yourself!!! Sorry again. eh.
Here’s something I made that I actually took pictures of:
Literally all you need is booze and vanilla beans. And a bottle. And time.
from Jennifer Reese
Take 9 plump vanilla beans and slit them and scrape out the seeds.
get all that goo out.
Put the seeds and the pods in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Pour 1 1/2 cups of vodka or rum (dark or light) over the beans.
it can be cheap booze!
Cover and shake. Put the jar in the cupboard and let macerate for 3 months, agitating the jar occasionally.
It’s that simple.
I will give updates on the status of my vanilla extract periodically throughout this 3 month period— I can’t wait to see how it comes out!
Looking for vanilla beans?? Check out amazon.com and buy them in bulk. If you go the grocery store you are most likely paying WAYYY too much for individual beans. Like $8 for 2 beans vs. $20 for like 30?? check it out
UP NEXT: vegan chocolate orange cupcakes
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