Category Archives: Baked Goods

Bacon Biscuits For Your Pup

I was tootling around the Internet the other day and saw a heard of recipes for homemade Doggie Treats.  One in particular caught my eye.

In our house we love  BACON!  I mean come on, who doesn’t?

When ever I make a tray of that crispy-golden-delicious treat, I save the rendered fat in an old plastic container, with a well fitting lid, and stash it in the `fridge.  Have you ever cooked your morning Eggs with Bacon Grease? MMM!

Our beloved, handsome, smart and spoiled rotten Puppy-Boy Vito passed away back in 2005, but he is still in our hearts and thoughts, everyday.  I would make all kinds of treats for him, but ya know, I never made Dog Biscuits, no really!

I wanted to give this recipe a whirl and share them with our neighbor-Doggies.  My thought is to make a few different flavors of Puppy Treats to sell at our Communities next Bake Sale 💡

So here’s my own spin on this recipe ~

 

Bacon Dog Biscuits

Original recipe by the Santa Clara County Humane Society

Yield: Approx. 50 – 2″x1″x1/4″ Small Dog Bone Shaped Cookies

2 1/2 C. Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 C. Milk

1 Egg

5 Tbsp. rendered Bacon Fat

2 pieces of cooked Bacon, minced, about 1/4 C.

1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 C. Water

Pre-heat the over to 350°

In a stand mixer, combine all of the ingredients to form a slightly firm dough.

Dust a section of the counter with some more Flour and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into desired shapes, the easiest and quickest is to use a Pizza Cutter Wheel, making small-ish/bite sized cookies— the sky’s the limit as to shape and size.

Place the biscuits onto a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving about 1/4 inch between each Cookie; bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the Biscuits are firm to the touch.

Cool on the pan for 1 minute and then transfer to a cooling rack.  Once cooled completly, store in an airtight container or Zip-top baggie.

Now, IF  you should have any of these goodies for Fido leftover, I might put them into the refrigerator, after all, there’s BACON in there  😀

Wag More Bark Less

 

 

 

 

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Copycat Starbucks Bran Muffins

My husband has breakfast with his life-long buddy just about every Saturday.  Lately, they’ve been going to Starbucks for coffee and a baked good.  I asked DH to bring back one of their Bran Muffins, which are soooo yummy!

Then it dawned on me, why not make my own?  I searched the internet and settled on this recipe:

https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/starbucks-bran-muffins-404763#activity-feed

Meh, not so much.  I’m not sure why I wasn’t wow-ed by these muffins… was it the recipe?  Or was it the dried Apples that I found at the local market, that had absolutely no Apple taste to them, dunno … but I’ll go back to making my standard Bran Muffin recipe, from the side of the cereal box.

Apple Squares

I participate in several Food Forums, I may have mentioned this before; a nice gentleman posted a recipe that his Sister gave him for what they call Apple Squares, me, I say pure yumminess is much more along the line!

Apple Squares

courtesy of Andy M.

Serves 9

 

130g (1 C.) All Purpose Flour

240g (1 1/4 C.) granulated Sugar

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground Nutmeg

2 tsp. Baking Powder

3/4 C. Chopped Walnuts (I used Pecans)

3 Macintosh Apples, peeled, cored and diced (I had Ruby Frost Apples that needed using)

2 Eggs, beaten

 

Preheat the over to 375°F

Grease and line with parchment paper, an 8″ x 8″ pan

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the Apples and mix well.  Stir in the beaten Eggs thoroughly.  This makes a very stiff batter, but be patient, it will come together.  Pour the batter into the pan and spread it out evenly with an off-set spatula.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick test comes out clean.  Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, in the pan.

Using the parchment paper, remove carefully to a cutting board and slice with a serrated knife into 9 equal pieces.

YUM!

Why not guild the lily and serve your cake ala mode?  😀

Homemade Soft Pretzels ala Alton Brown

My husband has been trying to get me to make him Soft Pretzels for YEARS!  And I can understand, he’s from Philadelphia and loves  his Soft Pretzels 😀

Well, I have no idea what got into me, but I was in the mood for something yummy and different, so I went on the WWW to search for a good recipe.  There are several websites/blogs/vlogs etc. out there with solid techniques for making Soft Pretzels, but I settled on:

https://altonbrown.com/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe/

I thought that the finished product looked a bit fat, but DH LOVED  these.  I didn’t have Pretzel Salt, and used course Hawaiian Sea Salt, that was okay, but I really wished  that I had some Queso for dipping!  Next time, and believe me, there will be a next time, soon!

ENJOY!

 

King Arthur Flour 100% Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

After making King Arthur Flour No Knead Crusty White Bread recipe, I wondered if I could find a really good Whole Wheat Bread recipe too.

BINGO!

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/no-knead-100-whole-wheat-bread-recipe

Here’s what I learned while making this Bread, it’s a very sticky dough!

A plastic Bench Scraper works super  here.

I also learned a tip from King Arthur Flour, when smoothing out the top of that sticky dough, use some Cooking/Baking Oil Spray on your finger tips.

Here’s another tip: Use that Cooking/Baking Oil Spray on an old Shower Cap and cover the dough to rise.

That rose-up beautifully!  But, hmmm, what happened here?  Oops, we had a bit of a fall while in the oven  😀

Our Bread has wings!

That’s okay.  We sacrificed the wings, ate them as a snack, and we had the BEST  toast with our breakfast!

 

 

Let’s Make Some Bread!

Back in the day, I would make fresh bread often.  For some reason, I stopped doing so, probably because I didn’t have that kind of time to devote to the process.  Now that I’m retired,

Let’s make some bread!

I made a full batch of King Arthur Flour No-Knead Crusty White Bread, and got 4 nice sized loaves for us two.

Very yummy!

I left the dough to sit in the refrigerator for 4 days for the first round and then 6 days the second round.  We liked the 4 day dough better in flavor.

I think we’ll be making fresh bread more often 😀

A New Brownie Recipe for My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert

If you’ve been following my blog with any regularity, you’ll know that we just love our Brownies here In The Middle Of The Desert.

 

I’ve made so many different kinds, flavors, add-ins and so on and so on.

Recently I found this recipe …

https://www.shugarysweets.com/bakery-style-brownies/

… on a social media site, I can’t remember which one, but they looked pretty dang good.

My go-to recipe for Brownies has been from Hershey’s, I mean come on, who knows chocolate in America better than Hershey’s… by the way, have you ever been to Hershey Pennsylvania?  The entire town smells like chocolate, the light posts have Hershey Kiss shaped shades and geez, it’s just a super neat place.

But I digress, back to the topic of Brownies.

I took Aimee’s recipe and made it my own by adding a half teaspoon of Espresso Powder to pump up the chocolate volume and a half cup of chopped Macadamia Nuts.  I think though next time, a full cup of Nuts would be better.

Look at THAT!!!

Man oh man oh man OH MAN!!  Them’s some good Brownies, let me tell you buddy.  My husband, who doesn’t comment on food too often, has exclaimed with each and every bite “… these are just the best Brownies you’ve ever made, really!”

They are quite rich and decadent, I gotta tell ya, so I cut this 9 by 9 inch block-o-goodness into 16 pieces.

This is from batch #2 made with chopped Pecans, topped with Mint Cookie Crunch Ice cream, YUM!!

AND they are over the top delicious  with a scoop of Ice Cream on top!

Brownie, Ice Cream and then warmed Blueberry Preserves over the top

OR  take it one more step with the Brownie, Ice Cream and then your favorite Preserve, warmed and drizzled artfully all over.

Mahalo, thank you Aimee, for sharing this fabulous recipe with all of us.