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Been Awhile…

Sorry it has been so long since I last posted anything food related. Today, I made some white chocolate chip cookies and vanilla cupcakes. I will post the recipes and some pictures today or tomorrow.

~thechildcooks

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Proud Baker

Are there times when you feel expecially proud of something that you have made? Is it becuase it looks picture perfect, or becuase it tastes so good, or becuase you made the recipe yourself? I feel proud of these cookies. I made them a few weeks ago and was in awe about how cute and tasty they came out. I made them again tonight with a few variations.  I made some  blue colored sugar and rolled the cookies in it, I pressed chocolate chips onto the tops of the cookies and I also made jumbo cookies. I was most proud of the jumbo cookies, they looked like they could be sold in a bakery and they taste delicious. I think this is going to be one of my go to recipes for cookies. What food do you make that you are proud of? Feel free to post the recipe.

Also, I have made a poll below for you guys to tell me what I should make next.

~thechildcooks

Sugar Cookies from the Always with Butter blog

2 cups flour

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup sour cream or 1/4 cup greek yogurt and 1/2 tablespoon water

Cinnamon sugar or sprinkles  

Preheat oven to 350F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl. In a separate, larger bowl cream the softened butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix until combined. alternating with the flour mixture then sour cream(or yogurt) add the remaining ingredients. Scoop onto baking sheet with a spoon of your size choice(I made 1/2 tablespoon sizes) leaving room for ample spreadage. Now is the time to add sprinkles or cinnamon sugar. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes removing from the oven when lightly browned. Cool on wire racks and consume.

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Happy Day!

On Tuesday, I had judging for both of my 4H projects. I won first place in both my cake decorating and my yeast bread projects! Now I get to go to our state fair and compete there at the end of July. I will have to make more bread and decorate another cake. Below is the recipe that I used for yeast bread judging(also pictured at the side), they are so very yummy, almost like the restaurant rolls. Today I feel like baking, but what yet, I don’t know. But after I do, I post it up here.

~thechildcooks

Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls

Yields 18 Dinner Rolls

4-4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 packets quick-rise yeast

3 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup butter plus 1 tablespoon

1 egg

Mix 1 1/2 cups flour with the other dry ingredients. Heat the milk, water and 1/4 cup of butter to 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour onto the dry mix and stir until incorporated. Add egg and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Let rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Cut into 18 equal parts and shape each piece into roll shape. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise, covered, for 20-40 minutes more. Heat oven to 375F and bake for 20-30 minutes. Melt the remaining butter and brush overtop the rolls. Cool on a wire rack.

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Bread, Bread, Bread!

I have been in a baking frenzy for my 4H project which is due next Tuesday. On Wednesday, I made basic white bread(from a mix that I demonstrated to my club how to make) and today I made a garden herb loaf. Both turned out really well and taste great. They were the last two recipes that I had to make for my bread baking project, but I will have to make one of the recipes again for judging. I also I been working on my cake decorating project, which is also due on Tuesday, by practicing with piping techniques and making gum paste flowers. I’m not sure what I am going to bake next, but I know tomorrow I am going to be helping out at  a food kitchen, so who knows?

~thechildcooks

Basic White Bread Mix

Contains:

3 ½ cups flour(bag contains 2 ¼ cups)

1 package yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons salt

Needed:

½ cup warm water

½ cup warm milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Additional flour for board and grease for bowl

To make:

In mixing bowl, pour contents of container and add the yeast package. Mix in warm water and warm milk(120-130 degrees Fahrenheit) and add oil. Blend at low speed until moistened, then bead 3 minutes at medium speed. Gradually add the flour from the separate bag until a stiff dough is formed. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning greased side up, to rise, covered, in warm place for 30 minutes.

Punch down the dough. On lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough into a 14 by 7 inch rectangle. Starting with the shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing the dough into a roll with each turn. Pinch edges and end to seal. Place in a greased 9 by 5 inch baking pan and cover. Let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes, or until doubled. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool before slicing.

Yields 18 ½ inch slices

Garden Herb Loaf

4-4 1/2 cups flour

2 packets quick-rise yeast

3 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon each of dried rosemary, thyme and marjoram(I used 2 1/4 teaspoons of a Italian herb mix)

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup butter plus 1 tablespoon

1 egg

Mix 1 1/2 cups flour with the other dry ingredients. Heat the milk, water and 1/4 cup of butter to 120-130 degrees fahrenheit. Pour onto the dry mix and stir until incorporated. Add egg and enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Let rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Cut into three equal parts and roll each piece into a 15 inch long rope. Braid and place on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise, covered, for 20-40 minutes more. Heat oven to 375F and bake for 20-30 minutes. Melt remaining butter and brush overtop sprinkling with additional herbs if desired. Cool on a wire rack.

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Boredom and Butter

Two very dangerous thing, though when utilized correctly can be very productive, and yummy. While looking through our old Cook’s Illustrated magazines, I came across a recipe for sugar cookies. Well, the picture looked yummy and I made a mental note to make them sometime when I was bored. Tonight, I was bored. However, the recipe called for cream cheese and we were out of it. Instead, I hopped on the internet and found a new recipe. I looked at the picture and was saw that we had all of the ingredients and printed it out. But, when I looked in the refrigerator, I found out that the sour cream had not been opened yet and I knew that if I opened it, it would spoil. So, innovating a little, I substituted greek yogurt and about 1/2 tablespoon water for the sour cream.  I made some of the cookies with sprinkles on top and some with cinnamon sugar as snickerdoodles. They turned out wonderfully despite the change I made to the recipe. Now I have 4 dozen cookies sitting around waiting to fulfil their purpose in life. Wait, now there are 47…46…45, they really are good cookies.

~thchildcooks

Sugar Cookies from the Always with Butter blog

2 cups flour

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup sour cream or 1/4 cup greek yogurt and 1/2 tablespoon water

Cinnamon sugar or sprinkles  

Preheat oven to 350F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl. In a separate, larger bowl cream the softened butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix until combined. alternating with the flour mixture then sour cream(or yogurt) add the remaining ingredients. Scoop onto baking sheet with a spoon of your size choice(I made 1/2 tablespoon sizes) leaving room for ample spreadage. Now is the time to add sprinkles or cinnamon sugar. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes removing from the oven when lightly browned. Cool on wire racks and consume.

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Got Cake?

As part of my cake decorating project for 4H, I had to show someone how to bake a cake. I chose to show my sister, who is also taking a cake decorating project, how to make a marble cake. I didn’t realize how some things just come naturally to a person who has been baking for a while, like how I know exactly where things are and how to measure them out. I really enjoyed teacher her though and had a good time doing it. Another thing that I have to do is donate cupcakes to a 4H garage sale, I think I am going to do more of an exotic flavor than vanilla this time. As for my yeast bread baking project, I am also donating bread to the garage sale, but  haven’t decided which recipe I am going to make. Today or tomorrow, I think I am going to make soft pretzels for the project. I will put some pictures of the finished decorated cake up when it gets there.

~thechildcooks

Marble Cake from the Family Fun website

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

2 1/4 cups sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/3 cups buttermilk, at room temperature

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Lightly butter a 9- by 13- inch cake pan and dust it with flour, knocking out the excess. Heat your oven to 350º.

Combine the dry ingredients by sifting the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Set the mixture aside.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop according to the package directions. (Chocolate chips retain some of their shape when melted, so be careful not to overheat or burn them.) Stir the chips until they are smooth, then cool them to lukewarm, about 9 minutes.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed, adding the sugar gradually, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, first breaking them into a separate dish to ensure that no eggshells get in the batter. Add the vanilla extract and blend briefly.

Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, beating on low speed until the batter is evenly blended. Next, beat in half of the buttermilk until it is evenly blended. Continue in this manner, adding another third of the dry ingredients, the rest of the buttermilk, then the rest of the dry ingredients, beating well after each addition.

Transfer the chocolate to a medium mixing bowl, then add 2 cups of the batter. Thoroughly fold in the chocolate.

Transfer a little more than half of the remaining plain batter to the prepared pan, spreading it evenly with the back of a spoon. Using another large spoon, make 3 wide, lengthwise rows of chocolate batter on top, as shown. Switch back to the plain batter and use what’s left to fill between the chocolate rows.

To create a swirled pattern in the batter, draw the top edge of a table knife across the rows, working from side to side. For best results, be sure not to remove the knife from the batter as you work.

Bake the cake on the center rack until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes

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Saying More

Last night I posted a picture of some yummy home made pizza. There is another such picture right over there(points right). The recipe for the dough was from my 4H book(but also is in the bead machine book as the same recipe, coincidence?), the sauce was made by my mother(no recipe there, just throw some tomatoes and spices in there and let it simmer) and a cow somewhere made the cheese. The dough was described in the recipe book as “not to thin or thick” and it was. In the 4H book the recipe says it yields 8 servings, which is a lie, this will serve four normal people, or 8 for appetizer-sized pizzas. I made mine with dough, sauce, eggplant, onion, pepper, mushroom, broccoli and cauliflower. The crust tastes really good and fresh and my mom says I can make it again, which means that this was a success! For my project, I still have to make basic white bread, pretzels, bread machine cheese bread and herb loaf. There are also a few recipes from the second year of the project I would like to try such as some of the sweet breads.

~thechildcooks 

Bread Machine Pizza

Note: This will take some time, so plan ahead.

3/4 cup lukewarm water

2 tablespoons oil

2 cups all-purpose or bread flour

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons active dry yeast or 1 1/2 teaspoons quick rise yeast

Combine ingredients according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Select the dough setting and process. When the dough process is complete, take the dough out and knead it for 1 minute. Let rest for 15 minutes. Roll the dough to fit a 14 inch pizza pan or cooking sheet, you can also make mini pizzas. Place the dough on a greased pan or one lined with parchment paper. Press the dough into the pan. Let dough rise in a warm place for 20 to 25 minutes. Spread sauce over top and add cheese and other desired toppings. Bake in a preheated 425F oven for 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the size of your pizza. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Not Just White Bread

The recipe for Not Just White Bread from my 4-H book is a winner. The bread is light and tasty, not to mention easy to make. It is similar to the recipe for white bread in the Betty Crocker cookbook, but calls for making a sponge instead of mixing everything together at once. The method for shaping the loaves is also different, Not Just White Bread does not get rolled before placing into the pans, you just put it in. All in all, I will be making this recipe again.

For those of you wondering why I have not posted in a while, I am fine, I was just on vacation on the Atlantic coast. While there, I dicovered that eating crabs freshly steamed out of their shells seasoned with liberal amounts of Old Bay is awesome. I packed away about 36 in one sitting at an all you can eat place and it has enlightened me. I also visited two Indian restaurants where I stuffed myself with deliciousness. My father told me, that this summer, we might have a seafood boil similar to the east coast steam pots. It was really relaxing to be on vacation, but I missed baking in m kitchen and need to make up for lost time. Tomorrow, I plan on making graham crackers, in order to start experimenting for the best s’mores. Hope you all are have a good summer!

~thechildcooks

Not Just White Bread

Yeast Breads on the Rise

Sponge

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 tablespoons sugar

1 package active dry yeast

2 cups all-purpose flour

Dough

1 cup warm milk

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon salt

3 tablespoons shortening

5 cups all-purpose flour

Use a large bowl to make the sponge. Measure the water and 2 tablespoons sugar into the bowl. Sprinkle in the yeast and stir until smooth. Beat in the 2 cups flour by hand until the mixture is smooth. Let the mixture rise in a warm place until light and spongy, about 1 hour.

While the sponge is rising, combine sugar, salt, and shortening with warm milk, cool to room temperature.

Stir the sponge down when light and spongy and sitr in the milk mixture. Stir in additional flour until dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn dough onto a lightly floured boar and knead until smooth, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add small amounts of flour while kneading if dough is too sticky.

Place in a greased bowl and brush with shortening. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Punch down and turn out on a lightly floured board. Divide in half, let rest 15 to 20 minutes.

Shape dough into two loaves and place in greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pans. Cover, let rise in a warm place until the center is slightly higher than the edge of the pan, about 1 hour.

Bake at 400F about 50 minutes. Remove from pan and cool.

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Shakepeare and Banana Cake

Got you attention didn’t I? Well, if the title didn’t, I hope that these recipes will. On Wednesday(I know, I know, long time ago) I made Crusty Dinner Rolls out of my 4-H book for a Shakespearean festival at school. I was to do a small bit of research on foods during the Elizabethan time period and found that bread was a major part of their diet. So, I decided to kill two birds with one stone: make a recipe for 4-H, then use it for school. The rolls turned out great, but be warned the recipe does make a lot if use make the recommended size.

 Saturday, I once again discovered some almost black bananas on the counter and instead of banana bread, I made banana cake. The recipe calls for a 13×9 pan, but I used a 9 inch and 18 muffin tin cups and that filled it up. The muffins(cupcakes?) rounded out beautifully and are delightfully moist. Definite make again recipe.

One last subject; I have two cartons of just whites egg whites. If anyone has and suggestions, please do tell! I need to use them up soon. Thanks and have a great week.

~thechildcooks

Crisp Dinner Rolls

2 1/2 cups warm water

2 packages active dry yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons margarine, softened

6 1/2 to 7 1/2 cups flour

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon milk

Measure warm water into a large warm bowl. Sprinkle in yeast, stir until dissolved. Add the sugar, salt, margarine and three cups of flour, bead until smooth. Add enough flour to make a stiff dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured boars and knead until smooth. Place in a greased bowl and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled.

Punch down dough, divide in half, Divide each half into 18 equal pieces. Shape each into rolls and let rise until doubled. Combine egg and milk; brush this mixture on the tops of the rolls. Bake at 400F for about 15 minutes. Remove from sheets and cool on wire racks.

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Back in the Kitchen, At Last!

I have been so very busy lately and haven’t been able to make it into the kitchen very often. I think in the last month, I have only made about 5 things. That is enough to go on your average hand! Unacceptable! Today, I change that. It came to my attention that one of the book that I have borrowed from the library is about to have to be returned. I flipped through it and remembered that I wanted to make one of the recipes inside: Cinnamon Raisin Bread. The book in question is Amy’s Bread by  Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree, so the recipe should be very reliable. I mixed up the biga last night and put it in the refrigerator to do its thing. This morning I started mixing it when I woke up at 8 and was done with baking by . I only put raisins in one of the loaves and cut them back to 1 cup. It feels so good to be back in the kitchen!

~thechildcooks

Cinnamon Raisin Bread with Biga Starter

Biga Starter

Makes 1 3/4 cups

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons very warm water

1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purposed flour

Mix water and yeast together and stir to dissolve the yeast. Add the flour and vigorously stir with a wooden spoon for 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape into a container and mark the time and height of the mixture on the side so you can measure how much it rises.

Let rise at room temperate for 6 to 8 hours. Or let it rise for 1 hour at room temperature, then chill it in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight. If using cold, use warm water in the recipe instead of cool water. Use before it deflates.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

1/4 cup very warm water

1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 3/4 cups biga starter

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons water(cool or warm, depending on your biga)

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons kosher salt

3 cups raisins(I used 1 cup in one loaf and left the other plain)

1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Combine the very warm water and yeast in a bowl and stir with a fork to dissolve the yeast. Let stand for 3 minutes.

Add the biga and water to the yeast mixture and mix with your fingers for 2 minutes, breaking up the starter. The mixture should look milky, chunky, and slightly foamy. Add the flour and the salt and mix with your fingers until the dough forms a shaggy mass. Fold the dough over onto itself and knead briefly in the bowl.

Move the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until it is smooth and supple, about 4 minutes. If it feels stiff our dry, add cool water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Put the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover, and let rest for 20 minutes.

Return the dough to the lightly floured surface and knead it for 5 to 7 minutes. the dough will become silky and elastic. Do not knead extra flour into the dough.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover, rise at room temperature for 1 hour.

Turn dough in the mixing bow;. Gently deflate the dough with your fingertips, the fold the left side in and repeat with the right, fold the dough in half, gently pat it down and turn the dough seam face down.

Let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. When the dough is fully risen, an indentation made by your fingers poking the dough will not spring back.

With the dough is rising, place the raisins in a bowl and add warm water to just below the top of the raisins. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl and set aside.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Gently deflate the dough and pat into a 14×12 inch rectangle. Cut the dough into 2 equal rectangles 7×12 inches. Sprinkle each pice with the cinnamon sugar mixture and the drained raisins. Spread evenly across the dough and press them in. Starting at the short side of the loaf, fold the dough tightly into a log without stretching the dough. Seal the seam tightly using your hands or pinching with your fingers.

Place each loaf seam side down in lightly oiled 9×5 pan and press them down to fill the pan. Cover and let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Thirty minutes before baking preheat the oven to 450F and place a cast iron skillet and mini loaf pan on the lowest rack possible. Place an oven rack above with room for the loaves of bread. Have a spray bottle, kettle of water ready to be boiled and a metal 1 cup measure nearby.

5 to 10 minutes before the loaves are ready to bake, turn the water on to boil and place 2 to 3 ice cubes in the small loaf pan.

When the loaves are ready, quickly fill the 1 cup measure with boiling water and place the loaves in the oven, then mist them with water. Pour the water into the skillet and immediately close the oven door.

Bake for 15 minutes and reduce the oven temperature to 375F and bake for 18 tp 25 minutes longer, until the crust is brown and the loaves sound hollow. Watch the oven carefully and cover with foil if the tops are browning  to fast.

Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a rack to cool. Let cool completely before slicing or the bread will fall apart. Keeps well for at least 2 days.

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