With all the time at home I decided to do a little baking and came up with a new cookie recipe. I wanted to try my hand at exact and specific baking science measurements. This cookie recipe turned out chewy, flavorful and quite satisfying. Hubby LOVES them.
ISOLATION COOKIES 2 sticks unsalted butter 12 ounces bread flour (see notes) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 ounces white sugar 8 ounces brown sugar (see notes) 1 LARGE egg 1 LARGE egg yolk 1 ounce WHOLE milk 1 1/2 teaspoons QUALITY vanilla 5 ounces semi-sweet mini chocolate chips 5 ounces golden raisins 2 ounces craisins
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Melt butter and set aside to cool.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla.
Pour butter into mixing bowl and add sugars, beating for 2 minutes until well incorporated.
Reduce mixer speed and add egg mixture until thoroughly combined.
Gradually add flour mixture until smooth, scraping down the sides. Chill dough for an hour before baking.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Using a cookie scoop scoop out portions onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake 12-13 minutes until golden.
Let set 5 minutes before removing from the tray to cool.
The main difference between bread flour and all–purpose flour is a matter of protein. Bread flour, which comes in white and whole wheat varieties, has a higher protein content than all–purpose, usually 11-13%. It’s called “bread flour” because most bread requires higher amounts of protein to produce lots of gluten.
It’s been fall around here for over a month already. I’ve actually already done a few of these things, but I still added them to the list, because they are multi-step items or I might want to do them again. Completed items are in red and italics. I’d love to hear what is on your bucket list for fall. Here’s my list.
Make a new and inventive dessert EACH week
Make apple butter
Roast marshmallows around the fire
Curl up with a terrific book
Take a drive to look at fall foliage
Sip hot apple cider
Finish several smaller quilts
Eat chili – I have several different flavor chilis and try to get them ALL worked into the fall months.
Decorate for Halloween
Try a new soup or stew
Make pumpkin cut out cookies with my new sugar cookie recipe
I’m sitting here watching football with hubby and there was a commercial for a “NATIONAL” pinata day and hubby was like that’s not a thing! I just laughed and pulled out the laptop to look it up. 😀 Not only was it National Pinata Day, but I found a site for National Day Calendar that will tell you what ANY given day is a “NATIONAL” thing of day.
Have I mentioned that I LOVE fall? If you missed it, let me say it again. I LOVE FALL! And I especially LOVE fall clothing so this category deserves a second day 😀
Recently I ran into JC Penneys for some towels and passed by the shoe department and a sign that literally said Buy 1, Get 2 free! How do you pass up a deal like that? For me it was especially fitting because I have needed ALL new shoes as well as clothes since losing all the weight after that last surgery. Who would have thought you’d lose shoes sizes, but I did – an entire size! So this is my fun purchase where I not only took advantage of the sale, but also a 20% off coupon and was able to buy 3 pair for $64. 😀 My tootsies are staying toasty this fall!
I try to make my own Christmas cards every year, but years like last year full of health issues and surgeries from the HOUSE FROM HELL sometimes finds me sending out box cards. They are pretty cute, but I’m glad to be back to homemade this year as I managed to get them made personally again!
“CHRISTMAS” PINEAPPLE RUM PUNCH
4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
4 cups cran-pomegranate juice
1/4 cup red hots
2 cinnamon sticks + 1 stick per glass for serving
1 cup cherry spiced rum OR pineapple rum FRESH cranberries FRESH pineapple chunks, FROZEN (optional)
In a 3 quart slow cooker, combine the pineapple juice, cran-pomegranate juice, red hots and cinnamon sticks.
Cook covered on low until heated through and red hots are melted.
Serve with FRESH cranberries and a cinnamon stick. Can be served warm or over frozen pineapple chunks.
NOTES: This can also be made on the stove, but use very low heat and watch that the candies don’t burn.
Christmas is such a busy time of year. I find getting through the season is ALWAYS easier with a basic schedule. While this is not a detailed extensive list, it IS a basic guideline for me to stay focused with. There are a lot of little things like making a list of the ELF on the SHELF shenanigans and things of that nature that don’t make this list, but still needs done.
I hope you’ll join me and have some fun this holiday season.