Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cookies and Bread Make the House Smell Good

No art today! I have been baking a lot lately. It began with Christmas cookies and HB and M enjoyed them so much that I've just kept going! Yesterday I tried two new recipes that I got from flickr! They have so many food related groups on there and I've found several really good recipes.

The first one from yesterday is a Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint cookie. M said they were the best cookies he had ever tasted!! But you have to realize he is a caramel lover! HB liked them, too and ate several just to be sure!

My cookies are never picture-perfect! Plus I'm not a very accomplished photographer so this photo isn't the best but at least you can get an idea of what they're like. If you'd like the recipe you can find it here along with a much better photo.

Next I baked some easy garlic cheddar beer bread. Both the guys loved this. I even had a small piece of it and I have to admit it is good....and I don't like beer.

I forgot to take a picture of it when it first came out of the oven so this is just a partial loaf but you get the idea. You can find this recipe here and once again, there's a better picture.

I love to bake. The house smells wonderful and if it's chilly outside (which it most definitely was NOT) it warms up the house. Since we've been having such unseasonably warm weather, I had the patio door open while I was baking. I know everyone who is suffering in those frigid temeratures doesn't want to hear that but it's true.

What do you like to bake? Do you have favorite cookie recipes? Do you ever bake bread? I have a bread machine but when we moved to CA it never seemed to work right! I've tried adjusting the ingredients but nothing seems to work. So I make easy breads like foccacia or this beer bread. Nothing says home like fresh-baked bread!