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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!

26 comments:

  1. Sad to say, I'm not a baker. My mom was so I don't know why I'm not.

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  2. OH Janet, everything looks so good. You know I'm a bread freak. Probably a good thing I can't bake. My favorite cake to bake (because it's easy) is a lemon poundcake. Just the thought of a slice of it right now just about sends me over the top!!! xoxo

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  3. I can smell that bread from here Janet.
    I used to make bread years ago but I tend to eat it all before anyone else gets any--same with cakes so I don't bake anymore.
    That's my excuse and I am sticking to it.

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  4. Janet,
    Baking IS art!~ lol
    Yesterday I made blueberry muffins, today it's brownies.
    We are being dumped on by mother nature, so we are staying in to bake.
    And you are right, we don't want to hear about you opening your patio door!~ lol
    (If I opened mine I'd freeze my you-know-whats off!!!)
    xoxoxo

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  5. I forgot to say, your cookies look BEAUTIFUL.
    I am giving them a try, thanks for the link~xo

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  6. Yummo! I too am a carmel lover! And I love bread! Hugs***Renea

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  7. YUMMY! I like the comfort of baking, just don't stop to do that often enough.

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  8. Those caramel thumbprint cookies look wonderful. I loved to bake but I would eat so much of it, (having been cursed with a sweet tooth or two,) that I stopped. When I did bake I liked to make banana bread, fruit cakes, and mince pies.
    Gill is right, no open patio doors for us today. The 10 cms of snow that was forecast turned into about 20cms..!

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  9. mmmmm mmmm!!! Those cookies look s odarn good! I have made that beer bread before and it is delish too. I used t ocook and bake a lot..but never do it any more.

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  10. I don't bake. My kitchen is small and no fun to play in. Your cookies and bread look delicious!

    I AM jealous of your weather! It's nice to know that not everyone is freezing their fingers off though! Ha!

    Sophie

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  11. Yum! It all looks so good. I love baking. Really, I'm just weird that way!

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  12. I love to bake - but don't do it often enough...

    My lace cookies (recipe is somewhere on my blog) is my favorite to bake. But, this year I intend to try different cookies.
    And, bread!

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  13. Bread???Cookies.. Good grief, I just visited Sherri's blog and she's making Potato soup..lol .
    I'm gonna be a fat little mama if you keep posting delicious things.. :)

    Big hugs, Peace, KAi

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  14. Ohhh YUMMM!!!! That makes me hungry. Although I will cook if I have to. I admit that as an easy way out I usually use those microwavable meals...teee heee but these look YUMMY!!!!

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  15. i love caramel too and they look gorgeous!

    i love to bake banana bread and cookies, but have not had that fun in ages. i think its time i started it up again

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  16. Oh my, those cookies look delish! I will have to click on over for the recipe.

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  17. Janet, those look just simply yummy! I wish that they could materialize in front of me right now.

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  18. Oh, you have been baking and I'm salivating. (It's also 6:30 and I'm hungry!) I'm catching up -- it's good to be back!

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  19. Your family must be so happy all the time with those home baked goods in your home! I am sad to say I am a horrid baker. I do better at recipes that can be tweaked more, and I get in trouble when I bake.

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  20. Just looking at these cookies makes me feel fat-er! Yummmmmmmm!
    Hugs, Mary

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  21. Oh my! What wonderful treats! I posted my Focaccia bread recipe a few days ago. It's a yeast bread but very easy to make! Love new recipes! Love your blog, too!

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  22. Did someone say caramel? Oh, those look like cookies I saw in a dream one night. Yum!!!

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  23. Those biscuits (Aussie terminology) look delicious, I can almost smell them here.

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  24. I use my breadmaker all the time. I don't usually bake in it though as I like the texture of bread baked in a traditional loaf better. It's sure easier to make the dough in it though. Living in the desert I find I have to add a lot more liquid than the recipes call for. Our flour is more dry and so needs it. I just put the ingredients called for in the machine and watch as it stirs it up checking the texture with my finger to see if it's soft enough. If not, I add a tiny bit more liquid at a time until it is soft "as a baby's bottom" and the bread then turns out fine. I use bread flour and sometimes add a teaspoon of gluten flour as my husband likes super soft bread like you buy at the store.

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  25. Oh dear I do think I just gained 10 pounds just looking at your delicious cookies. Sharon

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