Unemployment baking

Haven’t done one of these since November– that means you get some holiday baking too.

Greek biscotti with wine and spices from Home Baking. IIRC these were very sophisticated and good by themselves or dipped into a hot beverage.

Partybrot from The Bread Book.  It was fun but dried out quickly.

Jamaican coconut pie. This was sweet and gooey.

Torta di testa di proscuitto e formaggio from The bread book. It was fine. Lightly flavored and the fillings kind of disappeared into the bread.

Peanut butter chocolate reindeer from an online recipe. They did not last long.

My Ginger Cookies from Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy cookie book.

This one is smiling. (Pizza from Williams Sonoma Pizza book in the background)

Olive Panini from Home Baking

Muffins? These are Dec 12, so who knows.

Chocolate Decadence cake from Alice Medrich’s Cocolat: Extraordinary Chocolate Desserts

Chocolate Prune Bread… I think this is from the bread book?

Melting Snowman cookies from the internet

Ekmek from The Bread Book

Lavender cake from the internet

Probably from the Williams Sonoma pizza book. I don’t always get pictures of them, but we’ve been making a different one each week (give or take) for a few months now. We’re down to fruit pizza and calzones at this point (and a few we skipped because I don’t like tuna on pizza or we have trouble sourcing ingredients)

Buttermilk fruitcake from Home Baking

Burekas from Home Baking. So good.

Piadina from The Bread Book

Pide from The Bread Book

Probably banana bread. Who knows.

Torta al testo from The bread book. “Not at all worth the effort, could make a better pizza in a fraction of the time” is what it says in our book. It sure looks nice though.

Mystery December bread!

Pain d’Epice from The Bread Book. “Christmassy w/o being too sweet (but it is sweet)”

Nutty Yogurt Bread from The Bread Book  This was a really nice quick bread that doesn’t seem like a quick bread, you know?  Less soda-y than a soda bread, even though it kind of is one.

I’m guessing this is avocado toast using the nutty yogurt bread.

Shrimp Pizza with Sweet Paprika. From Williams Sonoma Pizza. I think we all liked it. Or at least, I sure did.

Ciambella mandorlata from The Bread Book. This looks nothing like the picture which is a flat ring. It was enormous and a bit dry, but overall did not last very long.

OMG these were AMAZING. They’re called Beirut Tahini Swirls and they’re from Home Baking (Dugood and Alfors) and… I can’t even describe how wonderful they are. They’re chewy but flaky, not too sweet, filling. I loved them so much. Kids… didn’t like them. More for me! We tried them again with chocolate peanut butter as a filling and it just didn’t work, partly because the chocolate peanut butter was pretty poor quality, and partly I think because it wasn’t oily enough to make the bread flaky. The peanut butter version was more bready and not anywhere near as magical (though the kids liked them better).

Fougasse from The Bread Book

Yet another excellent pizza.

Pan de Meurto.

I think this pie was from Cook’s Country. Not entirely sure. January, man, so long ago.

Uzbek layered walnut confection from Home Baking. Not quite as good as it looks (the bread part itself is a bit cardboardy), but still pretty good.

Parker house rolls from cook’s country. I think we didn’t like these as much as the Old Fashioned Cookbook version, but they went fast and were good with jam.

Danish log from Home Baking. It’s got a nice marzipanny thing going. The first one lasted almost no time at all since the kids devoured it. The second one stuck around a bit longer.

British tea bread from an online recipe again.

Chocolate Bread Batons from Home Baking. I LOVED these. The kids were less enthusiastic. Maybe not sweet enough? I thought they were substantial and not too sweet.

Cherry strudel from Home Baking. Excellent.

A small portion of the Large batch whole wheat pan loaves from Home Baking. These were fine, but not special. Very similar to other decent whole wheat loaves, but made a huge amount. The kids went through a lot of jam with these and their loafy breathren.

Curried Fruit and Cream Pizza from Williams Sonoma Pizza. Very popular!

Peanut butter chocolate ganache brownies from cooks country. DC2 made these with a little help from DH.

Tender potato bread from Home Baking. Not our best potato bread recipe (I think Old fashioned is better) and boy was it way bigger than the loaf pan.

This is a foccacia version of the potato bread dough overflowing its pan. It was better, though not the most amazing foccacia we’ve made (probably the Bread Book’s is the best so far).

Carrot cake! From the internet. Using America’s Test Kitchen’s American Classics cream cheese frosting which is the best.

La Brioche Cake from the Cake Bible. It didn’t turn out as advertised, but was still a good brioche. And it was good soaked in rum. And it was good slathered with gianduja. Still not as good as the brioche from Pure Dessert, but all around a good solid brioche. Not the worst we’ve made either.

DH is back to making granola.

Challah. Not sure which recipe though.

Mystery bread loaf

Mystery pie

I think this was from the Laurel’s bread book, but I can’t say for sure.

I have no idea.

You would think I would know what this is, but I don’t!

We are missing some pictures.  One is of Double Chocolate banana bread from Cook’s Country which was AMAZING.  Definitely recommend.

Another was of Quark stollen, which we didn’t like as much as regular stollen.

There’s other banana breads and daily loafs and pizzas that are also missing.  It’s weird, I’ve been trying to take a picture of the recipe after taking a picture of the bread, but for some of the breads, only the picture of the recipe saved in my pictures (I tend to text both pictures).

18 Responses to “Unemployment baking”

  1. accm Says:

    Great stuff! The baking has continued here, too, with 6 or 7 different kids of Christmas cookies, and a more-or-less weekly production of cakes/cookies/pies/muffins. My daughter has gotten into the Great British Baking Show, which is prompting lots of requests for us to try different things!

  2. Linda Says:

    Not the best post for me to read while I’m fasting for surgery today. ;-) You’re lucky to have such yumminess on a regular basis.

  3. mnitabach Says:

    Jeezus shitteballez!!! Alla that stuff looks bizonkerz delicious!!! 😹 😹 😹

  4. Foscavista Says:

    Has there been a day without a baked good? lol

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Occasionally, but I he makes up for it by sometimes doing two in one day!

      And sometimes we say that is enough sourdough (or enough cakes(!)) take a break, and he will take a break at least until we’ve finished whatever it was. He was surprised this past week that we were ready for sourdough again.

  5. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    I did not take a picture, but I did just make my kid the King Arthur chocolate fudge bundt cake (with rice flour, it’s Pesach) with homemade Nutella frosting, for his 12th birthday. He has fancy tastes.

    I need to make biscotti once Pesach is over! Mmm, so tasty.

  6. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    I have baking and eating-baked-goods envy!

    I’m trying to concoct a low to no sugar version of the TJ’s gluten free oatmeal walnut cookies but I made a mistake in cutting back somewhere and they were dry. I’m trying to figure out what needs to be done to compensate for the reduced sugar (I use some 1 for 1 sugar replacement but had cut it in half).

  7. First Gen American Says:

    If only it was as easy to under eat as it is to over eat. I want to eat every last one of these creations.

  8. rose Says:

    THANK YOU for sharing joy and deliciousness without calories or dietary truth. Really impressive work. Lucky family.

  9. FF Says:

    I haven’t been baking too much recently, but after having oral surgery in early January, I’ve been going through a pudding phase–I’ve made split level puddings (vanilla pudding on top of chocolate ganache), butterscotch pudding, and (my favorite) chocolate pudding. All from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours and all excellent. I’ve actually had this cookbook on my shelf for years without ever making anything from it before, but I am a big fan now. Great, easy-to-follow recipes, many with variations or additions.


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