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[personal profile] amadi2011-04-28 10:40 am

Simple White Cake

I adapted this recipe from one I found online, to create a fluffy, buttery, easy white cake.

Will make one 9" x 13" single layer, two 8" rounds, or a good number of cupcakes (number will vary on size of your tins).

¾ cup butter, room temperature
1½ cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon + ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare your pan(s) with butter and flour or paper liners for cupcakes.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. When light and fluffy, add in the eggs, one at a time and blend until fully incorporated.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix in.
  6. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  7. Add flour mixture in three batches to the butter mixture. Mix each addition just until blended in.
  8. Stir in the milk, mixing on low speed until the batter is smooth.
  9. Put batter into prepared pan(s).
  10. Bake 30 to 40 minutes (20 to 25 for cupcakes) at 350°F. Cake is done when it springs back when touched in the middle.


There's a lot you can do with this cake, you can serve it with a fruit coulis, with a traditional or cooked buttercream, with whipped cream, or covered in a chocolate ganache. Because the cake is just sweet, buttery and vanilla-y, it's a perfect complement to just about any topping.
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[personal profile] amadi2010-05-03 07:44 am

Gluten Free Corn Biscotti

This is not my recipe in the way that the others I've shared thus far have been. I didn't do too much improvising with this one, because it was my first go around with gluten-free anything. This one comes almost directly from celiac.com, though the recipe there is poorly written. Mind you, for someone who is highly sensitive to gluten, it's my understanding that using your regular, gluteny equipment might pose a problem, so you might not want to serve this to dear Aunt Emma unless you check with her first.

Gluten Free Corn Biscotti )
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[personal profile] amadi2010-05-03 06:52 am

Crispies Cookies

The name isn't a typo, it's a nod to a the main ingredient, which is what gives the cookie a special texture.

Crispies Cookies )
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[personal profile] amadi2010-05-01 09:25 pm

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

And now, your make-up cookie. These are amazingly good, a combination of everything that's good about cookies, really, chocolatey, peanut buttery, rich and just plainly delicious.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies )
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[personal profile] amadi2010-05-01 01:22 pm

Almond Cookies

I owe you all a cookie recipe! Yesterday went all haywire and I didn't get one posted, so today I will post two. First up, one for Saturday, when there's a little extra time for a baking project. This is my fussed around version of the delicious almond cookies that are typically only available at Chinese restaurants. The ones at restaurants, I've learned, are typically made with lard, if made on-site, or with the cheapest form of shortening if pre-bought. Yuck and double yuck. This version is less crumbly and more flavorful, in my opinion, and made with good, old-fashioned butter.

Almond Cookies )
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[personal profile] amadi2010-04-30 01:36 am

No Roll Sugar Cookies

These are not cookies making an effort at healthy. But they're sugar cookies, and who doesn't love a good sugar cookie? And even better, they're also on the easier side of sugar cookies, requiring no rolling, which is the bane of my personal existence. They require a few hours of lead time, but I'm willing to make dough a day (or three!) ahead of time if I don't have to roll it! This recipe makes about three dozen cookies.

No Roll Sugar Cookies )
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[personal profile] amadi2010-04-28 12:55 am

Frosted Red Velvet Cookies

It's my birthday, and so I'm being indulgent. This is my favorite cookie. In fact, it's a cookie based on my favorite cake. Red velvet cake, however, is complicated. Red velvet cookies on the other hand? Easy peasy.

Frosted Red Velvet Cookies )
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[personal profile] amadi2010-04-27 12:39 pm

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

I asked on Twitter what sort of recipe I should post today, and [personal profile] hily said "something healthyish." Now healthy cookie is, to me, an idea on the verge of blasphemy... or is it? These cookies are loaded with fruit, fiber and nuts, get a dose of good iron from the molasses and are fairly low in fat, too. Can't beat that in a cookie, can you?

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies )
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[personal profile] amadi2010-04-26 05:00 am

[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw = A Cookie a Day in [community profile] bakeitup!

From now through May 16, I will be posting a new cookie recipe every day in celebration of [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw, an effort to create new and unique content in Dreamwidth journals and communities to celebrate the first anniversary of open beta. Anyone who like to join in and post new recipes here (that aren't posted outside of Dreamwidth) during these three weeks, please feel free, and please be sure to tag your recipes with the "three weeks for dreamwidth" tag.

For the first cookie recipe, a good way to use up bananas that are too soft to eat out of hand.

Gingery Banana Cookies
½ cup butter at room temperature
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup mashed banana (2-3 medium bananas)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar and vanilla and cream with an electric beater until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat just until well incorporated. Fold in the bananas and set aside.

Sift (or whisk) the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt together into a separate bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients into the banana mixture in small batches, until completely incorporated. If desired, add the walnuts.

Chill dough 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F/165°C.

Drop by teaspoonful onto greased or lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cookies are ready when they bounce back when lightly touched.