Toll House Cupcakes

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2012 by uglydudefood

Oops – I forgot to make a post this Tues/Wed.  It’s not for lack of baking.  I’ve been doing more baking than ever before.  The problem is, I have such a backlog of stuff that I didn’t do any blogwork this week – I just figured it would take care of itself.

So here’s the next item in the backlog.  Toll House cupcakes.  Here’s the recipe.  I’m sure I’ve blogged about these before – in fact, probably several times.  There are my favirote things – not a cake, but essentially a cupcake-shaped cookie filled with butter, brown sugar, and chocolate chips (the recipe also includes walnuts, but my family has traditionally left these out, and I don’t think it needs them).

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Every year for elementary school birthdays, my mom would make these for our classes.  And so nostalgia, butter, and chocolate come together to make the perfect snack treats.  You NEED to MAKE THEM.

I’ve made these for a goodbye party in my wife’s office.  I’ve actually made these again since then, for a Halloween parade bake sale in my town, but I didn’t take a picture and frankly I’ll spare you from reading about these again in a few weeks.  But for an inherently ugly food, I did them up with baggies and bows so they almost looked…presentable?

Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins – a Dorie reprise

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2012 by uglydudefood

Continuing the grand tradition of coworkers giving me things and me baking other things that include those things, this week I made Dorie’s savory corn and pepper muffins (using a green bell pepper given to me by a coworker). I’ve made this before and liked it.

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The coworkers appreciated these. I served them with vegetable oil spread (I refuse to call it butter) – I had to make a special trip for fakebutter, so I hope it was appreciated.

Random Pizza, Baby! Not topped with babies

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2, 2012 by uglydudefood

I love pizza. I have a Tumblr devoted to pizza. Pizza is one of life’s perfect things – one of the few things that, even if they are “bad,” they’re pretty damn good. It’s like Batman movies or episodes of “Breaking Bad.”

I almost always make pizza with basic ingredients – dough, red sauce, cheese. But variety is the spice of pizza, so I pizzed a different kind of pizza.

Dough is fairly simple – I use my own recipe, which is pretty much the same as any dough. 1 cup water, 400g bread flour, ~3 Tbsp dry active yeast, ~1 tsp salt. Knead it, adjust water and flour for consistency if needed. Let it rise. MAKE IT RAIN.

This time, I made pesto. Using the first Google search result for “pesto recipe,” because the first Google result is always the best.

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Whole milk mozzarella. Nothing too interesting about that.

This sausage is a recipe from Slice, and it’s super simple – pork, red pepper flakes, salt, and fennel seed. Perfection.

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And the finished project. Eat a pizza. It’s pretty good.

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For those of you waiting for my weekly blog to go back to baking, be patient – next week will be a baked good, friends! I don’t know why you’re waiting for things on my blog anyway – it’s boring stuff.

I DIDN’T BAKE THIS WEEK

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2012 by uglydudefood

Shut up.

I rode a 150-mile bike ride over the weekend for the national MS Society and now I’m not particularly up to baking. So here I am, phoning it in.

Here is me being a goof for my wife prior to my bike ride.

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I wish I had a picture of me in the shorts that make it look like I actually have an ass. You’d never believe it.

There were rest stops every 10-12 miles (which, I believe, is exactly the same as the Tour de France). Those stops always had fresh cool beverage and tables full of food – always fresh fruit, but frequently granola bars, sandwiches, candy, baked goods, etc. Some of them had meat skewers. If you weren’t gorged by the time you got to the finish line, there was also a barbecue and a bunch of other free food. Here’s an example of the food from one of the pit stops.

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It’s not exactly the Tour de France (they have cheese plates and fresh bread at all of their rest stops) but not too shabby.

Anyway, vaguely food-related, right? Anyway, go away. I’m tired.

Key. Lime. Cheese. Cake.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2012 by uglydudefood

Key.

Lime.

Cheese.

Cake.

Why? Because I was told to do it, that’s why! I made this for a groom shower at work – I was told that the groom-to-be liked key lime pie and cheesecake, and I was asked if I would make…a

Key.

Lime.

Cheese.

Cake.

SO I did it. I made a

Key.

Lime.

Cheese.

Cake.

Here’s a picture.

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Here’s the recipe I used.

As you can see, the crust was a bit damp. The recipe does not call for parbaking the crust (unlike Dorie’s wonderful recipe, which I’ve made before). As such, the crust was damp and a bit dense. I also don’t think the crust was very flavorful – it needed a few tablespoons of sugar, and a pinch of salt. The filling was great – as advertised. But I’m a bit of a critic. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

KEY?

LIME?

CHEESE?

CAKE?

This is my longest ever post for some reason. I am so proud.

Chocolate Cakes, Miscellaneous Frostings, and Candy Boobies

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2012 by uglydudefood

Hello. I had a double birthday at work last week (a boss and a secretary, in different offices), so I made two cakes. The base cake is Dorie’s devil’s food cake. The frostings were peanut butter

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and chocolate, from googled recipes.

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I can’t decorate with icing worth a h*ck, so I just threw a bunch of candy. As an added bonus, this is what boobies look like (if they are ready to be transported and eaten!)

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Dorie Reduxes – that same boring classic berry tart, and chocolate chunkers

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2012 by uglydudefood

I’ve become the go-to guy for birthdays in my wife’s office and my office. This was for one of my wife’s better friends’ birthdays. She asked for a “red fruit tart” and a cookie. These two recipes are tested, great, and fairly quick, so they were a no-brainer.

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I don’t have anything smartassed to say about them. Maybe for the next round of birthdays, next week.