This blog needs a cookie post. In fact the first post probably should have been a cookie post. Now granted I am just getting started, so there are so many things that I want to post about. But if you have been reading all of my posts up until now, you probably don’t realize quite how obsessed I am with dessert! Specifically with cookies, although I don’t really discriminate. My favorite cookie recipes usually include chocolate or peanut butter. Or better yet, both. This recipe for chocolate peanut butter chip cookies is one of my absolute favorites. It is my go-to when I am bringing cookies to a party because everyone loves them (and because I know I won’t mess up the recipe!) I also like that you don’t need a mixer for it – I love my KitchenAid, but sometimes I just don’t feel like dealing with it. Another plus is that you don’t need to leave the butter out at room temperature. Sometimes, I just can’t wait that long to make cookie dough. It is a rich, moist cookie with the most amazing chocolate flavor, studded with perfect peanut butter chips. And if for some crazy reason you don’t like peanut butter chips (if you are allergic that is one thing, but if you just don’t like peanut butter I’m not sure we can be friends…), you can sub in any kind of chip you want! Green mint chips are fun around Christmas time….
This No-Knead Bread recipe is one of my absolute favorite recipes ever. The bread is crusty on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, and it is so easy to make!
I have always loved to bake. And to eat. There are numerous pictures of me as a child with cake batter or cookie dough all over my face, and I haven’t stopped since then. Cookies are my specialty, although I have dabbled in it all. However the one thing I had not tried until last January was bread. Good ‘ol yeast bread. Just the thought of working with yeast scared me, and there were all of these scary words associated with baking bread, like proofing and rising and kneading. So I just never attempted it, until a long weekend visiting my aunt when she taught me that I didn’t need to be afraid of bread. That is was surprisingly easy. And I have been unstoppable ever since. I am obsessed with baking bread! The smell of fresh bread baking is intoxicating, and I feel so satisfied when it comes out of the oven. However if the thought of the whole process still scares you, I have the perfect recipe. No-knead bread, inspired by Jim Lahey
and America’s Test Kitchen.
It makes the perfect fluffy white bread with a thick crackly crust, and you don’t even have to knead the dough! Ok, you do have to touch it, but only a few times, I promise! All you need is time, because this dough needs to sit for 12-18 hours, and then another 2 hours before it bakes. I really think this no-knead bread recipe will change your (baking) life!