In my post-work excitement, I have to admit I've been really flaky about posting on time. So today, since I FINALLY feel like I have a few minutes to really catch up, here are all my recipes and creations from the past 3 days and today. I made a few things I've made before and a couple twists on old recipes.
So without further ado, here are some treats that I hope will make your last couple weeks of August just a little bit sweeter. :-)
Double Chocolate Brownies (for the wonderful John Mayer concert I saw with my friend, P)
and a loaf of Baguette (for my amazing friend M)
Dried Cherry and Almond Biscotti
(adapted from Choose Cherries)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried chopped tart cherries
- Combine 3/4 cup sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer atmedium speed, scraping bowl often, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thick and pale yellow in color.
- Add oil, orange juice, and vanilla; beat 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed. Combine flour, almonds, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture. Mix on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed.
- Stir in cherries by hand. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface (dough will be soft and sticky). Lightly sprinkle with additional flour; knead flour into dough. With floured hands, shape into 2 logs. Place 3 to 4 inches apart on a greased baking sheet; flatten tops slightly. Combine egg white and water; brush on logs. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until light brown or firm to thetouch. Let cool on baking sheet 15 minutes.
- Maintain oven temperature. Cut logs diagonally into 1/2 inch slices with a serrated knife;arrange slices, standing up, on baking sheet. Bake slices an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack and let cool completely.
*Another nice option would be to substitute the sliced almonds for chopped bittersweet chocolate*
And Chocolate Eclairs!
But, since I used a borrowed recipe ALL the WAY, here's the link to delicious and really SIMPLE Chocolate Eclairs. Yes, it is a super easy and basically-written recipe but it is so worth the effort. :)