Saturday, August 18, 2007

i love rhubarb

so, if you are a member of my family, you have to like rhubarb (sorry, courtney) and it's a good season for that now. so, i've made rhubarb pie and rhubarb bread lately. for the rhubarb pie, this is the right size of rhubarb chunk. it's about a quarter inch thick. for the rhubarb bread, it's about 1/16th inch thick.

now, i can't give you the actual pie recipe, cause that is forbidden by my mother. but, this one is pretty close.

so, for this bread, i basically added rhubarb to a coffee cake recipe and split it between two bread pans. the crumb topping from that bread i showed in the last post inspired the idea for turning this coffee cake into a rhubarb bread. this recipe is almost exactly like my mom's recipe. although, i don't use nuts at all. but if i did, i'd use pecans instead of walnuts. i hope you guys love rhubarb as much as i do and make some treats. if you have any other rhubarb recipes, please share them!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

bake shop blueprint

so, when i was home for julia's wedding, i met up with my good friend tim, for lunch in oakland.

we had lunch and i told him about my bakery master plan so he told me about a bakery around the corner that was cool and of course, i wanted to check it out. you guys, it's my dream bakery! it's called bakesale betty.

it's in a great location, on telegraph, right by macarthur bart. it's close to some cool shops and it was pretty packed the whole time we were there. not to mention the super cute tables outside that are old re-painted ironing boards. my friend tonya said that they can be snooty sometimes, which is a downer, but other than that, it seems pretty much perfect.

we got some ginger cookies so i could compare them to the ones that i love and have made. we went outside and sat at one of the cute tables and the next thing i know, they bring us out this amazing lemon slush drink, for free.

then shortly after that, they bring us out what i thought was coffee cake, but turned out to be amazing banana bread. soooooo good! i am going to try to combine a few recipes to come up with something similar.

so, this is what i want my bakery to be like. just as yummy, just as fun. and, i might be trying out some banana bread recipes on willing taste testers.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

c is for cookie

these are the cookies i made for julia and jan's wedding. a double batch of snickerdoodles and a single batch of lime melt-aways.

my advice for the snickerdoodles is that you keep them in small balls like this and only cook them for 8 minutes. they will not go flat, if you do that. also, the best ratio for cinnamon/sugar is 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. i think it's just right that way.

and for these lime cookies, only cook them for 10 minutes, and i've made these three times and have never gotten close to getting more than about 50ish cookies out of the recipe. although it claims to make 10 dozen. i liked putting them in these paper cups, two at a time. cuts down the mess and it looks cuter. i couldn't find really small paper cups, but muffin sized ones worked well.