In the news they’re calling it Black Ice Monday because of dangerous road conditions, but today it’s just more cookie baking after a break over the past 3-day holiday weekend. So far I’ve made 24 dozen in an assortment of abbracci, thumbprint cookies (from the same abbracci dough), and nucatoli. Right now a batch of gingerbread cookies are cooling on the counter, ready to be turned into gingerbread mendiants, and because I’m ahead of the baking game, I changed my tune about not making a lot of different cookies and tried a couple of interesting recipes by chef Yotam Ottolenghi. More on that tomorrow.
I know that sounds downright ambitious of me but given the 4.1 kilos of Belgian chocolate from an Amazon order, I am ready to fire up the oven. During the holidays it is always a mad rush for getting cookies, cakes and those wonderful treats out on time, but this year will be less chaotic because 1) I’m not making a lot of different cookies, I’m just baking more of what we like best and 2) I’m going to cheat. How, you might ask? Well for starters, no gingerbread house from scratch. I picked up the house kit from IKEA and while it’s a small one, I’ll take small over having to mess with templates and all that goes with decorating the end product.
Today was predicted to be a snow day but it turned into a mix of flurries, sunshine, and passing clouds. Nighttime temps have dropped down to 0°C, the wood-burning stove is almost always lit, and so far it doesn’t look like any snowstorm is heading our way. What do you think Mister B? Poor guy. He’s having his teeth cleaned tomorrow and I’m going to be hearing a stream of annoyed huffs in the morning since he mustn’t eat anything before being put under.
Mug cakes seem so yesterday (remember when the recipe circulated via emails?), but not surprisingly, this microwave dessert is still around and claiming space in the baking section of italian supermarkets. Going by the name of TorTazza, or cake (torta) in a cup (tazza), there are 2 flavors to choose from: red velvet and apple pie. Apple pie? Red velvet? In a cup? I dropped Apple Pie into the cart when MotH wasn’t looking.
There are 3 ways to prepare it: with water, with water and whipped cream, or with sparkling water. Now I know some people go bleah at carbonated water but it results in a softer, fluffier texture and no weird taste (to me anyway). Concentrated apple and lemon juice powders are listed among the ingredients so there is a hint of apple flavor. To make it better, a good squeeze of whipped topping does the trick. Perfect for this weather we’re having today.