Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

Perfect chocolate chip cookies

In recipe on February 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I adore superlative titles in recipes. The BEST BBQ sauce? There! MOST creamy mashed potatoes? I’ll try it! PERFECT chocolate chip cookies? Huzzah!

If anyone deserves to use ultimate adjectives, it’s the good folks over at Cook’s Illustrated. They will try every iteration of a recipe in order to provide you with its Platonic ideal.

Now, I usually cut corners in the kitchen. For this recipe, though, I followed every step (okay, almost every step). I’d advise you to do the same if you want these expert results.

Because you know what? THESE ARE PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. And it’s worth it.

I defy you to think otherwise.

Oh – and Happy Valentine’s!

Perfect chocolate chip cookies
Adapted respectfully from Cook’s Illustrated

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Hungarian sour cherry cake

In recipe on January 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

I have written before about my fear(slash)lack of interest in baking. This should not be interpreted that I do not enjoy cakes and other baked goodies. Far from it; I have a sweet tooth that has earned me many hours in a dentist’s chair.

So I always get excited when someone is going to bake for me! I was recently at my dad’s house. He is 1. Hungarian and 2. eating gluten-free, and so was baking a traditional Hungarian sour cherry cake with gluten-free flour.

I got to sous-chef for this experiment, and I can attest that, even with gluten-free flour, this cake comes out light and fluffy and perfectly delicious for an afternoon coffee break.
(He also has a FOOD SCALE which is why you are seeing gram measurements on AFCB for the first time ever. Don’t get used to it.)
Hungarian sour cherry cake

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Banana chocolate chip cookies

In recipe on April 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

These should be called office breakroom cookies (even if they never actually made it there).

Let’s back up a bit. I may be incriminating myself here, but it must be said: I rip pages from magazines. Not at bookstores or libraries, but ones found at doctor’s offices, the gym, my office break room.

Does this make me a bad person? I’ve wondered. On the one hand, I do share my own old magazines. I make sure the magazine in question is out of date (yes, one month counts!) before I tear. And sometimes I think of myself as a liberator, rescuing the recipe from a lifetime of sitting fallow!

On the other hand, if it’s not a bad thing do to, why do I act like a spy when I do it?

So. Guilt aside, sometimes it must be done. Especially now that someone at my work has been doing some spring cleaning, and all these new Martha Stewart magazines keep appearing.

When I saw this recipe, my mouth started watering. I thought of what I had at home: everything but the banana. (Note: I could have bought one, but the recipe suggests the riper, the better. Plus, I get lazy.)

I texted a friend and neighbor, M. “Do you have a banana!” “Yes,” she replied immediately. She came over that night with a perfectly browned, mooshy specimen. “I got it from the fruit bowl at work,” she confessed.

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