Over the last month, I have fallen into a nice Sunday night routine. I pick a new recipe, gather the ingredients, and bake something yummy (hopefully) that will carry me through lunches and snacks during the coming week.
The biggest challenge during this routine is not eating 3 or 4 of the cookies/muffins/cupcakes that come out of the oven at 9PM or so. What? Any reasonable person would taste the goods hot out of the oven, after they have had a chance to cool, and somewhere in between.
Rosemary & Walnut Scones (Adapted from Alton Brown – click here for recipe)
I really like scones. My favorites are at Café Raymond in the Strip – huge, crumbly but not dry, and not too sweet. One Saturday morning, I happened upon rosemary walnut scones there – divine. My re-created effort was pretty good but the texture was different. Alton Brown’s recipe seems to result in a more biscuit-like and buttery scone. I may attempt to further tweak the recipe due to personal preference, but it is delicious as is. Probably all that butter, cream, and shortening 🙂 .
I omitted the currants called for in the recipe and added approximately 1 cup of chopped walnuts and 1T of chopped rosemary.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (From Sugar Plum – click here for recipe)
I am always on the hunt for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. I tried this one for a cookout and liked it! I am not sure it was good enough to give up my chocolate chip cookie recipe hunt but the cookies looked good and tasted pretty yummy. They were more crunchy than soft. I did omit the walnuts – maybe they would catapult the cookie to ‘best ever’ standards?
Cornmeal and Strawberry Muffins (from Post-Gazette – click here for recipe)
While these were tasty straight out of the oven, they kind of had a funky texture and taste by the next day. I would not recommend these muffins.