Wednesday Replay: August 5, 2020

Let's see what was happening on the blog this week in the archives, shall we? (Click on the titles to see the full posts.)

How to Make Candied Orange Peel
This is one of those things that is definitely better when made at home as opposed to store-bought. You're going to want it to make Great British Baking Show-inspired Irish Barmbrack

tea with the queen : earl grey shortbread cookie recipe |
If you know a fan of the royals, you'll want to make these Earl Grey cookies for them...preferably in the shape of the Queen. 

you are here map tilt
I loved these when I made them way back when, and really think I need to make them again. Make them for any state just by moving the wording around.

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What are you making this week? 

Chocolate Banana Date Bread

chocolate banana date bread
Are we still baking bread? Yes? Good. I am, too. I keep finding little bright spots in this pandemic, and one is the return of bread. It never fell out of favor our house, but it sure makes my heart happy that people are turning back to its goodness. It is the ultimate comfort food. 

chocolate banana date bread
This bread is decadent. Bordering on cake. Rich. Chocolatey. Soft and sweet. In other words, SO GOOD. 

I've developed a love affair with dates...dates as in Medjool dates. Please tell me you've had a chance to try these date squares. Since dates are sweet and sticky, I thought they'd be a perfect way to add sweetness and moisture to banana bread. Adding the dates to the mix enabled me to reduce a bit of the added sugar in the bread without losing sweetness. 

Wednesday Replay: July 29, 2020

This week's look back in the archives is a little eclectic. It involves cream cheese, cookies, pie...and homemade ice packs. Let's go!

From 2018, Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese
vanilla bean cream cheese spread or schmear for bagels
You really, really don't want to have another bagel without it. (OK...maybe stick with plain for your everything bagel.)

From 2011, Mon Cheri Decorated Cookies

So simple, so sweet. This post includes the tutorial for making them plus links to the recipes.

From 2017, Homemade Ice Packs
corn syrup ice packs
This post is a little nutty, but when Jack and I had our wisdom teeth removed, we used homemade ice packs in our recovery. These ice packs feel SO good...they're squishy and malleable. We have a few packs made and tucked away in the freezer in case of emergency.

From 2009, Texas Peach Pie
peach pie baked
Oh, do I ever need to update these photos! Don't let them deter you...this pie is PERFECT, especially when the summer peaches are at their best.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Jim and Pam. William and Kate. Gomez and Morticia.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate.

Classic pairings. The ones that go together. Always. You know without even making these that they're going to be delish. (But, please go ahead and make them.)

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
I've gotta tell ya...these are the fudgy brownie variety. No cakey brownies at our house. This is the baking hill I'm willing to die on. That and tres leches cake should be outlawed.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

how to make the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
The problem with cookie dough ice cream is two-fold.

  1. There are enough cookie dough chunks.
  2. The ice cream is typically just a vehicle to get to the cookie dough... it's just plain. 

Buckle up, buttercups. THIS chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is the one we've all been looking for. It is a cookie lover's dream! Chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough are scattered throughout a cookie-flavored ice cream base. The cookie dough is made with toasted flour and without egg, so it's safe to eat. A perfect summer or back-to-school treat. 

*recipe created for my friends at Imperial Sugar. 

how to make the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
You'll start by making the safe-to-eat-raw cookie dough chunks. Do this a day...or a week ahead. It doesn't take long, but it's nice to have them done and ready. 

how to make the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
I portioned the cookie dough out using a large round piping tip, but you can use a measuring spoon or a teaspoon. They don't have to be exact or perfectly round...just good chunks to go in the ice cream. 

how to make the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
The ice cream. Oh, the ice cream. It's really more of a frozen custard. Creamy, rich, and made with brown sugar, vanilla, and a bit of salt to give it that cookie dough taste. If you happen to get a bit without a cookie dough bit (which is unlikely), you won't be disappointed. 

how to make the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
HINT: when you make and freeze the ice cream, and it hardens in the freezer, you'll want to set it out at room temperature for 5 minutes before scooping. Trust me on this. The ice cream scoops more easily, and the flavors shine! 

how to make the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Oh! Do yourself a favor and eat this in a sugar cone. There's something about the crunch of that cone that pairs so beautifully with this ice cream. Again, trust me. 

I created this recipe for Imperial Sugar. Hop over and get it today! You need it!