It's that time of year again. Spring is always a trick time of year. One day, rainy, windy, all you need is to curl up next to a fire to keep yourself warm and the next, sun is up, birds are singing. Actually, we all are longing for warmer weathers lately. After St. Patrick's Day, spring is not far behind. It has been chilly for the last a couple of days here. It has put me into the mood to bake. Irish soda bread was on the top of my baking list as promised my son and it came out delicious!
Irish Soda Bread 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt A half stick(4 tbsp) butter (cut into cubes, room temperature) 1 large egg 3/4 cup buttermilk A handful of raisins
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk. Grab a pastry brush and dip it into the egg before adding to buttermilk. Set the covered brush aside. Stir into mixture(dry ingredients) and fold in raisins.
Knead on a floured surface for a minute. Shape into a round loaf and place on a greased baking sheet/ or place in a loaf pan. I doubled the quantity of dough and made two loaves this week. Cut a 1/4-in. deep cross in top of loaf. Brush over loaf with egg.
Bake at 375° for 35 minutes Yield: 6-8 servings.
It does not have caraway seeds in it. Aria doesn't like it. I only put raisins in the mix. He is a raisin monster and loves this bread, especially sliced with butter on top :-)
What makes you feel fulfilled and the things that put you in a great mood? Holiday season might be a chance to get in touch with it. As a mom, as a wife, as a sister, a daughter... Besides responsibilities, not to skip fun, the joy of our roles. When you're getting older you notice, enjoying even a minute in life is worth it. Being thankful for an another day, an another breath, waking up and feeling sunlight in your room. Having a morning coffee which is always the tastiest one of the day, right?
Thank God for my time for fulfilled emotions that makes me feel happy. Considering what makes me feel on top is a good start and being focused my energy on getting those things right.
I've just got up and wrote down my feelings while having my coffee this morning. Thank y'all guys for stopping by and reading those sentences.
If you are not new here, you probably know, being in the kitchen is also another thing that puts me in a great mood. Some of you know my blog since the first post I did. 'yonca's kitchen' turns 8 this December. Thanks for being great followers, readers and friends..If you are new here, welcome! Glad you are here too! Enjoy!
My home smells cinnamon right now. Tender and crumbly rich flavored holiday cookies in the oven. Aria gave shapes to them and they make the house smell ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut. Nope, it is not enough! Let's coat them with Nutella.
Holiday Sugar Cookies Cookie dough;
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter(softened)
1/4 tsp salt
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
(Preheat oven 375 degrees F/ 190 degrees C- cook time 8_9 mins. Dough needs to chill about 30 mins in the refrigerator)
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon. Gradually blend in the other dry ingredients.
Nutella and heavy cream: To make the nutella coating, gently heat the cream and nutella on a low heat, stirring continuously.
Coat each cookies with it.
Cinnamon cookies filled with tahini molasses..yum!
Put a spoonful of tahini(ground sesame seed paste) on a plate and add grape molasses(pekmez) to taste. (If you prefer sweeter, more syrup but mostly use equal proportions).
Fill the cookies with this combination. (1 tsp each) It is delicious and healthy. Try it with carrot slices, crakers, on bread slices basically. It makes for a quick breakfast when you are in a hurry or perfect snack any time of day.
Prepare the dough as usual.
On a floured surface roll each scoop of dough into a 3 inch circle using your palm. Place a tablespoon tahini_pekmez of filling on each circle and roll'em up. Ready to bake!
Chocolate Heaven Cookies
As a nutella lover family, chocolate cookies also coated with nutella and chocolate chips!!! I named these cookies Chocolate Heaven and Aria is in heaven right now :-)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter(softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup cacoa powder
Nutella and chocolate chips (as much as you want)
Prepare the dough as usual. Spread nutella on cookies shaped like trees and stars. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top of Chocolate Heaven Cookies.
Place cookies on cookie sheet and bake for 8_9 minutes at 375 F preheated oven. Set aside to let cool before serve.
Duty calls, cookie monster Aria! Haven't you finished m & m's cookies in the jar I made yesterday?
Me? Having a yummy walnut biscotti with a cup of coffee. Mommy's happy hour! Hmmm.. also making cinnamon roll bites on my 'to do' list. There is an traditional saying here.
'Let's eat sweet, talk sweet!'
This year, all I wish for is a healthy and a positive year for all of us, for all the people on earth!