Strawberry Thumb Print Cookies

23 January 2011 // Filed under Arts + Culinary

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ~1/8 cup milk

Combine flour and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl cream butter and sugar until light and frothy; add egg yolk to this mixture. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Once mixture starts to look like crumbles add small amounts of milk. Using your hand gather the batter together to form a ball, adding small amounts of milk as you go to make it adhere. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

When firm from refrigeration make 1 inch balls from the dough and place them on greased pan about an inch apart. Using your thumb (this is where the "Thumb Print" in the recipe's name comes from) create a crevice by pushing down at the center of the ball. Fill with strawberry or another fruit jam. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F. Voile!

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Banana Cake

16 September 2010 // Filed under Arts + Culinary + Posts

While all of the recipes I have discovered online describe banana flavored cakes to be "bread", a misattribution if I have ever heard of one, I consider any flour based recipe that uses baking soda/powder to be a cake. As a result, my cake is derived upon the conglomeration of chocolate cake but banana flavored. The recipe speaks for itself.

  • 1 1/2 cup (10 oz) flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup (6oz) sugar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl cream butter and sugar until light, adding eggs individually and whipping well. Mash the bananas (you want just ripe bananas, none of this overripe nonsense which produces soggy cakes) to the desired consistency. In this case I prefer them to be slightly chunky, although they are dissolved in the batter when baking.

Grease a glass dish or other baking pan and bake at 375F for 30 minutes or until testing utensil comes out clean.

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