I wish I lived in Boston so I could go to Johnny Cupcakes’ monthly midnight showings of his favorite 80s movies, especially since they’re my favorite 80s movies too. I’ve been waiting weeks for the Save Ferris shirt to come out, and now it is!
Get one of your own here!
And P.S. by Save Ferris I mean Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. It probably goes without saying that Save Ferris is one of my favorite bands ever.
Or like tomato soup and grilled cheese sammiches…
Personally, this is my ultimate comfort food and my go-to meal this time of year. So, let’s welcome the first brisk morning of Autumn (here in the Ham anyway) by oohing and aahing over this dish, that perfectly brings together, in this streamlined, modern design, the two most humbly fantastic dishes to have ever been created, that go together just like Danny and Sandy.
Soup and Sandwich Ceramic Tray Duo, available at uncommongoods.com.
Ok Blogland, this marks my 100th post here on Baked Birmingham. Let’s take a minute to venture down memory lane with some of the highlights of the last 99 posts…join me, won’t you?
These Oreo Truffles from March 17, 2008 are still one of my fave things I’ve ever made, ever.
Zack and I still make this Tomato Sauce I posted on April 14, 2009 from garden-fresh ingredients on a regular basis and use the “excess” to mix into pasta salad.
Still plan on outfitting my next kitchen in all these retro goods; my obsession of vintage things has only increased since January 28 of this year. I even have a new blog in the works called “The Atomic Life.” Stay tuned!
My favorite wedding cake I’ll probably ever make
This post for Jill O’Conner’s Heart Of Darkness brownies exploded with hits when it was featured on tastespotting.com last May. Thanks TS for deeming this one worthy to be on your snooty little site.
Gosh I love my country. So let’s bake a cobbler and decorate our homes to celebrate!
I know I just posted this a couple days ago, but they really are THAT good.
These Peter Rabbit cupcakes turned out SO sweet. I made these back in July for my friend Emily’s baby shower. So happy to report that her little baby girl Savannah Ray is doing great!
Well Blogland, thanks for going on this trip with me. Who knows what the next 100 posts will bring? Whatever it will be, I guarantee it will be chock-full of domestic bliss and beautiful eye candy to keep you inspired! I love my readers!
Happy Fall! This is my absolute, hands-down, favorite time of year. I wanted to make something nice and fall-ish for the first meeting of the new supper club my friends and I just started doing. We had a Dinner-Breakfast theme (what could be better?), so I decided to make these donuts I found in a cookbook I borrowed from my food editor. They really and truly were so much fun to make, and they seemed to really be a hit with the girls in the supper club!
This has gotten me just all kinds of inspired to make more donuts in all kinds of fun flavors. I even bought a donut cutter at Birmingham Bake & Cook yesterday. Pomegranate donut next, perhaps?
Apple Cider Glazed Donuts
1 cup apple cider
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking power
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tbs cold, thin-sliced unsalted butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Canola oil for deep-frying
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
In a small saucepan, bring the cider to a boil over high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup, 8-10 minutes. Let it cool completely. In a bowl, sift together 3 1/4 cups flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add in the butter and beat on low speed until the mixture forms fine crumbs. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, 1/4 cups of the reduced cider, and the vanilla until combined. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until soft dough forms. Turn out onto a very well-floured surface and knead until smooth, adding more flour if needed (it will be needed!). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment flour and sprinkle some more flour onto it. Pat the dough onto the parchment to about 1/2 inch thickness (thinner if you’re making mini donuts like I did). Freeze for about 15 minutes until they firm up.
Pour oil a couple inches of oil in your skillet (I used my Lodge cast iron) and heat on med-hi to 350 F. (You’ll need your deep frying/candy thermometer!). Set a large wire rack over another baking sheet and place it near the stovetop. Using a donut cutter (or juice glass, whatever) cut out donuts and holes (I used the tube that holds my vanilla beans). You can reroll the scraps and use them.
Using your spider strainer, drop 2-3 donut in the oil at a time. Or, if you’re brave like me just drop them in there. The recipe I used says 3 minutes, but mine fried up in about 30 seconds. Turn them once at the halfway point; when they’re a nice, lovely dark golden brown they’re done. Again, your spider strainer will be your best friend. Transfer to the cooling rack and then let them cool completely. Don’t forget to the fry the donut holes too!
To make the glaze, bring the remaining 1/4 cup cider reduction back to boil, then whisk in the the sifted powdered sugar. Remove it from heat and let it cool just a little. Dunk each donut in the glaze and let the excess drip back into the saucepan. Return to wire rack till the glaze is set.
Serve ‘em up!
Whew. Mouthful, right? But I don’t know what else to call them! Anyway, I made these for my big brother’s 27th birthday this weekend. The recipes for the cake and icing came from Taste of the South, but I had the idea of making them into gooey ice cream sandwiches well, while I was in the shower to be perfectly frank. Those Holiday Inn commercials are right…you really do have the most brill ideas while in the shower. Weird.
Anyway, click here to find the recipes for both the Brown Sugar cake (developed by my beloved Loren) and also for Linda’s Cooked Caramel Icing, along with a really helpful how-to. The icing is fantastic; it’s my editor’s mother’s recipe and has been in her family for years. The combo of this cake, the icing, and the ice cream might be the closest thing to heaven on earth there is! See below the picture for (slightly) detailed info on how to assemble the sammiches….
To make these bad boys, half both the cake AND the icing recipes (I made 7 sammies with the recipes halved). Spread the cake batter evenly in a thin layer into a jelly roll pan. It will probably seems like you’re barely covering the pan, but it rises quite a bit while baking. After it’s baked for about 10-12 minutes, let is cool completely. In the meantime, take a half gallon of ice cream and spoon it out onto a jelly-roll pan. Using a large offset spatula, spread the ice cream out evenly and pop it in the freezer to set. It helped me a lot to run some warm water and heat up the spatula a bit to get it to smooth out just right.
Using the same size round cutter, cut out 14 cakes and 7 ice cream discs. Assemble them sandwich-style, and drizzle the icing.
This is Jason Parkman.
Jason is the clever guy responsible for bring Lunar Coyote to Birmingham about 10 years ago, which was the ahead-of-its-time, food-built-to-order, Mexican restaurant. Ya know, the pre-cursor to Chipotle and Moe’s. Anyway, Jason is once again on the verge of a fabulous new food concept here in the Ham. It’s called the Spoonfed Grill, and he’ll drive his mobile kitchen to your office area, fix you something rad, and send you on your way. Awse. Here’s his truck, fitted with a full kitchen and two flat-screens.
And here’s what I got, the Apple Butter Panini: smoked turkey, brie cheese, arugula, tomato, sautéed apples, and apple butter of coarse. With a side of pasta salad. I devoured every last bite, and I didn’t even have to leave my cover shoot for it! I was so excited to dig into it, that I almost forgot to pay and I almost ran head-first into the pole holding up his awning.
Jason, please come back to International Park asap!
While I was pulling the cover image for yesterday’s post, I found this book on Amazon. This might be one of the cutest covers I’ve ever seen. It speaks to my retro side and my baking side. Heaven!
I’m sure it pains you as much as it pains me that All Cakes Considered won’t be out till October 7th. Melissa Gray, you’re killing me girl! But we can pre-order here and have it asap!
And while we’re anticipating pretty baking books, I Love Macarons will be out in November. Don’t know about you, but this charms the pants off of me.
The Christmas before I got married my mom gave me this book by Celeste Perron. Playing House: A Starter Guide to Being a Grown-Up is so cute and chock-full of clever and fun information. Whether you’re just starting to feather your nest or you’ve been at it a while, this book is the best how-to guide I’ve found on how to make your place reflect you. Head over here to pick up your copy…used copies are available from only $1.49!
I know I haven’t blogged about my two-week Italy trek. Why not? I dunno. But from a food/bev aspect, nothing holds a candle to one of these suckers. It’s called a Spritz and it’s the drink of choice amongst Venetians and those who travel there. So when in Rome, right? Well Venice…Anyway, here’s the husband swilling his first of many that we enjoyed in the 36 hours we were there…
And here’s one of the simple appetizers it’s served with. It’s just homemade potato chips, but again, presentation is everything!
I wouldn’t leave you without how to make this wonderful concoction! And DO NOT serve this without the olive, a good quality olive that is, that’s the best part!
In a shaker, swirl together ice, Prosecco, sparkling water and Campari. After giving it a few good shakes, pour it into a glass (sans ice), mount up a toothpick with an olive (pit in!) and garnish with an orange wedge. Then give me a call and invite me over!
More Italian antics in the days to come, I’m sure! Ciao!
As I know you all know, today is the 8th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. Please, please, please don’t forget what happened on this day. Please don’t become complacent and accept it as just a part of our history. There are horrible, horrible people out there who want nothing less than the demise of country and our freedom. They resent our capitalistic, free-enterprising country that is full of innovating citizens. Don’t forget what’s made this country great (WE HAVE), and don’t be afraid to challenge what’s happening around us. America is THE BEST country on the face of this planet, and I’m proud to be a citizen of it. What better way to honor the thousands of victims of these attacks than to stand strong together and keep making this country a better place? And support our troops!
For today’s eye candy, here’s a great picture I swiped off of Oh Joy! I don’t think I could find anything more fitting even if I tried!