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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

Yes, I thought about coconut milk, but had an open litre of buttermilk in the fridge that I wanted to use up. I have been eating it at recess with a mango and they are very nice together, but next time I might put some fruit in. I find that coconut mutes the taste of spices so I can't taste the ginger and nutmeg. Maybe crystallized ginger next time--was too lazy to chop any up this time!

May 12, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

I made the bill Granger coconut bread. I changed a few things: buttermilk and soda instead of milk and baking powder; desiccated unsweetened coconut instead of sweetened flaked; ginger and nutmeg instead of cinnamon; and I added a good plug of rum. It's very tasty and I keep 'testing' another slice.

May 11, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition!

I got the Cook's Illustrated Baking Book as a gift, but I might return it. I'm sure the recipes are fine, but it's the whiny tone in the headnote of each recipe that suggests nobody has ever made a good version of the recipe until they did. Either that or I should feel sorry for the authors, as they have never eaten anything good. I get that it's the premise of the book that the recipes are 'improved' but from what I can see, their versions look no better than others I have carefully tested and adapted to be perfect to me. Perhaps if I only had one baking book, this would appeal, but I have dozens and dozens.

May 10, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition!

The Nigella Lawson dense chocolate loaf cake. I love the squidginess of it.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I received Fika right on the first of the month, as I pre-ordered it as soon as I read about it. It is tiny and oh-so-cute with the illustrations (no photos). I want to make so many things from it, but it's been a crazy month and it somehow got shelved. I endeavour to bake from it this week.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I've had A Modern Way to Eat out of the library for a few weeks and I just ordered it. I've only made one thing so far (a cardamom lemon drizzle cake that was a bit meh), but I am very interested in a bunch of the recipes and can't wait to make them.

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I made the lemon cardamom drizzle cake from A Modern Wat to Eat. It's good but was pretty dense last night. I am hoping it's better today. The candied lemon peel was chewy, but would be great if blanched before being simmered in the honey.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

The episodes are on Netflix too, at least in Canada. I think it's a PBS series.

Apr 23, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Thank you--sounds great!

Apr 21, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I agree with Breadcrumbs: Crown was (is?) a brand of corn syrup. I think corn starch was always Canada brand.

Apr 20, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

How was the lunar rhubarb cake? I'd love the recipe if you don't mind sharing. I eat my frozen rhubarb all year, usually just a compote with yogurt, but a cake that uses that much sounds like a great idea. I tend to ration it a bit through the winter, but now that spring is finally here and more rhubarb is on the horizon, I feel like I can use it up more quickly.

Apr 20, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

Gorgeous!

Apr 12, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

Good idea! I love rhubarb!

What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

I made 2 tourtieres and a pan of lemon squares for a friend with health troubles. I had enough tourtiere filling left to make a small one for myself and a few lemon squares that wouldn't fit in the tin, so I had a very nice lunch today. :)

Apr 08, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

It looks amazing! I might have to try this, as I do love oranges and almonds, but not Campari. Perhaps with Aperol instead. :)

Apr 07, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

Pineapple and cardamom are two of my favourite things, but I don't think I've had them together--must try!

Apr 07, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

Made a pistachio cardamom cake with vanilla mascarpone filling for Easter dinner tonight.

Has anyone made Ina's Lemon Loaf Cake?

I love yogurt cakes, but I made a different Ina lemon cake that I found on the Home Cooking thread. Full of butter! It was this one, and it was extremely lemony and not too sweet.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Apr 03, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I received my copy of Fika today. So far, I love it. Great Swedish coffee-time cakes, cookies and buns with lots of cardamom, almonds and butter. What's not to like? When I ordered, I hadn't noticed that the book is quite small, about 7" by 8". Also, there are no photos, but beautiful illustrations of ingredients, finished products, and some folding techniques. I spend an hour in a coffee shop happily reading it this afternoon. :)

February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 1 & 2

Made this again, and intended to use paneer, but got to that point in the recipe and discovered I had a packet of halloumi in the fridge instead. I soaked it for a few minutes in cold water, but the resulting dish ended up very salty, but also very tasty.

Mar 17, 2015
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February 2015 COTM "MIGHTY SPICE COOKBOOK" Reporting thread for Chapters 1 & 2

I made this tonight and really enjoyed it. I followed the recipe quite closely, but used roasted, salted peanuts and a very thinly sliced onion instead of the spring onions. Tasty, but I will up the chiles next time, or get some fresher dried one.

Mar 17, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I second SAVEUR. I have tried a few things from it, but there is an awful lot more to explore and I am trying to keep my nominations limited to books I already have.

Mar 16, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: Nomination Thread

I have owned this since it was published and love reading it, but have never baked from it! BOURKE STREET BAKERY

Mar 16, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

My nephew and I made a family favourite: banana chiffon cake with cream cheese frosting. And then we ate it. :)

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

A sticky golden syrup cake, the perfect thing to have with tea kept warm under the cosy I knit for my Mum. :)
Here's the recipe link in case this is anyone else's cup of tea: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

I made the French yogurt cake with marmalade glaze from Epicurious on Sunday. It's such a quick one to mix up and I love the texture. I never usually put a glaze on it, but I had some icing sugar and lemon juice thin icing left over from last week's 4 lemon cakes and I poured that atop it. I flavoured it with fiori di sicilia from KAF, as always. It was to be my cake for the week, but it's only Wednesday night and I just finished the last slice with a cup of tea...

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

Agreed! I freeze a lot of rhubarb from the garden in season and then cook about a pound a week all winter long. I get very antsy when it starts running out, but usually by that time more nice fruit is in season to get me through to rhubarb time. :)

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

Rhubarb and raspberry--two of my favourites and excellent together or separately. :)

Mar 03, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition! [old]

I have a batch of buffalo popcorn in the oven. It's mostly made on the stovetop, but is supposed to dry out a bit in the oven. The caramel sauce is pretty tasty--sugar, butter and Frank's Red Hot tossed with popcorn. Right now it's still very sticky, but I am hoping the sauce hardens up as it cools down. Have burnt my mouth twice already, impatiently tasting...

March 2015 COTM Announcement: Growing Up in a Korean Kitchen

I have had this book for years, and used to cook out of it quite often right after my then boyfriend moved back to Korea and I missed Korean food a lot. It's been on the shelf for a long time, but I pulled it off to have a look and might try to participate this month. I haven't cooked Korean food in a long time, but it might be just right for the extended cold weather we've been having.