War & Peace: holiday giving

Banana Bread, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

The Bread Wars:

First there was the gingerbread cookies sadly molasses zing deficient, then ….the gingerbread, which led to wars in the orient and a clashing of buttermilk and bananas which led to the ….banana bread uprising ultimately climaxing in …..the disasterous banana-apple-pumpkin bread coup-de-ta.

Banana Bread, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

 Yes, yes, we know. That (above) is a meat thermometer and wo, that is not meat that it pierces but indeed bread.  Just couldn’t wait to try out the new thermometer.  Besides, it could be vegetarian.

Breads always seem to make a good standby gift for the holidays. Also, easy to have on hand in case someone unexpected stops by.  So Food City Bytes embarked on a bread baking and ginger cookie preparing marathon.

First, the gingerbread:

gingerbread, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

gingerbread, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

gingerbread, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

It went well and we made a couple gingerbread muffins to taste how the bread came out and they were pretty good.  The recipe is actually adapted from the muffin recipe just with changed baking time to allow for the larger size.

One issue though (yo, that grrl has issues!): the tops of the bread came out a little dark for our liking….esp. the one cooked in the darker bread pan. 

Next up, ginger cookies:

mise en place, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

There’s a first time for everything folks and Real Simple was right there…RIGHT THERE….on the table just begging us with lurid details of sweetness and powdery goodness…….this was no time to resist. No need for martyrs here.  Food City Bytes yielded and cookie base was made:

 Ginger Cookies, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.unsalted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, white granulated sugar, ginger and molasses…..what could go wrong…..

Real Simple tells you to make the cookie base and then put in the freezor for 1 hour. 

We did.

We waited.

And then!:

Ginger Cookies, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos. 

Now, the recipe for Ginger Cookies specifies “use the star shaped cookie cutter to form the cookies.”  Sadly lacking of any cookie cutters (b/c we’re just not that kinda household) blender improv was born:

Ginger Cookies, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

Using the top of the blender, circular cookies were cut.  Placed on parchment on a cookie tray:

Ginger Cookies, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos

Then baked for about 15 mins and:

Ginger Cookies, originally uploaded by Brockenbrough Photos.

The results came out pretty well but the cookies still seemed a little dry.  hm.  perhaps adding a little frosting to the top would make them tastier!

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