April 16, 2023



  • 150g (1 cup) white flour
  • 200ml (3/4 cup + 1 tbsp) warm water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Yeast Mixture

  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp warm water


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (or vegetable oil)

Crumpet Batter:

  • Place flour, water and salt in a bowl and whisk for 2 minutes.
  • Yeast Mixture - Dissolve Yeast into 1 tbsp warm water in a small bowl.
  • Add Yeast Mixture, sugar and baking powder into bowl, then whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Cover with cling wrap or plate, then place in a very warm place for 15 to 30 minutes until the surface gets nice and foamy. It will only increase in volume by ~10 - 15%.

Cooking Crumpets:

  • Grease 2 or 3 rings with butter (approx 9 cm / 3.5" wide, though any ring or metal shaper will do, (TIP: Non stick rings - brush with melted butter. Everything else - smear with butter)
  • Brush non stick skillet lightly with melted butter then place rings in the skillet.
  • Turn stove on medium high (medium for strong stoves) and bring to heat.
  • Pour 1/4 cup batter into the rings.
  • Cook for 1 1/2 minutes - bubbles should start appearing on the surface (but not popping yet).
  • Turn heat down to medium, cook for 1 minute - some bubbles should pop around the edges.
  • Turn heat down to medium low, cook for a further 2 1/2 to 4 minutes, until the surface is "set" and it's clear there will be no more bubbles popping! (At this stage you can help the final bubbles pop with a skewer!)
  • Remove rings (you might need to run knife around to loosen).
  • Then flip and cook the other side for 20 to 30 seconds for a blush of color.
  • Transfer to write rack (golden side down) and fully cool.

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Monster Cookies

 3 large eggs

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter

12 oz peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

4 1/2 cups rolled oats

2 tsp baking soda

1 cup M&Ms 

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Combine eggs and sugars; mix well. Add butter, peanut butter, vanilla and salt; mix well. Add remaining ingredients

Form dough into balls (heaping tablespoon), then flatten slightly on pan. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. They will be soft; let them rest for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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October 19, 2022

Coffee Cake


  • cup granulated sugar
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • egg
  • cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 

  • 1/2 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease loaf pan.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or mixer, beat eggs, milk and oil.
  • Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.
  • Pour mixture into loaf pan. Combine topping, spoon on the loaf and swirl in with a knife, leaving some on top.
  • Bake for 50 minutes.

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July 5, 2022

Lemon Chicken Orzo

3 tsp olive oil, divided
1 lb diced chicken breast
salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup orzo
2 cloves minced garlic
2 1/4 cups chicken broth (I did 2 cups + some water)
1 cup asparagus in 1" pieces (or broccoli or other veggie)
3 to 5 oz spinach or kale
zest and juice from one lemon
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot add in the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the chicken is thoroughly cooked then remove it from the skillet onto a plate.
  • Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the skillet then add in the onion. Sauté for one minute or until the onion starts to soften.
  • Add in the orzo and garlic and sauté for about a minute. Pour in the chicken broth, stir everything together and bring it to a boil.
  • Once boiling, cover with a lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes and then add the asparagus. Simmer covered for an additional 5 minutes, then add the spinach. Cook for one minute or until spinach is wilted. Remove the lid and if there is any excess liquid remaining continue to cook uncovered for another minute.
  • Add the cooked chicken back into the skillet and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese until everything is combined. Garnish with more Parmesan cheese, if desired. 
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May 23, 2022

Honey Oat Bread

3 cups old-fashioned oats (2 3/4 cups oat flour)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs

Blend 3 cups of old-fashioned oats into fine powder (flour). Then add remaining dry ingredients, then mix in wet ingredients. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

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November 14, 2021

Chicken Noodle Soup


3 Tbs. butter

1 diced yellow onion

2 cups chopped carrots

2 cups chopped celery

2 chicken breasts (about 3/4 lbs)

8 cups chicken broth (four 14.5-oz. cans)

3 bay leaves

1 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. dried parsley flakes


1 egg

2 Tbs. cold water

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup flour

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat; add onion, carrots, and celery. Sautee 5-7 minutes, until they start to tenderize. 

Add remaining soup ingredients; cover and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked.

While soup is simmering, make dough for the noodles. Whisk together egg, salt, and water, then gradually add flour. Mix/knead until dough forms into a smooth ball, about 2 minutes. Let rest for 20 minutes.

When chicken has cooked, remove breasts from pot, shred, and return to pot. Bring back to a simmer.

Cut noodle dough in half; roll until thin (1/4 inch) and use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut into skinny strips, then across to create 1 - 1.5 inch noodles. Add to simmering soup; noodles have cooked when they float (1-2 minutes).

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January 4, 2021

Sandwich Bread

 2 cups (11 oz) bread flour

6 Tbs. (2 oz) whole-wheat flour

2 1/4 tsp. yeast

1 1/4 cups warm water (120 degrees)

2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted

1 Tbs. honey

In a mixer with a paddle attachment combine dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients. Mix on low until combined, then on medium for 2 minutes. Scrape down bowl, and mix for 2 minutes more. 

Remove bowl and paddle from mixer (leave paddle in dough), scrape down, cover with plastic, and rise in warm place until doubled (about 20 minutes).

Dissolve 3/4 tsp. salt in 2 Tbs. warm water.

Return bowl and paddle to mixture, add salt-water mixture to dough, and mix on low until combined, about 40 seconds. Increase speed to medium and mix 1 minute. Place dough in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise 15-20 minutes; uncover and let rise 5-10 minutes more, until center of dough is level with the edge of the pan.

Beat 1 egg with 1 tsp. water and a pinch of salt. Gently brush top of loaf with egg mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Loaf should reach a temperature of 208-210 degrees.

Release bread from pan, brush with melted butter if desired, and let cool on rack.

From America's Test Kitchen cookbook.

Rosemary Focaccia

1/2 cup (2.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (2.66 oz) warm water (110 degrees)
1/4 tsp. yeast

2 1/2 cups (12.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups (10 oz) warm water (110 degrees)
1 tsp yeast

kosher salt
4 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Combine ingredients for the biga; cover tightly and let stand at room temperature for 8-24 hours.
After biga has rested, combine the biga with the dough ingredients. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes.

Add 2 tsp. salt to the dough, fully incorporate, cover, and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Fold dough over itself by lifting and folding the edge with a rubber spatula (sprayed with vegetable oil), folding it towards the middle. Turn bowl and fold again; repeat for a total of eight folds. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Repeat above (fold eight times and rise 30 minutes).

Repeat a third time (fold eight times and rise 30 minutes).

Preheat oven to 500 degrees with baking stone (or upside down baking sheet) for at least 30 minutes.

Divide dough in half and shape into two 5-inch rounds (you'll need to use flour!)

Coat two round cake pans with 2 Tbs. olive oil each. Sprinkle each pan with 1/2 tsp. salt.

Place dough in pan, top side down, slide around to coat with the oil, then turn over. Repeat with other dough. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

Use fingers to poke/press dough out towards the edges of the pan. Then use a fork to poke the entire surface of the dough, popping any big bubbles. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.

Place pans on preheated baking stone or sheet and lower oven to 450 degrees. Bake 25-28 minutes. 
From America's Test Kitchen cookbook.