pecan

Stuffing and Cake

Lauren's Vanilla Dark Chocolate Sour Cherry Soy Cake

Regarding the large batch of cornbread I made for turkey stuffing the other day...

We ended up having to get 2 free-range chickens instead of a turkey - not too much room inside these guys for the amount of stuffing we ended up making. There was a lot of stuffing: I think there was enough to feed about 15 people. It did turn out great and everyone brought leftovers home. Not super healthy, but super tasty! and perfect for a special occasion.

I've cut the recipe in half, and have included directions for the larger version, as well as a vegetarian stovetop version: Pecan Cornbread Stuffing

Besides the succulent chickens (thanks Crispin!), we also enjoyed lovely wines, amazing cheeses, Czech salad (thanks Michelle and Ryan!), mashed maple sweet potatoes, and a beautiful delicious cake (thanks Lauren!). It was a vanilla, sour-cherry dark chocolate cake made with soy beans from her parent's farm, topped with warm dark chocolate sauce and fresh raspberries: awesome!

The Spice Must Flow

Greetings! Welcome to pattycake - my own personal website and blog devoted to healthy baking and other fun stuff.

Speaking of baking, this morning I concocted up a variation of one of my favorite treats: biscotti! Biscotti simply means "cookies" in Italian. The biscotti most of us are familiar with are the "twice baked" variety often served with espresso. (These are also known as cantuccini.) Baking cookies twice allows them to keep for weeks. It also gives them a nice crunchy texture that is also great for dipping in your espresso, tea, milk, or wine.

Pecan Gingerbread Biscotti

I modeled this biscotti after another wonderful thing: gingerbread. It's March and still cold out - the perfect time for baking with spice. I used a combination of whole spelt and kamut flowers, honey, molasses, spices... and a generous amount of pecans. The aroma from the baking cookies was sublime - and is still lingering.

Check out the recipe: Pecan Gingerbread Biscotti

Ciao bella.