First of all, I’m no longer in Brooklyn! My husband and I moved to Astoria, Queens, last month. It wasn’t until a friend expressed concerned over the name of my blog that I even thought about it! Don’t worry, I’m kicking around new names. I’m currently a fan of The BQE Baker, though I haven’t done any research yet to see if this name has already been taken.
So that’s the con of moving. The pro is that I have the biggest kitchen I’ve had since we left Ohio. It has a built-in dishwasher! And an oven with a built-in timer! And the oven temperature is spot-on! Our kitchen table fits in the kitchen! It’s a whole new world over here and I’ve already baked twice. The first experiment was Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes, from “The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook”, which I have made before but somehow haven’t written about! So here’s a quick pic of the ones I made two weeks ago:
And here’s a shot of the inside of them, from a long time ago (excuse the poor picture quality– I hadn’t learned how to take a nice picture yet):
The second experiment happened yesterday when I made the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Scones from “Baked Explorations”. I’ve made a few things from this cookbook, but I have to say this was probably the easiest recipe yet. The KitchenAid mixer didn’t even need to be plugged in. Everything went in a bowl and got mixed by hand and then dumped onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and shaped into a circle.
It took a little longer than the recipe suggested to bake– I think it’s because I made my circle a little too thick. But once it was done, oh man, did it taste good. Thick and chewy, with a nice scone-y crispiness to the outer edges.
I hope to start baking a lot more frequently now that I have a kitchen that can handle everything! I really want to experiment more with royal icing. I have a few events coming up where I want to make decorated cookies, so I have to make sure my skills are up to snuff!