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Tuesday
Apr242012

Episode 18 - Butter Cream Bikkets of Ginger & White Pepper

An episode edited in a flurry after coming back from 2 weeks of mellow beach holidays! Let's get cracking:

Notes:

As the best recipes are, this one requires little effort, but the result ends up looking like you've slaved all damn day. And it's another Muppy's recipe! That makes three I've pinched from there. Go check it out and send my love & good vibes. The white pepper really brings out the spicy side of the ginger, and the bikkits themselves are quite shortbready, so not super-sweet. Which means you can eat more of them. Which is nice.

This episode was edited while wrapped up in scarf & high-collared sweater as I'm feeling poorly and cold all the time the last few days, and as such am swaddled up like Vash from Trigun, an Al Bhed from Final Fantasy X2 or a Sandbender from Avatar. 

And after I'd finished but before I'd posted, I spotted a tweet from WeirdThings, saying they had an open sponsor spot. With reckless disregard for my lunch break, I logged in and grabbed it just in time. I didn't bother writing copy like last time, just saying who I was and telling them to go nuts. Instead of wacky shenanigans about hunting down TV chefs, I instead got a heartfelt and straightforward explanation of my show and how it's cool and stuff by all three members of the show and promptly blushed and hid my face, because I don't take compliments well. Thanks guys, you win at the universe. Say hi to Spiro & The Fudge for me. Go check out their latest podcast. It's about Asteroid mining.

And, of course, this post is part of the AlphaBakes Challenge, which for April was and was hosted by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker.


Music Notes:

The Raveonettes - "Ode To L.A.", "My Boyfriend's Back", "Here Comes Mary", from "Pretty In Black", 2005

I first came across the Raveonettes in a roundabout way. When I worked at Borders Bondi in the music section, pre-smartphone, I would while away hours looking through the music database reading reviews (until my manager caught me and yelled at me). I spotted a soundtrack of a quirky video game which had bands like the Dandy Warhols, Ben Kweller, The Flaming Lips and Cake doing covers of 50s tunes. Though I was intrigued, I saw it was unavaiable in Australia, so I went to Kazaa (yes, we had Kazaa back then), and painstakingly pirated the whole thing, an exercise which took 2 months thanks to the rarity of the songs and our dial-up connection.

The Raveonette's cool and synthy cover of My Boyfriend's Back was on there.

Later, after doing my own research (and with more money & bandwidth to my name), I sought out their earlier albums and found them awash with noisepop, reverb and goodness, but kept returning to the Pretty In Black album. I think it's the fact that the tunes sound like they're covers or songs you already know without being covers or songs you know.

Examples: "Ode To L.A.", with its "Be My Baby" drums intro (the same drums that inpired a million indie bands, according to Phonogram), and it's Beach-Boys-meets-the-Crystals sound, it fits its subject matter perfectly, and the guest vocals by a very Marianne-Faithfull-sounding Ronnie Spector are the icing on the cake. "Here Comes Mary", with its melody that makes you want to sing a bit of "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (dreeeam dreeeam dreeeeeeeam) and invokes the Chordettes, with (and I quote @_joeltron on this one) "chilly reverb. The sweet pop wrapped up in that grim tone feels ominous, the way kids' songs do when you slow them down."* 

Also, once I had decided that I wanted "Ode to L.A." to start the episode, and linked the landing of the mixing bowl with the first chorus, the rest of the video magically synced up. It was clearly meant to be.

*Thanks to @_Joeltron, the master of describing reverb, for helping me out in articulating this.

Recipe:

Butter-Cream Bikkets of Ginger & White Pepper

makes 2 batches or about 30 bikkets.

Ingredients:

for biscuits:
200g butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger 
1/4 tsp nutmeg
200g plain flour
50g cornflour

for butter-cream:
50g butter
100g icing sugar
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger 
1 tsp lemon juice

 

  • In a bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Remember to get your butter to room-temperature first or it will be a comedy or errors. 
  • When fluffy, add ground ginger and nutmeg and beat again.
  • Add both flours (sift 'em if you like), and beat again (beat it!)
  • Form into a large ball using clean hands (get messy), then form little golf-ball-sized spheres.
  • Put the sphere onto a baking-papered tray, and give them a gentle squish with two fingers.
  • Cram into a preheated over at 180 for 10 minutes.
  • When baked, lift the paper out of the tray & let the cookies firm up for 10-15 minutes (if you try and ice them hot, they'll slide about and be whimsical)

    for the butter-cream:
  • Get another bowl, and combine the 50g of butter & icing sugar with the white pepper and ground ginger.
  • Bifurcate a lemon, and get 1 tsp of juice. I don't care how.
  • Mix in the lemon juice & stir until it's smooth.
  • Once the bikkets are firmed up, smear on some icing & jam together. Let them sit on a plate so the cream can harden up (Lean them against one another so they don't slide apart)
  • Once cooled, seize and consume!
    (or you can consume them still warm, like a naughty thing. Also there will be extra icing and it is perfectly okay to eat it on toast)

 

Wednesday
Mar212012

Episode 15 - Botched Macadamia & Honey Pear Thing

Hello again! This is totally something fresh and new and in no way is it something I uploaded on the weekend and forgot to write a post for. Heh.

Notes:

Okay, yes, I admit that I botched this a little. I could blame the fact that I used margarine instead of butter, but for the fact that I made it a second time, using butter (and a rectangular pan instead of a circle). It still tasted incredible and delicious and amazing, but it ends up looking, well, a bit rubbish. The cakey bits don't hold together, and the honey tends to stick. Eat it anyhow, because wow. 

Lord help me, this entry is part of the March AlphaBakes challenge (hosted this month by Caroline Makes but also run by The More Than Occasional Baker) and I just got in under the wire. Since macadamia are a major ingredient, it still counts for the letter M, and I will defend it in a court of food. Ooh! Ooh! And! It came from Muppys. Which is another M.  Checkmate.

Music Notes:

The Detroit Cobras - "Chumbawa", "Hittin' On Nothing", "Slummer (The Slum)", from "Mink, Rat or Rabbit" (1998) & "I Wanna Holler (But The Town's Too Small)", from "Baby" (2005)

The Detroit Cobras are an amazing band. While most cover bands would try to find popular music their crowd recognises, and bands looking for an old school sound try to replicate classics, the Cobras instead dust off a bunch of Motown classics you've never heard of, and present them in their own extremely danceable way. One of the first bands to emerge from the Detroit garage scene, the sound is uniquely their own, though none of the material is. The band is so tight they sound casual and loose, and former-exotic-dancer-turned-singer Rachel Nagy sounds like "Peggy Lee gone to seed and chain-smoking while standing on a Detroit street corner" (AllMusic). It makes for a great sound and songs that blend into one another until, oh gee, you've heard the whole record. The songs aren't old-fashioned, either. "Hittin On Nothing" has the same themes as Beyonce's "Single Ladies" with none of the crassness, "Slummer (The Slum)" tackles the same class warfare themes are Pulp's "Common People" but from the other direction, and "Chumbawa"'s lazy guitar line precedes both "Twist & Shout" by a year. Go and get their stuff. It's awesome. Also huge thanks to Second Hand Songs, which helped me source the original artists.

Recipe:

Id normally write this out, but I had Madras chicken pizza with pickled cucumbers and red wine for dinner and I am sweating and a little tired. Also sleepy. It's only 8:23. Shut up.

Anyhow, I found the recipe from Muppy's, who found it from Anna Gard. They wrote it down.

I'm going to sleep. Happy 15 episodes, y'all. Tell your friends!

Saturday
Mar102012

Episode 14 - REMIX! Fruit & Nut Rosemary Beer Bread & White Chocolate Hazelnut Currant Bark.

I was tempted to use a clip of The Miz shouting out how this is "the new... REEEEEEMIIIIIIX" but I decided it was too obnoxious. So here is my Remix episode. I took the two recipes from my Holiday B-Sides episode, twisted them about, mashed them up, and changed what I couldn't get ahold of in an effort to make something new.

 

Notes:

You'll notice I shot this in a slightly different, more single-camera-oriented way, with lots of close ups and sharp edits. Partially, this was me just screwing around with the format, but also me pushing what I could take out and still have a constant narrative. Do you prefer this to the normal wasy I shoot? Let me know!

As with the episode this is remixing, huge linking and props to Not Quite Nigella & The Intolerant Chef for the original recipes that I have now mercilessly co-opted twice.

Recipe Notes:

The bread: Though there is fruit and sweetness in this bread, it is not a completely sweetbread. The yeastiness & savoury parts make it work equally well as breakfast (out of the oven with butter) as it does for dinner (as a side with a pork chop & potatoes).

The bark: I made the classic mistake. I put a large bowl on top of a small pot and lo, the seal wasn't perfect. Hence the bowl skittering about on the steam. Also, if I look distracted in that part, it's because I was on the phone to my mom while cooking (phone cradled between my ear & shoulder as I melted chocolate). White chocolate tends to set a lot quicker than dark, so time is of the essence.

Both these remixes were inspired by the fact that I had some parts of both these recipes leftover in my cupboard (dried cherries, self-raising flour, macadamias from a not-yet-posted pear tart, honey) and was in FoodWorks Newtown, which, despite its rather ghetto atmosphere, has a huge selection of nuts and dried fruit.

Music Notes:

2manydjs - Tracks 21-24, from "As Heard on Radio Soulwax Vol. 2", 2002,
featuring Skee Lo - I Wish, Maurice Fulton Presents Stress - My Gigolo, The Breeders - Cannonball, Human Fly - The Cramps, Danger! High Voltage - The Wildbunch, OP:L Bastards - Don't Bring Me Down and many more.

What better for a remix episode that some of the top remixers around, 2manydjs or Radio Soulwax, or whatever they're going by now. From their fair-to-middling alternative roots, these guys have become the juggernaut of mash-ups. They've only released one official album, but 13 full-length bootlegs of their Radio Soulwax show are freely available (I got some from eBay). They first got their attention through their one-off mashups, like "No Fun/Push It" by Iggy Pop & the Stooges/Salt N Pepa (which, paraphrasing Nick Hornby, contrasts sexual frustration with sexual gratification), "Smells Like Teen Booty" by Nirvana/Destiny's Child and other such fun things.

I still say the first 15 minutes of the Volume 3 bootleg is an amazing day starter (featuring as it does the first speech from Network, Van Halen's "Eruption", Daft Punk's "Superheroes", New Order;s "Crystal", Jewel, Coldplay, a cover of "I Was Made For Loving You" by Queen of Japan, Peaches, Led Zeppelin, Prince, the Clash and a Vicious Pink cover of "Great Balls of Fire". In one 15 minute block).

However, the scourge of the mash-up artist rears its ugly head: COPYRIGHTS (Shh, don't say his name!). The one album they released legally is composed of 45 tracks they were able to clear the rights for. They originally requested rights for 187 tracks and got clearances for 114 of them. 62 were refused and 11 remained untraceable (source: Wikipedia). Specifically, the Skee Lo track I used originally had the bombastic lead-in from "Eye of the Tiger" instead of the reather staid "My Gigolo". Other mash-up artists use different methods to avoid the hassle; The Avalanches brute-force the system by using upwards of 35,000 vinyl samples to create one album (often using only a few seconds or a couple of words), making an atttempt at legal action an enormous headache, while Girl Talk doesn't licence his samples at all, releasing his albums under Creative Commons and a pay-what-you-want model.

I think it's all brilliant.

Recipe:

Fruit & Nut Rosemary Beer Bread

Ingredients:

2 2/3 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp salt
330mL of beer (I used St Peters Brewery Cinamon Girl Spiced Ale, but a honey ale would equally compliment it, or any sweeter variety. If you can't find one, use normal beer, but add a tsp of honey and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon)
Small handful almonds, chopped 
125 g dried fruit (I used figs, flame sultanas, red currants, and cherries), chopped
3 springs rosemary, leaves only
dash of nutmeg

 

  • Mix the ingredients in a bowl in order, one at a time, from the top of the list to the bottom, stirring between each, until you have a doughy consistency.
  • Spread the dough into a loaf tin lined with oiled baking paper, or one of those fancy silicon moulds.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 180, then allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Lift out of tin, carve into chunks, seize and consume!

White Chocolate Hazelnut Currant Bark

Ingredients:

White chocolate (I used 5 bars of Green & Black's White Chocolate w/ Madagascan Vanilla)
Dried cherries, chopped
Dried currants, chopped
Macadamia nuts, chopped
Hazelnuts, chopped
optional: rice crisps (I meant to use them, but forgot to get some)

 

  • Break up your chocolate bars into bits (I used the karate chop drumstick method).
  • Using a double boiler, or a bowl set atop a pot of hot water, melt the chocolate.
  • Spread the chocolate onto a tray lined with ungreased baking paper.
  • Sprinkle over cherries, nuts, currants, and rice crisps if you're using them.
  • Slide into a warm over for 10 minutes, then into the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.
  • Once set, smash into pieces, seize and consume!

 

 

 

Friday
Feb102012

Episode 11 - Saucy Lemon Pudding (AlphaBakes)

What? Another episode already? Well, yes! I don't often refuse a challenge, so I shot this, and oh hey wait, don't I have a fancy new editing machine that does things really quick? Well yes I do! So you get three episodes in 2 weeks! (actually, I finished the video Thursday night, but then it took ages to load to YouTube):

 

Notes:

This is a seriously good pudding. I mean seriously good. It tastes like you remember lemon meringue pies tasting when you were little. Add a Riverina sticky or botrytis semillon and you may die. I am not responsible for those deaths.

The texture is interesting too. Because of the bain-marie style of making it, the bottom stays a little bit runny & custard, while the top has a crust and more of a sponge cake texture. The glazed zest topping is actually from a different recipe in the same book for a lemon & pecan teacake, which nearly made the cut, but I'm a sucker for puddings. The recipe describes itself as "breastfeewding for adults" which even the author acknowledges is a bit off.  

As for the challenge part, this is for the AlphaBakes Challenge, hosted this month by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker! This is my first cooking blog challenge, and I hope I'm up to scratch.

 

Music Notes

Everyone has that one friend at some point in their lives. The guy or girl that jump-starts your taste in music, pushes you out of your comfort zone, and really gets you thinking. For me, that guy was David Hylton (of The David Hylton Band, Are You The Farmer?, and guitarist for Maxine Kauter).

I met David while we were both working in the music section of Borders in Bondi Junction. We talked music, and movies, and travel (he had lived in Japan, and India, and travelled all through Australia), and bonded over blues and rock.. He loaned me CDs, I burned him some of mine (I was seriously Dick from High Fidelity. I swear he has a stack of labouriously-created CDs in a corner of his flat somewhere). We became concert buddies for a while, even after I stopped working there. We saw Robert Cray, Buddy Guy (AHmazing), Faker, The Grates (AHmazing), and, unexpectedly, LiveEarth (he got free tickets). I can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt, that without David, I would not have found/gotten into (deep breath): The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The English Beat, The Specials, Living Colour, The Folk Implosion, Bob Dylan (apart from the obvious hits), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Music, The Libertines, Amy Winehouse, Elbow, Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello, The Last Shadow Puppets, Doves, The Stranglers, Dallas Crane, Sublime, Ryan Adams, or Primus (partial credit there, Ted helped too). He also had a habit of loaning me stuff that I would listen to, then put aside, but then a year or two later, I'd see a band all over the blogs or in a soundtrack, and lo and behold, I had songs by them.

What does this have to do with this episode? Well it'd had been a few years since I had seen David, and I still randomly got invites to his shows. I went to one with my old clunker of a camera and took some pictures for him, and he paid me back with a burned CD of stuff he'd be listening to (he'd gotten the hang of iTunes). 

"I put a new Amy Winehouse song on there. Ignore the tabloid stuff, it's a pistol of a track."

That song was "You Know That I'm No Good". And he's right, it is. There was also a Newton Faulkner song (which I would not notice until I saw him be awesome on Good News Week), some Elbow, and my current favourite Elton John song "Madman Across The Water". And tucked in the back was a version of the Zuton's "Valerie", produced by Mark Ronson.

MUCH later, I was in the Hunter Valley with my wife, driving along the Puddy Road, and a live version of "Valerie" came on the radio. It was a live version, so slow and swingy. 

"I prefer the up-tempo version." said I. Tanja wanted to hear it, so I dug out my iPod and played the Zutons version. No, that wasn't it. I couldn't find it, because the artist listed was Mark Ronson.

Tangent! The Triple J Like A Version Series. I love the concept (getting artists to do nonstandard covers of somgs they like that might be outside their comfort zone). I bought the first one on the strength of the Cat Empire's "L'Hotel De Californie". Didn't like the rest of the album because I either a) didn't know the artist, b) didn't know the cover, or c) both (example, thanks, Corinne Bailey Rae, for covering "Venus As A Boy", but I know neither you nor that song (there were exceptions, like Tegan & Sara's "Dancing In The Dark" and Crooked Fingers' "Long Black Veil"). I much preferred the lighthearted Triple M Musical Challenges, which were more of a "Let's get Jimmy Barnes in a room and see if he can do Dancing Queen". So anyhow, on a whim, I purchased Like A Version Vol 7, specifically looking for music for this podcast. Some stuff was fun (like Owl Eyes' cover of "Pumped Up Kicks" which I heard before I heard the original), but most didn't change me life. Except there was this one track, sung by the Kaiser Cheifs, called "Record Collection" which was good, and I felt I'd heard it somewhere. So, on the way to work, I looked Mark Ronson up in the iTunes store and nearly died.

Not ONLY was her the star producer for Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, and others, but he had an entire album of covers of Coldplay, Kaiser Cheifs, Britney Spears, The Jam, Radiohead, Maximo Park & Kasabian. He loves the big band horn sound. And, as I posited to Tanja, I think his being a producer has influences him to create these layer, complete soundscapes that sound amazing through good headphones.

Then I realised (after buying two of his albums) that I had one of his songs in my playlists all along. David Hylton strikes again.

Mark Ronson - "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (feat. The Daptone Horns)", "Oh My God (feat. Lily Allen)", "Diversion", from "Version", 2007

From Mark's own words (iTunes included a video called Track By Track), "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" was his favourite Coldplay song and he loved the melody and the lyrics (I disagree, saying it's one of Chris Martin's whinier efforts), and that he loved the lyrics so much that he stripped the song back to just the melody and then turned it into an obnoxious horn line, knowing that when people hear it, their brains would start singing the Coldplay lyric. I just love the energy, and how it seems to be a badass intro to a song that never happens.

As for "Oh My God"... his take: "Lily came in and for the first two takes wasdoing a straight-up Ricky Wilson impression, until i asked her to try and make it her own, and suddenly it all changed". My take? It is very much her own song with the slow-quick Lily Allen phrasing working very well and being insancely catchy.

And I used "Diversion" as just that, a diversion while the track switched.

 

Recipe Notes:

Sauce Lemon Pudding w/ Glazed Zest

Ingredients (most of which you should already have about the place)

100g softened butter
180g caster sugar
2 lemons
4 eggs
60g plain flour
250mL milk
1tbsp extra caster sugar 

 

  • Preheat oven to 180°
  • Cream together your butter and sugar in a bowl (I did it by hand, because mixers are for pansies. This is why your butter needs to be soft.)
  • Separate 4 eggs, and put the whites in a 2nd bowl, putting the yolks in with the butter-sugar-mix.
  • Zest both lemons, and hide away half the zest for later. Add the remaining zest & the juice of both lemons to the egg-yolk-butter-sugar mix.
  • Add the flour and milk to the zest-egg-yolk-butter-sugar mix and mix it all up.
  • Take your egg-white bowl and beat it into soft peaks (this took me forever, hopefully you're better at it)
  • Fold the beaten whites into the zest-egg-yolk-butter-sugar mix (carefully, if you like. I was... less careful)
  • Grease an over-proof bowl or cake tin, then pour in the mix.
  • Stand the bowl/tin in a tray, then fill the tray with water about halfway up the side of the bowl/tin.
  • Bake for 60 minutes, or until the top goes golden and shows little cracks.
  • Meanwhile, get a little pot and put it on medium heat. Add your reserved zest, 125mL of water, and your extra caster sugar. Give it a stir and let it cook 5-10 minutes. When the zest has coloured the syrup around it and started to go translucent, take it off the heat and scrape it into a cool bowl & let it sit to cool.
  • Once the pudding is done, let it cool for 10 minutes, then spread your sticky zest glaze over the top.
  • Carve into quarters, seize and consume!

Also, I'm thinking I need a new title sequence. Or at least, reshoot the old one. Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Send them to Show@CoverVersions.tv or hit me up on Twitter @CoverVersionsTV.

 

Saturday
Oct292011

Episode 3: Dirty Granny Pudding & PandaDoodles

Our first guest recipe! @Pandabelle was talking about making snickerdoodles, and was nice enough to send me a recipe for snickerdoodlin' "like a boss". I also included a recipe which should be familiar to anyone who's turned up at my house for a movie night/drink making experiment or been to a work bake sale I was involved in. Let's watch, shall we?

Notes:

As is mentioned in the video, that snickerdoodle recipe makes HEAPS, so feel free to experiment. Considering how quick they are to make, what's to lose? I made play-doh -style tobes and created Snake-rdoodles. It was a thing.

Music:

Based on the binary nature of this episode, I broke from my covers theme and did two distinct kinds of music, imagining that there was an old lady and an indie kid on a long car ride, fighting over the radio, but coming to an agreement by the end.

The Puppini Sisters - "Walk Like An Egyptian", "Crazy In Love" (from "The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo", 2007) and "Heart of Glass" (from "Betcha Bottom Dollar", 2006)

The Puppini Sisters are a 1940s close-harmony singing group who cover songs from all times. Their live show contains up to 30 costume changes, and one of the Sisters used to work for Vera Wang. So they've got pedigree, plus are awesome.

Pomplamoose - "Mister Sandman", "Single Ladies" (from "Tribute to Famous People", 2009)

Pomplamoose got my attention shortly after Michael Jackson died when their VideoSong version of Beat It was doing the rounds of Digg.com & Youtube. Their VideoSong idea intrigued me, the idea that every sound you heard was real, and they had cut the video to show it. Both Jack Conte (multi-instrumentalist) and Nataly Dawn (vocals, bass) are musicians i their own right, but put together, they're astonishing.

Guest playlist by @Pandabelle:

A.C. Newman - "The Town Halo" (from "The Slow Wonder", 2004)

Architecture In Helsinki - "Heart It Races" (from "Places Like This", 2007)

Well, I say guest playlist, but what really happened is thus: I got the idea to do an Indieish couple of songs to counterpoint the old-timey Puppini Sisters and Pomplamoose. I thought, "Hang on, Pandabelle likes indie tunes. I'll just stalk her on her various social networks." So I came away with many bands I was unaware of and a few I had on the harddrive. I chose them, started rendering, then she gave feedback with other songs. OH NOES! But it's cool. She has approved the choices. I had A.C. Newman because I love the New Pornographers, of which he is a member, and I had the Architecture In Helsinki tune off a CD I got from buying The Word Magazine. 

Recipe:

So in the video, I make the desserts simultaneously, but for ease of repition, I'll split the recipe here. It was actually really easy to do them both at once. You just need a lot of bowls.

 

 

Dirty Granny Pudding:

 

  • Preheat oven to 180.
  • Peel, slice, and core your apples in any method you see fit. I like the V-Slicer, because it's fast and it makes it really thin. Does that make me a sociopath?
  • Put your apple slices in a bowl and dust liberally with vanillin sugar and cinnamon. Pour over a generous splash of spiced rum, amaretto, schnapps or other fragrant booze. Cover the bowl with Gladwrap and set aside.
  • In one bowl (let us call it The Dry Bowl), combine:
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 cup caster sugar
    • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • In a second bowl (let us call this the Not-As-Dry-As-The-Dry-Bowl-Bowl), beat together 1 cup sour cream & 2 eggs until smooth.
  • Pour the contents of the Dry Bowl into the Not-As-Dry-As-The-Dry-Bowl-Bowl and mix.
  • Grease a dish that can withstand the heat of your oven.
  • Pour in half the batter, than scatter over half your drunken Granny slices. 
  • Add the rest of the batter, top with the rest of the Granny slices, some slivered almonds, and more cinnamon and vanillin sugar.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. When done, test the middle with a skewer. If it comes out clean, you're homefree. Cut up, serve with custard, seize and consume!

Pandadoodles:

 

 

  • Preheat over to 180.
  • Beat together 1 cup room-temperature butter, 2 eggs and 1.5 cups of sugar in a bowl.
  • Add 2 3/4 cups flour, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 tsp baking soda and mix again (carefully. This sumbish comes back atcha)
  • Chill dough and ungreased cookie sheet/tray in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • Do a little dance while you wait. Tra-la-la.
  • Mix together 3 tbsp of sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon on a plate or shallow bowl. Or on the counter. Whatever.
  • Scoop out bits of dough and make into planetoids 2cm across. Roll them in the cinnamon sugar, then place them on the cookie sheet. Make sure there's space, they'll spread out.
  • Bake for 11 minutes (or until cinnamon on edges goes dark)
  • Once done, remove from tray, seize, and consume!

 

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