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Kerrin’s Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Really, what is better than a fresh gooey chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven? Air conditioning? Well, yes. But…it’s not the chocolate chip cookie’s fault that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Do not blame the cookie if the weather is too hot to even think about turning on the oven.

That said, and as I write this on the 3rd, we’re about to break records for the hottest day ever on Earth in the Pacific Northwest (108 degrees F in Portland), so let’s think back to a cooler time–gentler time when I opened up my copy of Dorie’s Cookies and found this amazing and alt chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Buckwheat flour! Whole wheat flour! A sprinkle of fleur de sel on top! They are healthy! Kind of…for cookies. In this version, I also added vanilla and I upped the nuts, as one tends to do if the occasion calls for it.

So, if you can safely turn on your oven, you might want to celebrate August 3rd by baking a batch of these wonderful and interesting chocolate chip cookies.

Spoiler: The cookie dough needs to chill in the refrigerator for at . . . → Read More: Kerrin’s Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

I have a new favorite baking product – and it is Spelt Flour. I’m not quite sure what it is about it, but everything I’ve baked with it just has a velvety, rich, full flavor that I am in love with. When using, I’ll typically replace one half of the white flour in a recipe with the spelt flour. I have been experimenting with it for awhile now in pie/tart crusts, scones, cookies and now…biscuits!

For this recipe, instead of using half spelt flour and half regular flour, I used light spelt flour mixed with just a little unbleached, white flour. Light spelt flour has most of the bran and germ removed, so the end result won’t be as heavy as using regular spelt flour. I wanted these biscuits to be on the fluffier side, so I decided to go this route.

The result was a flakey, flavorful biscuit! It may seem like there’s a lot going on here (there is — sage, orange zest, black pepper) but it works.

Make a batch now to freeze for Thanksgiving or just use them for weekday breakfasts with orange marmalade or . . . → Read More: Spelt Biscuits with Sage, Orange Zest, and Black Pepper

FFwD: Compote de Pommes Two Ways and Apple Compote Buckwheat Muffins with Hazelnuts, Raisins, and Molasses

FFwD: Compote de Pommes Two Ways and Apple Compote Buckwheat Muffins with Hazelnuts, Raisins, and Molasses

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is Apple Compote Two Ways or as the French would say half of it, Compote de Pommes Two Ways. I made mine the second way — basically I kept cooking it until it was super think. Then added some butter. I was expecting something like dark apple butter, but it was really just more like thick applesauce. And unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of applesauce. So, I decided to use it to make muffins, which is something I typically do when I have applesauce around.

Notes: I did make a half recipe, so I used three apples. Empire apples to be specific. And, also because I knocked this one and next week’s Chestnut and Pear Soup out at the same time, I had a little extra rosemary and put a small sprig in with the apples for the initial cooking time. The half recipe gave me a bit more than a half cup of apple compote.

Here’s a link to everyone’s apple compote posts and my photos (and the muffin recipe) below.

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FFwD: Socca from Vieux Nice (with Red Onion & Cherries)

FFwD: Socca from Vieux Nice

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was Socca, which, believe it or not, I’ve made before. And because of that, I already had some Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Fava Flour. I know the Dorie recipe calls for Garbanzo Flour only, but since I had the mix I decided to go ahead and use it. It worked just fine.

I liked this socca version better than my previous attempt as it turned out much thinner and crispier. I made a half recipe and used two small pans. Also, because I need to clean the oven, I only baked the socca at 475 degrees F (instead of 500).

Instead of leaving my Socca plain, I decided to add some chopped red onions to the top while cooking, and then added some halved cherries while it was under the broiler. I finished with a small sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese. These made a great snack for two before we headed out to see Much Ado About Nothing.

Okay, my photos are below and here’s a link to everyone’s French Fridays posts.

FFwD: Socca from Vieux Nice

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Raspberry Olive Oil Spelt Scones

Raspberry Spelt Scones

These are oddly delicious little scones that are great as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Odd mainly because the dough is very wet and sticky so that you can’t really pat it down and either cut the scones into wedges or circles like normal. You sort of have to scoop the dough out like cookies. I’ve also really been digging the spelt flour lately. These are just the first in a long line of biscuits and breads I’ve been experimenting with lately. Hopefully more on that soon.

The original recipe for these scones used agave nectar, but I prefer using honey or maple syrup. Both substitutions seem to work very well. I’ve also successfully made these scones with different berries — blackberries and blueberries.

Raspberry Spelt Scones

Raspberry Spelt Scones

Raspberry Spelt Scones

Raspberry Spelt Scones

Raspberry Spelt Scones

Raspberry Olive Oil Spelt Scones
Adapted from a recipe in Food & Wine magazine
2 cups spelt flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup or agave nectar)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup hot water
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