Snickerdoodle Angels

Snickerdoodle cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Angels

Snickerdoodle cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Angels

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I remember my Aunt making Angel Cakes for family occasions. Birthdays, Anniversaries or Sunday post-church gatherings she would present a tupperware container full of fluffy vanilla cupcakes, stuffed with jam and cram and finished with powdered sugar. I’ve taken her tradition and my new-found love of snickerdoodles and kind of smashed them together. It occurred to me that cinnamon, apples and bacon is a marriage made in heaven .. et voilà!!  Snickerdoodle Angels 🙂

Snickerdoodles

Try to resist .. I dare you!!

Try to resist .. I dare you!!

What is a Snickerdoodle you ask? A little puff of cinnamon, sugary bliss. These American classics have a soft, chewy sugar-cookie center with a cinnamon sugar coating, perfect with hot cocoa or just because. They are also ridiculously easy to make ..

“Old Reliable” Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies and Milk, the ultimate comfort food

Cookies and Milk, the ultimate comfort food

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Over the years, I have trialed dozens of recipes for Choc Chip Cookies with varying success.  Most of them are too sweet, many are finicky and unreliable recipes, others too chunky or just the wrong proportion of cookie to “bits”. This is the one I come back to. It produces cookies with a nice crunchy texture that will survive a dunk in fresh milk. The subtle vanilla-peanut flavours are perfect with cocoa or fresh coffee too. What’s not to love?

Of course we all know the true joy of cookies lies in their childhood associations. The smell of them baking, filling the house with delicious smells and anticipation. The guilty pleasure of eating the dough or burning tongue and fingers because we were unable to resist them fresh from the oven. They featured on the menus of tea parties, picnics with friends and solitary midnight snacks. Most of all they eased the pain of skinned knees and broken hearts. I have vivid memories of a sympathetic Dad sharing cookies, cuddles and the odd hanky on these occasions. That makes them the ultimate comfort food for me. On the anniversary of his death, I am feeling the need for a little comfort, so I shall put some Bach on the stereo and whip up a batch to share with the Junior Sorority.

Herb and Olive Salt Baked Trout

Succulent and perfect Trout

Succulent and perfect Trout

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I love our local Farmer’s Market. The emphasis is on fresh and local produce, so each Market is slightly different from the one before, as fruits and vegetables come and go in their appointed seasons. It’s a culinary adventure, a treasure hunt every week. One of the stalls I usually make a bee-line for is a Mariculture Farm, specialising in Ocean Trout. Their Smoked Trout is utterly divine, a staple on grazing plates and savoury platters. Their fresh fish often graces our table at Clan Gatherings, replacing the Sunday Roast. Indeed I can almost guarantee that Eldest Daughter will miraculously appear at our door a few seconds after I pull this dish from the oven!

Cheesy Bread or Breadsticks from Pizza Dough

Herbed, Cheesy Breadsticks from Pizza Dough

Herbed, Cheesy Breadsticks from Pizza Dough

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I needed a photo of my quick and easy pizza dough. Each time I had made it, either the dough got used, or the pizza vanished before I could get a suitable shot taken. I happened to be roasting some pork at the time, and wanting an alternative to potatoes as a side dish. Having lovingly described the process of making a herbed, cheesy crust pizza, it wasn’t much of a leap to decide to experiment by slathering the top of the dough with cheesy goodness. The results were spectacular!! Melt in the mouth spectacular. I think I just found another family favourite (and my bring-a-plate for the next Barbeque)