Sunday, January 01, 2006

Small Batch Baking

I got the book Small Batch Baking recently (I read about it on Joe's blog [he is the baking master!] and thought it was a fantastic idea for a family of two, so I one-clicked it off Amazon.) (Damn you, one click! I've spent probably $200 on there in the past few weeks!)

Anyway, we're trying out our first recipe from it tonight. It's still in the oven, so I'll report later on the taste, but making it was so fun! It's like....taking pictures with a digital camera: the stakes are so low that you aren't stressed about possible failures!

We made the Mixed Berry Cobbler with Cornmeal Crust, and as per resolution (see earlier post) I will type it out for you here.

For the filling:
1 cup mixed unsweetened frozen berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (thank you, Costco!)
1 tbs sugar
2 tsp all purpose flour
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

For the topping and for serving:
1/4 cup ap flour
1 tbs + 1 tsp sugar
1 tbs yellow cornmeal
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda (which I just realized I forgot)
pinch of salt
2 tsp cold butter, diced
2 tbs buttermilk

Preheat to 400. Toss berries with other stuff in filling part of recipe (I'm paraphrasing here, obviously.) Put berries into 2 greased ramekins or one tiny souffle dish. Put the dry topping ingredients into a bowl and mix; add the butter pieces and combine to the coarse meal stage in whatever way seems good to you. Mix in buttermilk and spread over filling; bake about 15-20 minutes and nosh.

(We still have some cranberry ice cream in the freezer from a week ago - maybe I'll try it topped with that!)

And I'll edit to let you know whether or not to bother to C/P this recipe.


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