Stilton and gram flour biscuits

September 25, 2011 § 7 Comments

It has been raining almost every day for the past, oh, month or so here in Maryland. While it’s perfect baking time because I want to stay inside, it does make for a rather gray, dreary view outside the window…and this is coming from someone who actually loves rain! The verdant green of late summer has been overtaken by muddy brown; even my sage plant that loves water is beginning to look a bit soggy.

So instead of eating what should rightfully be the summer’s last produce, I turned to my cookbooks for more autumnal inspiration, finally settling on baking from one that I’ve had for a while but never got round to writing about before: The New English Table by Rose Prince. This wonderful cookbook celebrates all things English, offering both delectable recipes and some brief history of traditional English foodstuffs, including heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables, and British cheeses too. With the weather being as damp as it is, I felt the choice of book to be quite appropriate, as it rains quite frequently in England.
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Cornmeal-blueberry thumbprint cookies

September 4, 2011 § 8 Comments

August seems to have gone by so quickly; I can’t believe I spent most of the month recuperating rather than, well, being bored at work. Now that it’s September I can already feel the air is cooler, and I’m dreaming of sweaters, boots, and cozy baking and cooking.

Of course, I know that next week it’ll most likely be beastly hot, but in the meantime I can pretend that fall is here by taking advantage of the cooler weather to turn on the oven and do some baking. Despite the kitchen getting a bit hot, autumnal delusions gone, it was totally worth it, as the cookies have a deliciously crumbly texture, buttery taste, and faint cornbread-y crunch topped with jammified blueberry preserves.

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