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Molly’s Baking Helpful Hints

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  • If you plan to freeze spice cake leave the cloves out. Cloves get stronger when chilled.
  • Use the wrappers from butter and shortening to grease cake pans.
  • Sprinkle your cake plate with icing sugar or granulated sugar to keep the cake from sticking to the plate.
  • Dust your cake with powdered sugar before icing to keep icing from running off your cake.
  • A slice of apple under your cake dome will keep your cake fresher.
  • Slice leftover cake into slice and freeze. Take out for lunches.  The cake will be thawed by the time your ready to eat.
  • Before rolling cookie dough chill for ½ hour. This makes it much easier to roll without sticking.
  • For refrigerator cookies chill dough in empty orange juice tubes. The slices will be perfectly symmetrical.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out cookies onto your cookie tins. Your cookies will all be uniform in size.
  • When sprinkling sugar on cookies use an empty salt shaker.
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Jessie’s Favorite Ginger Cookies

1 cup butterGingerCookie

1 cup sugar

1 cup molasses

1 egg

4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

2 1/2 tsp ginger

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp salt

Cream butter, sugar, molasses and egg until light and fluffy.  Mix in remaining ingredients.  Roll in floured parchment and chill overnight.

Roll and cut out.  Bake at 35o degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes

Molly’s Cheddar Bread

Molly loves to bake and when she’s happy she experiments in the kitchen to come up with new ideas. Since Santa loves cheddar cheese Molly put together a bread recipe today to treat him after a long day at the manufacturing facility.  The instructions are below.

2 cups flourCheddarBread

4 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp caraway

1 tsp dried rosemary

1/2 tsp dried mustard

1 1/2 cups extra old cheddar

2 tbsp olive oil

1 beaten egg

1 cup milk

 

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, seasonings and cheese in a large bowl.  Mix eggs, milk and olive oil together.  Add to dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated.  Bake in greased loaf pan for 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Jessie celebrates pancake day

Jessie sniffed the air  with approval.  The scent of sausage and maple syrup filled the kitchen.  She trotted over to Molly’s stove and shoved her nose into Molly’s thigh.pancake

“Ooph,” grunted Molly. She turned to look at the dog. “Good morning, Jessie.  I see your nose is reliable as ever.  Just let me finish flipping these last few pancakes and then I’ll get you a treat.”  Molly hummed as she ladled some batter into the frying pan.

Jessie sighed and flopped onto the floor.  From the very edge of her eye  she spied a plate of sausages on the table.  They were oh so tempting and close to the corner of the table.  Jessie slid over to the table and looked up. Her mouth watered and she whined trying to get Molly’s attention. Continue reading Jessie celebrates pancake day