I can't believe I've forgotten to post about my last TWO baking projects! The horror. :)
First up, more rhubarb crumble:
This rhubarb crumble was supposed to be a strawberry-rhubarb pie . . . what happened, you ask? Well, John and I had planned on going strawberry-picking this weekend, but decided against it at the last minute after calling several farms and hearing tales of the long lines and large crowds . . . we'll wait a week or two until all of the excitement dies down! So then, no strawberries. I thought I'd just make a rhubarb pie . . . and then I got to chopping, and realized I didn't have nearly enough rhubarb on hand for a pie! Oh well -- crumble to the rescue. :)
I made my standard Joy of Cooking crumble recipe, (3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, and 1/2 cup butter for the topping,) and mixed an additional 1/4 cup of sugar with 4 cups of chopped rhubarb for the fruit base. The last time I made rhubarb crumble, I used only 2 tbsp additional sugar, and it turned out to be a bit too tart for John. (He's not at all a picky eater, but it seems he's very sensitive to highly acidic foods. Go figure!) The additional sugar pleased both of our palates, and organic vanilla ice cream took things over the top. :)
Next time, I promise I'll (literally) dust off the ice cream maker, and make my own for a change!
And here are some cupcakes I made last week for the church choir end of season potluck:
I whipped together a batch of "Banana Cupcakes" (with chocolate cream cheese frosting!) from Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers after work, the day of the party, and still had plenty of time to spare before heading out to the 'burbs to hang out! Can you believe it? Cupcakes on a weeknight? (And I didn't need to go to the grocery store for any special ingredients, either!) This just goes to show how amazing this cookbook is -- and I know I've written about how much I love this particular book at length in the past. I have tried many recipes from that book, and every recipe has been simple, speedy, reasonably healthy, and incredibly delicious! I love the Moosewood cookbooks in general, but Simple Suppers is my all-time favorite.
Anyone own that book? Favorite recipes? Favorite Moosewood books?