Just Baked

April 27, 2010

Squash Casserole

It seems as though any self respecting housewife in the 50's had at least a couple of casserole recipes stashed away in their recipe box, and my gram is no exception. This casserole was pretty easy to toss together, like all good casseroles are, and, like most casseroles,  isn't the prettiest looking thing once it's on a plate.

If I made this again, I think would use a homemade stuffing instead of one from a box, but besides that I wouldn't change much. I personally prefer casseroles with noodles in them, but this was also nice.

April 13, 2010

Sweet Potato Muffins

After all of that matzo, it was such a relief to go back to using flour in everything. Don't get me wrong, matzo is all well and good, but no matter how much you grind it up and mix it with other ingredients, there's still that lingering matzo flavor, reminding you that it's in there.

It's been awhile since I've made a batch of muffins, and these sweet potato muffins sounded too good to pass up- plus I noticed that the only item I would need to go buy for them was the sweet potato. Who can resist a recipe when almost everything you need is already in your kitchen?

Of course, when I went out to pick up a couple of sweet potatoes, it started to pour, so I ducked in to the local organic market, hoping to grab the potatoes there. For some reason they only had Japanese sweet potatoes in stock that day, but I decided to just use them instead of getting soaked.

The Japanese sweet potatoes were just as tasty as regular ones, and the only thing I missed was the pretty orange color that regular ones would have given the muffins. There's always next time, I suppose!

April 04, 2010

12 Egg Sponge Cake - Day Seven of Passover Recipes

So, this cake is the last Passover recipe I'm making - this year, anyway. Yes, I still have a couple more stashed away to try out next year. I enjoyed making, if not eating, most of these dishes (kugel...), and will definitely make several of them again (matzo ball soup, fruit chews...)

About the cake. It was pretty, and smelled nice, but even though I thought my gentle folding of the egg whites in to the batter was thorough, I must have missed some spots. There was a thin layer of really heavy, think, wet cake at the bottom in parts. Oops. The top part, especially the outer crust, was tasty, and reminded me of an angel food cake.

Ok, let's get a move on, I want to get back to baking with real flour!

April 03, 2010

Matzo Kugel - Day six of Passover Recipes

I'm a terrible judge of kugel. I don't really like it. If someone were to hand me some kugel that had been proven to be the best in the world, I would most likely say "meh" after tasting it.

I think that this kugel is "meh," so it's probably the best matzo kugel in the whole wide world. If you are a fan of kugels, noodle or otherwise, you should probably make it for yourself and let me know how this one stacks up against your other favorites, because I'm curious. It certainly smelled nice while it was baking, but you know. It's kugel.

Kugel is a funny sounding word.

April 02, 2010

Basic Matzo Stuffing - Day Five of Passover Recipes

Stuffing isn't something that ever seems to get made in my family, but ever since I had some awesome mushroom stuffing at a friend-hosted Thanksgiving, I've had an itch to make a batch. I didn't think that matzo stuffing could end up being as nice and fluffy as some made with regular bread, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think the optional celery and mushrooms really add something, so I wholeheartedly recommend using them.

I just asked my boyfriend what else I should say about this stuffing recipe, and he told me to say "It's delicious!"

He followed that up with "That stuffing really was delicious." So there you have it folks. This stuffing is delicious, and you should make it!

Delicious stuffing.

April 01, 2010

Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce - Day Four of Passover Recipes

Delicious pancakes during Passover? Is that even possible?

Of course it is - would I lie to you? You can probably figure out what the main ingredient is in these.

I'll give you three guesses, but you won't need them.

Yes, it's your trusty friend, matzo meal.

I was very skeptical of this recipe at first, wondering if the pancakes would rise at all. They definitely do, although they could always be a tad fluffier. Next time I make these, I'll probably beat the egg whites separately and then fold them in, to give them that extra poof. These pancakes are obviously not buttermilk, since it's hard to hide that subtle matzo flavoring, but they're tasty as can be anyway.

The sauce is great. I'm planning on stirring the leftovers of it in to my oatmeal tomorrow morning. I used strawberries for the sauce, because all of the raspberries at the market looked a bit old, but any fruit will yield a delicious topping.

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