Jack is Cooking more Cookies!

Well Hello Internet!
so today i made an experimental batch of cookies, to test out for christmas!  i used 5 different types of fillings, to see how successful they may or may not be.  either way they will definitely be delicious!  but some fillings may or may not work.
so from from left to right:
nutella, strawberryjam, four fruit jam, blueberry jam, peach preserve (jam?)
then finally after searching high and low, i found some coloured sugar:
and i baked them for 10 minutes:
the blueberry jam appears to be a lot more liquidy and therefor does not contain within the cookes as well.  also these are gluten free cookies, so the dough spread out quite a bit more.
they are extremely delicious!
for the recipe check out the previous cookie post.
to make them gluten free, i used pamelas gluten free pancake and baking mix, instead of flour.  although i had to use a little bit more than normal flour, to get the right consistency with the dough.
i will continue in my gluten free experiments, as more and more people seem to be gluten free
mmmm mmm delicious

Jack is Cooking Nutella Bomb Snickerdoodles

Well Hello Internet!
so since i had so much dough left over from last night, i decided to make more cookies today!  except this time, i made them even more f***ing delicious than they were!
heres what i did:
first i took the balls of dough, and i made hollowed them out
then i filled this pocket with nutella
i then reformed the ball around the nutella concealing it within!
then i rolled the dough in cinnamon sugar
put them on the cookie tray
and baked them at 350° for 12 minutes
here it is!
when you bite into it the nutella bomb explodes!
mmmm mmmm super delicious!

Jack is Cooking Really F***ing Delicious Sugar Cookies

Well Hello Internet!
So yesterday i went on a tour of the French culinary institute to investigate the possibilities of taking a pastry course.  and oh man was it awesome!  i got a contact sugar high!
i was so excited that i ran home and i decided to make cookies!  and then while they were cooking i was still so excited that i wrote a song about making the cookies! the song is called “really f***ing delicious sugar cookies”  and yes i say the “F” word a lot  in the song, so if your sensitive or something don’t watch it.  but your gonna miss out on its supreme awesomeness!
 so check out that video at the end of this post!!!
but heres how you make these really f***ing delicious sugar cookies!  (aka the lyrics to the song!)
preheat oven to 350°
heres what you’ll need:
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1.5 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3.5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
So you take the butter, and the shortening, and the sugar and you mix it all together
until you get a nice creamy substance that looks really f***ing good
and then you take the eggs, and the vanilla extract, and you mix that into the creamy substance
until it looks really f***ing delicious
Then in another bowl, you take the flour and the baking powder and the salt, and you mix it together until it looks like flour again!  then you take this flour mixture, and you slowly mix it into the creamy delicious mixture, until you get a nice big ball of dough that looks really f***ing delicious!
Then you take this big ball of dough, and break of smaller balls, and roll them around in your hand until you have little balls of dough.  then you take these balls of dough, and you roll them around in sugar, (i also rolled some around in cinnamon sugar to make snickerdoodles)
place these sugar coated balls of dough on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven

and out they come!  and oh man are they really f***ing delicious!

the snickerdoodles are excellent with nutella on them.  i still have half of that really big ball of dough left, so i am going to make more cookies tomorrow night.  but im gonna do something really super special that is even better than this, so i will make another post about it!!!

mmmm mmmm delicious!

oh yah!  heres the song!

Jack is Cooking Pecan Pie

Well Hello Internet!

Since tomorrow is thanksgiving, tonight i am making pecan pie!  A whole lot of pecan pies!
these ingredients are enough for 3 pies

9 eggs
2 1/4 cup of sugar
2 cups of agave nectar
3 teaspoons of vanilla
3 pinches of salt
4 cups of chopped pecans
1 cup of whole pecans
3 pie crusts (i used gluten free pie crusts)

ok so i mixed everything except the pecans together in a big bowl:

this is what it looked like when everything was mixed.  make sure all the sugar and eggs are mixed in!

then i added the chopped pecans, and really mixed those in too.

you gotta keep mixing!  it will separate!

while i was mixing i put the pie crusts in the oven for 5 minutes to precook them.
when i took them out i poured the filling in and then made some patterns with the whole pecans:

i baked it for 45 minutes at 350°
it may take a little longer, or a little less based on your oven, but if you poke it with a fork, it should be pillowy, but firm.  imagine an omelette filled with sugar and pecans!  😀

But wait!  Didn’t I say that I was making three pies?

I decided to get a little creative and I made two more pies with the remaining pie mixture, combining it with pumpkin pie!

I used just a canned pumpkin pie mix and folledthe directions on the can. Luckily both pies cook the same amount of time!

The first pie, I made a ying yang.  I used parchment paper to create the division while pouring.

I baked this one first for 15 minutes at 425. Then I remove the parchment paper. The pie was now firm enough p remove it but not too firm:  then I turned the oven to 350 and baked for another 25 minutes

The second pie was kind of a swirl. I poured the pecan mixture into the pumpkin mixture, and then swirled!  here’s how it came out:

I call it the milky way pumpkin-pecan pie!

Here’s both:

And here’s all the pies!!

Oh man 4 pies!  I think well have to eat one tonight… They are irresistable!

happy thanksgiving!

mmm mmmm delicious!

Jack is cooking (Baking) Sourdough Bread 11/02/09

Well Hello Internet!

Tonight i baked a new loaf of bread, and i did it exactly the same way as i did the last loaf, except i baked it a little longer.  I think i seem to have finally got it down!

heres what i did:

this morning (at 9 am)
i took 1.5 cups of starter
mixed it with 3 cups of water
and 4 cups of white flour

i let it sit until 7 pm

this is what it looked like:

i then removed 1.5 cups of this sponge and put it back in the starter

to this i then added
half a cup of olive oil
1.5 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar

after i folded in those ingredients i folded, and then kneaded in
3 cups of flour

i let it sit for 20 minutes:

After that i removed 1/3 of the dough to save to make pizza tomorrow! (follow link!)

I folded the remaining dough into the loaf and let it rise for 2.5 hours (it seems to take longer now that the summer is over).

I baked it in the oven for 15 minutes at 450° and then turned the oven down to 350° and baked it for another 35 minutes.

Here it is: