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Sep
18
2009

Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver Recipes for September 18-25

With fall just around the corner for many of us, and some of us already enjoying cooler temperatures, maybe more of us will be baking.  I am giving you two sweet recipes today because I had planned on deciding the savory yesterday after I got home and kept putting it off and had some very special events last night that prevented me from getting it done.  Or really being in any condition to do it!

As you know, I had my mammogram yesterday, and oddly enough that was the best event of the day!  I really didn’t feel much like going because I thought I was getting a sore throat but it wasn’t just my appointments I would have to cancel so off we go.  Since the evening before my throat had felt a little tight, scratchy and I seem to not have any phlegm just needed to cough a little.  Okay we started out the morning at the dermatologist.  Ben’s face exploded about the time he turned 13 and after a round of antibiotics and over the counter creams and stuff, I thought it warranted a professional opinion.  I am not sure everyone (no names) agreed with me, but I took him anyway.  Here’s why: The doctor walks in the room and says…

  • Dr. R. :Are you hear about that ?  and points to a mole on the back of Ben’s neck.
  • Me: No, I am here about this and I point to his face.
  • Dr. R: Oh we can take care of that.  But we are taking that mole off today. I don’t like the looks of it.  Not at all.
  • Me: Keeping my composure and not trying to look as taken aback as I was: Okay.

At this point he examines Ben from head to toe and ends up removing 4 moles to send for biopsy. All of them on his neck. The other three were much smaller.  I am really trying not to be worried because I fuss at other people about worrying about things before they need to be worried about.  But, let’s just say I am concerned. It is probably nothing.  But to say I haven’t thought about much else would be true.  So now I realize my insistence was not at all about me worrying that his face would be scarred from acne but my mother’s instinct telling me to take him. Period.  Thank you Mother’s Instinct.

Then we went on about our business of getting my eyes checked for a new prescription and yeah, I needed new glasses but frankly, wasn’t much in the mood to pick any out so I just took the prescription and will get them later.  Then a little lunch and off to the mammogram.  Which hurt just as bad as I remembered but, its done now.  Then we ran by Walmart. Ben has his money together for a new monitor and we got that and some fresh produce and came home.  We got home about 5:15 and the girls walked in from work right behind us.  Just being at really made me feel better about my day and instead of salad like was planned Rachel made pancakes.  I ate one and sat down to answer emails and relax.  Before I know it, its 9:00 and Project Runway is one.  During the first commercial break, I got up to get me a piece of that lovely produce we bought earlier. Gala Apples and some BIG lovely oranges.  I had my hand on an apple and changed my mind.  I got a knife, an orange, a dish towel and got back in my big old chair before the show was back on.  On the fifth or sixth section of orange I realize my throat was VERY scratchy.  So I started to say “Hannah get be a bottle of cold water.” And when I opened my mouth only a squeak came out.  Then I realized very quickly that not only was my throat scratch but I could feel everything “touching” when I tried to swallow.  I jumped up grabbed the liquid benadryl, took a big slug right out of the bottle, another and gargled it and then swallowed.  It was only getting worse.  So I say let’s go to the ER.  I am going have to have something else.  And I really wasnt sure I wanted to use my epi-pen.  I just didnt.  So we get there and no, nothing is better, only worse.  And by this time I am pretty panicked.  They immediately check my O2 stats and ekg.  Got the facts and by this time I could breathe a little better, the benadryl had begin to help.  But my blood pressure was sky high.  DUH.  Anyway, in the end (literally ;) ) I got a more benadryl and a steroid by injection.  By 11pm my heart rate was back down, my breathing was much better and I could actually talk a little.  So they let me come home.  I crashed and I don’t think I rolled over until 6:15 or so.  That was a LOT of benadryl!! I feel better this morning.  Just kinda hopped up on the steroid.  But air going in and out of my lungs is a lovely feeling, so no complaints.  So let me add Oranges to the 1000 other things I can never eat again.

OH!! Wait, you came here for recipes…sorry…got carried away! Here you go.  Two great baking recipes, both sweet.  Sorry I didn’t get a savory picked out.

I have PIE on the brain these days so here is a GREAT one (a little sampling of what will be in my Pie Book).

Carrot Pie

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Single pie crust for a 9” pie

Filling:

1 1/4 lbs carrots  (I use all orange…just wanted to show off my carrot crop Ü)

3/4 cup white or 3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup milk or cream

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon allspice or cloves

3 large eggs

Wash the carrots and peel the skins if they are tough. Slice the carrots and steam them until tender. (You should have about 4 cups)  Purée them in a blender or food processor.

Preheat the oven to 425°F

Add the remaining filling ingredients,  to the carrots in a mixing bowl and blend until smooth and evenly mixed. (You may have to do so in two batches, depending on the blender’s capacity. If so, mix the batches together before pouring the purée into the pie shell.) Pour the purée into the pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 45 more minutes, or until set. Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Now, if you aren’t in the mood for pie, maybe a cookie would do ya! Of course I won’t be eating them until a trip to my allergist.  Wouldn’t it be awful to have to eliminate ALL citrus from my diet??? :(

Lemon Sables

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
10 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
Egg wash:
1 egg white
2 teaspoons water
Preparation:
In a medium bowl mix the flour and baking powder and set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter, lemon zest, and sugar together until smooth. Add the egg and lemon extract and mix in the dry ingredients until a smooth dough forms.
Form the dough into a disk shape or 2-inch diameter log. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare the egg wash by beating together the egg white and 2 teaspoons of water.
Roll out the disk of dough to ¼-inch thickness, and cut out the sables using a 2-inch fluted cookie cutter. If using a log of cookie dough, slice it crosswise into ¼-inch thick coins. Brush the sables with the egg wash, and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until they are lightly browned around the edges. Cool the sables for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 10 tablespoons butter (room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons water

In a medium bowl mix the flour and baking powder and set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter, lemon zest, and sugar together until smooth. Add the egg and lemon extract and mix in the dry ingredients until a smooth dough forms.

Form the dough into a disk shape or 2-inch diameter log. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare the egg wash by beating together the egg white and 2 teaspoons of water.

Roll out the disk of dough to ¼-inch thickness, and cut out the sables using a 2-inch fluted cookie cutter. If using a log of cookie dough, slice it crosswise into ¼-inch thick coins. Brush the sables with the egg wash, and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until they are lightly browned around the edges. Cool the sables for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Have fun with these! And don’t forget about the amazing drawing Sunday Morning!

Thanks to everyone who participates in Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver!

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I wouldn’t worry too much. The Boy is only 13 and probably hasn’t absorbed a full 24 hours worth of sunlight yet. ;)

I know. But I can’t help it.

I’ll add Ben to my prayer list. Hoping it all turns out well. Glad your episode with the oranges turned out well also. Whew!!! Great looking recipes Susan, especially the pie!

My, what a day!! I had 2 ‘vampire bite’ looking moles removed from my neck when I was 13/14. Hopefully it’s nothing. How scary about your allergic reaction! Glad you are ok….

oh Susan… what a week you have had. I trust all will be well with your son…I certainly hope so. will keep him in good thoughts.so glad that you are better now gal..so very glad.hoping that you and yours have an uneventful but nice weekend.I think you’ve had enough excitement to last you a while. hugs to you.
p.s. by the way your carrot crop looks splendid!

Glad to hear you have survived your ordeals lately. Sounds eventful in not such a good way. I have been having some food allergy stuff lately here and there as well. Weird and annoying I can attest.
I made the lemon cookies and I have to say they taste good with a cup of tea:)

Got your name! Glad you liked them!

Love the carrot crop!