Archive for 2009


Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver Recipes for July 17- July 24

It’s that time again.  Sorry I am a bit late getting these posted today.  BUSY BUSY!!! But here are your new recipes! If you have questions and they aren’t answered on the Friday Baking page, please email me.  Happy Baking!

Your sweet recipe is our all time best cookies recipe from way WAY back.  It was the most requested when we catered years ago and now that Rachel is “back in business” they are still the most wanted.  They are just so good.  Any shape cookie is fine.

Cream Wafers

Below is a picture tutorial/recipe. As always gather all your ingredients before you start.


You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 sticks butter at room temp (do not substitute)
  • sugar for coating cut outs
  • cookie cutter of your choice (the fluted ones like shown work BEAUTIFULLY)
  • flour for dusting your work area
  • Set your oven to 375

For Filling:

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 4-5 cups confectioners sugar
  • flavoring of choice (I use 1 tsp vanilla extract, and a 1/2 tsp coconut & lemon)
  • Coloring if you like

I use parchment lined cookie sheets.

Cut the butter into the 2 cups of flour with a pastry cutter or fork until it is mealy…like cornmeal. Add cream all at once and mix until thoroughly incorporated.


Roll 1/3 the dough out adding just enough flour to keep it from sticking to the surface (I use a silicone mat). DO NOT over work your dough or your cookies will be tough. Cut what you can from this rolling and set the scraps to the side to use ONE more time. After the second rolling, discard the dough – too “used” to use, ya know?


Place your cut outs into a plate of sugar to coat.


Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and prick each one with a fork (3-4 times- no need to get “creative” like Husband!).


Bake about 10-11 minutes until set…not browned. Remove to a wire rack till cooled.


Mix your filling ingredients with a mixer until light. Spread one cookie and top with another. Makes a YUMMY sandwich cookie and delish with a great cup of Farmhouse Blend Coffee!


Here’s your savory recipe…

Peppery Cheese Crackers (Thanks! Martha Stewart)

Makes 60 crackers

* 1 cup bread flour
* 1 cup instant polenta
* 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 cup grated Mimolette cheese
* 2 1/2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
* 3/4 cup buttermilk
* All-purpose flour, for work surface


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.
2. Place bread flour, polenta, salt, baking soda, paprika, pepper, and cheese in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the machine running, add buttermilk. Continue processing until dough just forms a ball. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for a few seconds. Wrap dough in plastic and let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.
3. Cut dough into quarters. Using 1 piece at a time, roll out dough 1/16 inch thick on a lightly floured work surface. With a dry pastry brush, sweep off the excess flour. Keep remaining pieces covered with plastic wrap.
4. Using a 1 3/4-inch fluted round cookie cutter or a small fluted pastry wheel, cut out crackers and place on prepared baking sheet at least 1/2 inch apart. Roll out a second piece of dough 1/16 inch thick and repeat cutting process; place on second prepared baking sheet. Transfer baking sheets to oven and bake until crackers are golden brown and crisp, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating once halfway through baking. Transfer crackers immediately to a wire cooling rack; let cool completely. Repeat process with remaining dough.


Two Winners! The Lucky Ones Are…

The winner of the Vintage Apron is:

Lisa at Groggy Froggy

The winner of the NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron is:

Becca at My Journey Through 50

I will be zipping you off an email to get your mailing addresses! Congratulations to both of you and THANK YOU to everyone who participated. We will be doing another giveaway soon!

If you haven’t decided to join us for Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver, please do! Its been a lot of fun and you may win something as well! Read all about it here.
Lastly, here is an adorable picture Rachel took yesterday. I know snails are pests and wreck things sometimes, but you have to admit he’s pretty cute.

snail copy


Sunday Shopping & Update on Apron Giveaway

Good Sunday Morning!  Before I go any further let me say if you have left a comment hoping to enter in the Apron Giveaway for tomorrow and I have not left you a comment on your blog, rest assured your name is in the jar.  Blogger and one other blog server is giving me fits with comments.  I don’t know if it is Mozilla or what but I cannot figure it out!  I am reading and looking at your blogs though and THANK YOU! Thank you for the shout outs and thank you for the enthusiasm.

Now a little shopping talk. Have any of you ever perused Polyvore? If not, get yourself over there and take a look around.  Polyvore is a free, easy-to-use web-based application for mixing and matching images from anywhere on the web. It is also a vibrant community of creative and stylish people.No, you don’t buy anything there…but you can certainly find things to buy.  Which of us wouldn’t find something in this we love?


Or what about this?

farmpolyvore2Yeah, it is a pretty cool place to get ideas!  And sources.  Oh, you very welcome! Enjoy!

And this is on my birthday list:

14211Got the bike…need the basket!  It can be found here.

The weekend is almost over.  I have sewing to do so I will get busy.  Have a great day and check in tomorrow for the winner of the aprons.  Oh…and you have until noon tomorrow to get your name in the jar.  I will draw names tomorrow afternoon.

I ended up not making the Yorkshire Pudding last night.  Remember how I always remind you to read over recipes BEFORE you begin?  Well I should have made them before I started the rest of my meal.  They take a while to bake, and by the time I got them ready, the roast would have been dry and cold!  So look for those in an upcoming Friday Baking challenge!

I will be taking pictures of pumpkins soon.  They are just now sprouting. I would have liked to have them in the ground two weeks before I did, but the weather was just too harsh and we needed a little rain.  But they are finally coming up!

Have a good one and see you soon!