The Baker Upstairs: August 2009


bedtime smoothie

I make this smoothie often just before bedtime, and I love it! I've tried just about every variety of frozen fruit in this, and they are all good.

Strawberry Smoothie

1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup vanilla soymilk

1/2 cup any flavor yogurt
1/4 cup any flavor granola

Mix using immersion blender (or I guess a regular blender or food processor, but I love my immersion blender because it's so easy). Enjoy!

cheese biscuits

I made potage parmentier from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" for dinner, and these yummy biscuits to go with it.

Cheese Biscuits

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 T baking powder
1/2 T sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 T butter
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
milk or melted butter for brushing on top

Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter. Add cheese and milk, stir until just combined. Pat out into rectangle shape and cut into squares. Place on sprayed baking sheet and brush tops. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

apple-berry cobbler


(adapted from Cafe Zupas)

Apple-Berry Cobbler

2 cups blueberries
2 medium apples (I used granny smith), peeled and sliced
1/2 cup plus 1 T flour
1/4 cup plus 1 T sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 1/2 T cold butter
1/4 cup milk

Toss blueberries and apples with 1 T flour, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Pour into 8x8 baking dish. Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1 T sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter, then stir in milk. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls over fruit. Bake for 35 minutes at 375, or until golden brown.

Note: I used lime juice and lime zest because I didn't have any lemons, and it still turned out great!