Petunia Profile - (13025426)

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Home Town: Ontario, Canada
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Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert
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About this Cook
I'm a wife and mother in Southern Ontario and I love to cook and bake. I prefer to bake, because cooking meals 3x a day can become slightly grueling. I'm hoping once my kids are older I will have more time to dedicate to meals.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, especially pies and cakes. My Grandmother passed down her pie recipe to me, and I always get rave reviews. Cakes are another favorite. I just wish I was more artistic, so I could really decorate them nicely.
My favorite family cooking traditions
So many. Pies for the holidays, Christmas pudding with caramel sauce for Christmas, plus all of the other Christmas baking.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
I just pulled these cookies out of the oven, and tasted them. I'll comment on the taste in a moment, but I wanted to address the real issue in this recipe- the texture. Like others, my dough was crumbly, and incredibly difficult to work with. I managed to solve the problem. First, I simply chilled the dough, and that just produced harder to work with crumbly dough. Then, I added milk to the dough and combined it to make a sticky texture. While it was sticky, I rolled it out between two sheets of parchment paper, and then put the two colours together, and rolled it with the rolling pin, then into the log. I chilled it for about 6 hours, and then I was able to cut the slices. It was perfect to work with at this point. The presentation on these is great, but the recipe is lacking some more moisture. I recommend adding milk to the butter/sugar/egg comb, probably half a cup (I just eye balled it at the end) You WANT a slightly sticky dough to work with, because once it's chilled it holds it shape. I did have to bake the cookies slightly longer, about 10 minutes. Taste is OK. They are sort of bland, but with the ingredients if you're expecting a heavily flavoured cookie you're expecting too much. These cookies are more of a showpiece than a tasty treat. Next year I am going to take a tried and true sugar cookie recipe and use the same technique. I recommend you do the same.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 9, 2008
Quick and Easy Brownies
Like other reviews suggested, I cut out a half up of flour. The result was a delicious fudge-y brownie that didn't last long. These are quintessential brownies, and will hit the spot every time. Everyone in my family is begging me to make more.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2008

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