This is No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread- AKA the easiest bread you’ve ever baked in your entire life. No kidding. If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know how much I love cooking and mixing cocktails, but HATE, yes with all caps, HATE baking. It never works for me, it makes a mess, it’s complicated, it’s time consuming…… But this recipe has made me into a convert. Thanks to Girl Versus Dough I will have fresh, homemade bread whenever I want. And just think of how impressed all your guests/host will be when they find out they are using HOMEMADE bread slices to mop up that delicious HOMEMADE dip- you’ll be the hero of the party.
This recipe is from Girl Versus Dough, I have only made the slightest change by adding roasted garlic. Check out How to Roast Garlic for instructions and throw some in there. Try it with, try it without, try other tasty additions, but just promise me you will make this. Pinky promise. You won’t regret it. Also, if you throw in any other wonderful flavors please share. Thanks.
Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the warm water and mix with a wooden spoon until a wet, sticky dough forms.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for 8-18 hours. (It would work well to mix up in the morning before leaving for work). When it's ready it will have risen, be flat on top, and have lots of bubbles visible.
Pre-heat oven to 450 F and place a 6 qt Dutch Oven inside.
Flour hands, punch down the dough. Dump it out onto a floured square of parchment paper. Shape into a ball, dust with flour. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes while the Dutch Oven pre-heats in the oven.
Carefully lift the parchment paper and set the dough in the Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Then bake an additional 10 minutes without the lid until the top is golden.
I am pretty proud of myself right now, I have come a long way over the past year of blogging. When I first started I absolutely hated baking. The reason was that it dirties too many dishes, and everything has to be exact and you can’t just add some more of this or that at the last minute to make it better. But, over the last year of having to measure everything, write down what I am doing, actually set timers, and making things more than once I have come to realize that washing a few extra dishes and measuring with a measuring spoon instead of my palm isn’t really that bad. In fact, I have even found it quite therapeutic recently, (OMG, who am I?).
So, I bring you Orange and Olive Oil Mini Cakes with Orange Buttercream, because mini everything is better, and they are personal sized. I had Easter dinner in mind when making these, like picture the Easter table decorated all pretty, like my mother law does with these pretty vintage pastel plates, with each place setting having it’s own little three tier cake sitting on the plate. HOW CUTE!!!
I still have no idea what our plans are for Easter, I just hope that they involve me serving these pretty little things. Oh, and did I mention how incredibly delicious they are?! These are so moist and tender and fluffy. They just melt in your mouth and make it hard to have the self control not to have a second cake. (A second WHOLE CAKE because they are miniaturized personal cakes. Don’t do it. Or maybe do, whatever, it’s a holiday.)
Make sure that you use a Premium Blend Olive Oil, it’s not like you get hit with a strong olive oil flavor in the cake, they are subtle, but still there. I used a more fruity olive oil for this cake as opposed to a grassy or peppery oil- just read the label as most will give you tasting notes.
If you don’t have the energy that I had to make these (layering and frosting 16 mini cakes is time consuming and tedious) then you could totally leave them as cupcakes and pipe on the frosting and they would still be super cute, you could top with some orange zest to make them pretty. Or just leave them as a single cake with multiple layers. SO MANY OPTIONS! To assemble the mini tiered cakes you will need to use a bread knife to gently cut of rounded top part of each muffin off so that the top is level. Then cut each muffin in half. Each mini cake gets three tiers, to make them even use all top sections for half and all bottom sections for the other half. Put a heaping spoonful on top of the bottom tier, gently press the second layer, repeat for the top layer and gently press so that filling lightly squishes out the sides. Put another glob on the very top and use an offset frosting spatula to smooth out the top and the sides. I used less frosting to give it a “naked” look, but you could make it thicker to fully cover the cake if you want.
Preheat the oven to 350. Spray olive oil to coat the inside of a muffin pan and set aside.
In a stand mixer beat the eggs and the sugar until pale yellow and thick ribbons form, about 5 minutes then add the vanilla and beat for 30 seconds.
Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl, and combine orange juice, orange zest, buttermilk and olive oil in a third bowl.
Mixing on low speed, add a third of the dry ingredients, then a third of the wet. Continue adding 1/3 at a time until all ingredients are incorporated. After the last addition be careful not to over mix. The batter will be thin.
Using a 1/4c measuring cup fill the muffin tin with 1/4 c of batter in each cavity. Bake for 11-15 minutes, or until the edges just start to pull away from the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Set the pan on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes, once the cakes can easily be removed from the pan then put them on a wire cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment beat the butter for about 3 minutes until it is pale yellow. Add 1 cup of confectioners sugar and mix until incorporated.
Add the orange juice, zest and vanilla and beat to incorporate. Add the remaining confectioners sugar 1/4 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached.
To assemble the mini tiered cakes you will need to use a bread knife to gently cut of rounded top part of each muffin off so that the top is level. Then cut each muffin in half. Each mini cake gets three tiers, to make them even use all top sections for half and all bottom sections for the other half. Put a heaping spoonful on top of the bottom tier, gently press the second layer, repeat for the top layer and gently press so that filling lightly squishes out the sides. Put another glob on the very top and use an offset frosting spatula to smooth out the top and the sides. I used less frosting to give it a "naked" look, but you could make it thicker to fully cover the cake if you want.
Eric hates lemon desserts. I love them. They seem lighter and cleaner than many other types of desserts but are still sweet and indulgent. These cookies are light, fluffy, and almost cake-like, and are perfect for spring. This recipe is adapted from Taste and Tell blog, who adapted it from Christina Tosi’s cookbook Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories.
This recipe is a great way to use up leftover sour cream, because I am sure I am not the only one that buys a tub of it and find that I only use a few tablespoons of it. Say you serve tacos or enchiladas and only use 1/4c of sour cream, what do you do with the rest? You make these cookies!!!
I used 2 cups of flour in my cookies and they turned out perfect, but you may want to check the consistency of the batter before adding another 1/2 cup if needed. The dough is not like normal cookie dough, it looks more wet and is very sticky. It is easiest to use a small cookie scoop like this one to drop the dough on the cookie sheet. If you don’t have one you can use a teaspoon and your finger to scrape it off and pat it down into a ball.
Also, can we talk about these flowers? Trader Joe’s is the best for flowers. I love that you can get a small bouquet for under $4.00 and they usually last at least a week. The only reason I don’t have flowers in my house 24/7 is because the closest Trader Joe’s is 25 minutes away and there is no way I am buying 3 stems of sun flowers at Von’s for $9.99 (the cheapest I have ever seen a bouquet at any other grocer). Flowers make me so happy, and they brighten up the house so much, I wish all grocery stores understood this and had them available at a low price.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add in the egg, vanilla, and the sour cream and mix until combined, about 1 more minute.
Add the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix just until combined. They dough will be wet - not like typical cookie dough.
Use the cookie scoop to drop onto a lined or greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes, 10 worked for me. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. While they cool mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl
Dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze, or drizzle with a spoon and place back on the cooling rack, top with sprinkles and let set for the glaze to dry.