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Mocha Madness Ice Cream

from the King Arthur Flour website and blog

You may notice that there are not any pictures… it didn’t last long enough for me to take any.  There are some posted over on the King Arthur Flour site if you’re interested.  They also include some instructions for if you don’t have an ice cream maker.



1 cup cold whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons espresso powder
2 tablespoons dark or Dutch-process cocoa powder (sifted to remove lumps)
2 cups cold heavy/whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 chocolate filled Oreo cookies, broken into small pieces


You will also need:

Stand mixer with whisk attachment or bowl and whisk
Ice cream freezer
Freezer safe plastic canister or container



Either with a stand mixer with whisk attachment or with a bowl and whisk in hand, mix together the milk, sugar, espresso powder and cocoa.  The sugar should be dissolved, the espresso powder should be fully incorporated and there may be just a little cocoa powder that is still floating on top.  Mix in the heavy cream and vanilla and whisk until a little frothy and everything is fully incorporated.

Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Once it has reached “soft serve” consistency, add in the Oreo pieces and allow to mix until evenly distributed.  Immediately transfer to a freezer safe container (I like to use a plastic canister) and freeze for a minimum of 2-3 hours or overnight.


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Sweet Cherry Cobbler

Inspired by a combination of a Cook’s Illustrated recipe for Cherry Pie and the Cherry Cobbler recipe in my William’s Sonoma Essentials of Baking cookbook


You can see my original post on my main blog here.

Most cherry pie/cobbler recipes are designed for sour or tart cherries which break down and release their juices easier than sweet cherries. A sweet cherry pie recipe from Cook’s Illustrated accounted for the smaller amount of juice released by sweet cherries in the cooking process by adding plum puree. After having tried the pie recipe, I decided to incorporate a few of the ingredients and techniques used to make a better cobbler. A cobbler full of flavor and juicy goodness.

And make a better cobbler it did.


6 cups sweet (i.e. Bing) cherries, stems removed and pitted
2 small red plums, pits removed
3 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon table salt
1 ¾ tablespoons granulated tapioca
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cobbler topping:
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
½ teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon sugar mixed with ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

You will also need:

Food processor or blender
Fine mesh strainer
Several bowls
Baking dish (I use a round 11” baking dish with sides 2” high)
Rubber spatula/spoonula
Spring loaded scoop (ice cream scoop)


For the filling: Place the pitted plums (with skins) and about ½ cup of the pitted cherries in the food processor. Process about 1 minute, scraping down the sides as needed. Strain the purée through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl, pressing on the solids to remove all the juice. Discard the solids. To the purée, add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, cinnamon and tapioca; stir to combine.

Take ½ cup – 1 cup of the pitted cherries and cut them in half then place all the cherries in the purée mixture. Stir to coat the cherries completely and let stand for 10-15 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 375ºF.

Place the cherry mixture in the baking dish; bake for 10 minutes while you prepare the topping.

For the topping: Combine the buttermilk and vanilla and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Work the small pieces of butter into the flour mixture with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. Pour the buttermilk/vanilla mixture into the flour mixture; fold and stir together with a rubber spatula just until the flour is completely and evenly moistened. It will be a soft, sticky and thick dough.

Remove the fruit from the oven and scatter spoonfuls (from your spring-loaded scoop) of the dough all over the top of the fruit. It should not cover completely as the dough will spread as it cooks. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar evenly over the top.

Return the cobbler to the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. The cherry filling will be bubbling and the topping browned (a toothpick should come out clean).

Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack.

Serve warm with ice cream.




Fried Green Tomatoes


Panko breadcrumbs give these fried green tomatoes a nice crunch while the salty flavor of the parmesan balances the tart of the tomatoes themselves very nicely.


2 large green tomatoes
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
5 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
1/3-1/2 cup all purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Peanut oil

You will also need:

Large cast iron or other heavy skillet/frying pan


Slice the tomatoes into about 1/2 inch slices. Place in a bowl and cover with buttermilk. Let stand at room temperature while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Place flour in a shallow container and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Combine panko breadcrumbs, italian breadcrumbs and shredded parmesan in a shallow container. Combine well and also season to taste with salt and pepper.

Bring about 1 inch of oil up to about 350-375 degrees F.

Dredge the buttermilk soaked tomato slices through the flour, back into the buttermilk, then coat with the breadcrumb/parmesan mixture. Fry until golden brown, turning once and being careful to not knock off the breading.

Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!

Soak the green tomato slices in the buttermilk.


Once you’re ready to fry, dredge the slices through flour, dip back in the buttermilk, coat with panko breadcrumb/parmesan mixture, then place in the hot oil until golden brown.

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