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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Persimmon Bread

When life hands you yummy persimmons from your aunt's yard, you make persimmon bread! I used the following recipe and it turned out to be a nice fall treat.


2 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup wheat flour)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup persimmon pulp
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Mix the ingredients and cook for 75 mins at 325 degrees, and you should come out with a nice loaf:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

Super easy. Take a basic sugar cookie recipe (like the one from the last post), grind up some candy canes in the food processor, mix in some chocolate chips, and bake for about 10 mins at 375 degrees. Perfect Christmas treat!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sorta Like Trail Mix cookie

Now, you may be asking yourself: "Does Shirin have a life? Why so much baking?" The answer: Sometimes. And this week I had a lot to bake for! Plus, I just like experimenting and sharing through this blog.

One of the things I am baking for is a Google SF cookie contest which my friend at work asked me to participate in. (Part of a fundraiser for Family Giving Tree .)I'm generally not very competitive at all, but I still hope I win! hehe

In my quest for excellence I came up with what I call a Sorta Like Trail Mix Cookie. A variation of the unhealthy kind with chocolate in it, in cookie form. Even better! I took the simple sugar cookie recipe below and added some dried cranberries, milk chocolate chips, and cinnamon & sugar almonds from my man Trader Joe. If you ever need to go on a hike, I suggest these cookies. Here is how you make em:

Preheat oven to 375

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened (I used 1 stick of butter and 1 stick of margarine. The margarine makes them come out softer.)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • As much cranberry, chocolate, and almonds as your heart desires!
Roll them up into little balls, bake for 8-10 mins, and voila! Tasty snack size cookie.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Vegan Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies

I got this recipe from my friend Maryam. She claims not to eat sugar anymore, but I don't know how that is possible with roommates who bake cookies like these! I have never met this roommate of hers, but these vegan cookies were divine...even for a meat eater like me. Try em for yourself and see!

Preheat the oven to 350

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 cup soymilk
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup baker's cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I had to use mint chips because I was out of chocolate chips, doh! But they still taste good).
How to make them:
  • Cream all the wet ingredients together
  • Mix in the dry ingredients until it becomes doughy
  • Blend in the chocolate chips until, and I quote the words of Maryam's roomie, "it be ridiculous"!
  • Form dough into balls about an inch in diameter
Bake for about 9 minutes and gobble them up. If the cookies come out soft and gooey, don't worry, they are meant to be that way!