I’ve been doing some things I have been meaning to try for a while this time.
Homemade Cocoa Powder – There are quite a few versions of this one out there. The one I wanted to try uses powdered milk. But I don’t keep that around in my kitchen often so I opted to try a different recipe that didn’t call for it. I originally made a jar for a gift for my dad but I hadn’t made one for myself.
It’s super simple and really good! This is a Martha Stewart recipe. I halved the recipe so it fits in a mason jar. It’s also very customizable. I put a little sprinkle of cinnamon in the mix and it gives the cocoa just a little Mexican flavor. I also tossed my granulated sugar in the blender for a couple seconds so it got powdered. That way it mixes with the cocoa much better. DO NOT use powdered sugar in this. Powdered sugar has a couple additives that will not taste very good in the cocoa.
Soft Pretzels – This is an Alton Brown recipe I saw posted a lot during the Superbowl. It’s a bit involved if you don’t make bread. But not too bad if you are used to making bread once in a while. Pretty much the only different step is having to boil the pretzel forms in baking soda water for 30 secs. Everything else is pretty much what you do when baking bread. I enjoyed it and even though I made 8 big pretzels we ate them all.
I substituted active yeast for bread machine yeast and half my flour was bread flour instead of all purpose because of what I had on hand and they still turned out tasting really nice. I’ll have to try making pretzel bites at some point.
Savory Cheese Biscuit – This one came out of pure necessity because we had run out of bread to go with our eggs & sausage. I made a basic Bisquick biscuit dough with cream and milk instead of just milk. Then I added in 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, a handful of chopped onion, tablespoon each of rosemary, dried onion, parsley, basil, and salt. Baked them at 350° for 15 minutes. They were really tasty! Probably go really well with dinner too.