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Leena Bakes: Banana Bourbon Chocolate Muffins!

By on Jan 25, 2012 in Breads, Desserts, Fruit, Leena Bakes, Muffins, Recipes | 2 comments

Not too long ago, a pal and fellow food blogger Emily Hanhan of Nomnivorous hosted the first of many supper clubs called Whisky and Salt in the NYC area. In her awesome and drool-inducing post about it, she revealed that she made whisky and chocolate chip muffins as take home gifts from the supper club. I have been looking for an excuse to pop these bad boys out, and a small party with some fellow parents and babies on NYE gave the perfect excuse. But let’s be honest, vacuuming the living room is the perfect excuse for these muffins, they are that damn good. The recipe and heaps of food porn after the jump.         Banana Bourbon Chocolate Muffins : Inspired by a recipe from Very Small Anna http://verysmallanna.com/2011/01/a-balanced-breakfast/ 1 3/4 cup AP flour 3/4 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup melted...

Leena Bakes: Brioche Bread and a Damn Good Grilled Cheese

By on Feb 17, 2010 in Breads, Leena Bakes | 5 comments

My homemade brioche and kick-ass grilled cheese sandwich. Hi. If you remember from Monday’s post, this week is dedicated to a solid soup and sandwich combo: tomato soup and grilled cheese. Monday’s recipe featured my version of Cook’s Illustrated’s Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup. Today’s recipe? Homemade brioche bread from one of my favorite food bloggers, La Tartine Gourmande, to be made into a most kick-ass grilled cheese sandwich. Mixing the dough. Before and after the second rise. The finished brioche! The finished brioche. My sexy grilled cheese with homemade brioche bread and extra sharp cheddar cheese. *************************************** The Simplest Brioche (1 loaf, mold 10 ? long) from La Tartine Gourmande Ingredients 8 3/4 oz (1 2/3 cups) all-purpose flour 2 3/4 oz butter, at room temperature 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 Tbsp active dry yeast...

Leena Cooks: the Perfect Poori w/ Khaki!

By on Aug 24, 2009 in Breads, Leena Bakes | 8 comments

Two perfect round, perfect puffed pooris, made by Khaki. In case you haven’t noticed, I am brown. My specific color of brown can only be achieved through biracial parents, in my case, one Caucasian woman and one Indian (dot not feather) man. For the longest time, I ignored my brown side, especially the food, because it was stinky, full of spices and hot peppers. As a kid, Taco Bell was much more hip and exotic. Thankfully, I got over that stage. Recently, my father took me down to visit my Lila Khaki (Gujarati for aunt) and get a proper cooking lesson. My father’s side of the family happens to hail from the state of Gujarat in Western Indian, so all of food we eat tends to be inspired by the food of that region. My khaki works quickly, so quickly, she had already started cooking by the time I had arrived. “You are late! All cooking is done!” she said with a...

Leena Bakes: My first monkey bread!

By on May 26, 2009 in Breads, Leena Bakes | 1 comment

MY monkey bread will CHANGE YOUR LIFE, fool…or at the very least cause a longish sugar-induced coma. You never forget your first monkey bread experience. The scent of freshly baked bread, the sweet, sticky caramel-like sauce, the fun, pull-apart method of eating it…there really are few things more enjoyable for a breakfast snack. My first monkey bread was baked by my friend Natalie towards the end of high school, and you would think she busted out a croque en bouche or something, because I was floored. This was impressive breakfast eating. This was AWESOME. I got into my head that Memorial Day weekend was the perfect occasion for me to bust out my own monkey bread. What I remembered from my first monkey bread experience was that you put it together the night before and bake it the next morning. In other words, it was lazy-ass cooking at it’s finest, and I was down for...

Leena Cooks: The Bread That Ate Chicago…and her cat

By on May 18, 2009 in Breads, Leena Bakes | 6 comments

Meet my bread babies, Fred and Squid. Fred loves having butter spread on him, while Squid enjoys a nice episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Whoa, Alton Brown. WHOA. All I wanted to do was bake some bread. I just wanted to have that delicious smell of bread baking in my oven on a lazy Sunday afternoon, just one loaf of happiness. And you gave me a damn bread baby. TWINS, even. I tried Alton’s country bread recipe in his second book, I’m Just Here For More Food, because it was simple, did not require a starter (not because starters are difficult, just because I was feeling THAT lazy) and made one loaf. Read that again: ONE LOAF. Not a freaking colony of yeast babies, which is what I ended up with. The recipe was easy enough to follow, and I made sure to measure my ingredients exactly and follow the proper rising times. So why then, did my husband ask if I was smothering a baby...

Leena Cooks: Gourmet’s Parmesan Pull Apart Rolls

By on Mar 31, 2009 in Breads, Leena Bakes | 2 comments

My parmesan rolls with medium rare roast beef tenderloin, bacon, and a bit of butter. Hot damn, it has been a while since I’ve successfully cooked or baked anything. Seriously. I tried my hand at beef short ribs…didn’t cook them enough and they were too tough. A batch of oatmeal cookies went south when my stupid ass used instant oatmeal instead of rolled oats, making a crisp cookie with an interior texture similar to chewed bubblegum. I craved French onion soup, and then burned the onion instead of caramelizing, giving the soup a bitter aftertaste that no one liked. And let me tell you, nothing is more sad than a crock full of soup and coated in gooey, melty cheese that looks so tempting to eat…but you know it tastes like crap. I have been in a culinary slump, and these parmesan rolls were my first step toward recovery. Oh, I still messed a few things up, you...