November 2017 Recipes and More!
FREE THANKSGIVING SIDE DISH RECIPE !! BANANA BREAD TO KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!
Dear Bakers and Friends,
This is just a little newsy-cum-business update (and a recipe or two) along with a recipe or two for your November weekend.
Two neat recipes follow this missive.
Current BB and New Website News!
I’m trying my best to get the December newsletter published from both my new website and this current one, which will remain in operation indefinitely! As December is the last issue of 2017 and also marks the end of Betterbaking.com’s anniversary year it seems like a noble goal. The new site is pretty but the recipe index on this current site is far more familiar (in operational terms). So for now, please bear with the transition to a new site in that, you probably will receive two newsletters (one from the new site, one from the current/regular site) until things are smooth as pumpkin pie. You can always unsubscribe automatically from the new site which has all the bells and whistles you expect from a new site. It just will take awhile for it to feel like home to me (and you).
Marcy Goldman Cookbooks Holiday Gifts!
I also take this time to remind you that my books are all for sale in print (except Holiday Cookies) and ebooks at Amazon, Chapters Indigo and orderable from your favorite independent bookstore. Remember you get 4 months free of BB with any book you purchase (just send me the electronic receipt). In the new year, any new cookbooks of mine will only come with ONE- one-month free of BB Recipe Archive access so if you want to get the 4-month deal, now is a good time to purchase any of these books. All my books are available in print or e-book except for Best Holiday Cookies which is an e-book only.
My cookbooks are available at Amazon, Kindle, Indigo, Barnes and Noble or via your favorite, local, independent bookstore (all they have to do is order it for you). The baking style in each book is quite different and each is jammed packed of baking advice I can't possibly share on the website so if you are considering a holiday gift, any of these books would be a treasure to give or receive.
Seven Great Cookbooks to Choose!
Marcy Goldman publishes on Medium.com - More writing for bakers who read:
I’ve also published some new stories on Medium.com.
Must Love Tango (or be willing to learn)
I Love You (even though I don’t need you)
And some recipes!
A blue-ribbon Thanksgiving side and a Banana Bread that will knock your socks off.
Free!!! Ancho Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes
These are delectable, deeply braised sweet potatoes. Ancho is a smoky, sweet chilli powder. Together with the maple syrup, the ancho infuses a remarkable flavor to these sweet potatoes. A perfect side anytime but especially welcome at Thanksgiving. If you don’t have ancho spice, you can use smoked paprika. (Ancho powder is not hot so beware of unauthentic ancho powder- it is probably more likely smoked chilli powder). This recipe is one of those sides that upstages the turkey. Trust me.
Blue Ribbon Banana Bread (alas not free but you can purchase by-the-recipe option of sign up for unlimited access)
I know what you’re thinking: the world does not need another banana bread recipe. Yes, it does, especially when it’s a total hunk of a cake, that slices like velvet and goes down like silk. This recipe is easy, quick, and yields a hefty loaf that is amazingly moist and fragrant, especially when cut thick and generous. It’s been perfected to have everything you love about banana bread: brown sugar for some extra caramelization, some this, some that – it’s insanely delicious. You can add chocolate chips or walnuts but it is crazy delicious as it is. If you find yourself renting a coffee kiosk in New York City, make this the first cake you put out for sale. Back in the day, they called this beauty “a good keeper”. It sure is.
Each month I find some treasured recipes in my recipe achives to share with you and create yet more new treats. My own favorites of each month are constantly being added to new books in progress so each new cookbook I do is filled with new things.
This is also a reminder that BB is a unique site. Begun in 1997, Betterbaking.com is not like anything else online. This is not a blog with one free recipe a month or a commerical or corporate site such as Epicurious, Food Network et al. BB is quite unique (I guess unique is never 'quite' -it's just: unique). This site is home of one author/pastry chef's (me) original recipes, now over 2700 of them. I always intended BB to be a resource in that if you need information or baking help, all you have to do is (for free!) email me. If you need a recipe (baking or cooking), it's here in the most definitive, tested form whether it be a classic or something very special I've created for my readers. This said, for those who purchase a recipe here or there or my loyal BB members who subscribe, I am sending you my warmest thanks for your belief in this curious site that now celebrates 20 years and acres and acres of wheat, put into good service.
Be in touch for December, happy Thanksgiving all,
Enjoy and happy weekend,
Master Baker, Author
Dear Bakers and Friends,
I trust November finds you all well. Like April, June and September, November has but a scant thirty days to enchant you. Given that it’s a short and chilly month that regrettably features the much reviled daylight’s saving clock change, that’s a far harder chore than its warmer siblings of the 30-days-hath quartet. Sure, we loved September (who doesn’t?) and we fell in love with October’s Indian summer-honey days but poor eleventh month November? Meh.
November does its best with pretty frosts cast upon dimly-lit, reluctant dawns that inspire the poets but the basic fact is, the beginning of November is not even the holidays; it’s a seasonal diaspora with little to recommend it unless you like days that end at 3 pm. November cues winter: the leaves are gone, rotting pumpkins sit on the curb and the trees don’t even have their pretty snowy gowns yet. It’s also nippy in a particular damp way reminding you of what you haven’t yet got done: the winter tires aren’t installed, you haven’t swapped out the warmer quilt and those leaves that still need raking. (When do they come to collect the leaves in the recycled bags? Which day? Did I miss it again?)
But November does have something special going for it. Despite the muted ambience and tension of first snow to fall, it has that burgeoning feeling of holidays-on-the-way. There’s a quiet pulsing energy of our kitchens as they rev up for soup and bread making and a marathon of hunkering down. Binge watch Outlander or This Is Us, feast on special issue holiday food magazines and go wild in your local bulk food stores, sniffing out new flours, spices and nuts. Oh sure, it’s darker but that’s what (soy-based, essential-oil fragranced) candles and Vitamin D are for. Sure it’s cooler, but that’s why cashmere, flannel and fleece were invented. And yeah – it’s damp – which is why we make soup, muffins, bread, and big, fat casseroles of mac and cheese. November also offers you permission to stay still and be cozy, and read the inspiring The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo), The Pho Cookbook (extraordinary book by author Andrea Nygyen) or nestle into The Hygge Life, by Gislason and Eddy, two books that will make you clean, pare down and then roll yourself in a blanket with toddy after your efforts. What is ‘hygge’ by the way? It’s the Nordic tradition of cosiness through recipes, entertaining, decorating, simple rituals and family traditions. In short, every day at Betterbaking.com is dedicated to the hygge life!
Beautiful Shredded Dough Apple Tart
This month Betterbaking.com has been especially busy. I’ve been beyond inspired to bake and cook up a storm (and also dance: three tango classes per week is the best tonic for food testing). Much like November, I also feel (for no apparent reason) like I’m in a beginning phase of things and feel that inner potential.
Don’t you love beginnings? I’ll take a wonky beginning over a Hallmark ending every time – because beginnings are so full of that same November potential, i.e. anything can happen; anything is possible. Something new and unexpected is always around the corner. So learn to expect it; be prepared to greet it. Happy, new and enchanting is possible at every step of the way. Open a bag flour and you’ve decanted a bag of fairy dust just waiting to make mischief with yeast or baking powder. When you touch any ingredient, who knows what impossible enchantment awaits? Halloween 2017 might be a memory now (a mere eight hours later) but the magic is just beginning. If you need more incentive, check out the multitude of food holidays featured in November, everything from National Donut Day, National Quacamole Day, National Clean Out Your Fridge Day and more: https://foodimentary.com/november-holidays/
On this fresh day of a new month, I invite you to come bake and cook with me. Pretend we’re neighbours with a day off just do what we love. Stop saying you’re tired and pretending to be prematurely old. Maybe resist heading to Facebook after work or your errands only to stare mindlessly into sound and video bytes of other people’s lives. Instead, I challenge you to live your own, vital life: bake, taste, eat, share, talk and connect ion real time. Sound good? Meet you in the kitchen.
Warm wishes to all of you from me, on this brisk November morning in Montreal where the fallen maple leaves have turned to gold, glisten with rain and sun and are scattered in harvest abundance somehow reminding me of caramel and butter and all the good things I have yet to bake.
Happy Hygge and Happy Thanksgiving,
Author, Master Baker
Classic Pumpkin Pie Free !!
Shredded Dough Apple Tart Free!!
BetterBaking.com's Classic Pie Dough Free!!
Homemade Butter Crescent Rolls Over 2100 Downloads!
Nothing beats these easy rolls which whip up in minutes and taste like croissants! The same dough can be used for Parker House Rolls. Never underestimate the appeal of a warm, side roll to a big meal!
Pendelton Chocolate Pecan Pie
What an amazing pie! Make it with the special chocolate shortbread crust or use a regular butter pie crust.
Instead is a just-sticky enough filling of chocolate, pecans and more. Nothing beats this pie!
Gooey Pumpkin Cake New!!!
Gooey cakes are a wonderful self-layering cake concept that usually take cake mix and a few other pantry ingredients. The original gooey cake is called St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. Gooey cakes, no matter what flavor they are, all such cakes bake up into a gooey, delicious cake that no one can resist. Often times you see recipes calling for cake mix. There’s no need to resort to commercial cake mix when scratch cake, from start to finish, is easy enough. This is a quick cake that is utterly luscious and rife with holiday flair. You can make it in a 9 by 13 inch pan or a 10 inch spring-form or large quiche pan for a prettier, more festive presentation.
Banana Buttermilk Streusel Muffins
These muffins are extraordinary no matter how you bake them but making them using Melitta coffee filter papers put them over the top (or get those new bigger muffin baking cups). Taste? Smooth bananas, with caramel, pecans, brown sugar and vanilla –a pure bouquet of autumnal sweetness.
Dark Rye,Cranberry 'n Currant Rolls Over 900 Downloads
Nothing is more rustic than these amazing buns. Tuck in somes turkey leftovers!
White Pumpkin Latte Cheesecake New !!!
What could be better than to take our favorite pumpkin flavor and mix it up with the Pumpkin Latte trend? This is a beautiful and gently spiced cheesecake, a touch of espresso, a kiss of spice and some other goodies combined to make a sell-out cheesecake for your holiday table.
Chocolate Bread Pudding Muffins New!!!
What is more comforting than bread pudding? Then put it in a muffin shape, respin it with some chocolate and you have a bite of heaven. This is one of those recipes you think is good and then the results vanish! It's a winner.
Pumpkin Eruption Cheesecake
Over 3200 Downloads!
Just one bite of my legendary cheesecake will make you appreciate why it’s been downloaded over 3200 times (and it’s also in my cookbook The Baker’s Four Seasons). It is an elegant showstopper for Thanksgiving or any autumn occasion featuring a special cheesecake batter, chunks of butterscotch and hunks of fresh pumpkin bread for a visual and textural event.
Double White Cheddar Mac ‘n Cheese New!!!
Why not white cheddar instead of the familiar orange cheddar? This blue-ribbon winner of a recipe is comfort food in its finest hour and white cheddar plus some other unexpected ingredients make it totally delectable. It also features some chef’s tricks that keep this dish creamy and smooth for a meal-worthy casserole. A great Thanksgiving side or post-holiday main – comfort food at its best.
Macaroni & Cheese Muffins with Soda Cracker Crumb Topping
Baked in muffin cups, this creamy, irresistibly cheesy Mac and Cheese bakes up into a perfect snack food, that is great for kids or dining for one. I make about a dozen Mac and Cheese muffins with this recipe and put the rest in a small casserole (that serves 1-2 people) Mac and Cheese which I freeze and heat up another time. Swop panko crumbs instead of soda cracker crumbs – either way, you’ll have a crisp, buttery top.
Swirled Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pumpkin Bread
Yum, and then some. A lofty, pretty yeasted bread with treats tucked into the center.For those who resist new things, don’t tell them it's pumpkin bread. Just say it is a special cinnamon bread. This is not a tea loaf or typical pumpkin quick bread - this is heavenly. This remains one of the most downloaded recipes on BB.
Pumpkin Bread for Turkey Sandwiches
Need some vitamin A? It’s all here in a fragrant, lofty bread that is just a tinge sweet and has a light kiss of spice. But it’s really a great toasting bread foremost, and just the thing for leftover turkeys when thinking sandwich time! Use canned pumpkin or your own roasted, pureed pumpkin.
Carrot Millet Muffins
Previous Monthly Essays from A Note From Marcy:
Essays to tickle your funny bone, wake up your inner baker, twinge on your heartstrings, or make you smile and say, ‘I’ve know the feeling; I know the place”. If you missed an essay, or a season in baking or inner sensibility, we invite you to stroll through our archived Notes From Marcy.
- November 2017 A Note from Marcy - November 2017
- October 2017 A Note from Marcy - October 2017
- September 2017 A Note from Marcy - September 2017
- August 2017 A Note from Marcy - August 2017
- July 2017 A Note from Marcy - July 2017
- June 2017 A Note from Marcy - June 2017
- May 2017 A Note from Marcy - May 2017
- April 2017 A Note from Marcy - April 2017
- March 2017 A Note from Marcy - March 2017
- February A Note from Marcy - February 2017
- January 2017 A Note from Marcy - January 2017
- December 2016 A Note from Marcy - December 2016
- Winter 2016 BB Best Gifts Round-Up - December 2016
- November 2016 A Note from Marcy - November 2016
- October 2016 A Note from Marcy - October 2016
- September 2016 A Note from Marcy - September 2016
- August 2016 A Note from Marcy - August 2016
- July 2016 A Note from Marcy - June 2016
- June 2016 A Note from Marcy - June 2016
- May 2016 A Note from Marcy - May 2016
- April 2016 A Note from Marcy - April 2016
- March 2016 A Note from Marcy - March 2016
- February 2016 A Note from Marcy - February 2016
- January 2016 A Note from Marcy - January 2016
- December 2015 A Note from Marcy - December 2015
- November 2015 A Note from Marcy - November 2015
- September 2015 A Note from Marcy - September 2015
- August 2015 A Note from Marcy - August 2015
- July 2015 A Note from Marcy - July 2015
- June 2015 A Note from Marcy - June 2015
- May 2015 A Note from Marcy - May 2015
- April 2015 A Note from Marcy - April 2015
- March 2015 A Note from Marcy - March 2015
- February 2015 A Note from Marcy - February 2015
- January 2015 A Note from Marcy - January 2015
- December 2014 A Note from Marcy - December 2014
- November 2014 A Note From Marcy - November 2014
- October A Note from Marcy - October 2014
- September 2014 A Note from Marcy - September 2014
- August 2014 A Note from Marcy - August 2014
- July 2014 A Note from Marcy - July 2014
- June 2014 A Note from Marcy - June 2014
- May 2014 A Note from Marcy - May 2014
- April 2014 A Note from Marcy - April 2014
- March 2014 A Note from Marcy - March 2014
- February 2014 A Note from Marcy - February 2014
- January 2014 A Note from Marcy - January 2014
- December 2013 A Note from Marcy - December 2013
- November 2013 A Note from Marcy - November 2013
- October 2013 A Note from Marcy - October 2013
- September 2013 A Note from Marcy - September 2013
- August 2013 A Note from Marcy - August 2013
- July 2013 A Note from Marcy - July 2013
- June 2013 A Note from Marcy, Baker's Stash - June 2013
- May 2013 A Note from Marcy - May 2013
- April 2013 A Note from Marcy Baker's Stash - April 2013
- March 2013 A Note from Marcy - March 2013
- February 2013 A Note from Marcy - February 2013
- January 2013 A Note from Marcy - January 2013
- December 2012 A Note from Marcy - December 2012
- November 2012 A Note from Marcy - November 2012
- October 2012 A Note from Marcy - October 2012
- September 2012 A Note from Marcy - September 2012
- August 2012 A Note from Marcy Baker's Stash - August 2012
- July 2012 A Note from Marcy Baker's Stash - July 2012
- May 2012 A Note from Marcy - May 2012
- April 2012 Note from Marcy, Baker's Stash - April 2012
- March 2012 A Note From Marcy - March 2012
- February 2012 A Note from Marcy - February 2012
- January 2012 A Note from Marcy - January 2012
- December 2011 A Note from Marcy, Baker's Stash - December 2011
- November 2011 Note from Marcy Bakers Stash - November 2011
- October 2011 Note From Marcy Baker's Stash - October 2011
- September 2011 A Note from Marcy - September 2011
- August 2011 (1) Note From Marcy - August 2011
- June 2011 Note from Marcy - June 2011
- May 2011 A Note from Marcy, Baker's Stash - May 2011
- March 2011 A Note From Marcy - March 2011
- February 2011 A Note From Marcy, Baker's Stash - February 2011
- January 2011 A Note from Marcy - January 2011
- December 2010 Baker's Stash - December 2010
- November 2010 Baker's Stash - November 2010
- October 2010 Note from Marcy & Baker's Stash - October 2010
- September 2010 Note from Marcy & Baker's Stash - September 2010
- August 2010 Baker's Stash - August 2010
- July 2010 Baker's Stash, A Note from Marcy - July 2010
- June 2010 Baker's Stash - June 2010
- April 2010 BAKER'S STASH - April 2010
- March 2010 Baker's Stash, A Note From Marcy - March 2010
- 2003-2007 PAST ISSUES Note from Marcy & Recipes - February 2010
- January 2010 Baker's Stash - January 2010
- December 2009 Baker's Stash - December 2009
- September 2009 Baker's Stash - September 2009
- April 2009 Bakers Stash - April 2009
- March 2009 Baker's Stash Baking With Mom, Feminist in the Kitchen and some Retro - March 2009
- February 2009 Baker's Recipe Stash - February 2009
- January 2009 Baker's Stash - January 2009
- December 2008 Baker's Stash - December 2008
- November 2008 A Note From Marcy - November 2008
- September 2008 Baker's Stash - September 2008
- A note from Marcy - December 2007
- A Note from Marcy - February 2007 - An Oreo Love Affair
- A Note from Marcy - January 2007 - When Bakers Cook, Recipes deChef
- A Note from Marcy - December 2006 - Shortbread and Other Favorite Things
- A Note from Marcy - November 2006 - Thank Goodness for Pie
- A Note from Marcy - October 2006 - A Salute to Chocolate Chip Cookies
- A Note from Marcy - September 2006 - The Back to School Carrot Cake Issue
- A Note From Marcy - August 2006 - The Sourdough Magic Issue
- A Note from Marcy - July 2006 - The Annual BB Picnic Issue
- A Note from Marcy - June 2006 - The Bountiful Berry Issue
- A Note from Marcy - May 2006 - Pride and Pastry or Tea With Jane
- A Note from Marcy - April 2006 - The Breakfast Baking Issue and Fresh Starts
- A Note from Marcy March 2006 Passion - Gettin' Some - March 2006 - Havana A Heat Wave, Baking with A Latin Beat and The Passion Play
- A Note from Marcy - February 2006 - Memoirs of A Geisha Baking, Valentineâ€™s Sweets
- A Note from Marcy - January 2006 - The You're Toast, A Salute To Slicing Loaves and More
- A Note from Marcy - December 2005 - Bake It Forward, Gift Baking Issue
- A Note from Marcy - November 2005 - Open Hearth Hosting or Guess Who's Coming For Dinner
- A Note from Marcy - October 2005 - It All Happens for a Reason or Sometimes Bread Just Doesn't Rise.....
- A Note from Marcy - September 2005 - Baking By the Code
- A Note from Marcy - August 2005 - The Tao of Pie
- A Note from Marcy - July 2005 - The Journey of the Journal plus Twix Bars!
- A Note from Marcy - June 2005 - A Pastry Chefs Trial by Cheesecakes
- A Note from Marcy - May 2005 - The Frontier Baking Issue/Living Big in a Small Venue
- A Note from Marcy - April 2005 - When Harry Met Salad
- A Note from Marcy - March 2005 - Baking with an Irish Broque; A Romance in the Dairy Queen One Fine March
- A Note from Marcy - February 2005 - She Just Doesnâ€™t Get Him, Valentineâ€™s Day Rebuttal and Cupcakes Galore
- A Note from Marcy - January 2005 - The Art of Changing and Making Space in a New Year
- A Note from Marcy - December 2004 - The Shall We Dance or Shall We Bake, Holiday Baking Issue and an Ode to Dance
- A Note from Marcy - November 2004 - The Bread and Soup Issue and How A Canadian Became Americanized (sort of)
- A Note from Marcy - October 2004 - The Field of Dreams Issue, Baseball and the Baker
- A Note from Marcy - September 2004 - The Catcher of the Rye Issue, What Falls Away, the Sweet Taste of Forgiveness and Letting Go
- A Note from Marcy - August 2004 - Itâ€™s All Greek To Me Issue and The Evils of Multi-Tasking
- A Note from Marcy - July 2004 - The Gone Fishinâ€™ Issue/Summer in the River City, A Bakerâ€™s Musical
- A Note from Marcy - June 2004 - The All That Jazz Issue, How To Scat and Improvise in Wheat
- A Note from Marcy - May 2004 - The Bread and Roses Issue, Goddess, Feminist or Feminineâ€¦and Fudge
- A Note from Marcy - April 2004 - Waiting for Happy, or If I Won the Lotto
- A Note from Marcy - March 2004 - Meet You in the Bookstore, My Love Affair with Books
- A Note from Marcy - February 2004 - Sweets for the Sweet, a Valentine From the Baker
- A Note from Marcy - January 2004 - How To Eat Right or Resolution 2004 â€“ How Not To Diet
- A Note From Marcy - December 2003 - The Sugar and Spice Issue
- A Note from Marcy - November 2003 - How To Weather the Weather, or Keeping Cozy in Late Fall
- A Note from Marcy - October 2003 (Part 2) - They Laughed When I Got Up To Bake, Hotel School Trials
- A Note from Marcy - October 2003 (Part 1) - How I Got Into Baking, A Bakerâ€™s Beginnings Part 1
- A Note from Marcy - September 2003 - Welcome To Wheatland, a bakerâ€™s fantasy or Camelot in Flour
- A Note from Marcy - August 2003 - Notes on Homemade Krispie Kreme Doughnuts
- A Note From Marcy - July 2003 - Memories of Summer Music Camp or Baking to Birdland
- A Note From Marcy - June 2003 - How to Play Hooky in Summer, An Urban Adventure
- 2003-2009 Note from Marcy Archives
- December 2017 A Note from Marcy
- May 2017 Big Product Review Feature
- February 2009 Baker's Stash
- Karine Joncas Cosmetics
- April 2011 A Note from Marcy, Baker's Stash
- October 2008 Baker's Stash
- May 2010 Baker's Stash
- February 2009 Issue Baking by Heart Copy
- March 2009 Baker's Recipe Stash
- April 2009 Baker's Stash
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