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I made some Carrot Muffins and Chocolate Cookies for the bake sale organized by Lazy Smurfy.  I hope there was a good turn out!  It was nice to meet some of the writers behind redhotvegans.com!

I also met Liz from Farm Sanctuary.  Liz is looking for walkers this Saturday (Oct 27th), as of this writing they have 83% of their $5K goal.  If you don’t want to walk, sponsor someone who is!  Go here to register or donate today.  There is also a need for vegan bites at the end of the walk at Pease Park, if I can swing it I could make more of those yummy carrot muffins for the walkers.

 …the donations you raise help us rescue, feed, administer urgent care, and provide permanent homes for farm animals!

If you are in Austin and want to help, please click on the links.

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My mother-in-law had a copy of this book in hardcover. I was immediately drawn to the illustrations in black and white of each herb and spice you can imagine, all in alphabetical order for ease of reference. This book gives anywhere from one to a dozen recipes for a specific spice or herb.

I wouldn’t call this “American” or “French” per se, it’s just simple recipes to give you ideas on the versatility of those little plants and jars in your kitchen. I also like the descriptions, they give times-past associations of spices with prosperity, luck, love, and hate!

I tried the Cabbage with Capers last night and my husband said it was one of the best things I’ve made in a while!  (Why doesn’t he like the rest of it? Or is he too nice to tell me so? Well I have to admit that I’ve been heavy handed with the salt as of late…)

Adapted from Cabbage with Capers from Cooking With Herbs And Spices by Craig Claiborne

  • 1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup cooked ham, small dice
  • 1 Tbsp bacon fat
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp capers with brine
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water

Start with the bacon fat, ham, and onion.  Add the garlic after the onion is soft and fragrant, cook for a minute.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine then quickly cover and reduce to medium-low for 10 minutes.  It’s ready when the cabbage is soft, stir to scrape up any bits stuck to the pan if needed.

This dish resembled a very mild sauerkraut only the caraway was replaced with capers.  Big Brother is not a fan of caraway seeds, so this is a good swap for him.

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In other news… I’m hosting a bake sale on Mother’s Day!  I’ve opened a cottage bakery in my house, Cardamom Finnish Cottage Bakery, and I thought this would be a good way to let neighbors know about me.  And for all of you Austin readers, this is a chance to actually taste some of the sweet things you’ve been drooling over while reading my blog.  Locals can pre-order via the bakery website to pick up on Sunday, or just come on by between 9 and 11 am and shop at the sale (2800 Adelen Ln, Round Rock).

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One of the cookie recipes I made for the Austin Bakes for Bastrop bake sale was Finnish Peppernuts, but despite the name they did not contain nuts.  The original recipe from Beatrice Ojakangas’ Great Holiday Baking Book (Random House 1994) calls for ground hazelnuts, for which the cookies are shaped after.  Many people might know them as Pfefernüsse the German name for this round, holiday spiced cookie.

peppernuts

peppernuts hot out of the oven

I modified the recipe to make half a batch first, just in case there might be other tweaks to make.

Adapted from Peppernuts by Beatrice Ojakangas

  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Turn on the oven to 375ºF.  Cream the butter, sugar and egg until smooth.  Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a separate bowl.  Mix the flour into the butter and sugar.  Form 1/2 inch balls and place 1/2 inch apart on a cookie sheet.  Bake for about 8 minutes, just until the bottom is lightly browned.

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

These would be cute in gift bags tied with a decorative ribbon or natural twine.  I put eight into individual bags for the bake sale.

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credit: mkcphoto.net 2011

Pecan Raisin Tarts (photo: Martha Compton)

Austin Bakes for Bastrop was the first large-scale fundraising bake sale I’ve ever been in.  It involved long hours in the kitchen and on my feet, which are still recovering.  Living in Round Rock and working in Austin for the last eight years has had quite an impact on my life.  I met my husband here, we’re raising a family now, and this feel like home now.  What would happen if everything we own went up in smoke and unbridled flames?  That’s exactly what hundreds of families are facing at this moment, right down the road from where I sit.  I was compelled to find some avenue to help those in this incredibly difficult situation.  I don’t have much, but I can certainly bake for a cause!

photo by Martha Compton 2011

My Sign! (photo: Martha Compton)

Talking with customers (photo: Martha Compton)

Talking with customers @Round Rock bake sale

Happy Customers!

I still wish I could have baked more Finnish Pulla bread, it was the first item I made at the Round Rock bake sale that sold out.  On Twitter there was a woman thanking me for the Pfefernüsse cookies I made, and another who wished she could have found some.

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

Pfefernusse Cookies (photo: Martha Compton)

Finnish Pulla Bread (photo: Martha Compton)

Finnish Pulla Bread (photo: Martha Compton)

Local bakery businesses and home cooks pitched in an unbelievable amount of goodies for the seven different bake sale spots.  The Round Rock location had so much stuff and less traffic that we shuttled stuff three times to other sales so they had enough to last until 2PM (and beyond in some cases I heard!).  That’s how some of the things I made found their way to Austin.

Tamale Place (photo: Martha Compton)

Tamale Place (photo: Martha Compton)

Big thank you to all the volunteers who dropped off baked goods at Old Settler’s Park!  Thank you to my family for putting up with me 🙂

Another thank you to…

So many wonderful treats and caring bakers behind them!

The photos seen above were taken by Martha Compton from mkc photography, a local lifestyle photographer who shoots on-location in natural light.  Check out more of Martha’s gorgeous photos at mkcphoto.net!

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Between all seven bake sales and on-line donations, Austin Bakes for Bastrop raised $12,500 for the Central Texas Wildfire Relief Fund!

http://austinbakes.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/thank-you-austin/

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Making a mess in the kitchen is much more fun than cleaning up afterwards. I left the house this morning, car loaded for the Austin Bakes for Bastrop bake sale and the kitchen was a disaster. I wasn’t expecting it to look any better when I returned. Hubby and Big Brother spent the better part of an hour cleaning up my mess and still didn’t manage to finish. Grateful for their efforts, I relieved them of their duties. Am I finished cleaning as I write this post? Nope! Closer but I couldn’t wait to try this lemon poppy seed mini cake with [very] lemony glaze.

austin bakes - lets bake - lemon poppy cake

Let's Bake! Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This is so lemony and moist, it really held up to being outside until 2PM when we shut down the bake sale in Round Rock.

I might need to take a nap now.

Check out Austinbakes.wordpress.com for the update on Monday about the final amount raised for the wildfire relief fund in Central Texas!

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It was a late night last night to kick start my baking frenzy, and an early start after dropping Big Brother off at school this morning.  I watched the sun behind morning clouds climb ever so gracefully over the hill on the way back home from the school.

Here’s what you will see at the bake sale in Round Rock (Old Settler’s Park entrance):

Spiced Ginger Cookies

 

Pecan Raisin Tarts

Finnish Pulla Bread - Resting

Nanaimo Bars

 

The Tamale Placejust dropped off their donation for the sale!  Thank you Tamale Place for your Caramel Empanadas (Mexican pastries) and Galletas de Nuez (Pecan cookies), I think these will go fast!

Mexican Pastries

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It’s almost time for the bake sale.  I’ve been gathering tables, baskets, stickers, and baggies for my site at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.  Last night I started painting a big sign with the Austin Bakes for Bastrop logo.  I like the silhouette of the city on the top 🙂

Tonight my kitchen gets kicked into high gear, the assembly line will start as soon as the kids a fed and bathed.  They might even get to help if they promise not to eat half of the cookies before they make it into the bags.

I’m also making an apron to mark the event, it will have something like my nifty logo you see on the sidebar –>

Even though I’m allergic to tree nuts, I will be baking with them.  At least my allergy is limited to my tongue and throat, some people can’t be in the same room with nuts or peanuts.  That would suck!  It’s a lifelong question for me at parties, restaurants, and nice-lady-down-the-street who gives us goodies from time to time… does this have nuts in it?  Thankfully I know to ask and what to do if I ever accidentally eat nuts (or can’t withstand whatever dessert is staring at me, begging to be devoured).  The main thing is to remain calm, not to agitate my immune system further, then drink any kind of fluid to wash the nut particles down.  I will never know the sweet luxury of a Texas pecan pie…

Hey, and if you don’t live close enough to come by and try some of my goodies, you can donate online, and if you do, we have a matching gift for $1000 from Key Ingredient here in Austin, TX!  Last time I checked we are 1/3 of the way to the matching gift!!!  All donations are going to the Central Texas Wildfire Relief Fund.

So if you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen for then next 36 or so hours.

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Bakers, take your positions!

There are seven confirmed locations for the bake sale on October 1st.  Yours truly will be at the Round Rock sale next to Dell Diamond.  If any of you kind people have some awesome bake sale-ish recipes, gluten-free welcome too, post a comment here!

Here is what I’m planning and hoping to have ready for the sale next weekend:

Pecan Tarts

Nanaimo Bars (by my friend J.S.) and I’m translating to gluten-free

Raspberry Bars (by Mrs. Bean), also gluten-free

Pepita Brittle

Spiced Ginger Molasses Cookies

Olive Rosemary bread

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Austin Bakes for Bastrop Facebook Page

Things are coming together for the upcoming bake sale on October 1st!

A First Giving donation website is up for online contributions to the cause: Central Texas Wildfire Relief Fund to aid residents who lost everything in Bastrop due to the massive fires.

I found the Texas Parks & Wildlife video showing footage of the wildfires as it consumed most (over 90%) of the state park.  With the fires moving that fast it’s a miracle everyone got out of the path in time, but there was no time to gather belongings.

A big thank you to Round Rock Parks & Recreation for donating space for a bake sale location!  The full list of bake sale locations will be available soon, I’ll keep y’all posted.

Round Rock, TX

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