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balsamic berry crumb cake

procrastinating: job hunting.

prep time: 45 minutes

bake time: ~50 minutes

cleanup time: 20 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 2 hours

hey procrastibakers, long time no see! i’ve been meaning to post for months, but life has been crazy. i was working, until very recently, as a baker in a grocery store, which would seem like something right up my alley, right? but the hours were awful (ie, waking up between 330-4 am, punching in at 5am) and despite that, my hours were often cut arbitrarily; they made fun of me for going to college/grad school, someone locked me in the walk-in freezer, they paid me $3-an-hour less than the maintenance guy. and despite all that, i ran around like crazy at the crack of dawn churning out the same donuts, bagels, muffins and breads every day– so the last thing i wanted to do was come home at the end of the day and bake some more “for fun.” it just wasn’t the job for me, and so i’ve effectively donned my apron-and-hat uniform for the last time (hers is much, much cuter than mine).

so, time to refresh my monster.com profile and try to network my little unemployed brains out. i’m pretty optimistic even though the economy is still sad and the job market is flooded with applicants. if anyone out there is looking to hire a team player with a lot of motivation and a friendly disposition, email me. i’ll send you a cupcake along with my resume.

anyway, i woke up this morning (nearly 2 weeks after my last day at the bakery) and for the first time in a long time, i wanted to open up my recipes, find something delicious, and bake again. i cleaned the whole kitchen, broke out my lovely kitchenaid stand mixer, and cracked open the bon appetit desserts cookbook, which my boyfriend’s wonderful mother, kathy, gave me last christmas.

bon appetit suggested i make a blueberry coffee cake; i decided i’d tweak it a little because a) i had no blueberries and b) it wouldn’t be procrastibaking if i just meekly followed a recipe without getting a little funky.

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pb&j cupcakes!

procrastinating: making my valentine.

prep time: 20 minutes

cook time: ~20 minutes

decorating time: ~30 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: about 90 minutes

salutations, procrastibakers. i spent the better part of yesterday crafting a totally unique and special valentine for my sweetie. it’s actually a lot harder than it sounds because i had scripted out everything i wanted to write, and then, naturally,  it got wiped from my computer. so i’m working on valentine 2.0, and while i think it’ll end up better than the original, the first edition took me several days to compose to perfection, and i’m just getting cracking on this version. yeesh!

without giving too much away, because he’s a supporter of the procrastibake movement and reads this blog (thanks, luke! <3), i may or may not have purchased over 600 stickers, various pink construction papers, and enough tape to make a prom dress. i’m trying not to make this kindergarten-esque, so i thought maybe i should bake before i break out the glitter glue.

pb&j is one of those quintessential treats that we all know and love. plus, i’m in the mood for one, but i’m out of bread, so why not fashion some representative cupcakes to take the place of the sandwich?

peanutbuttery goodness blends with sweet jelly to make a perfectly delightful afternoon snack. if i had children, i would send them to school with one of these in their lunchbox. well, maybe that’s not responsible parenting– but i can sure give my boyfriend one when he gets home, if only to soften the blow when he gets my “special” valentine next week. 🙂 let’s go!

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pear-hazelnut bars

procrastinating: sleep.

prep time: 90 minutes

bake time: 30 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: ~2 hours

good morning, procrastibakers, and hello to my new friends at coler & colantonio who have profited from procrastibaking leftovers the last couple days. in an effort not to eat all of the sweetheart cupcakes or pumpkin doughnuts or savory scones (post coming soon!) my boyfriend brought everything to the office with him, and came home last night with empty containers, asking, “what are we going to bake for the office tonight?”

i pondered as we went to yoga class, and then panera for dinner afterwards, and then finally, as we meandered through super stop & shop, it struck me. a delicious cookie bar, light and chewy with a palate stimulating texture, perfect with a morning cup of coffee (or two). and so, the pear-hazelnut bar was conceptualized.

it wasn’t until we strolled in the door after 10pm that i realized it might be a long night. but who needs sleep when you can bake? let’s go!

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sweetheart cupcakes

procrastinating: doing dishes.

prep time: 1 hour (+ 15 minutes after baking)

cook time: 20 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: nearly 2 hours.

you know what, procrastibakers? i’ll admit it. i’m a love-aholic. and valentine’s day is right up my alley.

now i’m not talking about the guilt-ridden diamond commercials that punctuate every tv show leading up to v-day, or reservations at some swank, overcrowded restaurant. i don’t need a delivery of flowers from my sweetheart to know that he cares. (hopefully he doesn’t need diamonds or restaurants or flowers either, because procrastibake.wordpress.com is my only employer right now, and the only corresponding dough is the edible kind that goes in the oven and comes out sugary and delicious and frosted with icing).

whether you’re single or with someone special, valentine’s day has become less lovey and more… angsty. what happened to the time where it meant simple cardboard rectangles printed with hearts and clever cartoons passed without bias to everyone in your class? and who needs a special day to say “i love you,” anyway? why, you can show your one and only how much you care by sending a quick love-email, or by doing little things around the house, and you don’t need a holiday to do it. incidentally, i intend to do dishes any moment now to show my darling boyfriend how much i love him. annnnnnny moment now.

i could do chores to show my love… or, i could bake these delightful sweetheart cupcakes! yes, they’ll create a couple more dishes to do, but the sweet white batter of the cupcakes is accented with a red gooey center of blackberry jelly, and topped with a white fondant frosting and jelly heart… it’s love at first sight. shall we?

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pumpkin doughnuts

procrastinating: shoveling the snow.

prep time: 35 minutes (& 3 hours to chill)

cook time: 3 minutes a batch

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 4 hours-ish.

hey there, procrastibakers. happy february!

today in massachusetts, we’re experiencing yet another major snowstorm (along with most of the rest of america– yay snowmageddon!), which i, for one, appreciate. snowstorms are a wonderful opportunity to stay home and snuggle up, throw on some comfy sweats, and put on some old favorite movies (ahhh, kelly clarkson!).

okay, correction: unemployed snowdays are fun. the soul-crushing inability to acquire gainful employment stings a little less as the snow begins to fall and covers everything in clean white purity. you’re not home alone today, because the rest of the world is snowed in with you. and if you can manage to send in a few job applications while the world is snowy and sleepy, well, you’re ahead of the game, aren’t you?

since i still haven’t heard back from mcdonalds about being their next fry technician (thank you, higher education), i think some pre-job training might edge me ahead of the throngs of competition. and so, i present to you the snowday treat: pumpkin doughnuts. fried to a golden perfection, dipped in spicy sugar– they may not be baked, but they’re helping me avoid the 8+ inches of snow in the driveway, and that’s procrastibaking enough for me. let’s go!

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almond crescent cookies

procrastinating: sending my christmas cards.

prep time: 15 minutes

bake time: 20 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 45 minutes.

happy holidays, procrastibakers!!

i know it’s been a little while since i’ve procrastibaked with you all, but it’s mostly because i haven’t been procrastibaking from scratch, and i want to keep this blog as legit as possible, with only home-made recipes.

that, and i’ve been procrastinating a new post. you know how it goes.

anyway, it’s the holiday season– aka, my favorite time of the year. i don’t believe in religion, but i certainly believe in the christmas spirit, commercialism undertones and all. i have all the christmas accoutrements anyone could ever hope for. a christmas countdown calender? check. tiny led lights inside and out? check. christmas tree salt and pepper shakers? you betcha.

i have my presents (mostly) wrapped and ready to be gifted, waiting under the tree (that may or may not have gone up immediately after thanskgiving). i have playlists of christmas music continuously looping in my ipod. and i have my christmas cards filled out, addressed, and sitting in the box on the shelf.

it never fails– last year i did the same thing, too. amassed everyone’s addresses (even if it meant harassing friends on facebook), filled them all out, sealed them and addressed them, and then they sat stuffed in my address book until this past october, when i realized it was officially too late to send them. if i didn’t write “happy new year 2010!” in them, i wouldn’t have had to buy new cards this year. oh well.

i could find my way to the post office and get some stamps and finish the job, or i could bake one of my favorite christmas cookies– the almond crescent. it’s a thick, shortbread-y cookie, made with a few really simple ingredients and dusted in confectioner’s sugar for a perfect holiday treat. my mom and aunt exchange christmas cookies every year, and i always search the plate for these ones first.

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cranberry pumpkin scookies

 

 

not quite a scone, not quite a cookie

procrastinating: a new recipe.

prep time: 20 minutes

bake time: 13 minutes a batch

cleanup time: 7 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 40 minutes

hey there, procrastibakers. so, i made this recipe… days ago. i’m sorry. life gets crazy– which has been my standing excuse lately, i know– but it’s true. i’m itching to bake something new, but i can’t until i post last week’s (?) creation. sorry for the delay! hopefully the next one will be more prompt.

anyway, i was sort of shooting for this oatmeal-y, pumpkin-y, cranberry-…y (eh, go with it) scone, but they never really retained that dry, crumbly, fluffy shape– instead, they sort of melted down into cookies. so, ya know: half-scone, half-cookie… scookie (not to be confused with pickle-loving. ed-hardy-adorned, jersey shorite snooki— much less edible). this may have something to do with the fact that i totally eyeballed the ingredient quantities, because i made them at my boyfriend’s house, which is a wonderful place, but devoid of all my baking utensils.

anyway, these are a happy mistake, because they’re big, soft, thick cookies, but they’ve got the substance, thanks to oats and pumpkin taking the place of a ton of butter or sugar. and instead of chocolate chips, cranberries punctuate the cookies with a huge burst of flavor. let’s get baking!

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