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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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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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white raspberry layer cake

procrastinating: procrastibaking something new.

total time spent procrastibaking: 90 minutes.

hey there procrastibakers! last week i tried to make a cake for my friend lauren and it just turned into disaster. my layers weren’t really even, my fondant wasn’t as pretty as i’d hoped, the cake was a little lopsided. it wasn’t in any condition to give, but it was a-ok for eating. actually, it’s better than a-ok. this cake might not have been a looker, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a keeper.

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blueberry jelly drop cookies!

procrastinating: errands.

prep time: 30 mins

bake time: 10 mins (per batch)

cleanup time: 10 mins

time spent procrastibaking: 1 hour.

hey procrastibakers! i’m off to a bbq today, which is certainly more exciting than the myriad errands i have piled up since coming home. grocery shopping, mopping my floor, taking out the garbage– and those are just the errands i can think of from my perch here in my kitchen. yikes.

anyway, i hate going to things like this empty handed, and so i thought i’d make some jelly drop cookies with some fresh homemade blueberry spread (i forgot i still had blueberries in my freezer!). these cookies are super easy, super tasty, and quick to make, which is good, since i have to head out of here soon. nothing like the last minute!

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baked banana apples

procrastinating: packing

prep time: 20 minutes

cook time: 25 minutes

cleanup time: 5 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 45 minutes.

hi procrastibakers! it’s been a lovely stay with my family in new york, but by this time tomorrow i should be safely back in the original procrastibake kitchen in good ol’ boston. do i have anything packed yet? is my laundry done? is it sorted? in the machine? no, no, and no, dear procrastibakers, and it’s because i’ve instead opted to pay tribute to my home– the big apple– with some baked banana apples. priorities, people.

baked apples are arguably more of a fall or winter dessert, but i try to never let the seasons dictate my deliciousness. almost ridiculously simple to make, there’s a lot of wiggle room in this recipe, which allows for more creativity. today, we’re using fun ingredients like bananas and maple syrup to give our baked apples unparalleled levels of taste and excitement. let’s go!

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blueberry shortbread crumble!

procrastinating: sleep

prep time: 25 minutes

bake time: 30 minutes

cleanup time: 5 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 1 hour.

good evening everybody. i finally got the butter to procrastibake with, and my gut instinct was “in the morning, katie. go to bed.” but gosh darn it, this is a procrastination blog, and that means i’ll put off anything in the name of baking– even sleep! so let’s pick up where we left off: shortbread.

this shortbread is light and buttery and would be delightful on its own, but it’ll serve as the crust and crumble top to the tangy sweet blueberry spread we made earlier today in this post. let’s go!

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