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irish soda bread!

procrastinating: taking the cat outside

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 45-50 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: ~ 75 minutes

Éirinn go brách, procrastibakers! it’s one of my favorite weeks– st. patrick’s week– and naturally, it’s gorgeous out. the sun is shining, the air is losing its wintery bite, and spring is just around the corner. and no one is as astutely aware of the nice weather as our cat, anna. every time i’m near the front door, she runs over, stands on her hind legs, and meows at me to try and go outside. all in due time, anna. going outside means putting on shoes, and non-pajama-like clothes, and i have to build up the energy to do all that.

the other tell-tale sign that it’s st. patrick’s week (yes, week, not DAY), is that i have the grocery list to prove it. corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, and naturally, irish soda bread. i could just pick up a loaf while at the store, but they’re never as perfect as you’d like– maybe no raisins, maybe too many caraway seeds, maybe too dense… i mean, if you ask me, there’s no such thing as bad irish soda bread, but i think i can do a better job on my own.

i’m not sure if either one of my irish grandmothers have a soda bread recipe, so mine’s just an amalgamation of “hmm, this seems like a good idea” and “this sounds right.” i think regardless of the turnout, they’re proud of me, but personally, i think we have a winner. note to my friends in ireland: this may not be traditional soda bread, but irish-american cuisine certainly has its place as well–so put on your shamrocks, procrastibakers, and let’s get goin!

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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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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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sugar cookie base

procrastinating: packing.

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 10 minutes (per batch)

cleanup time: 5 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 30 minutes

it’s sort of funny that my welcome-back blog post is also one of the last blog posts in the original procrastibake kitchen. that’s right, i’m leaving my apartment here in the heart of boston and going… well, somewhere new. and you know how it is when it’s time to pack up and leave– lots of packing, and throwing things away, and finding new nail holes in the wall to patch up. blargh.

anyway, why bother with silly (depressing) things like that when we could be baking, instead?

today’s recipe is a new favorite, and it’s one of the most versatile. sure, sugar cookies are delicious, and these are no exception. sweet without being TOO sugary, a hint of vanilla– they almost melt in your mouth, and are especially perfect paired with pumpkin coffee. thank you, dunkin donuts. BUT– these cookies are also the perfect base cookie: chocolate chip? macadamia nut? blueberry? maple? butterscotch? pumpkin? yes! as scrumptious as it is on its own, this base goes perfectly with whatever you decide to add to it. and, this recipe yields lots of cookie dough, so freeze it plain and you’ll be able to add fresh ingredients to your cookies as you acquire them!

let’s begin!

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burnt-sugar brown-butter cupcakes

procrastinating: getting ready for next semester

prep time: 40 minutes

cook time: ~25 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 75 minutes

hey procrastibakers! one week from today i’ll be back in the swing of classes and things– which means i’ll have lots more to procrastibake about! 🙂 i’m actually pretty excited– i’ve missed my friends from my program, and i’m looking forward to writing and teaching again. but with every new semester comes the inevitable barrage of chores: organizing, cleaning, reading, etc. i ripped out the pages of my planner to make it current after months of disuse; i wrote out my class schedule on fancy paper; and i decided to craft up this new recipe today.

this past weekend was wonderful for lots of reasons– one small reason being the burnt sugar and butter ice cream i got to try, which was freaking phenomenal, and the inspiration behind these cupcakes. burnt sugar and brown butter are sort of intimidating ingredients, just because they’re tricky to get right, but if you can do it, the flavors are deep and totally worth it. let’s give it a go!

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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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“i just figured if i was going to make the world a better place, i’d do it with cookies.”

hi procrastibakers!

today was a travel day for me, so i don’t have anything baked and exciting to share. however, i do have this clip from one of my favorite movies, stranger than fiction, featuring maggie gyllenhaal and will ferrell.

maggie gyllenhaal plays ana pascal, a bakery owner being audited by harold crick (ferrell). in the following scene, gyllenhaal’s character starts opening up to ferrell, admitting that she, too, was a procrastibaker in college.  love it.

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