With winter storm Jonas being touted as another Snowmageddon, and winter storm watches being issued across 14 states, the most important question to answer is: what baking projects should we undertake this weekend? There are a few things more delightful than having your oven going during a winter storm. The cozy warmth, the delicious smell of baked goods, and in many cases, the long amount of time that you might have to spend in your house means that undertaking a baking project is totally worth it!
My current cooking projects for this snowstorm include making Kung Pao chicken, cajun-spiced sweet potato fries, and hot buttered soft pretzels sprinkled with some sea salt. Finally, I want to slow-cook some steel oats with apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, a little bit of brown sugar, vanilla, and topped off with some pecans and raw apples – not only does this mean a pretty healthy breakfast, it will also make your house smell like apple pie! Here are some suggestions for some baking project you can undertake during a snowstorm:
- Cranberry-Orange Bread with an Orange Glaze – Nothing like the smell of baked bread to make you feel warm and cozy, and this one uses fruits that are currently in season. The tartness of the cranberries is a nice complement to the sweetness of the orange.
- Chocolate Souffle – Souffles actually do not take that long to bake. As long as you have a hand mixer or a stand mixer, these are quite straightforward. With a recipe by Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, these incredibly rich and decadent chocolate souffles are sure to hit the spot during a snowstorm. And since you will not be rushed, you can take your time to make sure that it turns out well.
- Cheese Souffle – The idea of sweet souffles does not do it for you? Try this savory version that you can make with either Gouda, Gruyere or Fontina Cheese, flavored with fresh thyme and lemon juice.
- Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Tart – Planning to have people over for a snowstorm party? Then this is the perfect candidate. This tart may take time, but the caramel, chocolate, and nuts means that you cannot go wrong with the end product.
- Lemon Blueberry Mini-Bundt Cake – Having some frozen fruits that you finally want to use? Try putting some of those summer berries in these mini cakes, and they will be acceptable both for breakfast and as a dessert!
- Apple Brandy Bread Pudding – Have a ton of leftover bread? Make this bread pudding, and if you do not have brandy or calvados on hand, you can substitute whiskey or bourbon or rum.
- Beignets – This is probably the best candidate for an extended weekend project. The dough needs to be a left for a few hours so that it rises and the end product is nice and airy. The only main thing you need for this a thermometer to measure the temperature of the oil in which you will be frying your beignets.
- Salted Caramel Popcorn – Planning a movie or TV marathon during the snowstorm, and are bored of regular old popcorn? Salted caramel popcorn is pretty straightforward to make, and unlike other kind of popcorn, you do not need to eat it all immediately!
- Homemade Dulce De Leche – Don’t want to spend a lot of effort in making something delicious? This dulce de leche takes a few hours, but involves minimal steps and hardly any prep. At the end of a few hours, your home will smell delicious, and you can spread this on fruits, or whatever else catches your fancy.
- Boozy Baked French Toast – Want to make a fancy breakfast? This french toast uses challah, and can be flavored with Frangelico (hazelnut), Chambord (raspberry), Creme de Cassis (black currant) or Grand Marnier (orange) depending on whatever you have lying around at home!
So what are some other things that you are thinking of cooking or baking during the snowstorm?