Blog

Blog

Dec 14, 2016

A Christmas Gift Everyone Loves

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas I can tell you from experience that everyone I know loves to receive homemade goodies. Cookies, breads, cupcakes, biscotti… you can hardly go wrong. And then there’s homemade caramel corn. OMG! This is a gift that everyone absolutely loves! It’s super crispy, light, and so delicious! That’s what I give every Christmas and people start asking me in October if I’m making caramel corn again this year. That’s because there is no store-bought product that even comes close. And my recipe is simple. You don’t need a candy thermometer or any fancy equipment.

I just pop the corn in the microwave (my paper bag method) and stir in an easy syrup (made in five minutes) with butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and corn syrup (this is not high fructose corn syrup – they are not the same). Then you stir it up and bake it. I don’t make it for myself very often because I can’t stop eating it. So it’s a Christmas treat for me too. If you want to feel like Santa Claus next week and see big smiles on happy faces, give homemade caramel corn. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 5, 2016

These are Some Big Cookies

crispy_oatmeal_chocolate_chip_cookiesHere’s a closeup of my Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are big! These are the ones made with 100% whole grains and no butter. Before baking you press them flat with a fork and they spread even more when they bake and come out super thin and crispy. I made them last night and the recipe makes twelve. There are five left. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 1, 2016

Your Photos – Love it! (December)

What a treat to see your photos of my recipes. My thanks to everyone for sharing them. Feel free to include where you are from and send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

CARIANNE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD & CRUSTY ROLLS
“Hello Jenny, So I made your Faster No Knead Bread for Christmas. Mmmm it was easy and tasted great! So today I thought I’d try the No Knead Crusty Rolls too. But I really liked how the bread came out of my Dutch Oven so I stuffed them in there. 😊 I found a pie pan that was the same size as the Dutch Oven to let the dough rise in while the Dutch Oven heated in my oven (just so it would fit). I also brushed them with Butter as you can see. I was planning to show the before and after pics but…..they were so pretty and good they got eaten before I remembered to take the after pic. Thank you for the recipes and have a wonderful New Year Jenny!”

NIKTA MADE MY PECAN BALLS (SNOWBALLS)
“I made these before Christmas and everyone loved them, specially my two year old grandnephew, who asked me “come house, bring cake pops!” Here I am, making a double batch! Thanks for all the inspirations, Jenny!”

TRACEY MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“Dear Jenny, I’m also a London girl and your buns turned out great. Each step you gave made it so easy not too mess up ! Even my French sister-in-laws don’t have a problem, without needing to understand English.  Keep up the good work, we never get tired of your videos or recipes. Thank you Tracey.”

EVELYN MADE MY CHRISTMAS PECAN BALLS
“These will disappeared as soon I serve them for Christmas party tonight. Thank you for sharing.”

GHIMIE88 MADE 3 NO KNEAD BREADS: PLAIN, RYE, AND OLIVE-CAPER
“I made Jenny’s no knead artisan bread again tonight. Fail-proof recipe ~ turns out well every time, and my family finishes it in no time and asks for more! Inside is soft with some nice big holes – make me feel like a pro! 🙂 THANK YOU, JENNY! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.”

“Jenny, I baked your Rye Bread. I made a stencil with a piece of white paper and sprinkle letters with cocoa powder. I love your recipes- thank you!”

“Jenny’s No Knead Bread recipe is the BEST! I have added different fruits and nuts at different times, and all turned out delicious. This bread has olives and capers (I have too much capers in my fridge). I often give this  bread away as a gift, wrapped in wax paper and a string ribbon tied around it, then placed in a zip-lock bag. Practical, edible, delicious gift appreciated by family and friends who received it. On Thanksgiving, i woke up early to bake this bread in my relatives’ home. I wanted to do something nice for them as a guest. My relatives were so excited about the bread. We sat around the table and ate the bread together, dipped in olive oil or butter on bread. Bread was gone in no time including the crumbs. Spending time together this way was so meaningful and memorable – THANK YOU SO MUCH, JENNY!”

MARIA MADE MY LEMON BROWNIES & CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD

JULIE MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
“Thank you so much, Jenny, for your cinnamon rolls recipe! These are the BEST cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made. They’re so fun, easy and quick to make! I’m so grateful to you because they are my family’s favorite dessert. I’d like to bake them for Christmas. The additional pics are to show the inside and how delicious and soft the roll is/looks. Happy Holidays, Jenny!”

NIKTA MADE MY WHOLE WHEAT NO KNEAD BREAD
“Another success! This time, I made your no knead whole wheat bread (with one cup of white). Thanks and have a wonderful weekend, Nikta.”

JACEK MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny, My name is Jacek. I made your no knead bread and it’s great. Let me just add that I have next to no experience baking yet your recipe was easy to follow and delivered great results. Thank you and all the best.”

NOMIN MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“Dear Jenny, I love your recipes! My family and I in love with this easy healthy whole wheat bread!!!!  Me and my spouse stopped buying store breads since summer and now I can bake my own breads 🍞 Your are my savior! Thank you Jenny!”

KATHIE MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“Jenny, I made your simple whole wheat bread and it was wonderful. We ate the whole loaf in 2 days! Thank you for the easy and delicious recipes! I will be trying the whole wheat rolls for Christmas dinner! Happy Holidays!! Kathie Davis ~ Asheville, North Carolina.”

KATHY MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny! I finally made your no knead bread and it was easy and delicious! My family loved it! Thanks as always!”

ALI G MADE MY SIMPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITHOUT BUTTER
“Wow! Husband approved. I had Aldi cocoa, a Myer lemon and I cheated (putting 2 Tbsp butter ONLY in the glaze to thicken it). Thank you SO much. A dear friend whose beautiful little boy is deathly allergic to eggs will love this. Ours turned out delicious! May the LORD Bless and keep you always. Yummo! Only wish I could claim this recipe as my own. 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

ELIZABETH  MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny, so glad I discovered you on youtube. You are a very funny lady to watch! Last night I prepared some dough (half whole wheat and half white flour) and I put it in the oven this morning. Soooo easy! Even though I am Dutch myself, I never used my ‘dutch oven’ for baking bread, but I will from now on! I love this no-knead bread (ongekneed brood). Thank you for sharing this recipe! Elizabeth, from the Netherlands”

brood-elizabethADRIANA MADE MY PIZZA
“Hi Jenny, as I promised, I´m letting you know the great pizza I prepared today with your recipe. It´s the first time I make pizza, so I also decided to make a home made sauce and topped the pizza with sliced calamata olives. Used a rectangular pan because it was what I had available. I just baked it while we watch the Barcelona – Real Madrid game. My husband loooooved the pizza!! It´s just a delicious pizza. Thanks a lot Jenny! (I should have prepared two pizzas!! hahahahahaha)”

my-first-pizzaEFRAT MADE MY BUTTERMILK SPICE CAKE
“Hi. This cake is so delicious! And so easy to make. Thanks for another great recipe! Efrat (from Israel).”

img_20161201_140304

Nov 27, 2016

Spice Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Buttermilk Spice CakeI really enjoy this moist buttermilk cake, especially because it’s another one of my easy, one-bowl recipes. The combination of spices in the cake along with a mild cream cheese frosting really works for me and I always like any frosting I can make without butter, but it’s also good with chocolate frosting. (You can use the frosting from my zucchini chocolate cake.) It may not be a fancy special occasion cake but my favorite cakes are quick and easy so I mostly bake and frost in the same pan. However, it’s easy to transfer this cake onto a plate and frost the sides as well, like in my photo.

I kept the recipe simple using just all purpose flour but it’s hard to tell the difference between the 100% all purpose and the one made with half whole wheat pastry flour. This recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups of flour so I use 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour with 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of whole wheat pastry flour. If you like desserts without butter like I do, you should try this easy spice cake. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Nov 23, 2016

Thanksgiving ~ Gone to the Dogs

dogs

Nov 15, 2016

Simple Make Ahead Stuffing

Simple Bread StuffingIf you’ve ever cooked an entire Thanksgiving turkey dinner then you know it’s all about surviving. As far as I’m concerned, anyone who does it all from scratch deserves a one-week cruise in the Bahamas! I do it all from scratch: the turkey & mashed potatoes, the gravy, the stuffing, cranberries, green beans, and pumpkin pie. How do I survive? By doing everything I possibly can… in advance.

That includes the pumpkin pie, the fresh cranberries, the stuffing, and even the gravy. I make my gravy in advance and just stir in some of the turkey drippings before serving. To make the best gravy and stuffing, I need a good stock so here’s how I schedule my prep:

One week ahead: I bake my easy white bread with 1 Tbsp. sugar and dry it to make cubes for the stuffing. The dried cubes keep well for days but they must be completely dry.

Two days ahead: I make turkey stock using two turkey wings. I rub them with oil, salt & pepper, and roast them on a sheet at 375° F for an hour. Then I put the wings and drippings in a soup pot with about 8 cups of water and all the same veggies & spices as my chicken soup. I cook it for 3 hours, strain, cool & refrigerate. Then I skim the fat off the top before using. Oh, I take the meat off the wings for snacking – it’s delicious! I also cook the fresh cranberries.

One day ahead: I bake my pumpkin pie and make my gravy and stuffing.

Obviously, not everyone wants to work this hard so a store bought loaf of white bread is fine and you can use chicken stock (Swanson’s unsalted in the carton is good). Some people like to crisp the stuffing in the oven but I prefer it soft. It feels more like it was cooked inside the bird that way. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Filed Under: Holiday
5 Comments
Nov 13, 2016

Sunday Fruit & Nut Bread

no_knead_fruit_nut_breadSunday morning breakfast becomes Sunday brunch when I make my beloved no knead fruit & nut bread. I used the overnight method because I wanted it ready sooner than later this morning. There were two kinds of raisins in the pantry to so I mixed red and yellow ones and the nuts were toasted walnuts. The oven should be preheated to 450 and then reduced to 400 for baking because the sugar in the dough can cause the bottom to burn. So I tried something new this time and after the 30 minutes when you remove the lid and parchment paper to finish baking, I lifted out the bread and pushed down the parchment paper into the bottom of the pot. Then I placed the loaf back on the pile of parchment and finished the baking process for another 12-13 minutes. This was the best bottom crust I have made yet. And this is truly the best fruit & nut bread I have ever had. And it’s whole wheat! Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Nov 5, 2016

How to Keep Tortillas Soft

If your flour tortillas are too hard and won’t bend, it could be from not rolling them thin enough, the pan not being hot enough (cast iron is best), or not storing them properly. I store mine in a zip top plastic bag (put them in while they are still warm) and then close it up and remove all the air. Mine are always soft and every time I remove one, I close the bag back up, air removed each time. I keep them refrigerated this way for as long as 10 days. If you want to make your own fantastic homemade tortillas, click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Best Way To Keep Tortillas Soft

Nov 3, 2016

Easy Potato Soup

easy_potato_soupEven when it’s not cold outside, I still make my potato soup. Russet potatoes are best for this creamy comfort food and it only takes 1/2 hour to make. Cutting the potatoes into small 1/2-inch pieces helps it cook quickly and I always have my homemade chicken stock in the freezer for soups and stews. You don’t need cream to thicken this soup, only a little flour is all it takes.

Another thing I always have on hand is my (low fat) sour cream. Don’t all Polish people have sour cream at home? It seems like we eat everything with sour cream… cabbage rolls, pierogi, borscht, and potato soup. I always stir sour cream into this soup just before eating and if you want the full Polish experience (zupa ziemniaczana ~ but we called it zupa kartoflana) top it with a little freshly chopped dill. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Nov 1, 2016

Thanks for all the photos! – November

I love seeing all the photos of my recipes so please keep sending them in. Thank you to all my fellow cooks and feel free to include where you are from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

ELS MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Thank you Jenny! I used whole wheat Spelt to make this bread. The taste is fantastic! And after 30 minutes it came out of the oven looking like this 😀 I gave it another 7 min. Without the lid and paper, to be on the safe side. And after a very long half hour i cut in half… perfect👍 I love the way you do your video’s! So funny! Glad i found you! All the best, blessings and greetings from  Els Bongers The Netherlands.”

img_1156

MARIJA MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS
img_20161112_211103img_20161112_210811

BEEGE MADE MY FASTER NO KNEAD BREAD
“Unbelievable and fast, This is so easy I’m telling all my friends.”

jenny

ANN MADE MY SIMPLE MEAT SAUCE
“Jenny I made your meat sauce the other day and loved it. No more jar sauce for us! Thank you for the great recipes. Hope to see you in another video soon, I love watching them. Thank you,  Ann Butler.”

img_20161008_193255

EVA MADE MY ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CAKE
“Dear Jenny, I made your chocolate zucchini cake. Wow ! Its safe to say that this is the best chocolate cake i ever ate. What a great idea to include zucchini… It adds a wonderfully moist and fresh taste. I didnt have enough cocoa powder, so i used melted dark chocolate. As chocolate contains fat, i could skip the oil in the dough and the butter in the frosting. I ended up having a lot of frosting, so i decided to cut the cake in half and fill it with the leftover. Delicious ! Everybody who tried it loved it as much as i did . Best regards from Germany, Eva”

img_20161120_151031

EFRAT MADE MY PIZZA
“Hi 🙂 This is the first pizza I’ve ever made,  and it was so easy and tasty!  I didn’t add pepperoni, just mushrooms,  onion and olives,  but the pizza base is all yours.  We loved it,  many thanks! Efrat and Eran from Israel”

img-20161114-wa0016

NIKTA MADE MY EGG BREAD
“Egg Bread!”

img_1234

MIDGE MADE MY BLACK BREAD?
“No! I added some of King Arthur’s caramel powder to Jenny’s No Knead Rye Bread. Looked just like Russian black bread! A big hit with the Ukrainian of the house! 🙂 Midge Mudrowsky”

dscn0182

NIKTA MADE MY ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CAKE
img_1236

Page 5 of 59« First...34567...102030...Last »