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Jan 4, 2020

Your Photos/My Recipes (January)

How exciting to see that my recipes are being made all over the world! I appreciate it when someone takes the time to send a photo and I love knowing where you are from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

JERI MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD & CINNAMON ROLLS

 “Love your recipes. I made both your No Knead bread and your Cinnamon Roll recipes. They are both wonderful thank you. I love your cheerful videos for them also. So upbeat. Thank you. ~ Jeri.”

~ Thank you so much for you photos. They will surely inspire many more bakers. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead BreadJenny Can Cook Cinnamon Rolls

KRISTI MADE MY DARK CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES

 “Jenny another marvelous recipe ‼️ 💕Kristi Ham 💕”

~ They look really good! Thank you for the photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Fudge Brownies

LOANNE MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

~ Thank you for the great photos. ~ jennyFaster No Knead Bread Recipe

Best No Knead Bread

LARRY (from Illinois) MADE MY APPLE PIE BARS & PACZKI

 “Greetings from Illinois. Made the apple pie bars the other day. Tasted great! and only have 1 piece left. …….used a round pan and mine looked more like a pie.  Thanks for the recipe! and I got 2 thumbs up from 2 really good cooks! ~ Larry”

~ Thank you for your photos and I’m glad you’re having fun. Thumbs up from me, too – I love these bars (aka pie!). ~ jenny

Jenny Can Cook Apple Pie Bars

“Greetings from Illinois! Just finished another batch of PP. Turned out great again. And I am really having FUN! I over filled  one of the doughnut molds (on purpose) with the Pączki dough and it looked almost like a muffin with a small hole on top. Filled a silicone sphere ice cube mold with the dough (just a little too much) and apple butter…….it was almost round. It started to push the 2 molds apart and come out the top. These shot glass molds were frozen/ a mix of oats and ground coffee. Tried to bake them later but they slumped. (but didn’t blow up) Haven’t tried the PP dough in the shot glass molds yet,but I did try the red velvet cup cakes (tasted great!) but couldn’t get them out of the mold in one piece. ~ (K) Larry

Jenny Can Cook Polish Paczki

KRISTI MADE MY BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

 “Loved these biscuits… Jenny can I cut them and freeze the dough ? 💕Kristi Ham 💕”

~ They look perfect. I have only frozen mine after baking but you could look online for a better answer. Thank you for the great photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Buttermilk Biscuits

IAN (from Canada) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

 “Great bread, even better with homemade strawberry jam. Even we older men (76) can make this. Ottawa, Canada.”

~ Now that is a handsome loaf of bread right there. Thanks from a fellow Canuck (73). 🇨🇦  ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead Bread

JAMIE (from Texas) MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

 “No Knead Bread … that I really need. 😉 Thank you, Jenny, for this recipe! This is my second loaf, and I have the dough for a third one sitting in a bowl on my counter. It seems to be becoming part of my nightly routine to take 5 minutes, if that, to prep the dough for dinner the next day. It’s so easy; I’m almost embarrassed for myself that I was hesitant and uncertain about whether I could make a delicious loaf of bread or not. I don’t have a Dutch oven, so I cook mine in one of my metal pots that can go into the oven as well, and with fantastic results. So yummy!” All the best, Jamie from Texas.”

~ Thanks for the photo and especially for the helpful detail about your pot. ~ jennyFaster No Knead Bread

PATTY MADE MY MEATLOAF

“Absolutely the best ever. Will be making this monthly. So moist and melts in your mouth. Thanks Jenny!”

~ I’m glad you like it and thank you for your terrific photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Meatloaf

LARRY (from Illinois) MADE MY POLISH PACZKI INTO DOUGHNUTS

“Greetings from Illinois! Just finished my second batch of PP. Turned out great again. The dough is very forgiving…..they looked  “rough” going into the oven. I just got my silicone doughnut molds a couple days  ago and put some dough in one to try them out. I only filled it with apple butter on one side. It was a little thick, but I have been using a heat lamp with the fast rise yeast and getting  good results. Just did the deep dish pizza (12 hour)  start to finish in 3 hours. ~ Larry.”

~ It’s great for everyone to know that this dough works in a mold as well. Thank you for sharing this. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Polish Donuts

LARRY (from Illinois) MADE MY POLISH PACZKI

“Greetings from Il! This was my first attempt at Pączki. Turned out great! Good enough to give away a few. ~ Larry”

~ They look fantastic. Thank you very much for your photo. ~ jenny

Jenny Can Cook Paczki

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TABITHA (from North Carolina) MADE MY GRANOLA

“Happy New Year Jenny, I just made your granola recipe to bag up to take to work for snacking. ❤️ Tabitha from NC.”

~ Happy New Year back to you and thanks so much for starting it of with a great photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Homemade Granola

Jan 4, 2020

How To Restore Crusty Bread

How To Restore Crusty BreadFor anyone wondering how to re-crisp a crusty loaf of bread, here’s how I do it. A lot of us are making no knead breads and the crusts don’t stay crispy forever. My way of restoring the crust is to put it back in the oven but you don’t want to dry out the cut side. Once the loaf is cut I press some foil on the cut side and place the loaf cut side down directly on the oven rack (the oven should be preheated to 325°F). I tried spraying the crust with water first and it didn’t seem to make much difference. Bake the loaf for 6 or 7 minutes and it will crisp right back up.

For lots more in my “How To Guide” click here.

Dec 21, 2019

Wrapping Christmas Presents

Caramel Corn for Chrismas GiftsI’m wrapping Christmas presents today. It’s not Christmas yet but everyone is asking when I’m going to make my caramel corn so today is the day for making homemade caramel corn for Christmas gifts. My first batch is done and cooled.

To keep if fresh I pack it in a zip top plastic bag first and then wrap it with cellophane tied with pretty ribbons. This way it’s easy for people to snack on and save some for later but I hear that it’s mostly gone in the first pass.

Every Christmas I give a variety of gifts to everyone in my life but this caramel corn is the gift that gets the most raves. Sadly, no matter how much I make there never seems to be enough. That could be due to the constant sampling that goes on when my back is turned. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 15, 2019

Easy One Pan Dinner

Easy One Pan MealsI’m loving my easy one pan meals, especially now around the holidays when there’s lots to do so recipes like this are just what I need. Everything cooks in the pan and it couldn’t be any easier. The marinade is simple… just olive oil, fresh lemon juice, lots of garlic, oregano and salt. Did I mention it’s Greek style? (oregano = Greek!).

There’s no fuss with this easy sheet pan dinner. I marinate the chicken and potatoes while the oven heats up and then when they bake in the marinade, they soak up all those wonderful flavors. It bakes all by itself so you can do other things, like make a salad. You only stir it once when you add the beans.

Speaking of beans, I don’t know what happened to regular green beans lately but they are terrible, usually dry, full of dark spots and sometime even hollow inside. I actually stopped eating green beans until I discovered French ones. French green beans usually come in a bag with no preparation needed and they are smaller, more tender, they cook faster, taste better, and they definitely look better.

If you’re as busy as I am this month, try this easy one pan Greek Lemon Chicken, Potatoes, and Green Beans. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Dec 1, 2019

My Recipes by You (December)

I’m always thrilled to see photos of my recipes being made all over the world! That’s why it’s great to see where you are from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

DEBRA MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“No knead bread!..soo crusty yummm.”

~ Thanks so much for the photo and Happy New Year! ~ jenny

MARK MADE MY FASTER NO KNEAD BREAD

“Jenny Jones, we have a problem”……this is WAAAY too good and WAAAY too easy! So much for swearing off bread!! Measured everything by weight using KA’s bread flour. Was probably a bit ‘heavy’ on the yeast, but no issue. Added 1+ tbsp of organic honey as last ingredient before it rested for 3 hours, then patted it out and sprinkled some cinnamon-butter-sugar-flour before the final roll-up. Will make wonderful French toast, but probably won’t last that long! Tomorrow ….another day…..another loaf.”

~ It’s great for all of us to see how many variations can be used and they always turn out. Thanks a lot for your photo. ~ jennyJenny Can Cook No Knead Bread

MICHELE MADE MY HOMEMADE APPLE PIE

“Wow!!! I was so surprised as to how good my first apple pie came out. I even treated myself to my own personalized pie dish and waited two years to do it!!! Duh!! I gave my husband an option, if he wanted a healthier apple pie or the fattening kind. And he wanted no butter style. I’m so glad he picked yours. We will never buy store bought pie again. The dough wasn’t big enough to lie over the edges so I did the old nip and tuck and didn’t even burn without anything covering it up. This pie plate was bigger then the average I think. I love your healthy ways and am looking through your recipes for the next one to make. Can’t wait… Thank you, Michele Mastrangelo.”

~ That’s a pretty amazing first apple pie. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story. ~ jennyHealthy Homemade Apple PieEasy Apple Pie Oil Crust

NICOLE’S SON, BRADY MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD

“Hi Jenny! Have loved your videos for awhile now and was finally brave enough to try the no-knead bread about a week ago. My water was probably too hot and I forgot to preheat my dutch oven with the oven. Husband loved it, but without knowing what I did wrong, my son told me he could do better. I’ll spare you photos of my pale dense flop but am attaching photos of my 15 year old son Brady’s beautiful loaf. I showed him your video and gently supervised, he did the rest, even ignoring my advice to “stop jabbing the dough so much”. Thanks for making easy to follow fun videos and encouraging people to cook/bake. We will definitely be trying more. ~ Nicole Bailey.”

~ Great job, Brady! I love seeing young people learning to cook. Keep it up!! ~ jennyFast No Knead Bread Jenny Can CookEasy No Knead Bread Recipe

Nov 17, 2019

Christmas Snowball Cookies are So Easy To Make

Easy Christmas Snowball CookiesEveryone is making these easy Christmas cookies but it’s not even Thanksiving yet! What gives? I guess you’re all just testing them out to make sure they’ll turn out during the holidays. The only way to know for sure is to test out the recipe in advance and eat as many as you can because, you know, you can’t be too sure. I’m “testing them out” today and I can report that they did turn out really well. It’s just a public service I thought I should provide for everyone. 😉 I can confirm that this is the easiest recipe ever for Christmas pecan balls, so easy that even amateur cooks are making them. “I didn’t know they were so easy to make,” they say.

And there’s more. These delicious little Christmas treats keep really well so you can make them in advance, and they freeze well too. It just keeps getting better. They are sometimes called pecan balls, snowballs, or Mexican wedding cookies. I’ll just call them easy. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Nov 10, 2019

Spiral Chocolate Cinnamon Christmas Bread

Chocolate Cinnamon Raisin Spiral Christmas BreadI only make this holiday bread once a year (okay, maybe twice 😋) because it may be called bread but let’s face it… it’s dessert. Here are a few progress photos of how to make my Spiral Chocolate Cinnamon Christmas Bread. First, you divide the dough in half, roll & press each half into a rough 9 x 9-inch square, and spread the chocolate/butter mixture all the way to the edges.

Chocolate Spiral Christmas Bread

Next, you cover each half with the brown sugar/cinnamon/cocoa mixture, all the way to the edges.

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Now roll each of them up, starting at the right and left edges, rolling them towards each other. It’s a little messy but that’s okay. Oh, one more thing. You can also scatter about 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on each half before rolling them up.

How To Make Spiral Bread

The fun part is twisting the logs into a loaf. Bring the logs together (it doesn’t matter where the seams go) and twist them together 3 or 4 times (like you’re wringing out a towel) to make a spiral, but messy, loaf. Tuck the edges under and plop it into your parchment paper-lined loaf pan.

How To Make Chocolate BreadBake for 30 minutes but after 15 minutes, put a foil tent on top to avoid over-browning. I hope these photos are helpful. For the recipe click here.Jenny Jones 

Nov 1, 2019

Who’s Making My Recipes in November?

I loved seeing photos of my recipes being made all over the world! That’s why it’s great to see where you are from. Please send your photo to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com

JENNIFER (from Toronto) MADE MY OVEN BAKED DOUGHNUTS

“Hi Jenny, My niece loves donuts (who doesn’t?) so I picked up a pan yesterday and made them today. I used the substitute listed on your site for buttermilk (milk and sour cream) and they we’re awesome. 🍩💜🍩 Thank you! ~ Jennifer from the gta.”

~ Thanks so much for your photo. I am from just down the 401- London! 🇨🇦 ~ jennyOven Baked Donuts Jenny Can Cook

TRACEY MADE MY CHOCOLATE CINNAMON CHRISTMAS BREAD

“Hi Jenny,  the pros and cons of your recipes – Pros: they always turn out great, Cons: everyone wants one, the finished product I mean not the recipe.  Thank you for all your hard work in the kitchen !”

~ Wow, it looks perfect and I appreciate the before and after photos. Happy Holidays! ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Christmas BreadChocolate Cinnamon Bread

STACEY MADE MY QUICK & EASY CHOCOLATE CAKE

“Hi Jenny! Pleased to report yet another success story – the chocolate cake & frosting recipes were truly easy and fast – it is hard to believe that they taste so good as well. (We added gold sprinkles for ‘flair’ in honor of National Cake Day!) I am now three for three in bringing the hits … your no-knead breads & pizzas were also well received. Next on the line up is Cinnamon Rolls – I feel pretty good about securing some ‘Most Popular’ status with the Family! 🤗 Thank you for your efforts to create, fine hone and share these recipes. The videos are precise, funny and inviting. I adore that my son has engaged in the experience – double super Bonus! Please keep doing what you love. Regards, Stacey.”

~ I love the sprinkles, and so glad to know your son is learning to cook. Thanks for the beautiful photo! ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Chocolate Cake

TABITHA (from North Carolina) MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS

“Waiting to put the icing on, already claiming that middle bun!!! Thanks Jenny! Tabitha from NC.”

~ Thank you for your lovely photo. I noticed that the middle one is the biggest… just sayin’ 🙂 ~ jennyJenny Can Cook Cinnamon Rolls

GARY (from England) MADE MY BRAIDED CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD

“Hi Jenny, I’m Gary, A new fan of yours from here from England, UK. I made your Cinnamon Raisin bread ( Cinnamon Tunnel Bread), all by hand as I don’t have a mixer. It turned out wonderful – my kids said it was the best thing they had ever eaten – and I agree with them. The only problem is that they said I must make one every day lol. Loving your videos and recipes. Best Wishes, Gary.”

~ It looks fantastic! I could make it every day myself. Thank you for your photo. ~ jennyCinnamon Raisin Bread Jenny Can Cook

Oct 28, 2019

Homemade Pecan Pie Bars

Homemade Pecan Pie Bars from Jenny Can CookWhat can I say? This is not a dessert to have every day but for holiday baking, pecan pie is a must. But I prefer pecan pie bars because the bars can be cut into smaller pieces than a round pie and no one should eat big pieces of pecan pie! I always use an oil crust and my oil of choice is cold pressed avocado oil. I tried using maple syrup in the filling but did not like the result so I went with the traditional corn syrup, which, by the way, is not the same a high fructose corn syrup.

I only make pecan pie or pecan pie bars twice a year for Thanksgiving and Christmas and it’s a good thing because holiday recipes can be dangerous to have around. This recipe is really simple with just the basic ingredients so it comes together quickly. What I can’t figure out is why my pecans sometimes rise to the top and sometimes don’t, but these easy pecan pie bars are always so gooey and sweet and delicious. Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones