Author Archives: James

The Tale of Two Air Fryer Turkey Breasts

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine was good and busy. I had a couple of baking orders to complete and briefly visited with friends.

Herb Butter Turkey Breast

This year I decided to cook my turkey breast in the air fryer. The air fryer turkey breast recipe I uaed called for a 4 and change pound turkey breast whixh I was able to find for under $10 at Target. I bought two turkey breasts. I coated the first breast with herb butter, a mixture of 2 room temperature sticks of butter, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, Creole seasoning, basil. oregano, and garlic powder. I cooked it on its side for 20 minutes then I flipped it over on the other side to cook for 30 minutes then checked it with the instant read digital thermometer to ensure the breast reached a cooked temperature of 150 degrees.

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Turkey Breast Seasoned with Poultry Seasoning

For the second breast, I stuck closer to the original recipe and coated it with olive oil, Creole seasoning, salt, and a poultry seasoning rub. I followed the same process for cooking the turkey breast as shown above.

Both turkey breast were moist and delicious. I will definitely do this again. I am partial to seasoning the turkey breast with the herb butter as it gave it a richer flavor. It is amazing how a small turkey breast can make the whole house smell like a 20 pound bird.

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Air Fryer Marinated Party Wings

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I was gifted an air fryer last year and it sat in my closet for over a year. I recently read an air fryer bacon recipe and had to try it. I was quite pleased with the results.

Soon after, I stepped up my air fryer game to the larger PowerXL air fryer with the 7 quart basket.

I recently used my favorite easy grilled chicken marinade recipe to marinate some party wings for the air fryer and they came out amazing.

I look forward to air frying a turkey breast for Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for photos.

Holiday Baking List 2020

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I am baking this holiday season!

If you would like to place an order, please email me at simplyjazzATgmail.com.

LOCAL ORDERS ONLY!!!!

Please allow 5-7 days in advance for all orders. Orders for Christmas need to be placed no later than 12/17/2020.

Orders need to paid for in advance of pickup. I accept Cash App and Venmo.

Featured Desserts

McNannygocious Pound Cake – $30

Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake – $35

7 Up Cake – $35

Eggnog Pound Cake – $30

Rum Cake – $35

Eggnog Rum Cake – $40

Chocolate Eggnog Rum Cake $40

Lunchroom Butter Cookies – 6 for $12/a baker’s dozen for $24

Chocolate Chip Cookies – 6 for $12/a baker’s dozen for $24

Banana Bread or Banana Chocolate Chip Cherry Bread – $30

Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups Wheat flour, white, all-purpose, enriched, bleached
½ teaspoon Leavening agents, baking soda
½ teaspoon Salt, table
¾ cup Butter, without salt
1 cup Sugars, brown
½ cup Sugars, granulated
1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
1 Egg, whole, raw, fresh
1 Egg, yolk, raw, fresh
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Step 2 – Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Step 3 – In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Step 4 – Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Baker’s Note: These have become my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I have added nuts and bacon to the recipe (not at the same time..haha.) I recently used salted caramel chips and the result was delicious!

Chicago Public School Cafeteria Butter Cookies

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Chicago Public School Cafeteria Butter Cookies

From Food.com

Ingredients

1 cup softened butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I sometimes use lemon extract)
1 pinch salt
4 teaspoons sugar (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
3. Mix in vanilla extract.
4. Mix in flour gradually.
5. Using a small cookie scoop, roll dough into balls and slightly flatten on ungreased cookie sheets.
6. Flatten cookies with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar if desired.
7. Bake until golden brown (approximately 12-15 minutes.
8. Makes about 2 dozen.

Bourbon Cake

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1 cup of butter (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
3 cups sifted Cake Flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup bourbon (I like Maker’s 46 or Four Roses Single Barrel)
1 package of Jell-O French Vanilla pudding

Cream butter, gradually add sugar, creaming until light and fluffy. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Add eggs one at a time to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with milk and flavoring, beating after each addition until smooth. Add package of French Vanilla pudding, and bourbon and mix well together. Pour batter into a greased 12-cup bundt pan. Bake at 350º for 55 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove and place on a wire cooling rack with wax paper under and let cool before putting on the glaze.

Bourbon Glaze #1

2 sticks of butter
1/2 granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup Karo syrup
1 cup of bourbon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Melt butter in saucepan until lightly boiled (do not overheat). Add powdered sugar slowly with a wire wisk then add granulated sugar. Once dissolved under low heat, add brown sugar. After the brown sugar has dissolved, add Karo syrup. Keep stirring with wire wisk. Bring to a light boil. Add bourbon and bring to a boil while stirring with a whisk. Remove from heat and wisk in the vanilla extract. Add more powdered sugar or use less bourbon for a thicker glaze.

Drizzle and brush the glaze over the cake. Continue to brush the cake with glaze that has ran down the side. Let dry and serve.

Bourbon Glaze #2

2 cups powdered sugar
A few tablespoons of milk
A few tablespoons of bourbon

I use a measuring cup to put all the ingredients then mix with an electric hand mixer to get the glaze to the thickness I desire. Place wax paper under wire rack. Place cooled cake on the wire rack and pour glaze over cake until completely covered and let it dry.

Hearts and Stars…..

Hearts, stars, and chocolate! Oh my!!! I have been making the Half Hearted Valentine Cookies for many years now and every year, I learn something new. This year, I learned that the thicker cookies hold up better and are easier to release from the cookie cutters. The thinner cookies are harder to pick up and put on the cookie sheets. They also brown faster than the thicker cookies. You notice there are a few star shaped cookies too! I got a set of star shaped cookie cutters on clearance at Crate and Barrel right after Christmas. Enjoy!!!

Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I started making this cake a couple of years ago after having a slice of Charlie Frank’s Key Lime Pound Cake.

I adapted this recipe from this Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe. The 10 cup Fleur-de-Lis cake bundt pan makes for a lovely presentation but the 12 cup bundt will hold all the batter. I used 3 sticks of butter instead of 2 1/4 sticks. I also doubled the amount of sugar and lime juice for the glaze because I am a little heavy handed with my brush.

Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Ingredients:

For the Pound Cake:

3 1/4 cups cake flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 sticks of unsalted butter
8 oz. cream cheese
3 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. very finely grated lime zest

For the Glaze:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Garnish:

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Instructions:

Have all ingredients at room temperature. Position oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 325 degrees F (160 C). Grease and flour a 9 or 12-inch bundt pan or Fleur-de-Lis* cake pan.

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.

With an electric mixer, fitted with a flat beater, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 30-40 seconds. Add 3 cups of the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stop mixer and scrape bowl occasionally. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and 3 tbsp. lime juice (or regular fresh squeezed lime juice). Reduce speed to low. Fold in flour, baking soda, and salt mixture in 3 additions, blending each addition just until smooth, stop mixer and scrape bowl occasionally. Fold in lime zest.

Spoon batter into prepared pan, making sides higher than in center. Bake until cake is golden, and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool upright in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto cooling rack with waxed or parchment paper placed underneath rack, and glaze.

Makes 12-16 servings.

Lime Glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup fresh lime juice and 1 1/2 cups sugar until blended. Set rack over a sheet of waxed paper, Generously brush cooled cake with glaze. After glaze has set; approximately 10 minutes, lightly sprinkle cake with confectioners’ sugar.

Notes:

Nordic Ware’s Fleur-de-Lis cake pan can be purchased at Nordic Ware’s website at: http://www.nordicware.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I am always amazed by number of people who will visit my website over the next week for dessert recipes as we all prepare for Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for stopping by. I do not get to update this site much but it holds its own. I am wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and good baking!!! Please send me some of your favorite recipes and I will post them. Enjoy!!!

Lemon Icebox Pie

The last Lemon Icebox Pie of the season.

I made a couple of pound cakes for a friend’s mom in late winter. I delivered them and she told me that I needed to learn how to make a lemon icebox pie. Being a baker who does love a challenge, I researched on the internet and found a recipe that I liked. It was really simple to make and no baking was required. I made a couple for Easter and a few during the summer. However, the photo above is the last lemon icebox pie for the year. I made it for my friend’s mom who inspired me to learn about lemon icebox pie. I took it over to her and she was totally surprised and quite pleased. She said it was her favorite dessert. That truly warmed my heart.

I used Emeril Lagasse’s Lemon Icebox Pie recipe as shown below.

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (14-ounce) can condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 prepared graham cracker crust

Directions

Combine the cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix on medium speed until smooth. Pour into the pie crust. Refrigerate overnight.

Note: I actually froze mine overnight then put it in refrigerator a few hours before serving so it would still be firm. I want to try it with limes too!

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/lemon-icebox-pie-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback