What the hell is up with this weather? I though that December’s snow storm was a fluke, but what with yesterday’s snow storm and the upcoming blizzard it seems like this winter is just itching to show us what a real winter is.
So yes, in case you didn’t know, they’re predicting a ton of snow this weekend – like, a 35% chance of 6-12 inches, and a 35% change of more than 12 inches. It’s looking like it might be a perfect chance for a snow baking weekend – you’ll be holed up in your house, with plenty of time to try challenging recipes.
I already wrote up what to bake during the first Snowpocalypse back in December, so here’s the update: what to bake during Snowpocalypse II:
- I suggested that you try to make croissants during the first Snowpocalypse – the layered dough requires quite a bit of time and attention, so it’s good for a day when you’ll be home. So why not try to make puff pastry, another time-intensive laminated dough, during Snowpocalypse II? This would be excellent cut into strips, twisted, baked, brushed with melted butter, and then coated in cinnamon sugar for a tasty snow-day treat. Check out this puff pastry recipe from Emeril.
- Speaking of sugar-coated dough, don’t these popovers coated in sugar from David Lebovitz look like an amazing way to start your snow-filled day? I’d serve these with scrambled eggs and bacon for a hearty breakfast before going and playing in the snow.
- I fell in love with this New York Times recipe for Heavenly Hots – feather light pancakes with sour cream and cake flour – and I think they’d be prefect for a snow-day breakfast. These pancakes remind me of the ricotta pancakes my father used to make us growing up – they were small, extremely light and just slightly tangy from the ricotta. They’re a perfect breakfast for a chilly day.
- I was trying to think of a hearty cookie that would go really well with a cup of hot chocolate, and I think Laura Bushes’ Chocolate Chunk Cookies just might be it. These cookies have everything – sweet-tart dried sour cherries, chunks of chocolate, oatmeal, and just a hint of cinnamon. But they’re not overly chocolatey, so I think they would marry well with a cup of hot chocolate. For hot chocolate recipes, check up my roundup on hot chocolate recipes for the Snowpocalypse.
- I just made Winter Citrus Cupcakes last weekend and I loved them – the cake and the frosting are a lovely use of winter citrus. But they’re definitely time consuming, especially if you make the lemon curd from scratch, like I did. I think they’d be a good snow day project, especially if you have some extra lemons and oranges on hand that you want to use up.
So do you think we’re actually going to get 12 plus inches of snow? And, if so, what are you planning to bake or cook during the snowy weekend?