Category Archives: Bakery

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread

A sturdy shortbread that packs and ships well, this shortbread can be made in a large pan and cut into bars or squares. The brown sugar adds a more old-fashioned flavor, and this is how shortbread was made in the South.
Makes 16 bars or squares
Prep: 10 to 15 minutes
Bake: 35 to 45 minutes
Ingredients:
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
Cinnamon topping (optional):
1 teaspoon granulated sugar mixed with dash of cinnamon
Directions:
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Place the flour, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Cut the butter into tablespoons and scatter in the processor bowl. Pulse 15 to 20 times, or until the butter is incorporated and the dough starts to come together but is still crumbly.
3. Press the dough into the bottom of an ungreased 8- or 9-inch square metal baking pan. Prick the dough about 12 times with a fork. Place the pan in the oven.
4. Bake until the shortbread is golden brown, from 35 to 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. If desired, sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar over the top. Cut the shortbread into squares while warm. Let cool completely before packing or serving.

Refrigerator Lace Cookies

Refrigerator Lace Cookies

This recipe is from American Cookie, by Anne Byrn. Want more? Buy Anne’s newest cookbook here or call us at 877-653-6455 and one of our Old Mill Customer Service operators will be happy to order it for you! You can also find her other cookbooks here!
Makes 4 dozen 2- 2 ½-inch cookies
Prep: 15 to 20 minutes
Chill: 12 to 24 hours
Bake: 8 to 10 minutes
Ingredients:
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
½ cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1 tablespoon whole milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest (from 1 medium lemon)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
Directions:
1. Place the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter in a large bowl, and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is well blended, 1 minute. Beat in the egg, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest, until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the oats on low speed, just till combined. Set aside.
2. Place the flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium-size bowl, and stir to combine with a fork. Add to the oats mixture in two batches, beating on low just until the flour is blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
3. Place a 16- to 17-inch piece of waxed paper on a countertop. Drop spoonfuls of dough lengthwise on the paper, making a line about 12 inches long. Fold paper lengthwise over dough and make a log, rolling to about 1 ¾ to 2 inches in diameter and 13 to 14 inches long. Place the log in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours.
4. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F.
5. Remove the dough from the fridge, and place on a cutting surface. Remove the waxed paper. Cut the dough into ¼-inch slices and place on the pan 2 ½ inches apart. Place a pan in the oven.
6. Bake the cookies until the edges are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan no longer than 1 minute. Remove to the rack with a metal spatula and cool. Store in a tightly covered container for up to 1 week.

Old-Fashioned Cornbread

Old-Fashioned Cornbread

 
Makes 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Bake: 25 to 30 minutes
Ingredients:
1 large egg
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons for the skillet
Directions:
  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the cornmeal in a large bowl, and stir in the egg, buttermilk, and 1/4 cup oil until just combined.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and place over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, pour the batter into the skillet, and place the pan in the oven. Bake until the top is firm to the touch and the sides are well browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Turn out onto a board and slice into wedges. Serve warm.
For a 12-inch skillet – bake 20 to 25 minutes
Note:
For True Southern Cornbread (without an egg), use 2 cups The Old Mill Self-Rising White Cornmeal, 1 3/4 cups buttermilk, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Jalapeno Cornbread Squares with Festive Toppings

Cornbread has been the backbone of the Smoky Mountain foodways for a long time. It was the bread that extended the everyday meal, making simple provisions more filling and interesting. But cornbread can be transported to the modern-day kitchen, too, where it is the perfect foil for festive holiday toppings of black eyed pea relish, pimento cheese, and sweet-hot pepper jelly. These country-style canapés are vegetarian-friendly and an easy do-ahead appetizer for busy holiday entertaining. They are the perfect accompaniment to ham, smoked turkey, even bowls of chili.

Jalapeno Cornbread Squares with Festive Toppings

Makes about 12 servings (about 54 squares)
Prep time: 20 to 25 minutes
Bake time: 15 to 20 minutes
Ingredients:
Cornbread:
2 large eggs
1 cup cream-style corn (frozen or canned)
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup shredded Cheddar or a Monterey Jack and Cheddar blend
Optional: 1 teaspoon diced jalapeno pepper and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Toppings:
1 cup prepared pimento cheese
1/4 cup pepper jelly, if desired
Thinly sliced ham and fresh figs
Directions:
1. Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Mist a 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan with vegetable oil spray, and set the pan aside.
2. Place the cornbread mix, eggs, cream-style corn, buttermilk, and oil in a large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula to just combine, 1 minute. Do not over-mix. Fold in the green onions and cheese, and the jalapeno pepper and black pepper if you like it spicier. Turn the batter into the prepared pan.
3. Place the pan in the oven, and bake until the cornbread is golden brown and springs back in the center when lightly pressed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and let the cornbread cool completely in the pan, 1 hour.
4. When ready to assemble, cut the cornbread into about 54 squares. Remove the squares to a large tray or sheet pan. Top some of the squares with a teaspoon of black eyed pea relish and the others with a teaspoon of pimento cheese. Top the pimento cheese-covered squares with a dab of pepper jelly, if desired, or candied pepper slices. Top the rest with thinly sliced ham or prosciutto rolled up into a little rose alongside a thin slice of fig. Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.