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Auntie Meb’s Lemon-Cranberry-Pecan Cookies

In american, bakery, dessert, holiday, recipe, recommended on November 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here is a dessert recipe guaranteed to knock the socks off the host of your next potluck.

Auntie Meb’s Lemon-Cranberry-Pecan Cookies

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped fresh cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and lemon zest. Beat in egg and vanilla extract until combined; set aside. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Gently stir in pecans and cranberries. Drop by large teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing to cooling racks. Drizzle with lemon glaze. Eat with gusto.

Lemon Glaze:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
Fresh lemon juice, to taste

Add water if desired consistency can’t be reached with lemon juice alone. Glaze should be soft, neither stiff nor runny.


Something Natural

In bakery, breakfast, food, nantucket on August 31, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Vacation, especially a Nantucket summer vacation, should be as relaxing as possible. To that end, breakfast on the island has always been a casual affair in our family. Bread suffices to start the day, and there’s only one place to get it: Something Natural.

The bakery is housed in a classic island house, with shingles worn down by the salt air and plain columns supporting the wraparound porch. The shop is surrounded by a large grassy lawn, dotted with gnarled trees and picnic tables on which you can eat your lunch, if you’re not beachward bound. A bleached boat is parked out front, threatening splinters and tetanus to the innumerable kids who’ve played in it over the decades.

Inside the tiny shop, you can pick up cookies of all sizes and flavors, an assortment of creative sandwiches, and brightly colored shirts with the Something Natural logo emblazoned on the front. The main attractions, though, are the large crusty loaves of bread and rolls. I was brought up on cinnamon raisin and Portuguese bread (or goose bread, as we call it), but other fun flavors beckon as well: herb, wheatberry, six grain. Pick up a loaf or three, and toast them with butter for your next morning meal.

Something Natural, 50 Cliff Road. (508) 228-0504.