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Tuesdays With Dorie: Mocha Brownie Cake March 18, 2014

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is the Mocha Brownie Cake, which is located on pages 282-283 in Baking With Julia. This recipe is essentially a cake brownie that is filled and iced with a Chocolate Ganache. I decided to add a Saint Patrick’s Day twist to it and add Irish Cream flavoring to the cake and ganache. The idea was to serve it yesterday, but I started a little late in the day while running errands and running herd on 2 little ones.

So, yesterday, I baked and assembled the cake and this morning I reheated the ganache and iced the cake aka I poured the ganache over. Through the years I have become really good at pouring ganache over a cake.

How is that, you ask.

A few years back, I worked at a bakery and one of my jobs almost everyday was to pour chocolate ganache over our Chocolate Disaronno Cake and then decorate them. So, I actually got pretty good at it :)

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Finally, the children are in bed and I have been able to slice into the cake (with a hot knife, of course) and taste it. I found it to be very good and the Irish Cream flavor was perfect. I ate this straight out of the fridge and the cake was firm, but moist and the ganache was smooth and melted once it hit your mouth. I would definitely consider making this for a birthday cake for anyone that LOVES chocolate, but remember to use a good quality chocolate.

 

Tuesdays With Dorie: Buttermilk Scones March 4, 2014

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is a recipe for Buttermilk Scones, which is located on pages 210-211 in Baking With Julia. The recipe is just a basic scone recipe with the addition of either lemon or orange zest. I asked Mike what he would prefer, so we went with lemon zest. Which of course I doubled the amount to 2 teaspoons.

These might be one of the best scones I have ever had and made. The rise on them was absolutely perfect and the lemon flavor went perfectly with the cup of tea that I had with them. I actually didn’t need to put any butter or jam on them because they were perfect just the way they are. Even the day after baking I still preferred them plain.

Emma even got in on the scones action. Initially when they were still warm she asked me to put it in the freezer to cool it down. Mike then proceeded to take her out to play in the snow. When they came back inside, I made them hot chocolate and everyone ate a scone. Emma stood on a chair at the counter and ate her small scone with her hot chocolate in an espresso cup (perfect size for an almost 3 year old).

Mike took two scones into work this morning, and I have already eaten two today and it isn’t even 1 pm yet. Emma also had most of a small scone; again while standing on a chair at the counter. She tried to claim all of them by trying to lick/bite the sugar off the top but I came in before the act was complete.

Now, here is a crappy picture of a scone since I haven’t had time to upload the pictures from the camera yet :)

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake February 18, 2014

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is the Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake, which is located on pages 256-258 in Baking With Julia. Of course I made this recipe for Valentine’s Day because, really, who doesn’t want a creamy piece of chocolate cheesecake on their Birthday.

Oh, did I mention that it also happens to be my Birthday.

Yep, unfortunately for me it does. But I imagine that having your birthday on Christmas is probably worse. I guess for me it goes back to those angsty teenage years where you see all the girls getting flowers/balloons in high school and you don’t get anything. But then again, my husband was my first Valentine, and that was in college. So, I guess I got the better end of the deal. Especially, since he insists that we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, we celebrate my birthday. Which I am fine with, but I still get him something anyways.

Back to the Cheesecake.

This was probably one of the easiest cheesecakes that I have ever made. The key was to have all cold ingredients at room temperature, and to mix everything on low speed so as not to incorporate too much air. You bake the cake in a buttered 8-inch Cheesecake Pan with 3 inch sides. I actually just used an 8 x 3-inch cake pan because I figured they were the same thing because usually if they want you to use a springform pan then it is specifically stated. Also, since this was baked in a water bath (bain marie) it makes it harder to use a springform pan without water getting in. You bake the cheesecake until it is just set and jiggles like pudding then you cool it to room temperature. Then you turn it out, sprinkle the bottom with cookie crumbs, flip it back over, and refrigerate for a few hours. I was actually very surprise how easily the cheesecake came out of the pan.

Once the cake had been refrigerated for the appropriate time, I used a hot knife to slice it. The cake came out great. The inside was perfectly creamy. I was impressed with the texture because it is hard to get the right texture with other recipes and not have the cheesecake crack on top. This recipe is definitely going to be my go to for Chocolate Cheesecake.

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Country Bread and Vanilla Chiffon Roll January 28, 2014

I have been MIA for a bit but I have been baking and have actually completed each month, but I have had some issues with actually taking the time to post….opps.

The first Tuesdays with Dorie of the New Year was the recipe for Country Bread, which is located on page 136 in Baking With Julia. This bread was fantastic. It does take some time to make because you make your own sponge, but it was worth it. I especially enjoyed the bread still slightly warm from the oven and smothered in Kerrygold Irish Butter. I thought I had gone to bread heaven when I was eating a slice. My 2 year old (Emma) was also a fan of the bread and butter combo.

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie is the Vanilla Chiffon Roll located on page 227 in Baking With Julia. This recipe is a vanilla sponge cake filled with a chocolate-walnut mousse. It sounds weird but it is actually very good. The cake has a very pronounced vanilla flavor and has just enough sweetness to balance out the richness of the filling. I would state that if you are not a fan of walnuts, then I would omit that from the recipe and proceed with just the melted chocolate. If you can eat nuts, then I would suggest a substitution of hazelnuts. Speaking of that, maybe I should have done that since I had some on hand and then the filling would be similar to a Nutella mousse. Which currently sounds fantastic.

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Challah December 3, 2013

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Challah bread, which is located on page 93 in Baking With Julia.

Does anyone else want to yell CHALLAH like Holla when they see the bread or the word. I, or course, am either yelling it out loud or in my head. I yell it at home, in public I say it in my head or whisper it. I guess I am just weird that way.

This recipe worked out really well. I used my mixer for the most part, but then I was convinced the motor was about to go out so I finished the kneading by hand. Since I started making the bread pretty late at night and didn’t notice the 3 different rises it has to go through, I made a small adjustment. After the first rise, I punched it down and then covered the dough and placed it in the fridge for the second rise. Which of course it doubled it size perfectly, so when I woke up in the morning I let it come almost to room temperature. Hindsight, I should have let it completely come to room temperature, so the last rise took a bit long to double in size. Which was fine because I was taking care of the girls.

The bread actually turned out great, and I am looking forward to some French Toast and/or Bread Pudding later this week.

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Double Chocolate Cookies November 19, 2013

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe comes from page 329 in Baking With Julia and is Rick Katz’s Double Chocolate Cookies. These cookies are more like a brownie. They are the best parts of a brownie: crunchy edge and fudgy center. The key to this recipe is to not bake them too much. My oven has actually been running on the cool side so these took a little longer than the 10-12 minutes the recipe suggested. I find these are best when they are still slightly warm because the chocolate chips are still soft.

I had to change a few things in the recipe because of a mishap with some instant espresso powder. By mishap, I mean my powder solidified because of the conditions in my pantry, i.e. someone left the light on which the powder sits next to and I think humidity had a factor too. If I would have used it, I would have only used half the amount because the recipe actually calls for instant coffee which is milder. I did add some Irish Creme flavoring just for the heck of it and it worked perfectly.

These are what comforted me and feed my cold today :)

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Pumpernickel Loaves November 5, 2013

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is the Pumpernickel Loaves located on pages 95 to 98 in Baking With Julia.

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The bread took a lot of elbow grease because I kneaded it by hand. I actually didn’t have any yogurt or unsweetened chocolate in the house so I used milk with distilled white vinegar and bittersweet chocolate. It seemed to work pretty well. Also, I wanted a sandwich loaf of bread so I formed them and baked them in loaf pans.

As I stand here writing this my daughter is picking at the loaves because she wants to try them. I guess I am going to slice into one of these in a second.

 

 
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