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Daring Bakers’ Challenge: MIA Cannoli November 27, 2009

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I would like to apologize for there not being a Daring Bakers’ Challenge up today.  I do have everything to make the CANNOLIS, which are my FAVORITE, but I just moved into my new house and then hosted Thanksgiving Dinner for 8 people.  It kinda takes a lot out of you, organizing a house and unpacking in 4 days.  I will be making these, there is no doubt in my mind about that.  But it the mean time climb on over to Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives

She hosted the challenge this month and picked something wonderful 🙂


Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake November 17, 2009

This weeks out of order Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Katya of Second Dinner.  She chose Dorie’s Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake, which is located on pages 269-272 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

The picture of this cake in Dorie’s book is beautiful.  I thought about going the same route as Dorie and making it in a square cake pan, but I couldn’t do that to myself.  I do own one.  I think it is because where I work I am use to glazing round cakes with chocolate.  Holding the cake in one hand, while simultaneously pouring chocolate glaze and turning the cake.  It take a bit getting use to, but I knew I could do it and have it come out pretty good.  I also decided to finally use my adjustable round cake form that I got last year for my birthday.

I built the cake inside of the form, place it in the fridge to set up (3 hrs), un-molded the cake, and smoothed out the icing on the top and sides.  I placed the cake in the fridge again to get firm before I poured the glaze over the cake.  I was surprised that everything turned out so well.  I should have taken a picture of the inside of the cake, but I ended up taking to my Nanny’s house and then it went down to the shop so the rest of it would get eaten.  I loved the taste of the cake.  It wasn’t too sweet, and one slice was just enough.

The ingredients for this cake was a little hard to find.  I was surprisingly able to find jarred chestnuts at my local grocery store, however, they didn’t have the spread.  I ended up ordering the Chestnut Spread from The Frenchy Bee.  My order was fulfilled in a timely manner and I got the product rather quickly.  I don’t know if I will ever make this cake again because it is a little pricey, but it was very delicious.


Daring Cooks’ Challenge: Sushi November 14, 2009

The November 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was brought to you by Audax of Audax Artifex and Rose of The Bite Me Kitchen. They chose sushi as the challenge.

This challenge comes in four parts: Making proper sushi rice, Dragon sushi roll, Decorative sushi, and Nigiri sushi.  I also decided to make a Spicy Tuna Roll and a California Roll, with the extra rice and ingredients that I had.  I found a local Japanese market call Tokyo Market that had everything that I needed (fish/seafood wise).  I already had all of the other necessary components to make sushi because back in college I use to make Spider Rolls and California Rolls for me and fiancé (husband now) so that made it a little easier. (more…)


Tuesdays With Dorie: Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies November 10, 2009

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100_2503This week marks another Out Of Order Tuesdays with Dorie November.  This week I made Dorie’s Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies, which was chosen by Pamela of Cookies with Boys.  These cookies are located on pages 76-77 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. Pamela has a great blog and I love it that she posts cute pictures of her boys.  They are extremely adorable.  I have to say that I am so happy that she chose these cookies because they are fantastic.

They do spread out a good amount so you need to make sure you give them plenty of room.  I baked 6 to a pan (1/2 sheet pan) and they had plenty of room after they spread.  I loved the crunch of the outside of the cookie and the soft inside.  It was perfect with a cup of tea (50/50 mixture of Haute Chocolate Rooibos and MatéVana Herbal).  The nice spice and the hint of pepper in the cookie was perfect.  These remind me of Fall in a nice little cookie package 🙂

Cruise on over to Pamela’s blog, Cookies with Boys, to get the recipe because you will love this recipe and they way it makes your house smell.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Cran-Apple Crisps November 3, 2009

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100_2482For this month, we have been given an option to post about any of the November Recipes as long as it is on a Tuesday.  Since I was having issues finding all the ingredients for the Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake, I decided to make the Cran-Apple Crips instead.  Fear not, I will be making the Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake after I order the Chestnut Spread.  Believe me I checked everywhere: Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and local grocery stories

Todays  Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef.  She chose Dorie’s Cran-Apple Crisps which are located on page 422 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. I was very happy when this recipe popped up because my parents just came to visit and brought me Granny Smith Apples from a local orchard and who doesn’t like apples and cranberries together 🙂

For this recipe, I decided to bake it in my large Souffle dish.  Probably wasn’t the best idea, but I did it anyway.  It turned out pretty good except I think it need to cook little longer but the top was starting to darken.  I did cover it in foil and wait until the juices start to bubble. I think next time I will definitely go with a pie pan 🙂  I thought that the crisp was fantastic.  I loved the cinnamon and coconut in the crust.  I actually got someone that doesn’t like coconut at all to eat this and he loved it.  I will definitely be making this again.