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Just in Case March 30, 2010

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I am hosting TWD next week and I picked Dorie’s Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake.  I know that we could switch up the recipe this week.  So if you are looking for the yummy yummy bundt the recipe and everything will be up April 6th.  Thank  you for being patient 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Coconut Tea Cake

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Carmen of Carmen Cooks. She picked Dorie’s Coconut Tea Cake which is located on pages 194-195 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

Have a mentioned that I like coconut?  I am sure I have 🙂

I was a little excited about this recipe because 1) it has coconut and 2) I get to use my new bundt pan that I got for my birthday.  This recipe came together really easy, and while it was baking my house smelled wonderful.  When the tea cake was ready to come out of the pan I turn it out and to my surprise it came out perfectly.  I was extremely excited and yelled for my husband to come in the kitchen to see how pretty it was 🙂

I have to say that I will never give my husband crap for getting me a bundt pan for my birthday.  He will also probably hear me complain less since I won’t have to deal with the dreaded half of the cake stuck in the pan.  Which is always a huge downer because I can’t give the cake away in its deformed state, it has to look pretty.  So problem solved 🙂

Taste test: FANTASTIC!!! Mike even said he liked it sans the texture of the coconut, but I could hardly even feel the texture of the coconut.  The cake was moist with a light coconut flavor.  It was perfect 🙂  To make the cake pretty, I glazed it with a mixture of milk and powdered sugar.  I mixed enough milk into the sugar so that it was thick and held a nice ribbon when dripping off the spoon.


Daring Bakers’ Challenge: Blood Orange Tian March 28, 2010

The 2010 March Daring Baker’s challenge was hosted by Jennifer of Chocolate Shavings. She chose Orange Tian as the challenge for this month, a dessert based on a recipe from Alain Ducasse’s Cooking School in Paris.

Opps, this is a day late.  You would think that I would have gotten this done on time since I bought blood and navel oranges a few weeks ago, but life got a little complicated the past two weeks and I didn’t have time until yesterday morning and tonight.  (more…)


Tuesdays with Dorie: Dulce de Leche Duos March 23, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Jodie of Beansy Loves Cake.  She chose Dorie’s Dulce de Leche Duos which are located on page 161 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.


with 1.5 hours to spare 🙂

The excuse for not completing the cookies earlier in the day is: I got called into work.

I was going about my morning activities on my day off and I had just made the cookie dough.  I placed it in the fridge to firm up while I ran the rest of my errands, and the phone rings.  It was work asking if I could come in for 3 hours.

Sure, okay…so I didn’t get around to baking the cookies until 8pm.  It took a little bit more time than usual because I decided that I wanted to add some decorations to the cookies because brown on brown for cookies is pretty dull.

Chocolate Drizzle is always the answer.

Essentially this a sandwich cookie that has dulce de leche sauce in the cookie and sandwiched between them.  I used one jar of purchased dulce de leche sauce for the dough and for the filling I mixed the excess from the first jar and then made David Lebovitz Dulce de leche from sweetened condensed milk because I didn’t feel like making a trip to the grocery store just for more sauce.  Everything actually came together without a hitch.

The chocolate drizzle was refusing to set on the cookies because the kitchen was warm, so I popped the cookies in the freezer for about a minute and they set up nicely.  I proceeded to fill them and placed the tops on.  Verdict, they are very yummy and I like the contrast of the chocolate with it, but I get a weird milk after taste in my mouth.  However, I think these would go great with a cup of coffee which would cleanse the milk taste from my palette.  I tried a couple of cookies unfilled with drizzle and I think I might prefer them that way.  There is a slight sweet and almost maple flavor that the cookie gives off that is nice, and they are chewy 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Soft Chocolate and Raspberry Tart March 16, 2010

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Rachelle of Mommy? I’m Hungry!.  She chose Dorie’s Soft Chocolate and Raspberry Tart, which is located on page 354 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.  This tart is essentially a thick chocolate ganache poured over raspberries in a tart shell.  So, of course, it is going to be spectacular.

For this recipe, I used straight up Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips.  I guess you could say it is house rules 🙂  Whenever I bake anything with chocolate, I  always use a dark chocolate because both Mike and I prefer it to milk chocolate.  I might add that it was a wonderful choice because it matched the raspberries so well. (more…)


Dirty Snowballs…I mean, German Chocolate Cupcakes March 10, 2010

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A few weeks ago David Lebovitz posted about German Chocolate Cupcakes, and I thought I died and went to heaven.  I love German Chocolate Cake but since someone, who will remain nameless cough MIKE cough, doesn’t like the texture of coconut I never get to make it or eat it anymore.

Seven years, I tell you.


Without German Chocolate Cake, what kind of life is that.

More than likely a healthy one 🙂

I know it has been seven years because that was the last time I made my college roommate, Mandi, a birthday cake.  That would have been the first and the last time that I made a German Chocolate Cake, which turned out fantastic by the way. (more…)


Tuesdays with Dorie: Thumbprints For Us Big Guys March 9, 2010

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Mike of Ugly Food Dude.  He chose Dorie’s Thumbprints For Us Big Guys, which is located on pages 164-165 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.  The base of the recipe reminds me of my Mom’s Butterball cookies, which use walnuts instead of hazelnuts and contain no jam.  For this recipe, I used walnuts because I didn’t think that I had hazelnuts in the house.  Which come to find out that I did after I made the recipe 🙂  I also used raspberry preserves with seeds because that is how I roll.

The cookies turned out great.  I chose to make half a recipe because I currently have no place to put 60 cookies, and my stomach is a no fly zone.  Even though I did eat one cookie and a cupcake, but we will just ignore that fact and move on 🙂  When you bite into the cookie it is like the perfect butter cookie that dissolves in your mouth, and then you hit the sweetness of the raspberry preserves and it brings it all together.

In hindsight I should have made a whole batch because 1) they are yummy and 2) Mike informed me he needed to take something to a pot luck at work tomorrow.  I guess the 24 cookies will have to do.