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Daring Bakers’ Challenge: Baked Alaska August 28, 2010

The August 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Elissa of 17 and Baking. For the first time, The Daring Bakers partnered with Sugar High Fridays for a co-event and Elissa was the gracious hostess of both. Using the theme of beurre noisette, or browned butter, Elissa chose to challenge Daring Bakers to make a pound cake to be used in either a Baked Alaska or in Ice Cream Petit Fours. The sources for Elissa’s challenge were Gourmet magazine and David Lebovitz’s “The Perfect Scoop”. (more…)


Tuesdays With Dorie: Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart August 24, 2010

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Of course, I wake up and I am about to make the crust only to discover that there is a butter shortage in the house….grrrr.   But that would be my fault for not buying enough 🙂

So, this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie is hosted by Rachel of sweet tarte.  She picked Dorie’s Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart which is located on pages 346-347 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

As I currently write this post the tart is in the oven.  Hopefully, by the end of this post it will complete baking and then there will be a picture at the bottom.  I am not saying that while you are reading this that it only took the tart to bake 2 seconds 🙂    But yes, I regress.

Putting this little guy together was really easy, nothing complicated at all.  Which is a blessing since I am working the night shift tonight, and I will take any amount of resting time before work.    The smell of the tart baking in the oven is fantastic.  It is a mixture of sweet butter, caramelized sugar, and peaches.  I won’t be able to dig into this until late tonight or tomorrow, but I can’t wait 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Oatmeal Breakfast Bread August 17, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Natalie of Oven Love

She picked Dorie’s Oatmeal Breakfast Bread, which is located on page 44 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

I had actually planned to make this when I was back home in Texas this past week, but that didn’t happen.  I went back home for 6 days so that I could see my parents and go to my 10 year High School Reunion.  The reunion was cool.  I had really only kept in close contact with a few people, so it was nice to see what everyone else was up to.  But now in days, things like Facebook make it easier to keep tabs on people.   It was weird because there are a lot of people that still live in the area, and didn’t even come to the reunion.  But I guess since I haven’t lived in TX for the past 10 years it was more of a big deal for me to go and see my friends.  After seeing everyone it made me realize how much I missed having certain people in my life.  I guess I should bite the bullet and try my best to keep in contact with my friends 🙂

Before I left Texas, I ended up opening my memory books and stuff from my Senior year and looking at what everyone wrote.  It was nice to know that I made a difference in certain people’s lives at the time.  Most of the comments made me smile, but some made me sad for friends that have since passed away.  I guess you could say it was bittersweet.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled baking program….Oatmeal Breakfast Bread!!!!

I ended up making a full recipes, and baking it in a large muffin pan.  I used half golden raisins and half dried apricots.  I have yet to taste these, but they sure did smell great when they were baking.  Once the sun comes out in the morning, I will take a picture and the dig into a muffin…so verdict will come in a few hours 🙂

UPDATE:  Sorry it took a week, but I have been extremely tired lately and the rainy weather made it difficult to take pictures, especially since I like to take them outside (better lighting).  This bread was great.  I loved how moist and soft it was and then addition of apricots and raisins gave it a nice sweetness.  The addition of cloves and cinnamon reminded me of the fall, and these were perfect with a cup of fresh coffee 🙂


Sorry No Tuesdays With Dorie August 10, 2010

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I am really sorry that I couldn’t participate this week.  I have been busy between work, getting ready to go back home to see my parents and go to my 10 year High School Reunion.  So my brain has been otherwise occupied.

Katrina of Baking and Boys chose this weeks recipe, which is Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream located on page 430 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.  Stop on by her blog and see her experience with the ice cream, and then stop on by the Tuesdays With Dorie Blog Roll to see what everyone else did 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Gingered Carrot Cookies August 3, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie, coming right under the wire with 10 minutes to spare, was chosen by Natalia of gatti fili e farina.  She picked Dorie’s Gingered Carrot Cookies, which are located on page 162 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

Yes, I know I procrastinated on this one.  I actually baked them this afternoon and took pictures.  Then I didn’t follow through with writing the post until the day was ALMOST over…opps.

These little nuggets of carrot cake goodness where very easy to make/bake.  Everything came together without any problems, and the only addition I made was a teaspoon of Ground Chinese Cassa Cinnamon.  I can’t help myself, I LOVE cinnamon especially, Penzy’s Cinnamon.  I don’t think I have told you the depths of my love for their cinnamon.  I think I have hinted at it a few times, but never fully explained it.  Since we moved I don’t live as close as I use to.  Lets put it this way back in December I drove an hour to get my fix of cinnamon and cocoa powder and ended up getting mugged walking back to my car.  I was lucky because I got mugged by one of the most polite muggers ever and she agreed to only take my cash ($3) and not my wallet with my ID and everything.  That was an interesting adventure for cinnamon and cocoa powder 🙂

Back to the cookies, I have to say that Dorie was right in saying that these cookies are reminiscent of carrot cake.  To make them taste just like carrot cake, all you have to do is add some cream cheese icing and it is go time.  I decided to leave my nuggets naked for the picture, but either way they are yummy just the same 🙂