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Tuesdays With Dorie: Rewind: Cardamom Crumb Cake December 29, 2010

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Is it bad that I am rewinding last weeks recipe because I didn’t have enough time to do it 🙂

So, last weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Jill of Jill’s Blog.  She picked Dorie’s Cardamom Crumb Cake which is located on page 38 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

This Crumb Cake was actually really easy to make.  I used my last orange the other day while I was making Stollen and Candied Citrus Peel.  So instead of going out and buying more oranges, I just used the orange peel that I had in the pantry.  The cake was really good and moist, but I might cut back on the cardamom next time.  I will also use orange zest because there really wasn’t any orange flavor there….my bad.


Daring Bakers’ Challenge: Stollen December 28, 2010

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The 2010 December Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Penny of Sweet Sadie’s Baking. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make Stollen. She adapted a friend’s family recipe and combined it with information from friends, techniques from Peter Reinhart’s book………and Martha Stewart’s demonstration. (more…)


Merry Christmas!!!! December 25, 2010

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Can you guess what this picture is trying to tell you?


Daring Cooks’ Challenge: Poaching December 15, 2010

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Jenn and Jill have challenged The Daring Cooks to learn to perfect the technique of poaching an egg. They chose Eggs Benedict recipe from Alton Brown, Oeufs en Meurette from Cooking with Wine by Anne Willan, and Homemade Sundried Tomato & Pine Nut Seitan Sausages (poached) courtesy of Trudy of Veggie num num.

As soon as I saw this challenge, my heart went YAY!!!!, and then I realized that I currently can’t eat my eggs poached or over-easy.  Which is my preferred method of making and eating them.  Then my heart went, sads 😦   But I was happy that Jenn and Jill also provided another poaching recipe that involved no eggs.  I have actually made Seitan before, but I have been wanting to make Seitan Sausages for awhile now and I have never gotten the time to do it. (more…)


Tuesdays With Dorie: Apple-Coconut Family Cake

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Amber of Cobbler du Monde.  She picked Dorie’s Apple-Coconut Family Cake which is located on page 214 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

Holy Crap!!! I am only a day late 🙂   I actually made this yesterday during the day and then Mike and I had it for dessert.  The construction of the whole dessert was very easy.  I was actually unable to find Golden Delicious Apples so I just used some Granny Smith Apple instead.  The surprising revelation about this cake is that Mike actually ate it 🙂  He has this whole coconut texture thing that I have explained many times before.  This time I actually used a different type of coconut.  I used unsweetened, finely shredding, dehydrated coconut.  So the texture is actually not as coarse 🙂

The cake was fantastic.  In the first bite you get a hint of rum, with a slight spice of cinnamon, and the crunch and sweetness from the apples just rounds out the flavor.

Now, to finish up yesterdays Daring Cooks’ Challenge, and start my annual Holiday Cookie Baking 🙂