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The End – Tuesdays With Dorie: Kid’s Thumbprints December 27, 2011

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How many years has it been?
I actually have to look at a calendar just to double check. It took us 4 years to bake through Baking: From My Home to Yours, give or take. I actually joined a couple of months in so I still have some baking catch up to do. I am just in complete shock that this is the last entry for Tuesday With Dorie.
As a present to our fearless leader, Laurie, and her inspiration, Dorie Greenspan, all of the members with Tuesdays With Dorie took a picture of themselves with their cookbook. Well I missed the deadline for this  awesome opportunity because of two things: I procrastinated (as usual) and did not check my email often enough, and my little one distracts me with all her cuteness.
So, to make up for it here is the picture I would have sent in if time were on my side.

What am I going to do with my time?
Well I will be spending most of it with my little girl and then come February, we get to start another new chapter in Dorie baking. I actually am excited 🙂
So, this last recipe was chosen by Dorie herself and she picked her Kid’s Thumbprint which are located on page 163. These little peanut packed cookies were very easy to make and bake. Too bad I didn’t chop up enough peanuts. I fixed this problem by rolling the rest of the cookies in sugar. Mike didn’t seem too keen on jam in the thumbprints so we went with chocolate because who doesn’t love peanuts and chocolate 🙂

I have had some great times baking, posting, and hosting. All of the comments that people have made, even by Dorie herself, have meant so much to me and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a member of this wonderful group of people. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring. Happy baking….and eating 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Unbelievably Good Chocolate Blueberry Ice Cream and REWIND December 20, 2011


Tuesdays With Dorie is coming to an end really fast.  I can’t believe how the time flies.  Speaking of time flying, how is my little Emma already 6 months old?  That is just plain nuts 🙂

So, last week I made the ice cream and everything on time and then with realizing Christmas was fast approaching and I had yet to start baking cookies…well needless to say I never posted, opps.  I guess that is the story of my life these days.  Without further ado, last weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by our fearless leader, Laurie of Slush, she picked Dorie’s Unbelievably Good Chocolate Blueberry Ice Cream.  This yummy recipe is located on page 433 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.  The other recipe that we could have picked was chosen by Julie of Someone’s in the Kitchen, who picked Dorie’s Puffed Double Plum Tart on page 378.  I actually wanted to make the Plum Tart, but Mike wanted ice cream.  So I figured this way I would eat less of the ice cream if I made what he wanted 🙂

The ice cream was very easy to put together and when it cooled it was like chocolate pudding.  I was very impressed at how well the ice cream churned up and then the blueberry preserves added a nice color and fruitiness to the ice cream.  It was a perfect balance and very creamy 🙂

Now we get to this week.  This week was a REWIND so we were allowed to chose  any recipes.  Since I am in the middle of cookie baking, and I usually make a couple of Dorie’s cookies for Christmas.  I actually made the Linzer Sables (pictured) and the Spicy Molasses cookies (not pictured).  This time around I made the Linzer Sables with ground almond instead of ground hazelnuts.  They turned out great.  They always bake up perfectly and are very easy to make, and they were requested from my father which is funny because I ended up choosing the cookies that my father and father-in-law like 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Earl Grey Madeleines and Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie December 6, 2011

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Fair warning: My computer keeps trying to take a GIANT dump on me, so something that should have taken me a couple of minutes just wasted almost an hour of my time.  Which made me miss all of Warehouse 13 and the first part of Haven.

Yes, I am a giant SyFy nerd.  I guess I will be missing the rest of Haven just so that I can accomplish what I came here to do.  Thank you Jesus for On Demand 🙂

Okay back to our regularly scheduled program….I mean post.

This is a mixture of one of last weeks recipes and one of this weeks recipes.  With that said, lets begin.

Last weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Judy of Judy’s Gross Eats and Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.  They picked Dorie’s Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie/Tart and Normandy Apple Tart, respectively.  I actually made the first recipe on time, took pictures, and tasted the pie.  All in a days work, and then I never posted about it.  I guess I need to work on my follow through.  For the Normandy Apple Tart, I got as far as making the apple sauce filling and then threw in the towel.  Not because I didn’t want to make the tart, but because I was getting a little Sweet Tart Doughed out.  So for the past few days I have been eating the apple sauce filling with yogurt for breakfast, or warmed up with cinnamon and Cool Whip for dessert.  Both ways are extremely yummy.

The Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie turned out fantastic except for the fact that when I poured the filling in the bottom crust floated to the top, opps.  I guess I should have cooked it more.  I figured it didn’t matter what the inside looked like as long as the outside looked good and it tasted yummy, which it did 🙂  Best advice for this pie is to let it chill in the fridge for a few hours and the filling firms up like a custard and makes it a lot easier to cut and plate, especially without a bottom crust.

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Nicole of Bakeologie and Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table.  They picked Dorie’s Earl Grey Madeleines and Honey Almond Fig Tart, receptively.  All recipes are located in Baking: From My Home to Yours.  I decided to go with the Madeleines because I knew there was no way that I was going to be able to find fresh figs in my neck of the woods and I was still not feeling Sweet Tart Dough.

The Madeleines bake up perfectly.  I didn’t really notice the Earl Grey flavor.  I think the lemon zest over powered it, but they tasted very good and lemony.  They were perfect with the Irish Breakfast Tea that I was drinking.  I always forget how easy Madeleines are to bake.  I think I should make them more often.

So far, my computer hasn’t taken its ultimate dump and I can happily say I finished the post before Haven was over 🙂

This month is a little bittersweet for Tuesdays With Dorie because it is coming to an end.  It has been a grand adventure so far.  There are still a few recipe I have been meaning to make since I joined only a couple of months after its inception.  I can’t wait for the next chapter to begin 🙂