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Tuesdays With Dorie: Bread and Cake January 28, 2015

Surprisingly, I have actually made everything on time, but then the posting just doesn’t happen on time.

When I was placing my King Arthur Flour order the other week, I blanked and forgot to get Rye Flour.  So I sent the husband out to get some from the store and the Eastern European Rye Bread was actually pulled out of the oven at 10 pm the night we were suppose to post. Incidentally, I never actually took pictures of it, but one of the loaves is in the freezer.  I ended up making them in loaf pan since the husband LOVES rye bread and wanted to make sandwiches from it.  He made Tuna Melts one night when I was at work and said that it was really good. I have yet to try it since I am not really a fan of rye bread unless it is housing a Rueben.  This recipe is located on page 98 of Baking With Julia.

Now the Brown Butter and Vanilla Weekend Cake, located on page 6 of Baking Chez Moi, I actually made the weekend before so that we could have a dessert. Once it was cool enough to handle, I slicing myself a piece.  I was actually caught in the act by my 3.5 year old, and she insisted on a piece.  So we were standing in the kitchen eating the cake and we were caught by my 1.5 year old.  Then all three of us are in the kitchen and we get caught by the husband. So needless to say, me sneaking food did not work this time.  All of us ended up with a piece or two and eating it in the kitchen before dinner.  My oldest actually ate her entire piece which is surprising since she usually doesn’t eat the crust.  The cake was very good, and I loved the combination of brown butter and rum.  I ended up using 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Bean Paste to replace the vanilla bean and it turned out fine. I am pretty sure we will be making this cake again since it was easy and everyone loved it.100_4291As you can see from the picture, Emma was hanging out eating slices while I was taking pictures 🙂

 

Tuesdays With Dorie: Granola Energy Bars January 13, 2015

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is from Baking Chez Moi, it is the Granola Energy Bars.  This recipe came at a great time for me because I am actually trying to eat pretty healthy right now.  I did have to modify the recipe slightly because I wanted it to be vegan and then we had an incident with the Brown Rice Syrup.

I used the nuts and seeds that the recipe called for: pumpkin seeds raw, sunflower seeds raw and slivered almonds raw.  For the dried fruit I stuck with stuff that I like: dried cranberries and golden raisins, and used unsweetened coconut.  When I opened my Brown Rice Syrup it looked okay and then I smelled it and it smelled off.  I have a tendency to smell stuff to check to make sure it is okay.  Well when I looked closer, I noticed that there was small specks of mold growing in it.  I ended up throwing out the Brown Rice Syrup and I used Golden Syrup instead.  I also used coconut oil instead of the butter, hence vegan 🙂

The recipe actually came together really easy.  The hard part was waiting the 3 hours for it to cool in the pan before I could sample the bars.  Once they had cooled, I cut them, and sampled them. Then my youngest Bogarted my piece, like she usually does with food.  The granola bars and awesome.  I love the crunch and the slight sweetness.  I do eat them over the sink because they tend to make a mess, but a plate can also solve this problem.  I will definitely be making these again.

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