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Tuesdays With Dorie: Catch up July 17, 2015

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As usual, I have been making most of the recipes and forgetting to post.  Maybe I should just use my Instagram account for picture because my mind has not wanted to blog lately….sorry.  I actually took a month off, well not really because I still baked but didn’t eat anything, to do Whole 30 and it turned out well.

So without further ado, here is a picture of items that I have made between May and July.  Not in any order: Chocolate Cherry Brownies, Nutella Buttons, Peach-Raspberry Tart, and Strawberry Shortcakes French Style.



Tuesdays With Dorie: Pink Grapefruit Tart February 24, 2015

This weeks recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie is the Pink Grapefruit Tart which is located on page 138 of Baking Chez Moi. I am lucky that I looked at this recipe in advance and read everything over.  You would have to wake up REALLY early in the morning to make this all in one day because the different components have to rest in the refrigerator.  So I took Dorie’s advice and did the recipe over 2 days.  The first day, Saturday, I prepared the almond/lemon filling, grapefruit crèmeux, and tart crust.  On Sunday, I assembled the tart and let it chill in the fridge per instructions.

I only made a few modifications to the recipe.  We didn’t have any Campari, so I substituted Cointreau just for fun.  I am pretty sure we used Ruby Red Grapefruits since that was the only thing available.  Other than that I actually stuck to the recipe 🙂

At first I thought that no one was really going to like the tart.  It isn’t too sweet but it has a nice bitterness and sweetness of the Grapefruit. Surprisingly, I had one grapefruit left and Mike ended up eating it and sharing it with Maureen.  He also said both girls liked the grapefruit on the top of the tart rather than the tart.  But he REALLY liked the tart.  In the end it was a good surprise.  I had also made a vegan Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Crunch topping, and when you eat the pies together the sweetness of the Sweet Potatoes is WAY too over powering and the Grapefruit Tart had a nice refreshing quality to it.

As I write this I am staring at my piece of pie and looking forward to finishing this entry so I can dive in.



Tuesdays With Dorie: Cranberry Crackle Tart November 25, 2014


This weeks recipe is from Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan and is the Cranberry Crackle Tart located on pages 135-137. The crust is a sweet tart dough that you par bake and me and the crust got in a little altercation. I had made notes in my other cookbooks about par baking crusts and to only do it for half of the time because I always over bake it without fail. Well that is what happened, but good thing that I decided to make a double recipe of the dough. So I just had to wait for it to defrost and then I could make the crust again. I also added one more egg white (3 total) to the filling.

I made the tart today because we went to dinner at my in-laws tonight and we had it for dessert. I was very pleasantly surprised by the flavor. It was the perfect compliment to the sweet shortbread crust, tart cranberries, and creamy meringue. I would definitely make this again because for the most part it was simple.100_4168


Tuesdays With Dorie: Summer Vegetable Tart July 16, 2013

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie’s recipe is the Summer Vegetable Tart which is located on page 436 in Baking With Julia. When I think Summer Vegetables I always think of yellow squash and zucchini, but this tart did not have either of those in it. I thought about adding it, but I decided to go with what the recipe said first.

I was really surprised that essentially you are making a crust out of overlapping Phyllo dough and baking it. Then you just fill it with your sautéed vegetable mixture of onions, garlic, red peppers, and mushrooms that has been tossed with Feta. It was surprisingly very simple and I ate half of the tart for dinner last night, opps 🙂

Mike really liked it and Emma, my two year old, sat there and ate the mushrooms and red peppers. So I would say this recipe was a success and I will more than likely make it again for a quick dinner.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Baked Yogurt Tart July 2, 2013


This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is the Baked Yogurt Tart, which is located on page 378 in Baking With Julia. The recipe is actually really straight forward: pre bake pie crust, mix filling, put in crust, top with fruit, and bake. The longest time is just waiting for the crust to cool and then the tart to cool enough to eat it 🙂

The recipe calls for non fat plain yogurt but I just used regular. I did have some extra filling so I filled two ramekins with the rest of the filling and baked beside the tart. To make the tart look pretty, I didn’t add all of the blueberries. Taste wise I should have said who cares what it looks like and dumped all the blueberries in because it was a tad bland. I did top it with strawberries because I was afraid if I baked the strawberries in the crust that it would release too much liquid and the tart wouldn’t set.

Overall very yummy and would definitely make again.


Tuesdays With Dorie: French Apple Tart January 22, 2013

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is being hosted by Gaye of Laws of the Kitchen. She is hosted the recipe for the French Apple Tart which is located on pages 379-381 in Baking With Julia.

I actually made this Tart for dessert last night and it turned out great. I had some left over pie dough already portioned out in the freezer, so that made this recipe a little bit quicker for me to accomplish. For the filling, instead of baking the apples in the oven I decided to cook everything in a pot on the stove and it turned out perfectly fine. It actually reduced the amount of dishes that I had to wash since I cooked and mashed the apples in one pot. To make the taste of the apple filling a little bit more flavorful I used 1 tsp of cinnamon instead of just a pinch.

The tart reminded me of a nice slice of apple pie, and both Mike and I enjoyed it. I would definitely be willing to make this tart again. Especially, when I really want an apple pie that I know will turn out great.



Tuesdays With Dorie: Chocolate Truffle Tartlets February 21, 2012

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is being hosted by Steph, Spike, Jaime and Jessica.  They picked the Chocolate Truffle Tartlets, which are located on pages 382-383 in Baking With Julia.

This recipe makes 6 individual tarts, and since Mike and I have worked our way through my birthday cake pie and a Black Tie Mousse Cake (which I will hopefully post about soon), I didn’t think it would be wise to make a full recipe.  So I decided to make half a recipe which incidentally makes 4 tarts.  I ate one, Mike ate one, one went to my father-in-law, and the last lonely tart is hanging out in the fridge with the last piece of Black Tie Mousse Cake 🙂

This recipe actually wasn’t very hard, it just took some time to make the crust and then chill, roll, chill, and bake.  So I did it in stages while M was taking a nap.  I decided not to put biscotti in mine because I really didn’t want the crunch.  I was completely satisfied with a creamy interior with random bits of chocolate.  I really enjoyed the one tart I had.  It was the perfect size and very rich in chocolately flavor.

Now I give you my last lonely tart, and the puppy that wishes he could have some.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Bittersweet Brownies and Alsatian Apple Tart November 16, 2011

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Wow, we are entering the finally stretch of Tuesdays with Dorie.  It is getting kind of bittersweet.  I am sad that it is ending and they I have been neglecting my blog, but I am also looking forward to the new chapter and what is going to come next.

This weeks recipes were chosen by Leslie of Lethally Delicious chose AND Jessica of Cookbook Habit.  They picked Dorie’s  Bittersweet Brownies on page 90  and the  Alsatian Apple Tart on page 314 (respectively) in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

I think Mike was a little excited when he heard about brownies because he has been wanting some straight up fudge style brownies for awhile, and these fit the bill to the T 🙂  I baked the brownies Monday night and they came together quickly and cleanly in the one bowl or should I say pot method.

YAY!! no crazy amount of dishes to clean up.  I baked these in a 10 x 10 x 3 inch pan.  Since the recipe called for a larger pan these brownies took about 5-10 minutes more to bake.  Once they came to room temperature, I did my freezer trick.  I place the brownies in the freezer until they are almost firm, approximately 30 minutes.  I then use a hot knife to cut clean slices.  The recipes says this makes 32 brownies, which it probably does since the brownies are SO rich.  But I ended up cutting them a little larger so I only ended up with 16…opps 🙂

For the Alsatian Apple Tart, I took my sweet time making it today.  I usually don’t have much time during the day to bake anything too extensive since I am taking care of the baby.  So I did this in a few stages while she took naps and played on her play mat.  By 630pm the tart was completed and cool.  Too bad we were too full from dinner, and a couple of brownies to try the tart.  I know Dorie recommends eating the tart the day it is made because it gets soggy.  Since it is just for Mike and I, I am not going to worry about it too much 🙂 It turned out very pretty, and made the house smell fantastic.  So I am looking forward to digging into it later.  This really isn’t going to help the weight loss, but I might have to make Mike make it disappear 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Coffee Ice Cream Tart April 5, 2011

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Jessica of Domestic Deep Thought of the Day.  She picked Dorie’s Coffee Ice Cream Tart which is located on pages 358-359 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

My first thought when I saw this recipe was that I would finally get to use the heavy cream in my fridge, but then I realized that the recipe only called for premium store bought ice cream.  So, I decided to make my go to Vanilla Ice Cream via David Lebovitz and add 2 tbsp of Espresso Powder to the milk part of the recipe to make it coffee ice cream.

My other addition to the Vanilla Ice Cream recipe was 1 tbsp vodka (at the very end).  Mike had heard a trick about adding a little bit of vodka to homemade ice cream recipes to make them not harden up so much.  I had asked him how much to add since I can’t actually have alcohol due to the current symbiote occupying my body 🙂 but he had no idea so I figured 1 tbsp would be okay for 1 qt of ice cream.  The ice cream actually turned out perfect, the only thing that I could have done without was Dorie’s addition of ground almonds to the ice cream.  It gave the ice cream a gritty mouth feel, since I was expecting that it didn’t bother me too much.

The end product was very easy to put together.  Since I was making my own ice cream I just added all the additions to the ice cream straight to the base before I put it in the ice cream maker.  It made for less dishes in the end 🙂  The ice cream tart was very good, and I loved the combination of coffee and almond flavors.  FYI when cutting this tart, it is best to use a big knife so that you can get through the crust.  It is a little tough to cut through when it is frozen.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Rewind/Catch-up November 30, 2010

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I have probably been the biggest procrastinator for the month of November.  The last time I posted almost a month ago.

What is up with that? I never do that.

I have an excuse I promise.  I recently came down with a stomach bug and have been exhausted and the last thing that I have wanted to do was get in the kitchen.  Well lets scratch that, I got in the kitchen and baked 3 of the TWD items on time.  But when it came to posting, I procrastinated.  So, I am finally posting/catching up on postings. (more…)