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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: Peach Upside-Down Chiffon Cake September 4, 2012


This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is being hosted by Marlise of The Double Trouble Kitchen and Susan of The Little French Bakery. The recipe for this week is Nectarine Upside-Down Chiffon Cake, which is located on pages 241-243 in Baking With Julia. I actually had peaches on hand,so I decided to go with peaches instead of nectarines.

The are actually a few steps to this recipe: melting butter in a pan/adding brown sugar/placing the fruit, making/baking the crumb filling, and then making the cake batter and layering it with the crumb filling, and finally baking. I was actually really glad that I read the recipe through before tackling it because I would have completely messed up the recipe. I didn’t have any almonds on hand so I decided to use hazelnuts instead, which turned out great.

The cake baked up nicely except the center of the cake did this weird sinking thing, but it wasn’t too noticable when it was turned out of the pan. The cake turned out great. I loved the flavor, but the use of the peaches might have been a bad idea. Flavorwise it was perfect, but the peaches gave off A LOT of juice. It was almost like the cake had its own peach sauce poured over the top, so the top/bottom was very moist.

I would definately make this recipe again, but I would use the correct ingredients and see of that correctedany of the sinking/moist problems that I had.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Berry Galette August 7, 2012


This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is being hosted by Lisa of Tomato Thymes in the Kitchen and Andrea of The Kitchen Lioness. The recipe they are investigating is the Berry Galette, which is located on page 377 of Baking With Julia.

I decided to mix it up this week and most stick with just berries. The peaches at the market have been simple perfect lately, and that has to be one of my many favorite things. I am hoping that Mike will plant some freestone peach trees in the next year. We just planted some apple trees, which will take about 4 years to start producing. Which will be just in time for Emma to be old enough to start helping in the kitchen.

Back to the peach situation.

To keep with the berry theme, I decided to add a few raspberries.

Who doesn’t love the combination of peaches and raspberries. Peach Melba, yummmmm.

The Galette dough was very easy to put together and I accidentally made a full batch of dough. So I guess I will be making the Tomato and Cheese Galette tomorrow, especially with the fresh tomatoes and basil growing in the garden.

I did have a little leakage while baking the galette so I was unable to plate it because the bottom was compromised. But the taste was simple and perfect. The sweetness of the peaches and the tartness from the raspberries was a perfect match. The cornmeal in the galette dough gave the crust a nice texture and flavor.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Honey-Peach Ice Cream June 16, 2009

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tuesdayswithdorieThis weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Tommi of Brown Interior.   She selected Dorie’s Honey-Peach Ice Cream which is located on page 437 of Baking: From My Home to Yours. I LOVE peach ice cream.  As a kid when my parents or my grandparents would ask me what type of ice cream I wanted, I would always ask for peach.  I also LOVE fresh peaches, but it isn’t currently prime peach season here yet so I had to settle for some not so ripe peaches. (more…)


Peach Almond Tart August 14, 2008

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I saw this recipe about a month ago when I was reading Ivonne’s blog, Cream Puff In Venice. As soon as I saw the picture I knew that I was going to have to make this tart. First thing I thought was if good quality peaches were available. The next was that I needed a square tart pan. After a month went by I procured a peck of fresh from the orchard peaches and stop by Williams Sonoma and picked up a square tart pan.

LETS DO THIS!!! (more…)


Peachy Peachy Muffin Goodness July 18, 2008

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For the past couple of days I have been searching through all of my cookbooks to find recipes to use the peaches that I bought from the Berry Farm Market. Of course almost every book contain something like a peach pie or cobbler, but I wanted something different that I haven’t made yet. My favorite peach anything that I have ever had was a peach scone from a local cafe back in college. Anytime I could get my hands on one I would buy a peach scone and have a cup of peppermint tea and people watch. It was the best thing in the world. It was the perfect texture with chunks of peaches and flecks of oats throughout. Man, I need to recreate that recipe. Maybe one day. (more…)