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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: Cran-Apple Crisps November 3, 2009

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100_2482For this month, we have been given an option to post about any of the November Recipes as long as it is on a Tuesday.  Since I was having issues finding all the ingredients for the Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake, I decided to make the Cran-Apple Crips instead.  Fear not, I will be making the Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake after I order the Chestnut Spread.  Believe me I checked everywhere: Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and local grocery stories

Todays  Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef.  She chose Dorie’s Cran-Apple Crisps which are located on page 422 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. I was very happy when this recipe popped up because my parents just came to visit and brought me Granny Smith Apples from a local orchard and who doesn’t like apples and cranberries together 🙂

For this recipe, I decided to bake it in my large Souffle dish.  Probably wasn’t the best idea, but I did it anyway.  It turned out pretty good except I think it need to cook little longer but the top was starting to darken.  I did cover it in foil and wait until the juices start to bubble. I think next time I will definitely go with a pie pan 🙂  I thought that the crisp was fantastic.  I loved the cinnamon and coconut in the crust.  I actually got someone that doesn’t like coconut at all to eat this and he loved it.  I will definitely be making this again.


The Daring Bakers’: Pizza and Toppings Challenge October 29, 2008

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This months Daring Bakers’ Challenge was chosen by Rosa of Rosa’s Yummy Yums, Sher of What Did You Eat?, and Glenna of A Fridge Full of Food.  Sher tragicly passed away in July, and Glenna, a close friend, decided to not partake in the challenge to have time to heal.  This months challenge for the Daring Bakers’ is dedicated to Sher.

This months challenge was to make a pizza crust (recipe given) and it had to have a sauce and topping.  We were given the opportunity to be as creative as we wanted to be.  When I first saw the challenge the first thing I read was that we were going to have to take a picture of ourselves throwing the pizza (more…)


Spiced Cranberry Bundt Cake October 20, 2008

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When I received the November 2008 issue of Bon Appetite, I was instantly pulled in by the recipe for a Spiced Cranberry Bundt Cake.  Not until later when I actually sat down and read the magazine did I realize that the recipe was from Dorie Greenspan, along with the accompanying article.  I guess I don’t pay too much attention when I am reading sometimes because come to find out that Dorie is actually doing a three part write up for Bon Appetite amply named The Baker.  This being the second part.  The first part was a Bacon Cheddar Quick Bread with Dried Pears.   I will have to try that recipe when I am craving a savory quick bread. (more…)