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Tuesdays With Dorie: Pumpernickel Loaves November 5, 2013

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is the Pumpernickel Loaves located on pages 95 to 98 in Baking With Julia.


The bread took a lot of elbow grease because I kneaded it by hand. I actually didn’t have any yogurt or unsweetened chocolate in the house so I used milk with distilled white vinegar and bittersweet chocolate. It seemed to work pretty well. Also, I wanted a sandwich loaf of bread so I formed them and baked them in loaf pans.

As I stand here writing this my daughter is picking at the loaves because she wants to try them. I guess I am going to slice into one of these in a second.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies March 20, 2013


This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is being hosted by Peggy of Galettista. She is hosting the recipe for Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies which is located on page 330 in Baking With Julia.

I know I have made cookies similar to these, so I was trying to be careful with regard to using espresso powder instead of instant coffee. There was also the optional addition of dried apricots to the dough, but since I didn’t have any on hand and I knew Mike probably wouldn’t appreciate the apricots, I left those out. I did use a combination of dark chocolate and white chocolate since I didn’t exactly have a pound of dark to go around. That would be because I baked Mike chocolate chip cookies a week or so ago using the NY Times Recipe.

I also baked up these pretty little Beurre de Sel Jammers courtesy of Dorie and Bon Appetit


So we have had A LOT of cookies in our house as of late, and they have all tasted great. Mike really liked the Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies even with the addition of white chocolate. The only other change I made to the recipe was to only use 1 teaspoon of espresso powder that I sifted. I decided to sift the powder because we had an incident with chunks of coffee catching you off guard from another time that I made cookies.


Tuesdays with Dorie: My Favorite Pecan Pie December 29, 2009

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Last weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was brought to you by Beth of Someone’s in the Kitchen with Brina.  She chose Dorie’s Favorite Pecan Pie located on page 327 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. Okay, I love pecan pie.  I think it is just fantastic and I almost didn’t make this one because Mike doesn’t really like nuts and neither do members of his family.  I made Mike call his parents and ask if they like Pecan Pie.  His mom loves it and his dad doesn’t really like it but said that since there was chocolate in it he would give it a try.  So, I actually did make this recipe last week and took it over to his parents.

Sorry for the craptastic picture.  I was using my camera phone because I forgot to bring my real camera with me 🙂

It was still a little warm when we cut into it, and the pieces came out of the pie plate without too much struggle.  I ended up only having a small pie.  Mike and I really liked the addition of the cinnamon, but I think that I would back off on the chocolate next time.  There isn’t even that much chocolate in the recipe (3 oz), but I think I would like more pecan pie flavor then chocolate next time.  All in all I really like the recipe, but next time I might reduce the chocolate to 2 oz and give it a shot


Tuesdays With Dorie: Cinnamon Squares FAIL June 2, 2009

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tuesdayswithdorieThis weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. She chose dorie’s Cinnamon Squares which are located on pages 210-211 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.  I was really looking forward to this recipe because I LOVE cinnamon and coffeecake.

I had no issues with making the coffeecake or it baking up.  My problem came when I tried to take it out of the pan and it was stuck to the bottom.  Once I got it out of the pan, it looked horrible.  All of the filling sunk to the bottom and it was a cinnamon chocolate mess.  I tasted the coffeecake and it tasted fantastic, it was soft and moist and had a great cinnamon flavor.  I even used my really good cinnamon from Penzeys Spices, Extra Fancy Vietnamese Cassia Cinnamon.  It tasted great, but looks horrible and I have no clue why everything sunk 😦

Enjoy the coffeecake carnage from the bottom



Tuesdays With Dorie: Caramel Crunch Bars February 24, 2009

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tuesdayswithdorieThis weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Whitney of What’s left on the table?.  She chose Dorie’s Caramel Crunch Bars which are located on pages 112-113 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. This recipe always threw me off when I looked at the picture because the picture is one of Dorie’s varations, an ice cream sandwich.


This week I decided that I was going to half the recipe because there is no way that I could keep these in my apartment without eating them.  Why you ask.  Because they have espresso, chocolate, and Heath Toffee Bits.

I LOVE Heath Bars.  LOVE!!!

I knew when I was making them that they were not going to look like the picture because the Heath Toffee Bits that I bought also have bits of milk chocolate in them too.  So I guess mine are extra chocolately from the bittersweet chocolate in the crust to the bittersweet melted chocolate on top and the milk chocolate sprinkled on top.

My bars really didn’t turn out like the picture.  I halved the recipe and baked it in a 8 x 8 baking dish and I think I might have baked it a little too long (12 minutes).  But the bars tasted GREAT.  I cut them into small squares and I have been snacking on the left over bits.  If I had some ice cream I would totally make some mini ice cream sandwich 🙂