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Tuesdays With Dorie: Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies September 1, 2010

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Yes, Yes, Yes

I know this is 11 hours late, but I did bake them last night so that has to count for something.

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was picked by Donna of Life’s Too Short Not to Eat Dessert First.  She choose Dorie’s Espresso Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, which are located on page 125 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

This recipe was actually really easy to put together, and everyone knows I have a love for coffee.  It might be the years of me hanging out in coffee houses and then finally working in one.  So I fully expected to love these cookies because it has two of my favorite things: espresso and chocolate.  They baked up perfect and the texture was spot on for shortbread, but the flavor was lacking for me.  I kept thinking that they needed to have more sugar in them

Coming from me that is weird because I am not a lover of overly sweet things, but it just needed something else.  Maybe I will change my mind after I sit down with a GIANT cup of coffee and try one more cookie.


The Daring Bakers’ Challenge: Caramel Macchiato Swirl Cheesecake April 27, 2009

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daring-bakersThe April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.  For this challenge we were given a basic recipe and were given free reign to spice it up, changing the flavor, crust, etc.  I knew that I wanted to do something with espresso flavoring, but I figured an entire cheesecake might be a little overpowering.  I was stuck between two different flavor combinations: Caramel Mocha Cheesecake or Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake.  In the end, I went with the Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake because Tuesdays with Dorie is currently have a month of chocolate recipes and I needed a small break.

At first I wanted to do the cheesecake in two distinct layers, an espresso layer and a vanilla layer.  In the end this didn’t work out as planning and I just swirled them together 🙂  I made a caramel sauce which I used to drizzel on the top of the cheesecake in a crosshatch pattern and then added whipped cream rosettes for an added bonus because who doesn’t like whipped cream on cheesecake 🙂

This was probably one of the best cheesecakes I have ever made.  It turned out perfect.  I really couldn’t believe that I didn’t have any cracking or sinking.  The texture was smooth and creamy.  The flavor was spot on and awesome. (more…)


Tuesdays With Dorie: Creme Brulee September 30, 2008

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I was actually really happy when I saw this weeks Tuesday with Dorie recipe.  The recipe was chosen by Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake and she selected Dorie’s Creme Brulee, which is located on page 393 of Baking: From My Home to Yours. I have actually made creme brulee many times before but it was always vanilla flavored.  This time I knew I wanted to mix it up a bit so I went to Dorie’s Playing Around section of the recipe and picked Espresso Creme Brulee.  It sounds fantastic 🙂 (more…)


Tiramisu My Way August 13, 2008

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After it has been dug into.  DrFaulken was in a hurry and couldn't keep his hands off of it.

After it has been dug into.

I grew up eating ladyfingers as a kid. In my family when someone said we were going to have ladyfingers it was packaged ladyfingers layered with whipped cream. That is it no mascarpone cheese, no sugar, no espresso, no Kahlua, nothing extra just simple. My dad used to make it all the time and as I got older I started to help him. He originally got the recipe from my grandmother, who is all Italian. Very simple whip up some heavy cream and then in a deep serving dish layer ladyfingers and whipped cream and keep going until you are done. Leave it in the fridge over night and the next day DIG IN!!