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Tuesdays With Dorie: Granola Energy Bars January 13, 2015

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is from Baking Chez Moi, it is the Granola Energy Bars.  This recipe came at a great time for me because I am actually trying to eat pretty healthy right now.  I did have to modify the recipe slightly because I wanted it to be vegan and then we had an incident with the Brown Rice Syrup.

I used the nuts and seeds that the recipe called for: pumpkin seeds raw, sunflower seeds raw and slivered almonds raw.  For the dried fruit I stuck with stuff that I like: dried cranberries and golden raisins, and used unsweetened coconut.  When I opened my Brown Rice Syrup it looked okay and then I smelled it and it smelled off.  I have a tendency to smell stuff to check to make sure it is okay.  Well when I looked closer, I noticed that there was small specks of mold growing in it.  I ended up throwing out the Brown Rice Syrup and I used Golden Syrup instead.  I also used coconut oil instead of the butter, hence vegan 🙂

The recipe actually came together really easy.  The hard part was waiting the 3 hours for it to cool in the pan before I could sample the bars.  Once they had cooled, I cut them, and sampled them. Then my youngest Bogarted my piece, like she usually does with food.  The granola bars and awesome.  I love the crunch and the slight sweetness.  I do eat them over the sink because they tend to make a mess, but a plate can also solve this problem.  I will definitely be making these again.



Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. October 4, 2012

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Anytime that I want to make a really good cookie, I always turn to Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. My usual go to recipe is the Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies because they are quick, easy, soft, cakey, and my husband LOVES them.

This day I was craving peanut butter and oatmeal. I wanted to add another add-in and I voted for chocolate chips, but I was vetoed by my husband because he prefers raisins in any type of oatmeal cookie. These cookies turned out great, but the raisins made them a little hard to roll into balls. I definitely preferred them without raisin. I ended up bringing these to work and leaving them in the back room. Everyone that tried them loved them, and they had no idea that they were Vegan. YAY, for fooling my co-workers.



Tuesdays With Dorie: Golden Brioche Loaves August 24, 2011

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Margie of Tea and Scones.  She picked Dorie’s Golden Brioche Loaves, which are located on pages 48-50 in Baking:From My Home to Yours.

What is that you say?

I posted almost on time.  Yep 🙂

I had planned to make these this weekend, but time got away from me.  So Sunday night, I whipped up the dough and then realized 1) crap it has to sit in the fridge overnight and 2) it makes two loaves.  I decided then that I would make the loaf in the morning, and let it rise while Emma and I took a nap.  Then with the rest of the dough, I was going to make Dorie’s Golden Raisin Snails.

I divide the dough in half and set it in the pan to rise and it takes forever.  I realize this is because it has been in the fridge overnight, and it is going to take some time for the dough to get to room temperature.  So I let it be and hoped that it was eventually rise.  Which it did, but not as much as it should have.  Then I thought, huh, I guess my yeast might not be as ALIVE as I thought it was 🙂

The dough ended up sitting on the counter all day and rose very little.  I popped it in the oven and out came a beautiful, yet short Brioche Loaf.  I have to remember not to bake at night because then it makes me hungry, which I guess I didn’t remember Tuesday night because then I proceeded to bake the Raisin Snails.

I had a little set back with the Snails because I ran out of eggs, which is unheard of in our house.  But since I had just made Emma’s Baptism cake the weekend before, I ended up using a total of 16 eggs (8 egg whites for the cake and 8 egg whites for the frosting).  This is what happens when you decide to make Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake, and then realize that maybe one cake isn’t enough and that you want to make it into a 10-inch instead of a 9-inch cake.  Next time, one recipe would work well enough because it made a damn tall cake, which was very yummy 🙂

After the egg problem was addressed, I went about making the pastry cream and the rum flambéed raisins for the inside of the snails.  These actually came together pretty easily and I didn’t have any problems with the dough rising 🙂  The Golden Raisin Snails turned out fantastic.  Now I know what Dorie means by not being about to eat just one, every time I walked passed them when they were cooling I wanted to eat one.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Carrot Spice Muffins August 9, 2011

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The week of August 9th,  Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs.  She picked Dorie’s Carrot Spice Muffins, which is located on page 14 in Baking:From My Home to Yours.  I actually made these on time, and being a new mother has gotten in the way of me blogging on time for anything.  Emma has a pretty good schedule going and has for awhile, but I just haven’t gotten my schedule down.  Trying to accomplish things in a timely manner and not have Mike finishing it when he gets home from work is something that I am trying to work on.

These muffins were perfect.  They were moist, yummy, and very reminiscent of carrot cake but not as sweet.  I made these the week of Emma’s baptism, so they all actually got eaten and not by me 🙂  Well, I had a few, but then my parents and Mike helped.  Which I was surprised that Mike was willing to eat them because of his dislike toward coconut and nuts.  Everyone enjoyed them, even Mike 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Brown Sugar Bundt Cake May 10, 2011

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Peggy from Pantry Revisited.  She picked Dorie’s Brown Sugar Bundt Cake which is located on page 179 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

I actually made this  for my Baby Shower that was on May 8th and it turned out fantastic.  I decided to use Granny Smith Apples instead of Pears, Golden Raisins instead of prunes, and I substituted 1/2 of the flour for whole white wheat flour.  I did these substitutions because they were the items that I had on hand and I didn’t want to have to make an extra trip to the grocery store.  I actually made a good amount of the food for my shower, so I wanted to make sure that this one thing didn’t put me behind on everything else.

The recipe actually came together very easily and it baked up in no time at all.  I followed Dorie’s directions on buttering/flouring the bundt pan, and the cake turned out perfectly.  I usually just use a cooking spray and I end up with some stickage but the last few times buttering/flouring made everything turn out great.  So I guess that teaches me that sometimes I need to follow directions 🙂

The picture is a little off because I forgot to take a picture of the cake before we took it to the shower, so this was the leftovers which I am still munching on.  The cake is still moist and yummy after being baked a few days ago 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Bourbon Bread Pudding February 8, 2011

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Sharon from Simply Southern.  She picked Dorie’s Bourbon Bread Pudding which is located on page 407 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.  I can’t state this enough, I love bread pudding.  Mike always seems to think it takes like French Toast which I guess it does since it is pretty much almost the same way we make French Toast.  But sometimes it matters what type of bread pudding you are having: does in have a bourbon sauce (yummy), is there a baked meringue on top (yummier), and both just make it super yummy.

Dorie’s recipe is just a simple base bread pudding recipe, which I changed up just a bit for my taste and according to what I had on hand.  I only made half a recipe, and I substituted Vanilla Bean Paste for the Vanilla Extract and the Almond Extract.  Since we didn’t have any bourbon in the house….what a shame, really…bourbon is yummy, I substituted Jack Daniels.  I used all non-fat milk instead of whole milk and heavy cream.  Finally, I added 1/2 cup of golden raisins soaked in Cointreau to the recipe, which makes it extra yummy 🙂

This turned out super fantastic.  I wish I would have made a bourbon sauce to go with it but since all the bourbon doesn’t burn off and I am currently sustaining life for myself and my symbiote, I decided that that might be a bad idea and opted for Vanilla Ice Cream (not pictured).


Daring Bakers’ Challenge: Stollen December 28, 2010

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The 2010 December Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Penny of Sweet Sadie’s Baking. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make Stollen. She adapted a friend’s family recipe and combined it with information from friends, techniques from Peter Reinhart’s book………and Martha Stewart’s demonstration. (more…)