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Tuesdays With Dorie: Double Apple Bundt Cake October 6, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Lynne of Honey Muffin.  Lynne picked Dorie’s Double Apple Bundt Cake, which is located on pages 184-815 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

I started writing this yesterday, took pictures and everything.  Then I feel asleep on the couch.  So I did do this on Tuesday, I am just a slacker and love me some sleep 🙂

I really loved this recipe.  I ended up using the Apple Butter that I canned last month for the Daring Cooks Challenge, and it turned out fantastic.  I did leave out the pecans, which is a huge shock because I love nuts.  I actually didn’t have any on hand and figured Mike would eat more of the cake without the nuts.  He has this weird relationship with nuts, most of the time it is a bad one but every once in awhile they can be friends 🙂

The flavors of the cake were spot on, and reminded me why I love fall/autumn.  The cake was moist, and the lemon icing gave it just enough tartness to compliment the apples.  I am sure I will be making this again in the near future 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Gingered Carrot Cookies August 3, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie, coming right under the wire with 10 minutes to spare, was chosen by Natalia of gatti fili e farina.  She picked Dorie’s Gingered Carrot Cookies, which are located on page 162 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

Yes, I know I procrastinated on this one.  I actually baked them this afternoon and took pictures.  Then I didn’t follow through with writing the post until the day was ALMOST over…opps.

These little nuggets of carrot cake goodness where very easy to make/bake.  Everything came together without any problems, and the only addition I made was a teaspoon of Ground Chinese Cassa Cinnamon.  I can’t help myself, I LOVE cinnamon especially, Penzy’s Cinnamon.  I don’t think I have told you the depths of my love for their cinnamon.  I think I have hinted at it a few times, but never fully explained it.  Since we moved I don’t live as close as I use to.  Lets put it this way back in December I drove an hour to get my fix of cinnamon and cocoa powder and ended up getting mugged walking back to my car.  I was lucky because I got mugged by one of the most polite muggers ever and she agreed to only take my cash ($3) and not my wallet with my ID and everything.  That was an interesting adventure for cinnamon and cocoa powder 🙂

Back to the cookies, I have to say that Dorie was right in saying that these cookies are reminiscent of carrot cake.  To make them taste just like carrot cake, all you have to do is add some cream cheese icing and it is go time.  I decided to leave my nuggets naked for the picture, but either way they are yummy just the same 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Raisin Swirl Bread June 15, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Susan of Food.Baby.  She picked Dorie’s Raisin Swirl Bread which is located on pages 59-60 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.  I LOVE me some Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread and with Dorie’s addition of Orange Zest in the bread and Cocoa Powder in the Swirl, what is there not to like about this recipe.  To kick it up just little bit more, I soaked the golden raisins in warm Cointreau until they plumped up.

And then to make me not feel so bad about the Cointreau, I replaced half of the flour with Whole Wheat Flour 🙂

The bread actually turned out perfect.  This morning I sliced up two pieces, toasted them, and spread a little butter on them.  It was very yummy.  While I was taking pictures this morning on the deck, I notice one of my Dahlias was looking extra pretty so here she is in all her glory 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Chockablock Cookies April 27, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet.  She chose Dorie’s Chockablock Cookies which are located on page 86 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.  I guess you could consider this cookie a throw all cookie…as in you throw a bunch of random yummy stuff in the batter (dried fruit, coconut, oats, chocolate, nuts, etc.) and bake it up 🙂

I have to hurry up and write this entry because I need to leave for work in 30 minutes.  I baked up these little monsters in the oven this afternoon, and the last batch just made its way out of the oven.  For the filling I ended up using golden raisins, coconut, oats, chocolate chips, and hazelnuts.

Why hazelnuts?

They were sitting in my freezer and I needed to use them.

Before baking, the molasses flavor was very prominent in the batter, but after they came out of them oven I couldn’t even taste the molasses.  All I could taste was the wonderful combination of hazelnuts and chocolate.  These giant cookies reminded me of a high ended oatmeal raisin cookie with the added yumminess of hazelnuts and chocolate.  I am sure Mike will grab one of these off the counter when he gets home and not even realize that they have coconut in them 🙂

Thank you for picking these this week Mary.  They were quick and easy to make and they were yummy 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars January 19, 2010

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Lillian of Confectiona’s Realm.  She chose Dorie’s Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars which is located on pages 114-115 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. Once I saw the ingredients in this bar, I knew that I would love them.

But we had a problem.

I just started the zone diet and knew that these could not be kept in the house for any period of time because I would munch on them.  The plan, make half a recipe and use a 8x8x3 pan, then give all of them away.  The plan worked.  I did however eat one just so that I knew what it tasted like 🙂  It was yummy, and I was in heaven.  I took them over to my in-laws and they loved them, and then Mike took them to work.  I would definitely make them again, but be care because they are addicting.


The Daring Bakers’ Challenge: Apple Strudel May 28, 2009

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daring-bakersThe May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

Yes, I know I am a day late.  But better late then never.

I don’t know why I kept putting off making this challenge.  I wrote it in my calendar to make it on my day off and I just flaked on it.  I guess the dough part is what was putting me off.  Funny thing is the dough was actually really easy to make and I didn’t have any trouble with anything. (more…)


Tuesdays With Dorie: Fresh Mango Bread May 19, 2009

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tuesdayswithdorieI am really sorry that I am posting this late on Tuesday, but life has been a little crazy and I have been extremely lazy 🙂  Hey, that rhymed.

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Kelly of Baking with the Boys.  It is located on page 45 of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours.  When I saw this recipe was listed the first thing I thought was, “I had no clue this was even in the book.”

Before I made the recipe I started looking through what some of the other members did and a few people added coconut and I thought that was a great idea.  I didn’t want to add too much because 100_2138some of my friends don’t really like the texture of it, so I only added 1/2 cup of sweetened shredded coconut.  I also reduced the amount of cinnamon and ginger since some individuals thought it took away from the mangos.  I think I ended up using 1 tsp ground ginger and 3/4 tsp cinnamon.  I also decided that muffins were the best option for these babies because it would photograph better and you could just grab one and walk out the door.  In an essence it is a convenience food for me 🙂  To make the muffins look prettier I sprinkled the tops GENEROUSLY with sugar 🙂

When they came out of the oven they were fantastic.  I had a small muffin warm and another one at room temperature and they were just as good.  I ended up making 6 giant muffins and 4 regular sized muffins.  The giant muffins baked for 35 minutes at 350°F, the last 15 minutes I covered them in foil so they wouldn’t brown too much.  The regular muffins baked for 20 minutes at 350°F.