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Tuesdays With Dorie: Mocha Brownie Cake March 18, 2014

This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is the Mocha Brownie Cake, which is located on pages 282-283 in Baking With Julia. This recipe is essentially a cake brownie that is filled and iced with a Chocolate Ganache. I decided to add a Saint Patrick’s Day twist to it and add Irish Cream flavoring to the cake and ganache. The idea was to serve it yesterday, but I started a little late in the day while running errands and running herd on 2 little ones.

So, yesterday, I baked and assembled the cake and this morning I reheated the ganache and iced the cake aka I poured the ganache over. Through the years I have become really good at pouring ganache over a cake.

How is that, you ask.

A few years back, I worked at a bakery and one of my jobs almost everyday was to pour chocolate ganache over our Chocolate Disaronno Cake and then decorate them. So, I actually got pretty good at it 🙂

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Finally, the children are in bed and I have been able to slice into the cake (with a hot knife, of course) and taste it. I found it to be very good and the Irish Cream flavor was perfect. I ate this straight out of the fridge and the cake was firm, but moist and the ganache was smooth and melted once it hit your mouth. I would definitely consider making this for a birthday cake for anyone that LOVES chocolate, but remember to use a good quality chocolate.

 

Tuesdays With Dorie: Country Bread and Vanilla Chiffon Roll January 28, 2014

I have been MIA for a bit but I have been baking and have actually completed each month, but I have had some issues with actually taking the time to post….opps.

The first Tuesdays with Dorie of the New Year was the recipe for Country Bread, which is located on page 136 in Baking With Julia. This bread was fantastic. It does take some time to make because you make your own sponge, but it was worth it. I especially enjoyed the bread still slightly warm from the oven and smothered in Kerrygold Irish Butter. I thought I had gone to bread heaven when I was eating a slice. My 2 year old (Emma) was also a fan of the bread and butter combo.

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie is the Vanilla Chiffon Roll located on page 227 in Baking With Julia. This recipe is a vanilla sponge cake filled with a chocolate-walnut mousse. It sounds weird but it is actually very good. The cake has a very pronounced vanilla flavor and has just enough sweetness to balance out the richness of the filling. I would state that if you are not a fan of walnuts, then I would omit that from the recipe and proceed with just the melted chocolate. If you can eat nuts, then I would suggest a substitution of hazelnuts. Speaking of that, maybe I should have done that since I had some on hand and then the filling would be similar to a Nutella mousse. Which currently sounds fantastic.

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Boca Negra February 19, 2013

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Boca Negra, which is located on page 253 in Baking With Julia.. This recipe is being hosted by Cathy of A Frederick Food Garden.

I actually made this recipe for my 31st Birthday, which just happens to be Valentine’s Day. The recipe calls to use Bourbon (cake and topping) and I was afraid that Mike wouldn’t appreciate it if I used the good stuff. So I used rum in the white chocolate cream, and Chambord in the cake. With the Chambord I was hoping for a raspberry flavor, which it did impart a hint. For the white chocolate cream, which was pretty much a ganache, I didn’t feel comfortable using alcohol since I am 7 months pregnant. I still wanted the flavor so I decided to boil the rum with the cream so that the alcohol could cook out. Once the cream had cooled it had thickened but not enough for my liking, so I poured the cream into a mixing bowl and whipped up the cream to stiff peaks. I preferred the cream this way and it photographed better.

For the cake, I baked it in an 8-inch pan instead of a 9-inch and baked it for 40 minutes (recipe calls for 30 minutes). I was afraid that I might not have baked the cake long enough, especially since it was in a smaller pan. I decided to wait a bit before flipping it out on a serving plate, just in case.

And….

I was right, the cake probably could have used 5 more minutes in the oven because one of the sides wasn’t completely set and when I turned it out onto a plate one side slide out just a little. Which actually made it the shape of the Star Trek Enterprise ship. The fact that I noticed that makes me a complete nerd.

Mike and I ate the cside that slide out and it tasted great, but it is very rich. It was like eating straight chocolate ganache, and the cream on top was nice and cut the richness a bit. Next time I make this I will probably only make half a recipe of the cake and a quarter recipe of the cream because a little of both goes a long way.

 

Tuesdays With Dorie: French Strawberry Cake June 19, 2012

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is being hosted by Sophia of Sophia’s Sweets and Allison of Sleep Love Think Dine. They were magically chosen to provide deep insight into the French Strawberry Cake, which is located on page 273 in Baking With Julia.

I decided to make this cake for Emma’s 1st Birthday which was last week. Only the adults got to eat this cake because I have not attempted to see if Emma is allergic to strawberries yet. For her birthday Emma got to eat a yummy carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing. We celebrated her birthday twice, once on her birthday which was a Wednesday (with most of my family) and the other on Saturday because her Uncle John came to see her. The first go around with the cupcake was Emma trying to figure out what was going on and her feeding me the cupcake. The second go around she literally palmed the cupcake and tried to take a bite out of it.

Another reason I decided to make this cake for her birthday is that I wanted to practice icing a cake because I am making my brother-in-laws wedding cake in October. So I actually made Vanilla Italian Buttercream for the icing. I think I actually did a pretty good job icing the cake this time. I decorated it with one of the hydrangea flowers from our garden. The cake turned out great and everyone enjoyed it. It was the perfect strawberry shortcake in actual cake form.

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Daring Bakers: Candylicious August 27, 2011

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The August 2011 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Lisa of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drive and Mandy of What the Fruitcake?!. These two sugar mavens challenged us to make sinfully delicious candies! This was a special challenge for the Daring Bakers because the good folks at http://www.chocoley.com offered an amazing prize for the winner of the most creative and delicious candy!

This months Daring Bakers’ Challenge we were given the opportunity to try our hands at making candy.  The mandatory items were as follows:

You must make TWO candies

The first candy must be ONE of the following CHOCOLATE candies:

1) A truffle, dipped or not dipped in chocolate OR

2) A cut (square) dipped chocolate/bonbon OR

3) A filled chocolate/bonbon using a chocolate mold

The other candy can be any CHOCOLATE OR NON-CHOCOLATE candy you like

I wanted to try something new and maybe try my hand at the Fruit Gels, but they never came to pass.  Mainly because I didn’t have the right ingredients on hand.  Since we were given the option of a truffle and then any other chocolate candy, I decided to stick with the basics.  I made a basic dark chocolate truffle flavored with Kalua and rolled in cocoa power, and for my second candy I made the Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut Praline Truffles, but used dark chocolate instead 🙂

Both turned out particularly yummy, but the Hazelnut Praline Truffle was by far the favorite because I am partial to Hazelnut and Chocolate.  Can we say Nutella? (more…)