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Tuesdays With Dorie: Coffee-Break Muffins September 21, 2010

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If there is one thing in this world that I cannot live without, it would have to be coffee.  I stopped drinking massive amounts, by that I mean approximately 6 shots of espresso a day.  I weaned myself off of it when I didn’t work for Starbucks anymore.  I might average a cup or two of coffee a week now, which is actually really good for me.

I would have to say that Rhiani of Chocoholic Anonymous choose well this week.  She gave me my bi-weekly dose of coffee in muffin form and who wouldn’t want that.  This recipe is located on page 15 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.

The muffins had a nice mellow coffee flavor and just a hint of cinnamon in the background.  By the second day the muffins were a tad dry, so I would advise to eat them the day that they are baked.  All around nice little coffee-break muffin 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake April 6, 2010

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by, “Drumroll please.”

:me banging on my desk:

Erin from When in Doubt…Leave it at 350.

Wait, that is me 🙂  Okay, so if you didn’t know before my name is Erin and I post as pastrybrush.  Now that the introduction is finished, we can get to the good stuff.

I choose Dorie’s Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake, which is located on pages 180-181 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. Okay, the number one reason I picked this is that Mike recently bought me a new bundt pan for my birthday since we kept having mishaps with the old bundt pan.  By old bundt pan, I mean old.  It use to belong to his grandma, so it has seen better days and I am pretty certain it might be older than me 🙂  Reason number two, the picture of this bundt as been attracting me to it for 2 years and ended up on my, “I really need to make this” list. (more…)


Tuesdays With Dorie: Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies July 7, 2009

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100_2204This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Lisa of Surviving Oz.  She picked Dorie’s Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies, which is located on pages 96-97 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

I LOVE fudgey brownies.  Absolutely adore them especially with walnuts 🙂

This recipe was perfect for me because it was a fudgey brownie with walnuts, espresso powder, and cinnamon. What more could a girl ask for?

Well I will tell you….ICE CREAM!!!!

Oh yes, Vanilla Ice Cream no less.  I ended up making two recipes for Tuesdays with Dorie, but I will only be discussing the brownies today.  For the brownies, I substituted espresso powder for the instant coffee granules and pecans for the walnuts because of course I was out.  For the cinnamon I used Chinese Cassia Cinnamon from Penzeys Spices.  I actually had issues with getting the brownies out of the pan.  I guess the parchment paper got a little stuck to the pan.  It was like an airtight seal.  To get the brownies out, I just sliced them in the pan and once I could pry up one corner they popped out 🙂

These brownies were fantastic.  They had the perfect amount of  fudginess to them.  I actually didn’t even noticed the espresso flavor, but every once in awhile I would get a nice cinnamon flavor.  The vanilla ice cream counter balanced all the chocolate and it worked perfect together.

I ended up taking these to a cookout with some friends, and everyone loved them.  They even brought out the fat free Cool Whip and pink sprinkles.  Seeing as I am a purest when it comes to brownies and ice cream, I kept it simple with no additions 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: World Peace Cookies February 3, 2009

tuesdayswithdorieThis weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Jessica of cookbookhabit.  She chose Dorie’s World Peace Cookies which are located on pages 138-139 in Baking: From My Home to Yours. I have seen these cookies floating around the blogosphere for awhile now, and have always wondered what they tasted like.  For some reason I didn’t think they were chocolate.  Don’t ask me why it just didn’t occur to me until I started reading the recipe. (more…)