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Tuesdays With Dorie: Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake February 18, 2014


This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is the Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake, which is located on pages 256-258 in Baking With Julia. Of course I made this recipe for Valentine’s Day because, really, who doesn’t want a creamy piece of chocolate cheesecake on their Birthday.

Oh, did I mention that it also happens to be my Birthday.

Yep, unfortunately for me it does. But I imagine that having your birthday on Christmas is probably worse. I guess for me it goes back to those angsty teenage years where you see all the girls getting flowers/balloons in high school and you don’t get anything. But then again, my husband was my first Valentine, and that was in college. So, I guess I got the better end of the deal. Especially, since he insists that we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, we celebrate my birthday. Which I am fine with, but I still get him something anyways.

Back to the Cheesecake.

This was probably one of the easiest cheesecakes that I have ever made. The key was to have all cold ingredients at room temperature, and to mix everything on low speed so as not to incorporate too much air. You bake the cake in a buttered 8-inch Cheesecake Pan with 3 inch sides. I actually just used an 8 x 3-inch cake pan because I figured they were the same thing because usually if they want you to use a springform pan then it is specifically stated. Also, since this was baked in a water bath (bain marie) it makes it harder to use a springform pan without water getting in. You bake the cheesecake until it is just set and jiggles like pudding then you cool it to room temperature. Then you turn it out, sprinkle the bottom with cookie crumbs, flip it back over, and refrigerate for a few hours. I was actually very surprise how easily the cheesecake came out of the pan.

Once the cake had been refrigerated for the appropriate time, I used a hot knife to slice it. The cake came out great. The inside was perfectly creamy. I was impressed with the texture because it is hard to get the right texture with other recipes and not have the cheesecake crack on top. This recipe is definitely going to be my go to for Chocolate Cheesecake.



Tuesdays With Dorie: Earl Grey Madeleines and Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie December 6, 2011

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Fair warning: My computer keeps trying to take a GIANT dump on me, so something that should have taken me a couple of minutes just wasted almost an hour of my time.  Which made me miss all of Warehouse 13 and the first part of Haven.

Yes, I am a giant SyFy nerd.  I guess I will be missing the rest of Haven just so that I can accomplish what I came here to do.  Thank you Jesus for On Demand 🙂

Okay back to our regularly scheduled program….I mean post.

This is a mixture of one of last weeks recipes and one of this weeks recipes.  With that said, lets begin.

Last weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Judy of Judy’s Gross Eats and Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.  They picked Dorie’s Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie/Tart and Normandy Apple Tart, respectively.  I actually made the first recipe on time, took pictures, and tasted the pie.  All in a days work, and then I never posted about it.  I guess I need to work on my follow through.  For the Normandy Apple Tart, I got as far as making the apple sauce filling and then threw in the towel.  Not because I didn’t want to make the tart, but because I was getting a little Sweet Tart Doughed out.  So for the past few days I have been eating the apple sauce filling with yogurt for breakfast, or warmed up with cinnamon and Cool Whip for dessert.  Both ways are extremely yummy.

The Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie turned out fantastic except for the fact that when I poured the filling in the bottom crust floated to the top, opps.  I guess I should have cooked it more.  I figured it didn’t matter what the inside looked like as long as the outside looked good and it tasted yummy, which it did 🙂  Best advice for this pie is to let it chill in the fridge for a few hours and the filling firms up like a custard and makes it a lot easier to cut and plate, especially without a bottom crust.

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Nicole of Bakeologie and Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table.  They picked Dorie’s Earl Grey Madeleines and Honey Almond Fig Tart, receptively.  All recipes are located in Baking: From My Home to Yours.  I decided to go with the Madeleines because I knew there was no way that I was going to be able to find fresh figs in my neck of the woods and I was still not feeling Sweet Tart Dough.

The Madeleines bake up perfectly.  I didn’t really notice the Earl Grey flavor.  I think the lemon zest over powered it, but they tasted very good and lemony.  They were perfect with the Irish Breakfast Tea that I was drinking.  I always forget how easy Madeleines are to bake.  I think I should make them more often.

So far, my computer hasn’t taken its ultimate dump and I can happily say I finished the post before Haven was over 🙂

This month is a little bittersweet for Tuesdays With Dorie because it is coming to an end.  It has been a grand adventure so far.  There are still a few recipe I have been meaning to make since I joined only a couple of months after its inception.  I can’t wait for the next chapter to begin 🙂


Tuesdays With Dorie: Nutty Swirly Chocolatey Sour Cream Bundt Cake January 25, 2011

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was chosen by Jennifer of Cooking for Comfort.  She picked Dorie’s Nutty Swirly Chocolatey Sour Cream Bundt Cake, which is located on page 182 in Baking: From My Home to Yours.

To pass the time yesterday on my day off, I decided that I would bake up this recipe only to discover yet again that I was out of butter.  I called Mike at work to see if he could pick me up some butter on his way home, because at that moment I decided that I had no energy to leave the house.  It probably had something to do with working 6 days straight and being pregnant…it kinda takes its toll on you.  I was actually suppose to work 7 but someone graciously offered to take my shift 🙂  Thanks Mallory. (more…)


Tuesdays With Dorie: Dressy Chocolate Loafcake June 22, 2010

I know this post is late.

Sorry, the husband forgot to pick up raspberry jam and then I realized I was out of butter.

What is that about?  How can I be out of butter?

I swear I keep it stock piled in the freezer, but there I was ready to bake with no butter.

I finally got the key ingredients and got down to making this weeks Tuesdays With Dorie.  Which happens to be Dressy Chocolate Loafcake chosen by Amy of Amy Ruth Bakes.  This recipe can be found on pages 286-287 in Baking: From My Home to  Yours.

I decided to make these little monsters into cupcakes so that Mike can take them to work and give them away.  Some of his coworkers have been complaining about the lack of baked goods that have been making there way to his office.  So I figured I would satisfy their chocolate craving for tomorrow.

This recipe actually baked up 16 cupcakes, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you could stretch it to 20.  I baked them in a 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes. After letting them cool, I cut out the center of each cupcake with a knife, then filled them with jam, and replaced the center piece before I iced them.

These actually turned out really good, and Mike got to taste test one of the ugly ones.  I am waiting to take a picture until tomorrow so that I can use the natural light outside 🙂


Tuesday’s with Dorie – Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream August 12, 2008

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This weeks TWD was chosen by Dolores of Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity and it is Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream located on page 434 of Baking: From My Home to Yours. If you go to Dolores’s site you can see the full recipe.

At first when I saw that we were making ice cream I thought that I was going to have to pass on this recipe and make one from the archive, but a miracle happened. My parents were actually driving up to visit, so I called my mom and asked her to bring up my ice cream maker. I have probably had this thing for 10 years, and the last time I used it was over 8 years ago. The core has been chilling in the freezer back home probably for 8 years without being touched. This was the perfect time to see if it worked… (more…)