Tuesday, December 5, 2017

TWD DC Princeton Gingersnaps

For some reason, I never have good luck with ginger snaps. These worked very well, though! They're a good balance of soft and snappy and the flavors are strong, but not overpowering.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TWD DC French Snackelettes

These are not the most beautiful, but they are really delicious shortbread-type cookies. I made them using almond flour and the dough never came together until I scooped it and pressed it together.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TWD DC Crumb-Topped Apple Bars

I have noticed that a lot of the time when I pre or partially bake crusts for Dorie, they end up getting more done than I would like. I pulled this one early and it still got a little too toasty on the edges. Other than that, it was a solid recipe. I used raisins and pecans.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TWD BCM Brown Butter Peach Tourte

At first, I was a little bummed that this came up in September. I had actually been wanting to make a peach dessert all July and August, but once things started to cool down here my mind went into total FALL-MODE. Apples and cinnamon and pumpkin, all things warm and toasty. But this peach dessert did not disappoint. I think that this is the first time that we have used the tart dough for top and bottom. It works so well. And the brown butter, caramely sauce that gets created in this is so, so good. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TWD DC Crash-O-Cookies

I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and these are a big contender. They are easier to put together than my favorite Luxury Oatmeal Cookies, and just about as good. These are disappearing quickly.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TWD DC Coffee Malteds

I love coffee malted milkshakes, so I was pumped for these. When I first tried them, I thought the roasty flavor made them taste a little burnt. They mellowed out over time, though. This would be a great base for other flavors.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

TWD DC Classic Jammers and French Vanilla Sables

I used cherry and blackberry preserves for my jammers. They are beautiful and delicious. I had more sable dough than streusel so I made some sables, too. Both are winners in my book.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TWD BCM Les Whoopies

I am from Maryland and have always lived pretty close to Amish markets. They have the best baked goods, including their pretzels and their whoopie pies. Since moving south, we've been in a drought. These were a good sub, but I prefer a fluffier filling and more filling to cake. The cake base is spot-on.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

TWD DC Dorie's Newest Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think these are interesting. Not my favorite cc cookie recipe, but a nice change. Can't taste the coriander at all, but the nutmeg is definitely very detectable. Husband is not too into them and keeps asking if they've mellowed out. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TWD BCM Plain and simple almond cake

I have a fascination with eggs. They can do so much! They're like magic! This recipe shows them off. This is so good on its own, but would be great with fruit or cream. I kept thinking about an orange glaze to top.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TWD DC Goat Cheese and Chive Cookies

These were pretty good snacks. I found that they did not hold up very well, so would be best for eating day of.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

TWD BCM Pistachio and Berry Gratins

I love pistachios. Every time I eat a baked good or ice cream with pistachio I always wonder why I don't use them more often. These were so balanced and perfect. I used a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

TWD DC Chocolate-haystack cookies

I've been eating these for breakfast. I think that says it all.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TWD DC Lemon sugar cookies

These were very good and very easy. My husband said he would have liked more lemon flavor, but I thought they were just fine. Maybe a glaze for a little more lemon oomph?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

TWD BCM Black-and-white marbled madeleines

Dorie really does give great tips. My madeleines always turn out great. I made my chocolate batter a little thicker by accident and was nervous, but they turned out very well.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TWC DC Salted Chocolate-Caramel Bars

I've made enough Dorie recipes now that many of her techniques and base recipes feel familiar. The shortbread base on these cookies is one of those. These were a big hit. I can't stop eating them and am frankly surprised that I still have some in the kitchen. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

CTBF MPK Caramel Pork Ribs

I used the Instant Pot to cook the ribs, then covered them in the sauce and put them in the oven for about 7 minutes on each side. They turned out really well. My sauce definitely seized up when David said it would, but then the clumps of sugar pretty much stayed clumpy. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

TWD BCM Pithiviers

I was a little nervous about all of the components of this coming together. But I listened to comments online and it really was a pretty easy dessert! Puff pastry is a miracle worker!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

TWD DC "Corked" Breton Galettes

Dorie really does know how to make a seemingly simple cookie into a masterpiece. I used strawberry jam here to good effect, but something chocolate would be amazing. The dough is a little bit saltier than most, which makes them so good. Plus all the butter.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TWD DC Valentine's Day Share a Heart

Nice simple cookies that can be dressed up or eaten plain. Like the LBD of cookies. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

TWD BCM Sunday in Paris Chocolate Cake

These cakes are very beautiful. And they were pretty easy to make, although the "ganache" that got added to the batter was not really a ganache for me. More just chocolate milk. I liked them, but they were a little dry. I saw other reviews remarking on the crumbly texture. I'm definitely all about moisture and density in my chocolate desserts. But they will not go to waste.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

TWD DC Rose-Hibiscus Shortbread Flans

For these, I used dried hibiscus flowers that I had lying around from another Dorie adventure. I used rose syrup instead of extract for the same reason. I was a little concerned about these being too flowery, but I was pleasantly surprised. The hibiscus actually has a tangy taste that balances well. The shortbread is perfect. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

TWD BCM granola cake

I don't know that "cake" is what I would call this. It's a lot like a brownie or blondie consistency. I really love them. Love that I could use any granola and I can use my own. Plus it was one of those recipes where I had everything in the pantry already.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

TWD DC breakfast biscotti

I made a huge batch of granola last weekend. I have been making my own yogurt so I wanted something to put on top. Subconsciously I must have realized that I had two baking projects coming up that use granola. I was worried that these were going to fall apart due to the amount of fruit in my granola. But they held up very well! Biscotti is an unsung hero. It always turns out well and disappears quickly. This version is easy and delicious and would be simple to riff on.

Monday, January 9, 2017

TWD BCM honey-yogurt mousse

I used my own homemade Greek yogurt for this. I was skeptical about how much I would like the finished product the whole time I was making it. In the end, meh. It would probably be a really fun way to showcase a special honey. I used freeze dried raspberries as a topping. I think a tart topping really evened it out. Probably wouldn't make it again, but it would be easy.

Friday, January 6, 2017

CTBF MPK fresh herb omelet

I don't usually cook eggs in heat this high, but it definitely made the omelet process faster. Forgot to put salt in, but still turned out well.