Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Cornmeal and Berry Cakes

July 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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cornmeal and berry cakes

If you can handle turning on the oven in the middle of summer, it’s nice to bake with berries. These little golden Cornmeal and Berry Cakes, made with olive oil, are a lovely addition to my standard repertoire. And they’re easy to make, too. The recipe calls for raspberries, but blueberries would be great and blackberries may be even better. I actually used red currants, since I had a pint that I didn’t really have any other plans for. They give a tart little pop to the cakes, so I definitely wanted to add a little powdered sugar and lemon juice glaze to their tops. These can be made as mini loaves or cupcakes…I used a friand tin bought when we lived in Sydney because I like the oval shape.

These don’t make me think of cornbread or corn muffins…they are really cakes. I think actually they’ll make good breakfast treats with coffee, and that’s how we’ll have the ones I’ve wrapped for the freezer.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Tuiles

July 19, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 2 Comments
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tuiles

I don’t usually think of a thin, lacy tuile as a stand-alone cookie, but more as a crispy sidekick to ice cream or custard. David Blom’s Tuiles are the standard little sweet nibble I’m thinking of. The batter comes together with a quick stir, and it spreads out thin and bubbly in the oven. (Mine did take several more minutes than the recipe stated to bake.) I didn’t bother to curve the warm tuiles over a rolling pin (I did that when I made Dorie’s Translucent Maple Tuiles). And I didn’t bother to decorate them with chocolate squiggles either, but it would be a nice touch. These are good– buttery crisp and lightly orange-flavored.

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan (there’s also a video here). Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Summer Market Galette

July 12, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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summer market galette

It’s like– BOOM– all of a sudden there’s so much fruit at the farmers’ market.  Perfect time to make a Summer Market Galette.  You can toss just about whatever stone fruit or berries you desire into this thing…I used a couple of peaches and apricots, a plum, some cherries and some blueberries.  It all bakes up into bubbly sweet goodness.

I had a round of dough in the freezer leftover from Dorie’s Jammer Galette and pulled that out to use here.  It wasn’t until I started to fold and pleat the dough over the fruit that I noticed something seemed strange and remembered the Jammer actually used a sablé cookie dough and not the regular flaky galette dough.  Oopsies!  The galette was still delicious, and the soft cookie-like dough made it seem almost like a cobbler.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Spiced Hibiscus Syrup

June 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm | Posted in BCM, groups, puddings & custards, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 8 Comments
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rice pudding

Rice pudding isn’t something I make so often. Dorie’s Arborio Rice Pudding from BFMHTY back in ’08 was probably the last time I did (I think the base of this recipe was pretty much the same).  I do love it though.  Here, I played on the tropical hibiscus flavors by subbing out some of the whole milk for coconut milk.  The hibiscus syrup and strawberries were nice compliments to the creamy pudding, and I would think other fruit sauces and berries would be equally tasty.

This is possibly my shortest post ever.  For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Cocoa Nests with Caramel Mousse

June 8, 2016 at 8:50 am | Posted in BWJ, groups, other sweet, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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cocoa nests with caramel mousse

I’ve been on a chocolate tear here for the last few weeks.  I guess though that caramel is really the dominate flavor in Charlotte Akoto’s Cocoa Nests with Caramel Mousse.  And I guess I should actually call the “mousse” that I made “cream” since I totally dumbed down her mousse recipe and just made a caramel whipped cream.

The nests are decoratively piped cocoa meringues, dried to a crisp in a low oven.  I wanted to skip the gelatin and egg yolk bombe-based mousse in the recipe, so I just made a dry caramel (on the dark side) with a bit of sugar, poured in some cream and let it come up to a boil.  Then I chilled the mix for several hours before I whipped it like regular cream.  This is something I’ve made at the restaurant before, and it’s pretty freakin’ tasty.  It’s sweet though, and I knew the meringue nests would be, too, so instead of making the nut praline garnish, I just scattered some chopped toasted hazelnuts over the finished dessert.  This was a fun project and reminiscent of a pavlova.

 For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll

TWD BCM Rewind: Cocoa Crunch Meringue Sandwiches

May 31, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 13 Comments
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cocoa crunch meringue sandwiches

These Cocoa Crunch Meringue Sandwiches the group made last month are light and crisp, but rich with chocolate.  The cocoa meringue cookies are made in much the same way as French macarons (they even contain nuts), but instead of being left with a little chew in the center, they are baked long and low and all the way, till they are like crunchy chocolate air.  Ganache, possibly my favorite form of chocolate, finishes these cookies off.  Dorie says to eat the sandwiches chilled, and they’re great that way.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here). Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Betty’s Chocoholic (ice cream!) Cake

May 24, 2016 at 11:04 am | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, groups, ice creams & frozen, layer cakes, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 12 Comments
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betty's chocoholic cake

Hi.  My name is Stephanie and I’m a chocoholic.  I need to be kept away from that lady Betty…she’s such an enabler with her Chocoholic Cake!  I don’t stand a chance against three layers of brownie cake sandwiched and frosted with ganache.  That’s why I had to alter her original cake and make it an ice cream cake.  Actually, that makes no sense whatsoever–  don’t stand a chance against ice cream cake either.

We are only two, so I made a scaled back version of the cake…a third of the recipe got me two six-inch layers.  It is Dorie who mentions in her recipe intro that the brownie layers would be a good base for an ice cream cake.  I followed her fine suggestion and filled my two layers with some coffee ice cream and popped the whole thing in the freezer for a few hours.  I made the ganache recipe, but rather than cool it and use it as frosting, I used it warm as a sauce.  And then I put peanut butter cereal on top.  I’ve lost my chocolate-addicted mind, clearly, but it’s really delicious.  The frozen cake should temper a bit before saucing and serving though, because it’s pretty hard to get a fork through it otherwise.  Also, when it’s tempered, you get the really good fudgy texture and chocolatey taste of the cake layers.

betty's chocoholic cake

Next time, I may try this the way Betty had intended.  Or else I’ll make a mint chip or raspberry ice cream cake out of it!  For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Danish Slices

May 17, 2016 at 10:44 am | Posted in breakfast things, groups, sweet things, sweet yeast breads, tuesdays with dorie | 4 Comments
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danish slices

I don’t have much more to say about Beatrice Ojakangas’s Danish recipe, since I’ve covered most of it once or twice before.  It’s damn good, no matter what form it takes, even the simplest Danish Slice.

I had half a batch of dough left in the freezer from the spandauer pockets I made a couple of weeks ago, and rolled it into a long rectangular that I folded up and around a duo of almond frangipane and pureed prune paste.  I brushed the top of my formed Danish with egg wash and sprinkled on some granulated almond bits before baking it.  After it had cooled a bit, I made a quick coffee glaze and spooned it over.  This is just.so.good.  And a piece left over for dessert the next day is nice heated slightly with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I think the Danish would be proud.

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  There’s even a video of Beatrice and Julia making Danish together. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Danish Pastry Pockets

May 3, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Posted in breakfast things, groups, sweet things, sweet yeast breads, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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danish pastry pockets

I’ve made Beatrice Ojakangas’s Danish recipe here once before, when we formed it into an impressive braid.  Her dough uses a “quick” method, employing the food processor to break down the butter into chunks in the flour, rather than folding a butter block into a dough.  The rough dough does need to rest in the fridge overnight, but after that, all of the lamination work is done quickly and at once, without any waiting in between the turns and folds.  Pretty easy, all things considered, and crisp and flaky, too.

There are a variety of little shapes you can form Danish dough into, but I only did the “spandauer,” mostly because it has the coolest name.  It’s just a square folded up around a filling like a baby in a papoose.  I didn’t feel like trying to hard on those fillings.  I thought for all of two seconds about making a pastry cream, before remembering I had some ricotta cheese in the fridge.  I drained it for a couple of hours before stirring in a bit of sugar, lemon zest and egg yolk.  I topped that off with some rhubarb jam.  After the Danishes were out of the oven they got a good squiggling of glaze.  These were quite delicious, and would have no doubt been amazing with coffee for breakfast, but we actually had them for dessert.  Good anytime of day– that’s what I’m sayin’!

Back when we did that braid, I also tried out my shaping skills on the pinwheel.  That one was filled with cream cheese and blueberry jam and sprinkled with pearl sugar.  And glazed, too, of course.

danish pinwheel

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  There’s even a video of Beatrice and Julia making Danish together. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Jammer Galette

April 26, 2016 at 10:00 am | Posted in BCM, groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 13 Comments
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jammer galette

Sometimes there just isn’t any good fruit around to make a pie.  Where I live right now, I can get some really old apples or some really green rhubarb at the farmers’ market.  We’re in the in-between season.  That’s when jam tarts come in handy, like the Jammer Galette.  This is a full-size version of Dorie’s Jammer cookies–a short and sandy sablé crust, topped with jam and covered in a sweet streusel.  I’m often taking a large version of something and scaling it down to a smaller size, but the little Jammer really does scale up well.

We’ve used Dorie’s sweet tart and galette doughs in the past, and I have a piece of each in the freezer.  I was tempted to cheat and swap one of them here, but I stayed true and made the sablé.  I had some homemade rhubarb jam from last summer in the fridge and I used it up here to make room for this year’s coming preserves stash.  This galette is pretty easy to make…the crust and and streusel can be taken care of in advance, and of course you can buy a nice jam for this.  It’s slim and bakes up crisp and delicate, and, naturally, it’s fabulous with vanilla ice cream.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

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