Everyday Dorie: Bean and Tortilla Soup

October 23, 2020 at 9:19 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, soups | 8 Comments
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bean and tortilla soup

It’s sweater weather but not yet parka weather, so if you’re you’re looking for a soup that manages to be light and fresh and warm and satisfying all at the same time, then this Bean and Tortilla Soup is for you. As written, this recipe is for a vegetarian soup with a spicy, tomatoey base broth with carrots, bell pepper, onions and whatever beans you want bobbing around in it (I used tinned black beans). Then you can go nuts with the toppings— load it up with whatever you’d like. I went with cherry tomatoes, scallions, tons of cilantro, avocado, crumbled feta and lime juice. Your soup bowl is the perfect landing spot for those lingering bits and pieces of cooked stuff in the fridge, too, even if that stuff is something like chicken, sausage or shrimp. Of course this is tortilla soup, so don’t forget some chips to go with! I sprinkled over those broken bits at the bottom of the bag that are too small to hold salsa or guac but make perfect soup crunchies.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

 

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Thanksgiving Bars

October 20, 2020 at 8:37 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 1 Comment
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thanksgiving bars

I’m often pretty meh on fruit and chocolates combinations, so I thought about passing on these Thanksgiving Bars, which have a cranberry-raspberry filling inside a walnut and cocoa double-crust. Also, I thought they sounded kind of weird and I don’t normally associate raspberries with Thanksgiving. My TWD friends who made them for the last posting all gave them excellent reviews though, so I didn’t want to skip a good thing…FOMO baking, I guess.

As it turns out, I do like these! That’s probably predictable, though, right? Haha. I reduced the sugar in the cranberry jam by about a third because I prefer it not to be too sweet, although I didn’t skimp on the sparkly sugar coating on the top crust. I like the way that top layer of dough conforms while baking around the whole raspberries in the filling, giving it pretty bumps. These are good with a scoop of ice cream or a cup of coffee.

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

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Parisian Macarons

October 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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parisian macarons

Someone’s getting fancy over here. Parisian Macarons require a bit more technique and attention than the usual loaf cakes I churn out in five minutes without really even measuring. I’ve spent most of my pastry career in fine dining, so really I’ve piped countless trays of these almond flour-meringue cookies for petits fours plates, but for the last several years, I’ve been focused on tempered chocolate work. I do think maybe the last time I made macs was circa 2007, when I worked for a restaurant called Becasse in Sydney. What I’m trying to say is that I am rusty.

This macaron recipe from BCM uses an Italian meringue in the batter, as opposed to a French meringue, which is what I am more used to. I didn’t have any problems making that, although I was tempted to just eat it as marshmallow fluff and jump ship on the macarons…that is the danger of Italian and Swiss meringues. I’m actually really pleased with how the macarons turned out, but I’d say I wish the bottom “feet” had been a bit taller. Mardi and I agree that the listed baking temp of 350F is hotter than most recipes, and that may have had something to do with it. If I make this recipe again, I’m going to experiment with a 300-325F oven, which is more standard, and see if that makes a difference. I did leave my assembled macs in the fridge overnight (those are the rules!), and they were perfectly crispy- chewy for a few days after.

The thing I do really like about macs is that you can totally customize them. You can fill them with ganache, like I did here, or with jam, caramel, buttercream, or whatever floats your boat and makes them stick.  You can sub some of the almond flour for another nut flour, or tint the shells any color of the rainbow. I left them au naturale, preferring to get my daily dose of food coloring in the form of a scattering of sprinkles.

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

Everyday Dorie: Miso-Maple-Jammed Sweet Potatoes

October 9, 2020 at 8:18 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, veggies | 10 Comments
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miso-maple-jammed sweet potatoes

Okay, it’s fall. Time to roast up squash and root veggies. Time to make Miso-Maple-Jammed Sweet Potatoes! Here, a roasted sweet potato gets slathered with a “jam” of butter, miso, maple syrup, ponzu and Sriracha. It’s really more of a soft flavored butter than a jam (maybe that just refers to the consistency?), but it’s sweet and salty and a little funky and great match for a sweet potato. Leftover jam is also really nice on a piece of broiled salmon…I just had that for dinner, so I speak from experience. Dorie gives options for serving these sweet potatoes whole, in chunks or mashed. The only way I haven’t tried them is mashed, but why wouldn’t that be great?

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all that the group made this week.

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Honey-and-Tea Jammers

October 6, 2020 at 2:21 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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honey-and-tea jammers

These Honey-and-Tea Jammers are pretty close to Dorie’s famous Classic Jammers, but with tea leaves rubbed into the sugar in the shortbread cookie base. I used a loose leaf spiced chai here– which, to tell the truth, was not that noticeable– with cherry jam in the cookies’ centers. I don’t make many pies or tarts, as I’m squarely on team cake and cookies, but I like that these give the effect of a crumb-topped pie in cookie-form. Just like with pies and tarts, à la mode is a encouraged with these Jammers.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. It’s also here. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

TWD BCM Rewind: Vanilla-Bean Sablés (with anise hyssop)

September 29, 2020 at 4:42 pm | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 2 Comments
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vanilla bean sablés (with anise hyssop)

I feel like we make sablés right and left, but I realized I’d never made the most basic Vanilla-Bean Sablés from BCM (even though I’ve wondered many times why it’s “vanilla-bean” with a hyphen). Since we are pretty close to finishing off this book, I thought I should get on it. I should also get on with Babas au Rhum and Cannelés, but they are more challenging than I’m up to right now. Cookies for Rewind Week it is!

I had a little bunch of anise hyssop that I was paying around with on the day I made these, so I worked some buds into the recipe’s sugar to release it’s flavor. I put some more buds on top of the cookies before baking, although they sort of wound up looking like mini broccoli florets. Dorie has these as regular slice-and-bake cookies in this book, but I’ve learned some lessons from Dorie’s Cookies and I popped my dough disks into muffin tins, so they’d be uniformly round. These are what I’d expected— nice, buttery, sandy treats.

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

Everyday Dorie: Salted-Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundaes

September 25, 2020 at 2:13 pm | Posted in everyday dorie, groups, ice creams & frozen, sweet things | 10 Comments
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salted-chocolate hot fudge sundaes

Since I can’t saddle up to the sundae bar at Morgenstern’s right now, I’m bringing the sundae bar home with these Salted-Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundaes. Sure, you can make a sundae with just a scoop or two of ice cream and a glug of sauce on top, and I often do simply that, but why not put a little more care into it on a Friday night? This sundae has a scoop each of coffee and vanilla ice creams, toasted slivered almonds, chocolate bits sprinkled with smoked sea salt and a generous amount of homemade hot fudge sauce. A whipped cream squiggle and a cherry on top finish it off. Where’s my spoon?

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all of our ice cream treats this week.

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Olive Oil and Wine Cookies

September 22, 2020 at 5:38 pm | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 4 Comments
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olive oil and wine cookies

These Olive Oil and Wine Cookies are kind of a cousin to the Canistrelli we made a few weeks ago. They hail from the south of France, where olive oil is more widely used than butter. I used a sweet white wine in the dough that was actually homemade by someone I know…please don’t tell, but it’s better to bake with than it is to drink…haha. I don’t think I got the dough shaping down here. They are supposed to have chubby middles and tapered, pinched ends but mine look a little wonky. No matter, they baked up crunchy and made good coffee dunking treats anyway (although TBH, I liked the Canistrelli a bit better for their anise flavor).

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 DC: Popcorn Streusel Tops

September 15, 2020 at 4:42 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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popcorn streusel tops

These Popcorn Streusel Tops are corny little cookies. Actually they are really fun and tasty. A cornmeal-corn kernel shortbread that’s topped with streusel and popcorn makes a cookie dressed for a party. Baked in rings or muffin tins, these reminded me a lot of Dorie’s famous Jammer cookies, but with corn and without jam. I liked them very much, but the wheels in my dessert brain are always spinning, and after tasting them, I am convinced that they can be tweaked very well into the Jammer format. I am imagining making the corn cookie base, adding a bloop of either strawberry or blueberry jam on top of each cookie and then ringing the jam with the popcorn-streusel mix. Sounds good, right? I’ll try this one day and report back.

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

Everyday Dorie: So-Good Miso Corn

September 11, 2020 at 7:44 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, veggies | 5 Comments
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so-good miso corn

In peak corn season, I’m always looking for fun things to do with the ears I bring home from the market. This So-Good Miso Corn went over well here, especially with the guy in the house who prefers his corn to be cut from the cob. Fresh kernels are sautéed with butter and miso and sprinkled with za’atar and cayenne. On paper, it kind of seems like a mash-up of flavors, but I used a very light miso and it all worked nicely. Dorie suggests a variation with seared squid to make it into more of a main course…while I wanted to keep the corn as a side dish, she did spark an idea. I have a packet of dried shredded squid, a sweet and savory snack that I got at a local Japanese market, and put a little floof of it on top of the corn.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all of our beet bowls this week.

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