Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Petite Apple Croustades

October 22, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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petite apple croustades

Wow– I am just going to brag and say that my Petite Apple Croustades came out so beautifully! I was totally not expecting that. Working with phyllo dough (the “crust” for these) always makes me a bit crazed because I refuse to cover it or handle it gently. I go fast and messy…so I usually expect the results to look messy, too. Instead of raggedy wads, I opened the oven to find perfectly bronzed and frilly apple-phyllo bundles looking out at me. Why, hello there!

Each croustade is made from six strips of buttered and sugared phyllo arranged in a muffin tin. I can see the assembly work being a bit tedious, but I only made two of them, so it wasn’t a big deal. And the mess I made was fairly small, haha. Add in a filling of caramelized cooked apples (I soaked raisins in Grand Marnier and put them in, too), twist up the overlapping phyllo strips around it and you’re good to bake. I had a little filling left over that, along with some caramel ice cream, I spooned on the side. A perfect fall dessert.

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: Blondies

June 4, 2019 at 6:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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School’s out, summer’s here, and I could use a snack. Blondies are often thought of as brownies’ sister sweets, or brownies for people who don’t like chocolate (aka people I don’t trust). I’ve had blondies that I are all goo inside, with no chocolate to be found (maybe butterscotch chips or something like that instead) and with a crackly crust similar to brownies, but I think these ones are more along the lines of traditional chocolate chip cookies. You can, in fact, be pretty experimental with your blondie mix-ins…mine had a combo of dark and white chocolates, toasted pecans and unsweetened coconut. Dorie gives several options for baking these off, including using a baking pan for the standard bars, but suggests baking them in a mini muffin tin in the main recipe for crisp edges. I wanted something a little bigger, because I knew if I baked them in a mini muffin tin, I’d just eat five anyway. I went for the ring mold option and baked them up in my smaller sized bottomless tart rings. I also scooped out a few dough balls to bake off freeform as “blondie drop” cookies later. They wait for me in the freezer. I did like the way the ringed blondies had a nice circle of caramelization around the outside from contact with the metal. I put a scoop of ice cream on top.

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

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