Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Spiced Pumpkin Jammers

October 16, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 2 Comments
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spiced pumpkin jammers

I’ve made a larger galette version and the classic cookie version of Dorie’s jammers before, and these Spiced Pumpkin Jammers are a take on those. Here, a sweet and sandy spiced sablé base is topped with a pumpkin-cream cheese mix and ringed with sweet pumpkin seed streusel. Don’t expect immediate gratification…this is a recipe for when you have some time to spend and want a project.

These can be formed in either rings or muffin tins to get a crisp, round shape. I went with my muffin pan. Rather than roll, chill and cut the sablé dough to fit the tins, I used a little cookie scoop to portion it out right after I made it, and then just pressed it in. Be sure to grease the cavities of the molds well, as these are delicate. You’ll notice these’s one missing in the picture, and that’s because I destroyed it trying to get it out. I ate it anyway and shared a half dozen of the rest with the trainers at my gym (who all have a secret sweet tooth)…we all gave them glowing reviews! They’re like pumpkin pie bites, and, fyi, a little blob of whipped cream on top certainly doesn’t hurt anything.

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: Bettelman

October 9, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, groups, puddings, custards, mousses, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 9 Comments
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bettelman

As much as I don’t want to acknowledge it, the summer fruits are out and the apples are in. I might as well get used to it and least bake some interesting apple treats. I’d never heard of a Bettleman before, but it’s an Alsatian bread pudding made to use up stale brioche. The bread gets soaked in warm milk and egg yolks and then the mix gets a hit of spice and rum, along with apples and raisins. The egg whites are whipped separately and added at the end, so the pudding soufflés a bit in the oven. It’s lighter than the bread pudding I’m used to, and I liked it very much.

I happened to have a couple of brioche rolls in the freezer, and they were just enough to make two individual ramekins. I served my bettleman with some ice cream and a drizzle of apple caramel sauce.

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: Maple-Star Anise Cookies, Sandwiched

October 2, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 4 Comments
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maple-star anise cookies, sandwiched

We’re definitely moving into fall here in the US, and our cookie choices this month reflect that. Maple-Star Anise Cookies are flavored with, you guessed it, maple syrup and star anise (a spice I don’t often use, but have at home as part of a mulling spice blend someone gave me), as well as cinnamon, ginger and orange zest. These are soft and spicy cookies, on the cakey side, and while I suppose you could eat them as is, they are a natural match for maple and spice cream cheese frosting. You can schmear just one side with frosting and have them open-faced, or you can schmear and then sandwich them, which is what i did here. They remind me of whoopee pies, but a bit more delicate. The cookies spread a lot in the oven and need plenty of space on the sheet tray…I found that freezing the dough balls for just the amount of time it took to preheat the oven helped control things a bit and keep them round.

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 DC: Double-Buckwheat Double-Chocolate Cookies

September 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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double-buckwheat double-chocolate cookies

Buckwheat and dark chocolate is a combination that is oh-so-good. The earthy nuttiness and bittersweetness all just work together. So naturally it follows that Double-Buckwheat Double-Chocolate Cookies should be oh-so-so-good. And I just know that they are, but here’s where I will confess something…I actually made single-buckwheat triple-chocolate cookies. The two types of buckwheat called for in the recipe are flour and kasha. The flour I have already, but the kasha I don’t. Since I’m on a self-imposed lockdown on the purchase of any new flours, grains and condiments (my fridge and cabinets are seriously out of control), I didn’t go out and get any. I did want that crunchy element that the kasha would have added to the cookies, so I reached into my freezer drawer and pulled out my baggie of cocoa nibs and added them to the cocoa powder and chopped chocolate already in the recipe. The dough can be rolled out into a sheet and cut, or rolled into log and sliced. I opted for the slice-and-bake version.

These cookies are great. They’re nice and soft inside (with that bit of crunch!), and a sprinkling of salt and sugar on top gives the flavor a real pop. A Brooklyn bakery called Bien Cuit makes similarly flavored salted chocolate buckwheat cookies, which I buy from time to time and have found to be the perfect nibble with an afternoon coffee. The same is true with these. Small and not too sweet, they are just right.

For the recipe, see Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and please join us if you haven’t already.

Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Hazelnut, Ginger and Olive Oil Cake

August 28, 2018 at 9:26 pm | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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hazelnut, ginger and olive oil cake

This Hazelnut, Ginger and Olive Oil Cake is an easy little loaf cake to whip up by hand, but as you can tell from the name, it has a lot going on flavor-wise (and there isn’t even mention of the cornmeal and butter that are in the mix, too). This is a recipe that I’ve breezed past many times in the book without really noticing it. Turns out, it’s the perfect cake to go with summer fruit. Here, I had it with nectarines (my very favorite!) and blueberries, last night, with red plums and the final bit tonight went with leftover wine-poached cherries. I made my own hazelnut flour for this by grinding whole nuts in the food processor, along with the regular flour and cornmeal to keep them from turning into a paste, and I used a nice, flavorful olive oil. It’s a rich and moist cake that feels special. I’ll make it again for sure…I even noted on the recipe page, “very good!”

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: Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprints

August 21, 2018 at 8:10 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 4 Comments
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chocolate-raspberry thumbprints

Sometimes I’m kind of “eh” on fruit and chocolate combinations, but I’ll admit that these Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprints are good little cookies. The chocolate dough is Dorie’s “Do-Almost-Anything” dough and rolled into balls, it makes a nice, soft thumbprint cookie. I filled my prints with a not-to-sweet jam from Sqirl that I bought at a local cheese shop. I was pleased not to have any jam overflow and it set up nicely once the cookies were baked and cooked. I gave them the little drizzle of chocolate for some extra pizzaz. I’m pretty sure everyone I’ll give them to will be happy that I shared.

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: Cold Chocolate Crémeux, Wine-Poached Cherries and Lots of Crumbs

August 14, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, cookies & bars, groups, jams & preserves, other sweet, puddings, custards, mousses, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 10 Comments
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cold chocolate crémeux, wine-poached cherries and lots of crumbs

If Cold Chocolate Crémeux, Wine-Poached Cherries and Lots of Crumbs sounds pretty cheffy, that’s because it’s inspired by a dessert Dorie had a bistro in Paris. A crémeux is essentially a custard that’s thickened with gelatin. It’s not hard to make and sets up dense and rich, especially when it also has a lot of good dark chocolate blended in! The crumbs are cocoa-flavored streusel bits, and wine-poached cherries are just what they sound like…I used an Aussie shiraz in my poaching liquid. Serve this dessert in a cute little bowl…you’ll have a combination of textures and sweetness levels.

Like most desserts with multiple components, it helps when you can get some of them out of the way ahead of time. The cherries can be poached well in advance and kept jarred in the fridge. The cocoa crumbs, too, but I’d keep them in the freezer for longer-term storage. Any extra cherries and crumbs you may find yourself with will be good toppings for an ice cream sundae later…just sayin’.

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: Rosemary-Parm Cookies

August 7, 2018 at 12:46 pm | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, savory things, snacks, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 3 Comments
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rosemary-parm cookies

I like baking savory cookies because it gives me an excuse to open a bottle of wine. Hello apéro! A drink, a snack and a podcast make getting the rest of dinner on the table less of a chore. The Rosemary-Parm Cookies are from the “cocktail cookie” section of the book. They are savory shortbread cookies, delicate and crumbly, and flavored with parmesan, pecans and rosemary. I cut mine into (imperfect) squares rather than rounds so I wouldn’t have any waste, and sprinkled them with a bit of extra grated cheese before baking. They’re salty and cheesy, and I can verify that they go quite nicely with white wine!

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

TWD DC Rewind: Pistachio-Berry Slims

July 31, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 2 Comments
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pistachio-berry slims

I’ve always thought of pistachios as “fancy” nuts. Hazelnuts and macadamias are also fancy nuts. Almonds and walnuts are regular nuts. Cashews are somewhere in between. I’m working on drawing up my nut hierarchy diagram for you…it’s actually very complex. Because for whatever reason I consider them fancy, I usually use pistachios sparingly. For Pistachio-Berry Slims, though, I had to go all out. (I admit that I briefly considered cutting the pistachios with half almonds, but then decided not to be so stingy.) These are chewy nut macaroons– no wheat flour, no dairy– just ground pistachios, sugar and egg whites, formed and baked into a log. They are further fancified with a trench of nice raspberry jam and fresh berries running through the middle. Sliced into dainty slims, these are lovely little cookies, to be eaten with pinkies up. As Dorie says in the recipe intro, no one needs to know they take 10 minutes to prepare.

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

Tuesdays with Dorie DC: Cast-Iron Pan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

July 17, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in cookies & bars, DC, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 6 Comments
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cast-iron-pan chocolate chip cookie bars

The Interwebs tell me that skillet cookies are a big thing. Certainly they are big cookies, which probably explains why I’ve never made one before. Cooking and baking for just two people, I usually go for treats smaller in size and quantity. Luckily, I don’t think I’ll have a problem finding any takers for extra Cast-Iron Pan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

These are loaded with chopped chocolate (I used a milk and dark combo), dried fruit (I used cherries instead of apricots) and a ton of shedded coconut (I used half sweetened and half unsweetened). All that good stuff makes a sturdy, chewy, dense bar cookie…kind of like a trail bar, actually. Baking them in a skillet gives a nice caramelized bottom and edge bits. I do have a smaller-sized skillet that I use for things like frying eggs and I made a half-recipe of the bars in that. Those crispy edge bits are my favorite part, and I really like these bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

cast-iron-pan chocolate chip cookie bars

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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