Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kids Thumbprints for TWD

 This is the last installment for the Tuesday With Dorie group. I would love to give a big Thank You to everyone that has been a part of this group.  It has been such fun baking along with you for the last three years.  I have totally enjoyed every minute of it.  I have baked things that I never would have tried if it hadn't been for you.  I have had great successes along with a few failures but I feel that I have grown as a baker from the experience.  I have been able to share lots of goodies with family, friends and co-workers. I have been through pounds of butter and chocolate and I have loved every minute of it.

 The last recipe chosen was a wonderful cookie, Kids Thumbprints, and it was chosen by Dorie herself.  I filled half the cookies with blackberry jam and the other half with chocolate chips.  Both were really good.  The ones filled with jam tasted like mini  PB&J's. 

 While I really enjoyed making all the fancy cakes and tarts, I most enjoyed the cookies and brownies.  Thank you Dorie for giving us such simple, easy to follow instructions.  It has made baking through Baking From My Home to Yours a joy. It has been a wonderful journey.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Honey Nut Scones

One of this weeks picks for Tuesdays with Dorie was Honey Nut Scones and it was chosen by Jeannette of Whimsical Cupcake.  Honey, nuts, (I used pecans) and whole wheat flour give these scones a slightly different taste and texture.  They are best served warm, with lots of butter and jam.  Happy Baking.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GingerJazzed Brownies

This weeks recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie is Ginger Jazzed Brownies and it was chosen by Hindy of Bubie’s Little Baker.  Brownies are always a favorite and here at Tuesdays with Dorie we have made brownies just about every way imaginable. These brownies are very fudgey and and have a slight ginger flavor.  I added some ginger whipped cream and a few chocolate chips.  These are nice for a change to regular brownies.  Thanks to Hindy for hosting this week.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Basic Biscuits

               Biscuits, hot out of the oven, dripping with butter.  It's a great way to start the day.

                                  I love opening the oven door to see lightly browned biscuits.

I served these with sausage gravy.  Yummy.  It doesn't look pretty but, boy does it taste wonderful.  Thanks to Jennifer of Cooking for Comfort for hosting this week.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Flip Over Plum Cake

Flip Over Plum Cake is this weeks selection for Tuesdays With Dorie  You really can't believe how easy this is.  It mixes up in record time but, it tastes wonderful.  I have made this for many years but simply called it a cobbler. I usually make it with blackberries or peaches.  Making it with the plums was a delightful change.  I loved it. Add a scoope of vanilla ice cream and it doesn't get it any better .Thanks to Becky of Project Domestication for hosting this week.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Classic Brownies

Brownies are amazing.  They are simply chocolate, butter, eggs, and a little flour. Here at Tuesdays With Dorie we have made brownies many ways, but these may be the easiest ones that we have baked. Our brownies today are made special by adding nuts (I used pecans) and espresso powder.  It really doesn't get any better. Thanks to Anne of Anne Strawberry for hosting this week.  Please go over and check out all the great brownies that have been made this week.

 My husband just couldn't resist taking a picture of his brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce.  Yummy.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cornmeal and Fruit Loaf

Cornmeal and dried apples are staples in the southern cooks pantry but I don't believe that before this week I had ever thought of combining them.  I trust Dorie but I was very skeptical of how this would turn out. It turned out to be quite nice.  Different but nice.  The cornmeal made it slightly crumbly and crunchy and the apples made it moist. I enjoyed it as an afternoon snack.  I wish that I had some apple butter to spread on but it was fine plain.  Oh, I almost forgot to tell you how wonderful it smells baking. Thanks to Caitlin of Engineer Baker for picking this recipe.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tropical Crumble

Tropical Crumble might be described as summer on a plate.  Mango, banana, brown sugar, pecans, and butter ( maybe a bit to much) go together to make this weeks dish for Tuesdays with Dorie.  It's different but really quite tasty. My family enjoyed it.  Thanks to Gaye of Laws of the Kitchen for hosting this week.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Carrot Spice Muffins

Nancy of  The Dogs Eat the Crumbs chose Carrot Spice Muffins for this weeks Tuesdays With Dorie.  I love muffins.  They are simple, quick and easy.  There is something so homey and comforting about fresh baked muffins.  Bake these and enjoy them with your morning coffee. 

PS:  I accidentally left out the raisins and they were still great.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Creamy Dark Chocolate Sorbet

It's summer and it's hot, really hot.  So, what better recipe to pick than Chocolate Sorbet.  This sorbet is surprisingly creamy even though it is made with milk.  It  also has a very, very strong dark chocolate flavor.  If you like dark chocolate then you will love it.  My husband who is not a chocolate lover, had to opt out of this one. I loved it.Thanks to Steph of A Whisk and A Spoon for this pick.  You can get the recipe here, so go make this and try to stay cool.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins

I hope everyone had a very Happy and Safe 4th of July.  I spent a wonderful day with my family enjoying lots of great food. This week for Tuesdays With Dorie we have another great chocolate recipe, Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins.  These are packed with a great chocolate taste but they are surprisingly light.  I made minis and got about 36 muffins.  I enjoyed them this morning with my coffee and some jam.  Thanks to Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles for hosting this week.  You can find the recipe here or on page 19 of Baking.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Cookies

This weeks recipe selection for Tuesdays With Dorie is Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Cookies.  That is a really long name for these very simple cookies.  They taste very much like  devils food cake with a little spice added in. I also added in some dried cranberries instead of the raisins.  Please follow Dories suggestion and store them with a layer of wax paper between the layers because they get very sticky after setting overnight.  Thanks to Spike of Spike Bakes for picking this tasty recipe.  I loved the idea of making them into ice cream sandwiches.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chocolate Biscotti

This weeks  recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie is Chocolate Biscotti and it was chosen by Jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes.  It's  rich  with chocolate and  loaded with extras (chocolate chips and chopped almonds). It's crunchy but not quite as crunchy as some of the other biscotti that I have made.  This all adds up for a really great cookie.  Great to pack for all those summer picnics. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake

I love blueberries so, I was super excited when I saw that this weeks selection  for Tuesday's with Dorie was Blueberry-Brown Sugar Plain Cake.  Don't let the name fool you.  This is a wonderful cake.  It is great for breakfast and it also makes a great snack cake.  The brown sugar and blueberries make a great flavor combination. This cake is so good I promise that you won't miss the topping. You need to make this cake while blueberries are in season.  Thanks to Cindy of Everyday Insanity for hosting this week and as always you can find the recipe by checking out her blog. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, this cake is even better the day after it's baked.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Caramel Pots de Creme for Tuesdays With Dorie


Better late than never.  This weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was Caramel Pots de Creme and it was the choice of Peggy the Baker.  These were super delicious.  The first bite gives you a strong sugar taste but the second bite is rich, creamy and caramely.  This was a great pick for the hot weather that we have been having.  Cool and delicious with a little added whipped cream.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Scones for TWD

Oops, I made a mistake.  This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones and the recipe can be found on page 30 of Baking, From My Home to Yours.  But guess what, I goofed.  I made
Toasted Almond Scones on page 29.  The group made these back in February but I missed making them so this is a rewind for me. 

My husband and I loved these scones.  They are great with butter and some jam.  I will defiantly try to get around to making the Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones and thank you to Patricia from Life With a Whisk for hosting this week. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Basic Marbled Loaf Cake

This weeks recipe for Tuesday's with Dorie is Basic Marbled Loaf Cake and Dorie suggests that we get creative. So, I admit it. I'm boring. Dorie gives us full permission to go all out, mix it up, and guess what? I make basic marbled loaf cake just plain chocolate and vanilla. But hey, it's good. I liked the chocolate swirl the best. I think that it would be great served with ice cream and a little chocolate sauce. I can't wait to see what flavors the other bakers come up with. Thanks to Carol from The Bake More or picking this recipe.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies are this weeks selection for Tuesdays With Dorie.  These cookies are made like regular shortbread cookies but they have a twist, cormeal. They are very buttery with an added crunch. They can best be discribed as different.  They were not my favorite type of shortbread cookie but my husband loved them.  Thanks to Valerie of Une Gamine dans la Cuisine for hosting this week.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

TWD A Tourtely Apple Tart

This weeks recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie is A Tourtely Apple Pie and it was chosen by Jeanette of The Whimsical Cupcake.  This a basic two crust tart or in my case pie.  I didn't have a 9 inch tart pan so I just made it in a pie plate. I loved the crust, it's like eating a cookie. The filling is cooked before adding it to the crust.  You then add browned butter, raisins and ground almonds. The pie filling is more like applesauce than a regular apple pie filling.  My husband loved the pie but I think I still prefer a regular apple pie.  Thanks Jeanette for hosting this week.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

TWD Vanilla Ice Cream Tart

Jessica of Domestic Deep Thought of the Day is the host of this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie and her pick was Coffee Ice Cream Tart.  I'm not a big fan of coffee ice cream so I went with vanilla ice cream. Kinda of plain and safe I know, but boy was it good. The tart crust is made with almonds and brown sugar and the combination with the melted chocolate was yummy.  I did add a tablespoon of kahlua to kick it up just a bit. I will definitely be making this again, it will be great for summer.  Thanks Jessica.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TWD Pecan Powder Puffs

This week's recipe for the Tuesday's With Dorie group is Pecan Powder Puffs.  I must say that I loved these.  They are little puffs of goodness rolled in powdered sugar.  It is impossible to eat these without getting sugar everywhere.  My advice is to just enjoy them and not worry about the mess.  I did one thing wrong when making these, I only made half the recipe and they disappeared way to fast.  Thanks to Tianne of Buttercream Barbie for picking this great recipe.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Citrus Cranberry Sunshine Muffins

I don't know about you but I can't wait for spring.  I am longing for sunshine, flowers and some nice warm temperatures.  In my neck of the woods the weather is still playing tricks on us.  One day it's sunny and 60 degrees and the next we have cold rain. I guess if you can't have sunshine, these muffins might be the next best thing. Orange, lemon, and cranberries (instead of currants) blend together very nicely. These muffins are a wonderful treat any time of the day.  Thanks to Lauryn of Bella Baker for picking this great recipe.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Corniest Corn Muffins

This weeks selection for Tuesdays with Dorie was Corniest Corn Muffins and it was chosen by Jill of My Next Life. We loved these, especially my husband.  He is the corn bread expert in our house and these passed his approval with flying colors.  I think my favorite thing about the muffins was the fact that they were so light.  I used white cornmeal so mine didn't have that nice golden color but they still tasted great.  If you would like the recipe you can find it on Jill's blog.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chocolate Pots de Creme for Tuesdays with Dorie

This weeks selection for Tuesdays with Dorie is Chocolate Pots de Creme.  This is best described as chocolate pudding for grown ups.  It's notches above the box stuff.  I mixed in a little milk chocolate to make the flavor a bit milder.  Thanks to Christine of BlackCatCooking for hosting this week.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal Drops

Soft cookies with chocolate and oatmeal.  They're good for you if they are made with chocolate. Right?  My family loved them.  Enough said.  Thanks to Caroline and Claire of Bake With Us for hosting this week.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TWD - Bourbon Bread Pudding

Wow, I can't believe it.  After baking along with the Tuesdays with Dorie group for almost 2 and a half years, it's finally my time to get to pick the recipe.  I thought that this day would never come.  I am honored to pick for this weeks recipe Bourbon Bread Pudding which can be found on page 407 of  Dorie's book, Baking, From My Home to Yours. My main reason picking this recipe was the bourbon.  I live in Kentucky which is the bourbon capital of the world.  Almost all bourbon is produced in an area of central Kentucky not far from my home.  I also picked this recipe because it was fairly quick and easy to make and it used  ingredients that you would have on hand.  

It starts with the bread.  I used a day old baguette. Cut it into 1-inch cubes.  I also tried a softer French bread which I toasted in the oven.  Both worked fine.

The ingredients

You will need 8 ounces of cubed bread. 

Whisk the eggs, yolks,sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together.

Slowly add the milk and cream mixture to the the eggs.

Add the bourbon and other flavorings.

Place the bread cubes in a glass 9-x-5-inch loaf pan and then pour your custard mixture over that.  Press the mixture down with a  wooden spoon.  Let it set for one hour.

The pudding is baked in a hot water bath.

Bake the pudding for 30 minutes covered with foil, then remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more.


I added a bourbon sauce for a little extra flavor.  I combined 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, and 2 tablespoons bourbon.  The mixture will look almost like frosting.  Spread over the pudding while it is still hot.  This will melt giving the pudding a wonderful buttery bourbon sauce. Yum. 

Bourbon Bread Pudding

8 ounces baguette (or egg-rich bread), preferably stale
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 ½ heavy cream
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract

Getting ready: Have a nonreactive 9x5-inch loaf pan on hand (a Pyrex or pottery pan is perfect here), as well as a roasting pan big enough to hold the loaf pan. Line the roasting pan with a double thickness of paper towels. Fill a teakettle with water and put it on to boil; when the water boils, turn off the heat.

Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes. If the bread is stale, put it in the loaf pan. If it is not stale, spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat and bake in a 350-degree-F oven to “stale” it for 10 minutes, then put it in the pan.

Bring the milk and cream just to a boil.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, yolks, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. Still whisking, slowly drizzle in about on quarter of the hot milk mixture-this will temper, or warm, the eggs so they don’t curdle. Whisking all the while, slowly pour in the remaining milk. Add the bourbon and vanilla and almond extracts and whisk gently to blend. Rap the bowl against the counter to pop any bubbles that might have formed, then pour the custard over the bread and press the bread gently with the back of a spoon to help cover it with liquid. Cover the pan lightly with wax paper and leave it on the counter, giving the bread the back-of-the-spoon treatment now and then, for 1 hour.

Getting Ready To Bake: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Discard the wax paper and cover the pan snugly with a piece of aluminum foil. Slide the pan into the oven and very carefully pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the pudding pan. Bake the pudding for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more, or until the pudding is puffed and golden and a knife inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Transfer the baking pan to a rack and cool the pudding until it is just warm, or until it reaches room temperature.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

TWD Great Grain Muffins

 I will be honest, I didn't think I would like these muffins, when I looked at the ingredient list, I almost didn't make them.  I thought that that they would be dry and very dense.  Boy, was I wrong.  They are light and the maple syrup gives them a great flavor. Thanks to Christine of Happy Tummy for picking this recipe.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

TWD - Nutty, Chocolaty, Swirly, Sour Cream Bunt Cake

Nutty, Chocolaty, Swirly, Sour Cream Bunt Cake is the choice for this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie.  Oh, how I wish that I had checked the P. & Q. before I baked this cake.  I would have had a much better cake.  I baked my cake for the full 60 minutes and it was a bit dry. I also lost quite a bit of the swirl.  That wonderful swirl wasn't covered completely by the batter and separated from the cake only to flake off when it was done. Boo.  On the bright side the cake came out of the pan without any problems.  My family still enjoyed the cake.  Thanks to Jennifer of Cooking for Comfort for picking this recipe which can be found here.  Stop by and check out her beautiful cake.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TWD Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.  I love muffins.  They are quick and easy and the flavor combinations are endless. When my girls were growing up, Sunday breakfast always included muffins.  We loved mixing then up together and impatiently waiting for them to cook.  They never waited for them to cool before digging in.  Making these muffins really made me miss those days.

If you are a muffin fan like we are, you will love these muffins.  The have a great lemon taste and the sour cream makes them super moist.  Thanks so much to Betsy of A Cup of Sweetness for picking this great recipe. If you would like the recipe you can find it here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Midnight Crackles

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday.  Now it's time to get back to baking.  Can you believe that the Tuesdays with Dorie group is turning 3 this week.  My how time flies and I must say that it has been a lot of fun.

This weeks recipe is Midnight Crackles and it was the the pick of our leaders. Midnight Crackles are deep dark chocolate cookies.  They are almost like brownies in texture.  If you are a chocolate lover you will love these, they are addictive. The recipe for these yummy cookies is posted over on the Tuesdays with Dorie site.  Happy Birthday to everyone at Tuesdays with Dorie.