Archive for the ‘Dessert’ category

TWD: Peanut-iest Blondies (and Caramel Pumpkin Pie)

November 2, 2010

 This week’s recipe on Tuesdays with Dorie was Peanut-iest Blondies.  They were a hit.  I thought they were very, very good but when I served them to my son’s physics tutor, he thought they were absolutely wonderful and thought he would die if I didn’t give him the recipe.  Don’t worry, he will live.  I gave him the recipe.

Back on October 19th, the group made Caramel Pumpkin Pie.  I am late posting about this recipe, not because I didn’t like it (I did!), but because I am having a confidence crisis.  Not in cooking or baking, mind you, because all of Dorie’s recipes come out good.  My issues are with photography.  I visit everyone elses beautiful blogs, come back and look at my pictures, and I want to quit.  I am thinking of changing the name of this blog to CrappyPhotos <dot> <com>.

But you want to hear about the food.

Caramel Pumpkin Pie:  wonderful!  I will definitely make this again.  I made small tarts using this recipe and that’s what I will do next time.  I’m not usually much of a pumpkin pie fan but the addition of caramel and booze changed this pumpkin pie into something divine.  You can look forward to seeing this one again at Thanksgiving.

Both recipes are from Dorie’s wonderful book: Baking From My Home To Yours.

It’s Thyme to Eat!



FFWD: Marie Helene Apple Cake

November 2, 2010

Last week, on French Fridays with Dorie, the group made this wonderful apple cake which is – as Dorie said – more apple than cake.

This recipe is REALLY a winner.  It was absolutely delicious.  It was so good that I snuck back down at bedtime and had another piece.  And, I’m not sorry that I did. 

I loved, loved, loved this recipe.  As much as I loved it on the day it was baked, though, I have to say that it didn’t keep well at all.  By the next day, it wasn’t nearly as good.  So, if you make this one, give yourself permission to have TWO pieces the day you make it.

However, it is such a delicious recipe that I will definitely be making it again and it will be soon.  The recipe can be found in Dorie’s wonderful book, Around My French Table.

It’s Thyme to Eat!


TWD: Double Apple Bundt Cake

October 5, 2010

Yum.  Yum.  Yum.

These week, over on Tuesdays with Dorie, we made Dorie’s wonderful Double Apple Bundt Cake.  It turned out really well.

I omitted the raisins as I’m not a huge fan of raisins in cake.  I am, however, craving oatmeal raisin cookies but that is another story.  Back to the cake.  Dorie gives a choice of walnuts or pecans.  I chose walnuts because I was feeling especially lazy and I keep a bag of Trader Joe’s lovely chopped walnuts in my freezer.  The choice for the glaze was lemon or orange scented.  I chose orange.

This is what I thought of that:

Seriously, it was good.  Or, it was seriously good.  Either way, this was a great recipe.  You can find it in Baking From My Home To Yours or you can hop on over to Lynne’s blog,  Honey Muffin.  She’ll have the recipe there.  You’ll have to go there to find out what makes this a “double” apple cake.

It’s Thyme To Eat!


TWD: Cranberry (or Peach) Upside-Downer

September 14, 2010

Oh, be still my heart!  This week’s recipe over on Tuesdays with Dorie was a winner.  The recipe is called a Cranberry Upside-Downer.  In the sidebar, Dorie gives instructions for turning it into a Summery Peach Upside-Downer.  Since peaches are at their peak at the farmer’s markets right now, I went with peach and I sure am glad I did! 

Peaches baked on the bottom of the pan topped with a lucious, rich cake batter.  Yummmmm!  This was really, really good.  Thanks to Sabrina of Superfluous for choosing this winner.  You can find the recipe on Sabrina’s blog or on page 206 of Baking From My Home to Yours.

TWD: Peanut Butter CrissCrosses

September 7, 2010

Looking for a way to liven up your peanut butter cookies?  You have come to the right place!  This week, over on Tuesdays With Dorie, Jasmine of Jasmine Cuisine selected Peanut Butter CrissCrosses as the recipe of the week.  Despite the lousy photography, these were REALLY good peanut butter cookies!  With chopped, salted peanuts inside, these cookies are crunchy and delicious.  Move over Better Homes and Gardens, these are now my favorite pb cookies.

Just be careful not to overcook them (as I did).  You can find the recipe on page 78 of Baking From My Home To Yours or head over to Jasmine’s blog.  It’ll be there.  Enjoy!

It’s Thyme To Eat!


Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2010

I hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day!  I did.  Look at this beautiful bundt pan my family gave me:

I was so excited to get it that I had to bake a cake right away.  I mean I was going to die if I didn’t.  It was serious.

So I did.

Loving Dorie Greenspan’s book so much  (Baking From My Home to Yours),  I chose to make her Classic Banana Bundt Cake.  It was super delicious and turned out beautiful, too.

If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to try Dorie’s recipe.  I was glad a saved a piece for my son before taking it to work because there was none left.  Not a crumb!  IOW, it was a huge hit.

It’s Thyme To Eat!


TWD: A Double Dip – Applesauce Spice Bars

May 4, 2010

I try very hard to not take the Lord’s name in vain, but there’s no other way to say this:  Oh. My. God!  Oh my God, Dorie’s Applesauce Spice Bars are wonderful.  Marvelous.  Scrumptious.  Beautiful.  Delicious.  What else can I say?  These are the best.

This is a Tuesdays With Dorie “Rewind” recipe.  The group made this recipe back in August before I joined the group.  Having read rave reviews about this recipe all over the internet, I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time.  So, this week I did a Double Dip of Dorie – Burnt Sugar Ice Cream AND Applesauce Spice Bars.


The bars themselves are delightful but then they are topped with a most amazing caramel glaze.  You are going to want to make a double batch of this glaze because 1) more is better and 2) you are going to eat a significant amount of it while glazing the cake.  Trust me.  You won’t be able to resist.

How can you not run your finger along those drips? 

This recipe was chosen by Karen of Something Sweet.  The recipe can be found on her blog or in Dorie Greenspan’s book: Baking From My Home to Yours.  Make it now.  Don’t let another day go by without trying these bars.

I’m going to stop raving about this recipe in a minute but, first, I gotta say: If the only recipes in this book I liked were this one and the biscotti recipe (which isn’t the case at all), I’d consider the purchase of Dorie’s book “money well spent”.  These are two awesome recipes.

I’ll stop now cause you know what?

It’s Thyme To Eat!