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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!


FFD: A Great Start

October 2, 2010

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, everyone who has been baking with Dorie is THRILLED that Dorie Greenspan’s latest book, Around My French Table, is now out.  And after the long wait, we are excited to begin cooking from it.  A new group has been formed to do just that.  It’s called French Fridays With Dorie and you are welcome to join us.

The first recipe we are cooking (or baking) as a group is called Goujeres and it truly is a keeper.  Goujeres are extremely light and fluffy cheese puffs.  They are easy to make and my family was really happy to taste test them for me.  What I’m excited about is that I froze half of them to bake later.  Dorie promises they can be baked from straight from the freezer.  If so, we will be eating A LOT of these!

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!


Big News!

September 7, 2010

I’m so excited!  Dorie Greenspan’s new book just got published and it’s a beauty:

Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours

As you can see, it’s titled “Around My French Table” and it’s a hefty volume with alot of beautiful, mouthwatering pictures.  A new blog group is forming now so that we can cook our way through the recipes (and become better cooks in the process).  Visit French Fridays With Dorie to join us!

Bon Appetit!