TWD: Catch-Up Time

Posted September 3, 2010 by Carol M
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Oh good grief!  Where did the summer go?  From my last post until now is one big blur.  Well, never mind that.  Here’s what’s important:  I’ve made several Tuesdays with Dorie recipes since my last post (and even took pictures of a few).  Unfortunately, they never made it to this blog.

So now, I should try to catch-up.  Let’s see…

One of the best was this:

In BFMHTY cookbook, it is labeled “Chocolate Crunched Caramel Tart”.  Beside the title in my copy, it says ***OMG!!!***.  It was that good.  A sweet pastry crust, a layer of caramel and nuts, then a layer of chocolate.  It was truly amazing. 

These babies are called “Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars”.  They were also marvelous and MUST be remade soon at my house.

I had really high hopes for this next one.  Called “Rum Drenched Vanilla Loaves”, it had lots of both.  Here’s my dark rum and Penzey’s vanilla.  I love Penzey’s, especially their vanilla.  But truthfully, this picture is just an excuse to show off my new egg bowl.  An egg bowl?  Who knew?  Ya just never know what you’re going to find that you never knew you needed.

Enough about that.  What about the cake?  It was good, not great.  But almost everyone else on Tuesdays with Dorie loved it so I’m thinking I did something wrong.

 And then there were shortcakes.  As with everything, Dorie makes it better.  For over 20 years now, I’ve made shortcakes using my MIL’s recipe because that’s what Ron wanted.  I tried these and whaddayaknow?  He liked them better!  I must say that I thought they were good, too.  Maybe we should have them again for this holiday weekend!

I almost forgot!  I also made Dorie’s Chewie Chunky Blondies.  One word: Yum!

And we had Dorie’s biscotti and her Quick Classic Berry Tart over and over and over again.  I can’t get enough of those 2 recipes!

So you see, I’ve been spending alot of Tuesdays with Dorie!  I just haven’t been blogging.  That will just have to change!

And now…

It’s Thyme To Eat!

Carol

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Barefoot Bloggers: Spring Green Risotto

Posted May 13, 2010 by Carol M
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On Barefoot Bloggers this week, Kimberly from Indulge & Enjoy has chosen Spring Green Risotto.  This is a great recipe from the Barefoot Contessa.  It starts with lots of goodies like leeks and fennel.

Ina uses alot more “greens” in her risotto than I did – she calls for asparagus (which I’m already tired of) and green onions (which I neglected to buy).  Even with the omissions, I ended up with a delicious, lemony risotto.

A word of warning about this recipe – I used HALF the amount of pepper, lemon juice, and lemon zest as recommended and, in my opinion, the dish still had plenty of lemon and pepper.  So, be careful there!

I hope you enjoy this recipe (which can be found in Back to Basics on page 147) as much as I did.  It’s another “keeper” from the Barefoot Contessa.  Thanks for the great pick, Kimberly!

It’s Thyme To Eat!

Carol

TWD: Quick Classic Berry Tart

Posted May 10, 2010 by Carol M
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This week, over on Tuesdays with Dorie, Cristine of Cooking with Cristine picked Quick Classic Berry Tart.  This was a really fun recipe for me because I had never made pastry cream before.  With Dorie’s directions, it  was easy and turned out really, really yummy.  I mean majorly yummy.  The stuff that dreams are made of. 

Aren’t they beautiful?  I chose to make a couple of small tarts instead of the big one in Dorie’s book.  Marthe of Culinary Delights mentioned on Tuesdays with Dorie that she was going to make bite-sized tarts.  Although I didn’t make mine that small, I did make them small and so I thank Marthe for the idea.

The other great thing about this recipe is that they can be made ahead.  The pastry dough is made and then frozen.  The pastry cream can be refrigerated for up to 3 days before use.  The recipe is on page 377 of Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking From My Home to Yours.  Or you can find it on Christine’s website.

This was an awesome recipe.  Even my never-impressed-by-my-cooking husband was impressed with these.  I will definitely be making them again!  And they are company-worthy so, if you’re coming to visit me soon, you’ll probably being seeing these after dinner!

It’s Thyme To Eat!

Carol

Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted May 10, 2010 by Carol M
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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!

Carol

TWD: A Double Dip – Applesauce Spice Bars

Posted May 4, 2010 by Carol M
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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.

OMG!

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!

Carol

TWD: A Double Dip – Burnt Sugar Ice Cream

Posted May 4, 2010 by Carol M
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This recipe had me salivating so bad that I was actually inspired to go hunting for my long lost ice cream machine.  That thing had been buried in my garage for about 5 years.  I just knew that I’d want it again some day and, sure enough, along comes an ice cream recipe from Dorie Greenspan called Burnt Sugar Ice Cream.  I had to make it.  I had to.  Come “hell or high water”, I was going to find that ice cream machine.  I’ll spare you the cussing that went on while trying to find it but, in the end, it was found.  It was a little worse for the wear and I wanted to shoot my teenager for getting paint all over it.  But, Mother’s Day is coming and it still works.  All is forgiven.

 

I’ll admit I had trouble with this recipe.  I had a devil of time (gosh, there are alot of references to hell and the devil in this post) getting  a cup of sugar to dissolve in 3 tablespoons of water.  In the end, I think I used about 5 tablespoons of water.  The sugar water was then boiled for roughly 8 minutes until it turned dark amber.  Sorry, there are no pictures of that.  I was afraid the sugar would burn too much.  Burnt sugar is good.  Too burnt is bad.

The next steps were easy.  Stir in the cream, milk, and egg yolks so you can make a nice custard.  Refrigerate thoroughly.  Dump into the long-lost ice cream maker.

After 20 minutes in said machine, Voila!, you have soft serve ice cream.  Put it in the freezer for a while if you want it frozen harder.

I double-dog dare you to try to resist until it is frozen harder!  You won’t be able to refrain from having a bowl of the soft-serve variety.  I guarantee it.  YUMMY!  Delicious.  Sooo good.

This wonderful recipe was chosen for Tuesdays With Dorie by Becky of Project Domestication.  Great pick, Becky!  The recipe can be found on Becky’s blog or on page 432 of Dorie Greenspan’s Book, Baking From My Home to Yours. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for part II of the double dip of Dorie!

It’s Thyme to Eat!

Carol

Barefoot Bloggers: Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Posted April 29, 2010 by Carol M
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April has been “Cookie Month” with lots of new recipes being tested.  I am thrilled to say that I have found another keeper.  (Please don’t let the bad photography deter you from this recipe).

Over on Barefoot Bloggers, Cassandra of Foodie with Little Thyme chose these delightful Jam Thumbprint Cookies.  The recipe can be found on page 208 of Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Gartner.  I was happily surprised by how much I liked these cookies.  Having tried & liked Dorie Greenspan’s  Thumbprints For Us Big Guys fairly recently, I wasn’t very open-minded going into this one.  And then I bit into one, and my mouth shouted:  “HEAVEN”!

A couple of warnings if you do make this recipe:  One, I found the dough to be v-e-r-y dry.  So dry, in fact, that I had to add a couple more tablespoons of butter to get the dough to come together at all.  Second, when she says chill the dough for 30 minutes, she doesn’t mean refrigerate the dough overnight.  Doing that made the dough too firm to easily make an indentation for the preserves.

Warnings notwithstanding, I will definitely make these again (and again) (and again).  I loved them!

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature (may need more)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • Raspberry and/or apricot jam (I used raspberry)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale they should each weigh 1 ounce.) Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/4 teaspoon of jam into each indentation. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.

It’s Thyme To Eat!

Carol