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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: 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!


TWD: Dulce de Leche Duos

March 23, 2010

A week without Dorie… it just didn’t feel complete.  I missed out on last week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe which was Soft Chocolate and Raspberry Tart on page 354 of Baking: From My Home to Yours(chosen by  Rachelle of Mommy? I’m Hungry!).  I picked a good week to come back, though.  Jodie of Beansy Loves Cake decided on Dulce de Leche Duos on page 161 of Dorie’s Beautiful book.

In England and some parts of the US – like Texas – you can buy Dulce de Leche premade in cans (next to the sweetened condensed milk).  If you can’t find it premade, it’s easy to make.  The easiest method is in the crockpot.  Safer for those of us who are a little skittish is to make it in the oven.

Pour your can of sweetened condensed milk into a shallow baking dish, cover tightly with foil.  Place the pan into a roasting pan and fill it half-way up the sides of the smaller baking dish with hot water.  Place all in a preheated 425 degree oven and bake for about an hour.  Simple.

Make sandwiches with the cookies you made (which also contain the lovely Dulce de Leche) and you have a slice of heaven.  Trust me.  These are divine!

The full recipe can be found on Jodie’s blog (Beansie Loves Cake).  Enjoy.

It’s Thyme to Eat!


TWD: Thumbprints For Us Big Guys

March 9, 2010

What a fun recipe!   Mike of  Ugly Food Dude chose these cookies for the bakers of Tuesdays With Dorie.  Not only were they fun to make; they were also delicious.  I loved them, my son loved them, and my coworkers loved them.

The name – Thumbprints For Us Big Guys – is a little misleading.  I envisioned bigger cookies.  Not so.  In fact, Dorie says to roll only a teaspoon of dough into balls.  Several TWD bakers had trouble with their cookies cracking excessively which I think was primarily due to trying to make them too big.  In fact, Dorie recommended using the end of wooden spoon to make the indentation before baking.  I was thinking “Oh, Dorie, you have failed me this time.  That can’t be right”.  She was right (although I enlarged the indentations a bit after baking).  Here is a dough ball with his baby print:

After baking, the cookies looked like this:

The recipe gave several options for different nuts to use in the cookie dough.  I chose almonds.  It’s important to note that the ground nuts should be measured after grinding.  The dough will be too dry and crumbly if you measure first.  After baking, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Once the cookies have cooled, it’s time for the fun part – filling them!  I chose to fill half with blackberry preserves (in the back of the following photo).  The other half I filled with chocolate – 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, 3 tbsp butter, and 1/2 tsp corn syrup, melted in a double boiler.

 This recipe can be found on page 164 of Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking: From My Home To Yours.  The only change I made was the addition of 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Lean you head close to your computer screen while you look at this little guy:

Can you hear it?  He’s saying “All the other cookies got eaten except me.  Eat me, eat me”. 

Never mind. 

I already ate him.

Thanks, Mike, for the good recipe pick.  I’m sure you’re not ugly and your food certainly isn’t!

I’d say It’s Thyme to Eat but the cookies are all gone!

TWD: Toasted Coconut Custart Tart

March 2, 2010

Thanks to Beryl of Cinemon Girl who picked today’s Tuesday With Dorie recipe.  My favorite part of this recipe was that it could be made in different sessions.  The custard can be done up to 3 days ahead of time.  The shortbread crust was also made when it was convenient for me.  Today, allI had to do was make the whipped cream topping, assemble the tart, and serve it.

The recipe called for 2 tablespoons of dark rum in the custard.  That was a little too much for me, I think.  So, I left out the 2 teaspoons of rum the recipe called for in the topping.

I’m still a little undecided about this tart.  I liked it.  I really did.  I’m just not sure that I loved it.  Every last crumb that I took to work got eaten, though, so it must not have been too bad.

Fortunately for me, I saved myself another piece.  Think I’ll go eat that right now!  Then I can decide how much I love this tart…

This recipe can be found on pages 344 and 345 of Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking: From My Home To Yours.  It can also be found on Beryl’s blog, Cinemon Girl.

Here is what the Tuesdays With Dorie group will be baking for the rest of March:

March 9, 2010- Mike of Ugly Food Dude selected Thumbprints For Us Big Guys on page 164.

March 16, 2010- Rachelle of Mommy? I’m Hungry! chose Soft Chocolate and Raspberry Tart on page 354.

March 23, 2010- Jodie of Beansy Loves Cake decided on Dulce de Leche Duos on page 161.

March 30, 2010- Carmen of Carmen Cooks singled out Coconut Tea Cake on pages 194 and 195.

 It’s Thyme to Eat!