Artwork by Jacob

Artwork by Jacob

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Coffee Malteds



Coffee is a beloved drink in our house. We have three coffee makers: drip, French Press and espresso. My husband buys whole beans and we have our own grinder. We love our coffee. I knew these cookies would be a hit.

What I didn't know was finding unflavored malted milk would be so tough. It took me four grocery stores to find some but I did it!

These cookies came together fairly easy. I used freshly ground coffee beans of course. When they came out of the oven my husband couldn't wait to try them. They were delicious and he immediately wanted another one. These were definitely a hit in my house and will be made again.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Another hit recipe from the Food Network. I took these Pina Colada Cupcakes to a dinner party we were invited too and they were a success with adults and kids. The cake part is flavored with coconut milk, coconut oil, rum and lime juice. I chose to omit the coconut extract since I did not have any. My tasters thought there was plenty coconut flavor.

Again, the frosting is the star of this cupcake. One cup of pineapple juice is reduced down to 2-3 tablespoons which is like a syrup and it is added to the normal frosting ingredients of butter and powdered sugar. I added the rum to the frosting but omitted the coconut extract. The cupcakes are decorated with sweetened shredded coconut, I chose to leave some without, and maraschino cherries.

All cupcakes were eaten which is always a good sign. They got rave reviews and I would make them again. You can get the recipe at the Food Network.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Martine's Gateau de Savoie


Martine's Gateau de Savoie is a kind of sponge cake. The egg yolks are whipped together with the sugar. The egg whites are whipped separately and then folded into the yolks alternating with the flour. Into the Bundt pan it goes and viola you have a light and airy cake 45 minutes later.

I took the lazy route this week and served it only with powdered sugar. This cake was lovely for a summer's evening and would definitely make it again.

Martine's Gateau de Savoie page 11.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Classic Jammers

Tuesdays with Dorie
Dorie's Cookies

Cookies with jam are very popular in my house. Unlike my fellow bakers I did not have gobs of jam to use in my cookies. I stuck with my staple of strawberry jam. 

I think these are fancy cookies and for special occasion due to the multi-step process in making them. As I was cutting my dough out to put into the tins I noticed the dough getting soft which made it difficult to get off the parchment paper in one piece. I filled one 12 cup muffin tin and put the rest of the dough in the refrigerator to chill up again. This lengthened the process of cooking as I could do only one pan at a time. I must have rolled my dough too thin as the bake times were way off for me. I burned my first batch at 20 minutes so I ended up decreasing my cook time to 15 minutes. Despite my goof-ups they were delicious. Rave reviews from the family.

I liked Mardi Michels idea of the galette version of this cookie we made from Baking Chez Moi. This was also a hit in my house and was much easier to make. 

Classic Jammers page 350.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sundae Cupcakes

When I served these cupcakes my guests immediately recognized them as Sundaes. The cupcake base is a chocolate cake with chopped bananas. The recipe calls for chopped peanuts but my son is allergic so I left them out.

The frosting portion includes crushed sugar ice cream cones which adds a nice crunch to the dish. I made a rookie mistake in preparing the frosting, I did not crush the ice cream cones fine enough and clogged my frosting tip. My suggestion is to finely crush the cones to get through a frosting tip. The amount of frosting also would not support the height depicted on the picture for 12 cupcakes.

The chocolate dip and sprinkles really set these cupcakes a part and made them special. The cupcakes were delicious and a big hit with the crowd. I recommend these and would make them again. A fun celebration dessert.

You can get the recipe at FoodNetwork.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Streusal-Topped Rhubarb Lime Tart

Tuesdays with Dorie
Baking Chez Moi

I voted for this tart as we loved Dorie's rhubarb cake we made two years ago. Dorie's crust and streusal topping are really the star of this dish. My husband likes to joke that you could put cardboard between the two and it would taste good. This was a different kind of tart as it had a custard filling. Everyone liked it and thought it was good, some even had two pieces. I served mine with sugared strawberries which everyone liked. The consensus was that we preferred Dorie's Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake over this tart. What did you think?
Streusal-Topped Rhubarb Lime Tart on page 160.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Newest Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Tuesdays with Dorie
These were a big hit in my house, deemed the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie. What makes these cookies different is a combination of all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, nutmeg and coriander as the spices. Dorie gives other spice options such as instant espresso, cinnamon or Chinese five-spice. Next time I would like to try instant espresso. These chocolate chip cookies definitely go into the make again category.

My Newest Chocolate Chip Cookies page 125.