Tuesdays with Dorie: Surprise! Your Berry Cake Fell!

So, about that genoise recipe. I think I speak for all of us when I say: %$&*@~&$!!! I made the cake recipe twice, can you believe this was the “good” one? It seems like everyone had problems with this cake sinking dramatically. Someone on the TWD board wrote Dorie and got a reply stating, basically,…

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Is there anything better than Nutella? I mean, think about it. Chocolate and hazelnuts get together and produce a sweet, smooth, creamy baby, available in a handy jar. In a jar, people. Basically begging to be spread on everything from croissants to pretzels to your fingers. Sick of healthy apples for a snack? A dab…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Spicy Cornbread Muffins

This post could be subtitled: In Which The Author Suffers A Case of Blog-Writer’s Block. I’ve put off writing this entry most of today because I can’t think of any clever or interesting ways of approaching it. People, I am on a strict New Year’s-inspired diet and exercise plan. All of my mental energy is…

Pear and Gouda Scones

Recently I was lucky enough to receive some samples from a company called Oh! Nuts. They sell…you guessed it…all different kinds of nuts and dried fruit, along with many candies and snack items. (The selection really is amazing, and after a quick browse-through I’ve discovered about 5374 ingredients I simply must have.) The samples I…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Pear Almond Tart

Oh, YUM. This week’s TWD recipe, a Pear Almond Tart, was chosen by Dorie herself, so I was already planning on saying nice things about it, even if I didn’t like it. Fortunately, the tart was fabulous, so I don’t even have to lie. Bonus! This particular tart is pretty common in bakeries–I’ve made a…

Resolution Breaker Tollhouse Pie

Happy New Year! Have you made your resolutions yet? Do any of them happen to involve healthier eating and/or weight loss? If so, you may want to stop reading now, because this month’s Pies With That challenge was all about creating a pie so tempting, it could only be called a resolution breaker. It didn’t…

Christmas with the Daring Bakers: French Yule Log

Given the timing, it wasn’t a surprise that this month’s Daring Bakers challenge was a Yule Log, or Buche de Noel. It also wasn’t a surprise that this was the most time-intensive, complicated Yule Log I’ve ever made. Most yule logs that I’ve seen are comprised of a thin sponge cake rolled around a mousse…

Christmas Baking, Part 2

I like the Christmas candy recipes that I posted yesterday, but I LOVE these cookie recipes. I guess I’m more of a cookie girl at heart. Gingerbread Cookies This recipe is AMAZING. I’ve tried many different gingerbread recipes, and I invariably find ones that taste great but don’t hold their shape well, or hold their…

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