TWD: At Long Last, World Peace

Sometimes the problems of the world seem overwhelming. Despotic governments, economies in shambles, wars everywhere you turn…it’s enough to make you want to stay in bed with the covers pulled up. Ladies and gentlemen, I have finally found the solution to all of life’s ills. I present to you: WORLD PEACE cookies World Peace Cookies…

Daring Bakers: There’s A Spoom in My Tuile

This post should be about tuiles. The Daring Bakers challenge this month was to make tuiles: impossibly light, thin cookies that are traditionally shaped like the roof tiles that give them their name. We had our choice of making traditional sweet tuiles, nougatine tuiles, chocolate tuiles, or savory tuiles. Yes, indeed, there are many different…

TWD: Chocolate Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread this week! Yesssss! Was I alone in doing the fist-pump over this one? (Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the world who actually likes gingerbread cake. Seriously, mention it to people and they kind of grimace at you and mutter things like “sticky” and “molasses bomb.” Now I know how the…

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…

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