Pecans

TWD: Fold-Over Pear Torte

What a strange little hybrid dessert this was. It uses pie dough, but it’s baked in a springform pan. The filling is chopped fresh pears, and pecans, and dried apricots. It’s all held together with a vanilla custard, and then the pie crust is partially folded over the edges. So many things going on! It’s…

Q: What is the Opposite of a Bundt Cake?

Q: What is the opposite of a bundt cake? A: How about…waffles? I’m not sure if “waffles” is the exact opposite of a bundt cake (maybe doughnut holes would be a better answer?) but they do seem pretty far apart on the Baking Spectrum. Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes were the TWD choice this week,…

Brownie Cookies, the Best of Both Worlds

First off, a bit of business. My Oh Nuts! giveaway ended last night, and the winner, as chosen by the random number generator, was lucky number 17: Caroline of Sweet Caroline. So Caroline, email me your contact information and I’ll get the gift certificate sent your way! Speaking of nuts and dried fruit and yumminess,…

TWD: Pecan Sables

You don’t have to tell me how good Dorie’s sable recipe is. Just this past summer I was swooning over the spiced version–such good flavor, such good texture, such easy, delicious little cookies. So this time I decided to shake it up a bit, and try a pecan version. I added ground roasted pecans to…

Daring Bakers Challenge: Just Say Cheesecake

Lately I have started to suspect an ugly truth about myself. No matter how much I like to think the opposite, it is possible that my heart is not into being a Daring Baker. (Note the very important capital letters. I will forever be a daring baker–many burned pans and discarded desserts will attest to…

Thanksgiving round-up: Chocolate-Pecan Pie

Ooooh this was a good one. Pecan pie has never really done it for me, I think it’s too sweet and too much like nuts suspended in corn syrup to really be exciting. However, adding melted dark chocolate and chunks of bittersweet chocolate to the mix made things really interesting. It was like a moist,…

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