Tuesdays with Dorie

TWD: Midnight Crackles

HAPPY NEW YEAR! How has this happened? I wasn’t even used to saying twenty-ten yet, and now we’re already on twenty-eleven. (Cue old-lady grumping about the passage of time and kids these days.) We had an exciting New Year’s Day. I’ll give you a hint: it involved giant dragons… …and marching bands… …and horned frogs…

TWD: Apple-Coconut Family Cake

On paper, this Apple-Coconut Family Cake had a lot going for it. For one thing, I like apple, and I love coconut. Love. Try to use it as often as possible. Named a whole month after it. Want to call my first child Coconut LaBau. (Actually, I want to call my first child Angela-Merkel LaBau*,…

TWD: Devlishly Good Chocolate Shortcakes

Whew! One major holiday down, one big one to go. Now that I have somewhat recovered, I can tell you that Thanksgiving was epic. My friends, we had three pies and one cake for four adults. Plus whipped cream. And ice cream. It was obscene. There are not enough stretchy-waisted pants in the world to…

TWD: Cranberry-Lime Galette

For many of us, the capital-H Holidays are approaching, and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve already been run over by a festive seasonal truck and it’s barely mid-November. The last few months I’ve felt like Wile E. Coyote frantically churning my legs in midair, trying to run across the sky…

TWD: Cranberry Shortbread Cake

Yesterday afternoon, as I was spoiling my husband’s dinner by force-feeding him cranberry cake and whipped cream, he looked me in the eyes and said, with great feeling, “Miy WOUFF Troiusdapes miff Rorfty!” Fortunately, we have been married long enough that I’m able to translate Full Mouth into English, and knew that he was saying…

TWD: Peanuttiest Blondies

I’m more than a little obsessed with peanut butter–well, with nut butters in general. In my cupboards I have 4 different kinds of peanut butter and 3 other nut butters, and that’s not even counting the coconut butter variations. Some might say I have a problem with nut butter consumption, but one person’s problem is…

TWD: All-American Apple Pie

It is said that people are either Beatles fans or Rolling Stones fans, and that your musical choice explains a lot about who you are as a person. I prefer to group people in entirely different categories: are you a cake person or a pie person? For myself, I fall firmly on the “cake” side…

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…

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