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TWiB – Third trimester and 2008 round-up

Here’s a round-up of all the recipes I’ve made for This Week in Baking during September, October, November and December of 2008.

36.  Pita Bread – 3.5 stars
37.  Pear Cheesecake – 3.5 stars
38.  Dense Chocolate Loaf  Cake – 4 stars
39.  Strawberry Pecan Bread – 2.5 stars
40.  Tres Leches Cake – 4.5 stars
41.  Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies – 3 stars
42.  Carrot Cake Cupcakes – 4 stars
43.  Rye Bread – 3 stars
44.  Rocky Road Cookies – 1 stars
45.  Jalepeno Cake – 3 stars
46.  Paczki – 3 stars
47.  Caramel Pumpkin Pie – 1.5 stars
48.  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – 3.5 stars
49.  Big Bad Chocolate Muffins – 4.5 stars
50.  Blueberry Coffee Cake – 4 stars
51.  Cornbread – 3 stars
52.  Peanut Butter Torte – 3.5 stars

Again, no 5 star recipes, but here are the best of this trimester:

  1. Big Bad Chocolate Muffins – 4.5 stars
  2. Tres Leches Cake – 4.5 stars
  3. Blueberry Coffee Cake – 4 stars
  4. Dense Chocolate Loaf  Cake – 4 stars

And the list you’ve been waiting for, the top 9 recipes of 2008!

  1. Brownie Tart – 5 stars
  2. Big Bad Chocolate Muffins – 4.5 stars
  3. Chocolate Creme Brulee – 4.5 stars
  4. Cinnamon Pie – 4.5 stars
  5. Cottage Dill Bread – 4.5 stars
  6. Eclairs – 4.5 stars
  7. Gingerbread Cookies – 4.5 stars
  8. Pecan Pie Bars – 4.5 stars
  9. Tres Leches Cake – 4.5 stars

There will be no regular TWiB in 2009.  Instead, I will revisit some of the less-than-excellent recipes and see what I can do to improve them.  Happy New Year and see you in 2009!

TWiB #50 – Blueberry Coffee Cake

I needed a quick breakfast cake for a Christmas brunch and this hit the spot exactly.

Blueberry Coffee Cake
blueberry-coffee-cake

Recipe
Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Modifications
I used a 9×9 square pan instead of a bundt pan. Instead of the struesel topping listed, I used the struesel from Dorie’s Allspice Crumb Muffins (pg. 16). Although instead of allspice, I used cinnamon.

Rating
Very moist and delicious. 4 stars out of 5.

TWiB #49 – Big Bad Chocolate Muffins

My friend NL sent me a recipe for these chocolate muffins and I just had to try them out.  I felt like a little bit of a cheater because it uses a devil’s food cake mix, but the results are just soooo good.

Big Bad Chocolate Muffins
choc-muffin

Recipe
Private recipe of NL’s

Modifications
None

Rating
Delicious and chocolately.  Especially gooey when warm.  4.5 stars out of 5.

TWiB #45 – Jalapeno Cake

In looking for interesting flavor combinations, I came across this jalapeno cake.  It’s a very complex recipe, with a lot of different flavors going on – chocolate, almonds, jalapeno, coffee, cinnamon – but it turned out pretty good.

Mexican Jalapeno Chocolate Cream Cake
jalapeno-cake

Recipe
Mexican Jalapeno Chocolate Cream Cake

Modifications
None.  Served with coffee liqueur flavored whipped cream.

Rating
Good, but not jalapeno-y enough.  3 stars out of 5.

TWiB #42 – Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I’ve had this on my “to-bake” list for a long time and finally gathered up all the ingredients. They turned out pretty messy, but tasted awesome!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Recipe
Bill’s Big Carrot Cake from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (pg. 254)

Modifications
Instead of 2 tsp cinnamon, I used 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cardamom, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg.  I left out the coconut and increased the raisins to 1 cup.  And of course, I baked it in muffin tins (it made 24 cupcakes).

Rating
Very delicious.  4 stars out of 5.

TWiB #40 – Tres Leches Cake

I asked my friend RS for an idea for TWiB and he suggested 3 milk cake.  It’s his favorite cake, and I can see why.

Tres Leches Cake
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Recipe
Tres Leches Cake

Modifications
I made homemade whipped cream and left off the coconut.

Rating
Soooooo good.  4.5 stars out of 5.

TWiB #38 – Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

I’ve had How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson on my wish list for a long time, so I decided to pick it up from the library and make a few things before committing to the purchase. My friend SS loves anything plain chocolate (i.e. not mixed w/ other flavors, no nuts or fruits, etc), so I thought this loaf cake would be perfect.

Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

Recipe
Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake from Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess, pg. 166

Modifications
I didn’t have any bittersweet chocolate, so I used about .5 oz unsweetened chocolate (it just happened to be the size of chunk I had kicking around) and 3.5 oz semi-sweet.

Rating
I really liked the recipe, but my husband GiR didn’t care for it.  SS hasn’t tried it yet, but I know he’ll love it.  Average score would be about 4 out of 5 stars.