Category Archives: dessert

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!

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TWiB #52 – Peanut Butter Torte

For Christmas at GiR’s house, I decided to make something fancy.  Dorie’s Peanut Butter Torte looks fantastic, but I didn’t know if I could pull it off.  In actuality, it’s very easy and I did great!

Peanut Butter Torte
peanut-butter-torte

Recipe
Peanut Butter Torte from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (pg. 282)

Modifications
I’m not a coffee fan, so I left out the espresso powder.  I also used Double Stuff Oreos, which made the crust more sticky and less crumbly.

peanut-butter-torte-sliced

Rating
Very good, but also very rich.  3.5 stars out of 5.

TWiB #41 – Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies

This seemed like an interesting way to use up some pumpkin.  GiR thinks there’s too many things going on in this, but I like the flavor mix.  I will, however, claim that it feels more like a cake rather than brownies.  Maybe I baked it too long?

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies

Recipe
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
cream cheese topping

Modifications
I left out the cayenne like the OP of the brownies did.  I layered my brownies as such from bottom to top:  chocolate, pumpkin, chocolate, pumpkin, cream cheese.

Rating
3 stars out of 5.

TWiB #37 – Pear Cheesecake

I’ve moving more and more towards inventing my recipes instead of following them word-for-word from a book.  Here’s a flavor combination that I came up with myself.  The pears are a subtle flavor addition to this creamy cheesecake.

Pear Cheesecake

Recipe
Brown Sugar-Apple Cheesecake from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours, pg. 238

Modifications
Changed all the brown sugar to white sugar.  Used 2 pears instead of apples.  Used ground vanilla wafer cookies instead of graham cracker crumbs.  Omitted cinnamon and apple cider.

Rating
Still not the best cheesecake ever.  3.5 stars out of 5.

TWiB – Second trimester round-up

Here’s a round-up of all the recipes I’ve made for This Week in Baking during May, June, July and August of 2008.

19.  Galaktoboureko – 3.5 stars
20.  Lemon Yogurt Cake (with Splenda) – 2.5 stars
21.  Key Lime Pie – 4 stars
22.  Twilight Madness – 4 stars
23.  Chocolate Lime Souffle – 3.5 stars
24.  Gingerbread Cookies – 4.5 stars
25.  Fortune Cookies – 2.5 stars
26.  Flan – 3 stars
27.  Pecan Pie Bars – 4.5 stars
28.  Blueberry Lemon Pavlova – 2.5 stars
29.  Mango Cardamom Bread Pudding – 3 stars
30.  Hummingbird Cake – 3.5 stars
31.  Dorie cookies – 3 stars and 4 stars
32.  Raspberry Angel Food Cake – 3 stars
33.  Cottage Dill Bread – 4.5 stars
34.  Blueberry Muffins – 4 stars
35.  Crepe Cake – 2.5 stars

TWiB Birthday Edition

There weren’t any 5 stars recipes this trimester, but here are the top performers.

  1. Gingerbread Cookies – 4.5 stars
  2. Pecan Pie Bars – 4.5 stars
  3. Cottage Dill Bread – 4.5 stars
  4. Key Lime Pie – 4 stars
  5. Twilight Madness – 4 stars
  6. Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters – 4 stars
  7. Blueberry Muffins – 4 stars

This is the overall list for all of 2008 so far.

  1. Brownie Tart – 5 stars
  2. Chocolate Creme Brulee – 4.5 stars
  3. Cinnamon Pie – 4.5 stars
  4. Cottage Dill Bread – 4.5 stars
  5. Eclairs – 4.5 stars
  6. Gingerbread Cookies – 4.5 stars
  7. Pecan Pie Bars – 4.5 stars

Sea Salt Ice Cream

For my friend SS’s birthday, he requested sea salt ice cream from the video game Kingdom Hearts. It’s quite the interesting combination of flavors, but very delicious.

Sea Salt Ice Cream

Recipe
Sea Salt Ice Cream

Modifications
I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I poured it into a baking pan and put it in the freezer, stirring every 1/2 hour or so.  It’s not as elegant as an ice cream maker, but it works fine.

Rating
Most couldn’t figure out whether they like it or not.  It’s just a basic frozen custard with sea salt mixed in.  3 stars out of 5.

My Dorie Days

After reading so much about Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours, I decided to pick it up from the library to try the recipes out before shelling out the cash for my own book. Here’s everything that I made in the 3 weeks or so I had the book. Needless to say, I ordered my own copy. =)

Pecan Honey Sticky Buns (pg. 51)

Rating
Absolutely fantastic. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (pg. 10)

Rating
4.5 stars out of 5.

Fresh Mango Bread (pg. 45)

Modifications
I used craisins instead of raisins, resulting in a beautiful mango cranberry bread.

Rating
4 stars out of 5.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bread (pg. 44)

Modifications
At the last minute, I realized I didn’t have any applesauce. I used mashed banana instead, which substituted perfectly. And again, I used craisins instead of raisins.

Rating
4 stars out of 5.

Honey-Nut Brownies (pg. 102)

Modifications
I chose to use almonds as my nut.

Rating
Not enough of a chocolaty taste. 2.5 stars out of 5.

Great Grains Muffins

Modifications
I finally used the last of my craisins in this recipe. Can you tell I got them on sale?

Rating
3.5 stars out of 5.