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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!

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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 #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.

Daring Bakers September – Lavash Crackers

Even though I think I’ve baked everything there is to bake, there’s still always something left out there to challenge me.  I had never made crackers before, never made my own salsa, and never made anything gluten-free!

One batch of crackers was topped with coarse kosher salt and the other was topped with sesame seeds.  They turned out a little thick, but still very tasty.

The honeydew peach salsa was a little different due to the mostly fruit content, but it was still delicious.  Wonderful blend of sweet and spice.

Lavash Crackers with Honeydew Peach Salsa

Recipe
Lavash Crackers from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart
Honeydew Peach Salsa

Modifications
My gluten-free baking mix (yay Whole Foods!) contained white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, guar gum, and salt.  I couldn’t find fresh coriander for the salsa, so I used fresh cilantro instead.

Rating
Quite delicious for being vegan and gluten-free!  And sooooo easy.  3 stars out of 5 for the crackers and 3.5 stars out of 5 for the salsa.

TWiB #39 – Strawberry Pecan Bread

I needed to use up a few things and I was looking for something simple, so this bread fit the bill. Since it’s a quick bread, it seemed like a good opportunity to use Splenda.

Strawberry Pecan Bread

Recipe
Strawberry Bread

Modifications
Divided recipe in half to make 1 loaf.  Used Splenda in place of sugar.

Rating
Flavors are good, but it’s a little dry.  GiR finds the Splenda flavor to be too overwhelming.  2.5 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