Category Archives: pie

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 #47 – Caramel Pumpkin Pie

I was making a pie for a potluck at work and I had a small amount of leftover dough. I baked up a mini pie crust and decided to try out Dorie’s Caramel Pumpkin Pie. I ended up over-darkening my caramel (and slightly overbaking the crust) so it didn’t taste very good, but I say that this recipe definitely has potential.

Caramel Pumpkin Pie
caramel-pumpkin-pie

Recipe
Caramel Pumpkin Pie from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Modifications
I made a 1/4 recipe to fit my tiny pie crust.

Rating

This batch was pretty bad, only 1.5 stars out of 5, but I definitely want to try it again.

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

TWiB #27 – Pecan Pie Bars

What’s more American than pecan pie? I made these for 4th of July, and they are much more BBQ-friendly than traditional pecan pie. They were a HUGE hit.

Pecan Pie Bars

Recipe
Pecan Pie Bars

Modifications
The original called for an odd-shaped pan and nowhere near enough pecans.  I made enough changes that I decided to post my version of the recipe here:

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup butter

3 eggs
3/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup pecan halves (or more to taste)
3/4 cup light corn syrup
4 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Follow the recipe as directed except use a 9″x13″ pan and cut into 36 bars.

Rating
Strong 4.5 stars out of 5.  The crust could use a slight improvement.

TWiB #21 – Key Lime Pie

My husband GiR loves key lime pie, but I hate the artificial taste of the sweetened condensed milk that is often a staple in such pies. I searched high and low for a key lime pie recipe that did not have sweetened condensed milk, and here’s what I came up with.

Key Lime Pie

Recipe
Key Lime Pie with a Plain Shortbread Crust from Cooking: A Commonsense Guide

Modifications
Because of how things worked out, I ended up with an extra egg white, so I have 4 egg whites in the meringue instead of 3. I also did not have real key limes, so I just used regular limes.

Rating
This tastes sooo much better than traditional key lime pies. The crust I chose was not quite the right type of crust for this pie, but it was still good. 4 stars out of 5.

TWiB – First trimester round-up

Here’s a round-up of all the recipes I’ve made for This Week in Baking during the first 4 months of 2008.

  1. Apple Coffee Cake – 3 stars
  2. Cheddar Basil Scones – 3.5 stars
  3. Cappuccino Biscotti – 1 star
  4. Sachertorte – 3.5 stars
  5. Napoleons – 4 stars
  6. Eclairs – 4.5 stars
  7. Bananas Foster – 3.5 stars
  8. Quiche – 3.5 stars
  9. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie – 3 stars
  10. Gooey Butter Cake – 3.5-4 stars
  11. German Apple Cake – 3.5 stars
  12. Raspberry Bars – 4-4.5 stars
  13. Cinnamon Pie – 4 stars
  14. Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookies – 3.5 stars
  15. Chocolate Creme Brulee – 4.5 stars
  16. Lemon Tarts – 4 stars
  17. Brownie Tart – 5 stars
  18. English Tea Scones – 3 stars

TWiB Bonus Edition – Goleem

Here are my top 5 recipes so far:

  1. Brownie Tart – 5 stars
  2. Cinnamon Pie – 4 stars (note: further permutations of this recipe yielded 4.5-5 stars)
  3. Chocolate Creme Brulee – 4.5 stars
  4. Eclairs – 4.5 stars
  5. Raspberry Bars – 4-4.5 stars

TWiB #16 – Lemon Tarts

We had been making pies in my baking class, so I thought I’d whip up some quick little tarts. I even happened to have all of the ingredients on hand.

Lemon Tarts
lemon tarts

Recipe
Little Lemon Tarts from Cooking: A Commonsense Guide

Modifications
I didn’t have any candied lemon pieces, so I had to leave them off.

Rating
Nothing spectacular, but still tasty. 4 stars out of 5.