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.

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TWiB #46 – Paczki

My mom’s side of the family is all Polish, so Paczki are a pretty traditional sweet. They are also known as Bismarcks or Berliners in other parts of the world. For my fillings, I chose strawberry jam, lemon curd, and bavarian cream.

Paczki
paczki

Recipe
Authentic Polish Paczki

Modifications
I did not fry the filling in with dough. I also had to add a LOT more flour to get the dough to come together properly.

Rating
Good, but not fantastic. Gets dry if you want too long to eat them after making them. 3 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 #44 – Rocky Road Cookies

I had some marshmallows to use up, so this looked like a quick, easy recipe. The finished product, though, not so good. The marshmallows melted and made the cookies either stick or crumble. The edges were too dry and crispy and the walnuts added almost zero flavor. I guess I will have to find some other way to use up marshmallows.

Rocky Road Cookies

Recipe
Rocky Road Cookies

Modifications
I didn’t have quite enough cocoa powder, maybe only 1/2 cup.  I also baked the cookies for 14 minutes because I was using AirBake cookie sheets.

Rating
Major suckage.  1 star out of 5.

Daring Bakers October – Pizza Dough

My friend SS looooooves pizza, so as soon as I saw the challenge for this month, I knew he would want to be a part of it.

The dough itself was BEAUTIFUL.  It was easily the best dough I’ve ever worked with before.  It was soft, pliable, smooth, and wonderful.  I just wanted to keep touching it!

Tossing it was a lot of fun.  Some people found the dough to be too soft, but I didn’t really have that problem. I did manage to get a video of SS tossing the dough. =)


Click the image to go to the video.

Basic Pizza Dough

Recipe
“Basic Pizza Dough” from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart

Modifications
I cut the dough into 4 pieces instead of 6.

Toppings

Rating
Awesome!  4.5 stars out of 5.  We all wished the crust was a little crispier, but I think that would have been accomplished if I had a baking stone, which is hardly the dough’s fault.

TWiB #43 – Rye Bread

Rye bread is GiR’s favorite bread, so I knew I had to try it out. There are a lot of different recipes out there, but the one I picked seemed simple and straightforward. I thought the cocoa powder was an interesting addition, but GiR didn’t like it. Still, it was a soft bread with a nice chewy crust.

Rye Bread

Recipe
George’s Light Rye Bread

Modifications
I made a half recipe, ending up with one loaf.

Rating
Not “rye” 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.