Tag Archives: Dorie Greenspan

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 #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 #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 #31 – Dorie cookies

I was pretty busy this weekend getting ready for a road trip to Ohio, so I didn’t have much time to make anything special.  So, as a minor cop-out, I made 2 kinds of cookies from Dorie’s wonderful book.

Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread Cookies (pg. 127)

Modifications
I used dark brown sugar and my nuts weren’t ground as finely.  I really need to get a new food processor.

Rating
They didn’t really turn out anything like the picture.  3 stars out of 5.

Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters (pg. 73)

Modifications
I used about 2/3 cup smooth peanut butter and a whole bag (12 oz) of chocolate chips.

Rating
Very flavorful and easy to make.  4 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.