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

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.


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 Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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.

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 from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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


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)

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

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

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

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

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)

Absolutely fantastic. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins (pg. 10)

4.5 stars out of 5.

Fresh Mango Bread (pg. 45)

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

4 stars out of 5.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bread (pg. 44)

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.

4 stars out of 5.

Honey-Nut Brownies (pg. 102)

I chose to use almonds as my nut.

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

Great Grains Muffins

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

3.5 stars out of 5.