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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!

Daring Bakers August – Chocolate Chocolate Eclairs

I had made eclairs before, so I figured this would be an easy Daring Baker’s month.  I whipped up my first batch of eclairs (including the super bizarre baking directions) and ended up with flat pancakes for eclairs.  Into the trash!  For the second batch, I baked them at a higher temperature and nixed the stupid wooden spoon.  More flat pancakes!  At that point, I realized that it’s probably just the recipe and not me, and I was running out of eggs, so I just kept them.

The pastry cream came together fine and was very delicious.  I didn’t quite see the need to make the chocolate sauce, then promptly mix that into the chocolate glaze.  I would have rather seen a unified recipe for that, as now I have containers of both sauce and glaze in my fridge.

Overall, these were pretty good.  GiR and I are not huge chocolate fans, so it was a bit much chocolate for us.  However, for those chocolate lovers out there, this is the recipe for you!

Chocolate Chocoalte Eclairs

Recipe
“Chocolate Eclairs” from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme by Dorie Greenspan

Modifications
None

Rating
Good, but too time-consuming (and too chocolatey).  3 stars out of 5.

TWiB #5 & 6 – Napoleons and Eclairs

I was sick during TWiB #5, so I had to double up and do #5 and #6 together. The recipes I chose are very similar in general flavors, but have very different results.

Napoleons
Napoleons

Recipe
Used store-bought puff pastry dough and this pastry cream

Modifications
For half the Napoleons, I spread a thin layer of strawberry jam over the pastry cream and added a dollop of jam to the top

Rating
The rating for the strawberry ones is 4 stars out of 5. The jam adds just the right about of sweetness.

Eclairs
Eclairs

Recipe
Eclairs

Modifications
None

Rating
4.5 stars out of 5. These were AWESOME. The only thing that needs improvement is the chocolate glaze.