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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!


TWiB #39 – Strawberry Pecan Bread

I needed to use up a few things and I was looking for something simple, so this bread fit the bill. Since it’s a quick bread, it seemed like a good opportunity to use Splenda.

Strawberry Pecan Bread

Strawberry Bread

Divided recipe in half to make 1 loaf.  Used Splenda in place of sugar.

Flavors are good, but it’s a little dry.  GiR finds the Splenda flavor to be too overwhelming.  2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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

Pecan Pie Bars

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.

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