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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 #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 #21 – Key Lime Pie

My husband GiR loves key lime pie, but I hate the artificial taste of the sweetened condensed milk that is often a staple in such pies. I searched high and low for a key lime pie recipe that did not have sweetened condensed milk, and here’s what I came up with.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie with a Plain Shortbread Crust from Cooking: A Commonsense Guide

Because of how things worked out, I ended up with an extra egg white, so I have 4 egg whites in the meringue instead of 3. I also did not have real key limes, so I just used regular limes.

This tastes sooo much better than traditional key lime pies. The crust I chose was not quite the right type of crust for this pie, but it was still good. 4 stars out of 5.

TWiB #13 – Cinnamon Pie

My friend SS challenged me to make a pie that was mostly cinnamon flavored and was sort of crunchy. Not quite custard-y, and not quite like pecan pie. Well, here’s what I came up with. It all went pretty well, except the graham cracker layer rose to the top and separated from the custard instead of staying mixed in. Not a huge deal though; it was still tasty. =)

Cinnamon Pie
cinnamon pie

Little Rock Cinnamon Cream Pie

I used cinnamon graham crackers instead of regular. I used 2 tsp of cinnamon instead of 1. Also, I gently crushed up some more cinnamon graham crackers on the top for even more crunch.

Despite the separation (see below), it still tasted great. 4 stars out of 5.

cinnamon pie closeup

TWiB #9 – Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

I made this pumpkin cream cheese pie as part of a pi(e) date with GiR. We had cottage pie, this pie, and watched the movie Pi.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie from New Baking Book (Better Homes and Gardens)
crust: Plain Shortcrust Pastry from Cooking: A Commonsense Guide


3 stars out 5. Not really any better than a traditional pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie closeup