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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.

Happy Father’s Day!

My dad is on a health kick, so I tried to come up with a healthy little dessert for him for Father’s Day. These mini tarts have about 70 calories and 5g of fat each. And you can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream.


Make cream cheese tart shells as directed.

Spoon small amount of sugar free jam into the bottom of each shell. I used strawberry jam for the strawberry tarts and either lemon curd or blackberry jam for the blueberry tarts.

Spoon fresh berries into top shells; about 4 small pieces of fruit will fit in each tart.

Top with homemade whipped cream.


All things strawberry cake

My grandma looooves strawberries, so I made her this cake for Mother’s Day.

I used a from-the-box French Vanilla cake, baked in 2 layers then cut into 4 layers. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of a slice so you could see the wonderful ayers.

For the icing, I used Jen‘s strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream. Her strawberry buttercream vanilla chiffon cake was my inspiration.

And…. one more pic for good measure. =)

This cake gets a 5 for presentation, but only about a 4 for quality. The French vanilla cake was too generic, and some people didn’t like the taste of the buttercream. Overall, a huge success though.

Food update

I’ve made a lot of food over the past few weeks, but I forget to take pictures of it.

Blueberry almond pecan coffee cake. Made with Splenda!

blueberry almond pecan coffee cake

Brownies shaped like Tetris pieces! =D (not made with Splenda)

tetris brownies

I also made some mini strawberry danishes that were a big hit. Cookie-sized homemade danish pastry, with a small dollop of a cream cheese filling, and a few tiny pieces of strawberry on top. Yum! All it needed was a bit of powdered sugar glaze on top.

I tried my hand at making some sourdough bread, which turned out pretty good. Taking the baking and pastry class is making me want to experiment with new foods and try new things. This bodes well for my family and friends who get to try all my yummy stuff. =)

Food, glorious food!

For the 4th of July, I decided to make a red, white and blue themed cheesecake. The crust is just 1/2 a red velvet cake mix (prepared as directed on the box) baked in a 9″ springform pan. I used a simple generic recipe for the cheesecake part. The blueberry sauce came from my trusty friend Betty ;). All in all, a simple dessert, but it was pretty well received. The red velvet cake was “meh”, in my opinion, but the blueberry sauce was fantastic.

Red white and blue cheesecake (whole)

Red white and blue cheesecake (slice)

I had originally bought some strawberries for potential use in the 4th of July cheesecake, but as you can see, I didn’t end up using them. I also had some leftover Bavarian cream from a small cake I made for my mom. I needed a dessert for a game night at our house, so I bought some dessert shells from the store and decided to “whip something up.” I simply filled the shells with the cream, sliced a strawberry all fancy-like, and placed it on top. Simple, big hit, slightly messy to eat. =D

Strawberry cream dessert

I’ve also whipped up some tasty dinners this past week, but no pictures. It’s pretty fun putting together disparate ingredients into a tasty whole. I’m typically a strict recipe-following gal, but throwing stuff together is satisfying as well.