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Friday, September 22, 2017

Savory Cheese and Chive Bread

French Fridays
Around My French Table

One of the things that is nice about choosing my own recipes to make is that I can go from one recipe to the next with like ingredients. That is what I did here, having just made Dieter's Tartine which included chives I then chose this cheese and chive bread. Dorie said you could pick a variety of cheese (Gruyere, Comte, Emmenthal) but I stayed with what I had on hand which was cheddar. This savory cheese bread was a big hit with the family. We love cheese!

Savory Cheese and Chive Bread page 34.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Graham Cracker Cookies

Tuesdays with Dorie
Dorie's Cookies


I made graham crackers! This was a fun and delicious snack. My husband thought they smelled wonderful baking in the oven. My son, not one for compliments, said they are graham crackers but then he ate another one and another one....

I have worked with graham flour before but I did not know that it is the same as whole wheat flour. Thanks Dorie! I can quit searching for the fancy bags of flour.

This is a cookie that needs planning ahead. The dough once rolled out needs to be refrigerated or froze before cooking. I also have an issue with getting my dough the correct thickness. Some had that unmistakable snap and some did not but it did not matter to us, we loved them all. And by the way, they make excellent ice cream sandwiches:)

Graham Cracker Cookies page 209.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dieter's Tartine

French Fridays
Around My French Table


This is the second tartine that I have made from Around My French Table. You don't have to be on a diet to enjoy it. This was a light summer lunch for my husband and I. The bountiful summer tomatoes and cucumbers made it an ideal meal not to mention that it is super easy to make. Dorie recommends in her recipe to peel the cucumber and tomatoes but I did not bother. Sourdough bread is grilled, topped with lowfat cottage cheese, a little salt and pepper, then topped with the tomatoes, cucumbers and a little chives. Viola you have a lunch.

Dieter's Tartine page 38.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Simplest Plum Tart

Tuesdays with Dorie
Baking Chez Moi


This month is going to be a fruity month for Baking Chez Moi. I had already purchased my peaches for our Brown Butter Peach Tourte when I found these Italian plums. I am not familiar with Italian plums so I did a little research and found they are also called Empress or prune plums. My local grocery store had a new shipment of Empress plums so I changed my dessert tout sweet.

It is a simple tart. Ingredients are just crumbs, in my case graham cracker crumbs, plums, and cinnamon and sugar. An hour later and you have a golden tart.

You really need to be a plum lover to enjoy this dessert. I served mine with whipped cream. I liked it but my family is not crazy about plums so the rest of my tart went to work with me where I shared it.

Simplest Plum Tart page 153.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Milk-And-Cookies Cupcakes


This cupcake recipe is a play on milk and cookies. The milk flavor of the cupcake comes from sweetened condensed milk and whole milk. There are mini chocolate chips inside the cupcake for added texture. The frosting which was delicious was made with melted milk chocolate.

I thought this cupcake captured the essence of milk and cookies and I really enjoyed it. My son and husband were not impressed. I was surprised on the split decision but you can't win them all.

Try them for yourself, the recipe is available on the Food Network website.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

They-Might-Be-Breakfast Cookies

I was a member of a committee at my son's school. This was a 7 AM meeting so I tried to bring some baked goods mostly muffins when I attended. The attendees were always grateful. This recipe from Dorie's Cookies caught my eye so I tried these instead of muffins.

These were a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie. The soaking of the dried fruit really made them soft to eat. The only recommendation I have is to chop the apple slices small. Mine were too large and seemed to stick out all over the place. These were delicious and worthy of a breakfast cookie.

As part of cookies and kindness these cookies went several places. I took a dozen to a neighbor whose husband had just passed away. I took another dozen to school for a meeting. And I shared these as with all of my baking with my in-laws.

They-Might-Be-Breakfast Cookies page 110.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Profiteroles, Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce, Benoit Style

First day of school. First day of high school. First day of a new school district. A day like today needed a special dessert and this week's selection for Tuesdays with Dorie fit the bill.

There are many components to this dish. I made the cream puff dough, vanilla pastry cream and ice cream (not vanilla) from scratch. I did not make the chocolate sauce. My son likes vanilla so this was his dessert.

I made Coffee Cajeta Ice Cream from David Lebovitz for my husband and I. We loved it. Great coffee ice cream with chopped chocolate layered with cajeta or dulce de leche. Perfect accompaniment to Dorie's profiteroles.

I made a lot of dishes today but it was well worth it. Try one of all of Profiteroles, Ice Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce, Benoit Style.