Artwork by Jacob

Artwork by Jacob

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pistachio-Berry Slims

Tuesdays with Dorie
Dorie's Cookies
This was an easy bar cookie to whip up. Pistachios and sugar ground together in a food processor. An egg white added to glue it together. Form it into a log and bake. Fill with jam and top with raspberries. Presto fancy cookie bar. My husband thought they were too healthy. My son doesn't eat nuts so the rest went to work where they were devoured. To see what others thought go to TWD.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Classic Fruit Tart

Tuesdays with Dorie
Baking Chez Moi

The perfect summer dessert, classic fruit tart. Made with Dorie's flawless sweet tart dough, vanilla pastry cream and a bounty of summer berries. I glazed my berries with raspberry jam as that is what I had on hand. This was a delicious way to end a meal on a very hot summer day. To see what others thought head over to TWD.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cast-Iron Pan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Tuesdays with Dorie
Dorie's Cookies

I loved the idea of a cookie in a pan and this dessert did not disappoint. I served this as part of our Independence Day celebration dinner. This cookie is chocked full of stuff; chocolate, dried apricots and sweetened coconut. I served it a la mode which made it extra special. The adults liked it but my son is not a fan of coconut so he will not be having more. To see what others made head over to TWD.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Black-and-White Baked Alaska

Tuesdays with Dorie
Baking Chez Moi


This wonderful baked Alaska was the dessert for our Father's Day celebration. The base is a flourless chocolate cake described as "fallen souffle with a brownie-like texture". It was  the perfect base because it did not get too hard in the freezer. 

I made anise ice cream from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. His recipes never disappoint and this one was no different. 

The meringue whipped up nicely without any problems. I prefer to use a torch to toast my meringue instead of putting in the oven. 

This was a huge hit with my family and I would definitely make this again. To see what others thought head over to TWD.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Fruit Salad with Limoncello


I Heart Cooking Clubs
If you like fruit salad then I encourage you to make this one, it won rave reviews when I served it. I was inspired by the Limoncello which I had plenty. The fruit base is filled with summer fruits: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and banana. The fruit salad is sweetened with sugar but I think you can omit. The lemon yogurt topping, which is to die for, is composed of Greek yogurt, lemon curd, honey and vanilla. Again I think you can leave the honey out as curd is sweet on its own. I served  this as a starter but it would certainly work as a dessert too.

The recipe is available from the Food Network website. To see what others made head over to IHCC.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cocoa-Tahini Cookies with Sesame Crunch

Tuesdays with Dorie
Dorie's Cookies


We loved everything about these cookies. As soon as I took them out of the oven everyone ate two. This is my first time baking with tahini and it won't be my last. 

For the sesame crunch I decided to make from scratch since I could always use the practice of making caramel. It came out perfect and I was happy with the results. I think I chopped my crunch too fine as I barely noticed them in the cookie. Next time I will make bigger pieces.

The cookie dough is a wonderful blend of unsweetened cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. The surprise ingredient is tahini. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips as my add-in. 

These were a wonderfully chocolate cookie with a surprise twist of tahini. Highly recommended. To see what others thought head over to TWD.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Strawberry Tarts

Monthly Featured Ingredient - Berries
I Heart Cooking Clubs
I have wanted to make these strawberry tarts ever since I received a copy of Barefoot in Paris. I made these for our Mother's Day brunch and they lived up to all my expectations. I decided to make the crust from a tried and true recipe, I did not want any failures for Mother's Day. I am happy with my decision as the crusts came out perfect. One whole recipe of tart dough provided five mini-tarts. The pastry cream was delicious. The recipe calls for Cognac but I substituted for Brandy since that is what I had on hand. Strawberries are in season and they were delicious. I think any berry would work for this recipe. On Ina's TV show she gave raspberry jam as an alternate to apricot and that is what I used. This is my first time making mini-tarts and they were a smashing success. The recipe can be found in Barefoot in Paris page 215 or from the Food Network. 

The rest of the group at I Heart Cooking Clubs is celebrating the life of Anthony Bourdain. Please head over to the website for more information.