Artwork by Jacob

Artwork by Jacob

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cowgirl Cornmeal-Pecan Financiers

Tuesdays with Dorie
Baking Chez Moi

Our second Financiers from Baking Chez Moi. This southern take on a French dessert is made with ground pecans, cornmeal and butter, lots of butter. This is quite a rich dessert and one was quite satisfying. My mini-muffin pan made about 24 with a tablespoon and a half scoop. To see what others thought, head over to Tuesdays with Dorie.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Swedish Visiting Cake Bars

Tuesdays with Dorie
Dorie's Cookies

This is definitely a cake, no bar about it. It is a delicious cake, flavored and covered with almonds. Surprisingly when I cut into it the bottom in the center was a little under done, something I was not expecting. A family discussion concluded that using a glass Pyrex pan probably contributed to the under baked crust. The cake browned nicely and the toothpick came out clean. It tasted great and a nice crunch from the almonds. A snack cake I would definitely make for guests. To see what others made head over to Tuesdays with Dorie.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Raspberry Baked French Toast

I Heart Cooking Clubs Potluck Week.
I was inspired by Ina Garten's cooking show on the theme of make ahead breakfasts. I was looking for something to make for Mother's Day and I thought the ease of this dish would be good. I showed my husband the recipe and he approved (we were cooking for his parents) and he took the action to make it.

Ina still cooks by volume which I think is so subjective. The recipe calls for 10 cups of cubed challah. When my husband measured it out it looked so much less compared to what Ina had on her show. He ended up adding more challah based on the amount of wet ingredients. The raspberries in the middle are a nice touch if you like fruit with your french toast. This recipe will appeal to those that like bread pudding because that is what it is. This large piece was not the serving size but as usual I forgot to take a picture when it came out of the oven. We served it with maple syrup but did not add the powdered sugar on top per recipe. I do have my limits on sugar.

The recipe is available from Food Nework website. If you are looking for a make ahead recipe or food for a crowd then this is the recipe to make. To see what others made this week head over to IHCC.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

Tuesdays with Dorie
Dorie's Cookies

We had a family discussion about cookie versus cake. My son looked up the definition of a cookie "a small sweet cake, typically round, flat, and crisp". Dorie's Strawberry Shortcake Cookies almost fit this definition except crisp. This dessert became my family's Memorial Day treat, it fit the bill of being patriotic. 

The hardest part of this dessert is buttering and flouring the pans. My sponge cakes came out perfect with a twelve minute bake. I made the strawberry compote sans rose extract. Don't tell Dorie but I didn't make the whipped cream from scratch. Strawberry Shortcakes!, what's not to like? Thank you to my husband for setting up the shot and my son for taking the photo, a true family affair.

To see what others made head over to Tuesdays with Dorie.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Springtime Cookies and Curd

Tuesdays with Dorie
Baking Chez Moi

Springtime cookies and curd was a lovely dessert to usher in the new season. The base of this parfait dessert is double-butter double-baked petit beuree cookies. This is a cookie I have not heard of before nor have I tasted. It was a sweet, crunchy cookie that had multiple steps to make. 

I seem to need a master class on curd and custard as I always make errors. I made a half recipe of the grapefruit curd and mine came out pudding-like not pourable like Dorie states in the recipe. It did not affect the taste of the dish but I never get the consistency correct. 

For the strawberries, I did not have Kirsch but I did add a little Chambord which tasted nice. 

Overall, it was a tasty dessert but it sure was a lot of work for only three portions. I think I will leave this one for the professionals. To see what others thought head over to Tuesdays with Dorie.