Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Saint-Pierre Poppy Seed Cake - Tuesdays with Dorie

We're starting the year at Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking Chez Moi edition, with a simple but delicious cake that was a pleasure to make; it required only a couple of bowls, a whisk, and only a few minutes of time and it filled my kitchen with the lovely fragrance of oranges.
We really enjoyed this cake. It was dense but moist with the nutty crunch of poppy seeds and the subtle flavour of orange. This is another recipe from this book that I would make again.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Cinnamon Spice Cookies - Tuesdays with Dorie

This year's final baking project from Baking Chez Moi is speculoos, a pleasantly spiced cookie that's perfect for the festive season. 
I've made them before to use as an ingredient in other recipes from the book, Apple Speculoos Crumble and Simplest Plum Tart, but these crunchy cookies are also delicious just as they are.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Alsatian Christmas Bread - Tuesdays with Dorie

A traditional Alsatian Christmas treat, a cake of spiced dried fruits and nuts bound with almond flour, was one of this month's scheduled bakes from Baking Chez Moi. Dorie says that the only "must-have" ingredient for this is dried pears, an ingredient that proved to be rather elusive. I gave up looking for it after checking three stores and simply increased the quantities of apples, prunes, apricots and cranberries to make up the missing weight.
It seemed quite easy to make - I didn't have any trouble shaping the roll - but sometime between 75 and 90 minutes of baking, my roll cracked and the exposed area dried out a little. Perhaps I didn't roll it tightly enough or maybe 90 minutes was too long in my oven. I noticed when I sliced it that my fruit pieces were on the large side so that may have contributed to the problem as well. I'll never know because I have no plans to make this again. The flavour was okay but there were no takers....on to the next recipe!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling - Tuesdays with Dorie

This week, I made a delicious variation of a cream puff for Tuesdays with Dorie comprising chocolate pâte à choux and rich mascarpone cream filling.
The puffs were amazingly chocolatey despite the small amount of cocoa in the dough and I thought the filling was the perfect cool and creamy foil for all of that chocolate goodness. Standard cream puffs with whipped cream filling will always be the family favourite but this version is one I would make again.