Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TWD: Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

Valerie of Une Gamine dans la Cuisine chose Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.

This was a perfect recipe for Easter week because it was simple and the cookies were delicious.

They were buttery with just the right amount of sweetness, plus they had an added crunch thanks to the cornmeal. I really loved them and was glad I only made 1/4 recipe.

The only change I made to the recipe was to bake them for shorter than called for - only about 17 minutes, so they would stay a wee bit soft.

Thanks Valerie for a great pick and thanks Dorie for another fantastic recipe. Please check out Valerie's blog (link in the first paragraph above) or Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking, from My Home to Yours".

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

TWD: A Tourtely Apple Tart & Strawberry Rhubarb Double Crisp

We've had a run on totally awesome Tuesdays with Dorie recipes the past two weeks. This week, Jeanette of The Whimsical Cupcake chose A Tourtely Apple Tart. Before that, Sarah of Teapots and Cakestands chose Strawberry Rhubarb Double Crisp.

Both were so good, both made me want to eat the whole thing BY MYSELF.

The apple tart was interesting in that we cooked the apples down first, almost to a "thick applesauce" stage. The tart shell was like a shortbread cookie, so light and sandy.

Almost like a giant apple-filled cookie. TEEE-riffic!

The only downside... my overly browned edges. Next time I will cut the blind baking down to half or maybe even eliminate it all together.

Moving on to the rhubarb crisp...

(Be still my rhubarb-loving heart.)

I was over the top in love with this crisp. Even though I consider myself a rhubarb purist and usually scoff and anything "strawberry rhubarb", I have to say this dessert might have made me a convert. I think it helped that the rhubarb was the star of the show, not giving way to the usual attention hog in strawberry rhubarb desserts, the strawberries.

This crisp will definitely make an appearance in my kitchen again.

Great job, Jeanette and Sarah, on the fabulous picks. If you'd like to see the recipes, check out their blogs (see links in first paragraph of this post), or check out Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking, from my Home to Yours".

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

TWD: Coffee Ice Cream Tart

This week, Jessica of Domestic Deep Thought of the Day chose Coffee Ice Cream Tart for Tuesdays with Dorie.

I changed this up a bit and used vanilla ice cream and peanuts rather than coffee ice cream and almonds.

I was really surprised at how good this tasted. It was seriously delicious. I LOVED the peanut butter flavored ice cream and the sandy, sweet tart crust.

Sorry, but I gotta go! I have about a week's worth of work to do by noon tomorrow!!! I can literally feel an ulcer growing in my gut LOL.

Look for the recipe on Jessica's blog (link in first paragraph) or Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking, From my Home to Yours".