Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TWD: Nectarine Blueberry Pie

So its hot. Baking is not really the best thing to do right now, but I did it anyways. The pie is in the oven as we speak and I'm outside on the patio while the hubs hoses down the baby moose.

Our puppy loves water like any other dog loves to chase a ball. Its so strange, but who am I to say how he should get his exercise. And on the plus side he stays very clean this way.

So here's a picture of my baking pie and the very wet puppy...waiting for MORE water.

Well here is the result of my efforts. I don't think I baked it long enough because what was once a very thick filling is all runny! Meh... it tasted good anyways and the kid ate two pieces and swears he doesn't like pie.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

TWD: Hazelnut Biscotti

Oh Tuesdays how you mock me... I haven't managed to make anything to Tuesdays with Dorie in a long long time....some days I barely know its Tuesday.....you ever notice that when you write Tuesday several times over it starts to look like its miss-spelled?

Anyhoo this week I have a huge wedding I'm prepping for. The cakes themselves arent that large but the couple picked out 3 additional cupcake flavors, 4 brownie flavors and 2 rugelach flavors to feed about 200 guests. Too bad they didn't pick any biscotti then I woulda had this week in the bag!

Hosts for the TWD Party  Jodi from Homemade and Wholesome and Katrina from Baking and Boys

both made beautiful versions of this weeks pick Hazelnut Biscotti. You can go to either site to grab the recipe. :)

Oh wait obligatory puppy photos! We had bring your dog to work day... I lost a lot of sleep wondering how looney this big guy would be and to my surprise he was a prince! I think he's a keeper....

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

TWD: Hungarian Shortbread

So far in life I have not met a shortbread I didn't like...somehow that buttery salty flavor and the crumbly texture just always hits the spot for me.

I'm not sure what makes this Hungarian tho, the internets have failed to tell me in my feeble attempt at googling it. Maybe its the technique? the Jam? the egg yolks? Meh... who knows, since I skipped the technique and the jam, lets hope its not one of those.

You can grab the recipe from our TWD hosts or on page 327 of the book Baking with Julia

Hey you ever spend the whole weekend watching the last Harry Potter movies followed by a Firefly marathon? Somehow my world seems very tweaked today...like no one is speaking properly.... 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Baby Moose

Remember this cute little sweet little puppy face?

He's grown at lighting speed.....

To this...

At 21 weeks he was tipping the scales at 45.8 lbs....I'm scared to know how much he's grown since then. Sometimes we come home from work and wonder what happened while we were gone because there's a shocking difference in size. No one ever told us we were adopting a baby moose...

TWD: Orange Loaf Cake

Here I was all excited about lemon loaf cake and I make orange loaf cake instead....so here it is orange loaf.... which doesn't sound as enticing as the lemon, but was good. Just for comparison sake I will make the lemon too just to see which is better... you know for scientific purposes.

I used the juice from the oranges to make a simple syrup to pour over the hot loaf as it cooled so the edges were nice crunchy sticky and a little gooey all at the same time. Yum!

You can grab the recipe from Treats who has a fantastic picture with candied fruit and a beautiful glaze or The Beauty of Life, again awesome picture. I'm jealous... I think I need to seriously hunker down and find some better lighting, and maybe a new camera and photography skillz...........

Thursday, April 5, 2012

TWD: Pizza Rustica

Sheeeshhh I completely forgot to post about Pizza! I made mine for Sunday dinner... it was filled with caramelized onions and bacon and whole milk ricotta from scratch! Thank you very much! Ok ricotta from scratch is just dumb... at first glance it seems simple but its time consuming and mine didn't yield all that much. If I had more patience I probably would have had a better outcome but I think that my Pizza Rustica would have tasted exactly the same regardless. In the end it tasted like a quiche with a sweet crust. My honey seemed to like it but I just couldn't get over how wrong it all tasted together...

You can grab the full recipe on pages 430 and 431 or from the bakers over at Capital Region Dining or The Place they Call Home.

Next time Lemon Loaf Cake! Yum!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TWD Baking with Julia: Rugelach

Hmmm what to say about Rugelach...I haven't made it since the last time we made it because its good...but time consuming, all the chilling and the chopping and the whatnot. I didn't make the Lekvar because really another component to an already fussy pastry just wasn't happening. What is that anyways? Wikipedia to the rescue! I'll go read about it later....
I used some Guava Jelly instead, slathered with a mixture of walnuts, cherries and golden raisins. I much rather do the crescent roll type of rugelach because these bad boys just fell over instead baking all nice and pretty like Jessica's did over at My Baking Heart. You can head on over there for the recipe too or check it out in the book on pages 325-327, yes that many pages for one little pastry. But its worth it, even if its fussy.

The hubs said they were disgusting and I should even try them... hmmm I think I should be suspicious.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TWD Baking with Julia: White Loaves

Mmmmm bread... I'm a carb-o-holic, I could never be on Atkins. Give up meat for a diet? Sure.... but keep your grubby paws off my bread bitches!

The idea that you can make a delicious loaf of bread at home is right up there on the happiness scale with making delicious chocolate chip cookies at 11:30 at night just because you felt like it. Its so incredibly easy it makes me wonder why we all don't do it more often, convenience has taken over our taste buds!

I rolled a little brown sugar and cinnamon into one of them just for kicks and left the other plain. The house smelled fantastic and the loaves came out with a perfect crumb. This will definitely be happening again in my house.

You can find the recipe on page 81-82 of Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. I've had this book for years and I'm so excited that the Tuesdays with Dorie crew decided to keep things going with it. If you haven't already joined in, head on over to TWD for the rules and to sign up!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Apple Galette

So the other day I faced the dilemma of should I toss a couple of apples or make something out of them? They were perfectly good, but past the point where we would eat them out of hand because were picky like that.

Take an handful of apples and a few other random ingredients you probably have lying around the house and you have yourself an Apple Galette. Or what I like to call lazy pie... the best kind of pie because all the extra crusty bits you would cut off of your other prissy pie just get folded over onto the top making it super crust-o-licious.

By its very nature, a galette is rustic and not meant to be perfect. It's a round of pie dough folded over the edges of a filling, and what makes it so charming are its pleats, bends and wrinkles.
– Dorie Greenspan –

That is exactly what makes me charming too!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Puppy face

So my honey decided it was high time to get a new puppy... his name is Koda.

And he's lucky he's so cute because I haven't really slept in two days but my honey has. Funny how that works. Well he's delegated to pick up the poo so I guess I can loose sleep in return.

Wait.... maybe I should rethink this?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

TWD: Kids Thumbprint Cookies

This is literally the last cookie standing from our great Tuesday with Dorie adventure. Closing the recipe book as it were to Baking From my Home to Yours.

Last week I flew to the East Coast to visit my two boys in New York and Cape Cod so I'm just getting back to normal. My brain is still on EST and my house is a jumble but I still needed to bake on Tuesday, late or not. Somehow I feel like this weekly ritual will help me get things back in order.

For the last recipe these were perfect pick by Dorie herself, reminding me how my love of baking grew in the first place. Thumbprint cookies always remind me of baking with my grandma. I would always pick these to bake when I was little because I thought they were the fanciest cookies to make for the holidays. You can get the full recipe from Dorie here and read a great little wrap of of what this group was all about. I haven't been here from the beginning but I loved the time that I did get to bake with everyone and I look forward to starting the new book in February.