Monday, January 26, 2009

Spice Girl

I've done better. Didn't get to the oven in time, about five minutes too late. No time for a do-over. With colds and sniffles in the house, re-baking them were not going to happen. So sorry TWD and Heather.

Gingerbread cake is sprinkled with fresh ginger and chopped chocolate in a cocoa spice cake is just the thing for a cold winter evening. Glazed with a creamy chocolate icing.

I'm sure the other bakers fared well. Till next time.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Let Them Eat Cake..

and I'll polish off the whipped cream, is how I recall my favorite after school dessert, Charlotte Russe from Sutter's Bakery in Brooklyn. It's base is a thin layer of sponge cake, filled with loads of whipped cream and topped with a cherry. Mary Ann, a TWD compatriot selected Dorie's Berry Surprise Cake this week and it is extremely delicious. This interpretation is something entirely different than the Charlotte Russe described in the recipe intro.

The genoise cake, saturated with raspberry syrup and filled with a whipped cream and cream cheese filling and raspberries. Outside the cake is frosted with more fresh whipped cream. Making a Genoise can be tricky. It takes patience. To avoid a sinking cake, it's best to properly heat the sugar and eggs, then whip the batter to the critical ribbon stage. Once there, gently sift in the flour and butter. Once completed, chill and enjoy. I did.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Team Match-Up

Chili and Savory Corn and Pepper Muffins are teamed up for a cold January afternoon of watching sports. This spicy, flavorful chili is from the cookbook classic The Silver Palate. And since it's Tuesday this must be Tuesdays With Dorie.

Moist, flavorful and just the right kick, is what I look for in a corn muffin. Making them is basic muffin making: dry ingredients, wet ingredients, combine, don't overwork the batter and don't over-bake. Test muffin five minutes before they're supposed to be done with a knife inserted in middle muffin of muffin pan. Ovens vary, occasionally check the temperature too. Out of the oven, ready to eat. Bowl of chili waiting with a dollop of sour cream...

Now, if only the Giants made it to the finish!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy Birthday TWD!

Happy Birthday to Tuesdays With Dorie. Laurie Woodward our fearless leader and founder started it all. Just to recap: Join the weekly TWD baking group, buy Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours book, bake the assigned recipe, capture the closeup, write about it and post! Every week is a celebration. So for this week's party.....

Dorie our guiding light has selected one of her favorites. I can see why. The pear tart is flavorful and elegant. A sweet almond crust with sliced pears resting on a bed of heavenly almond cream. Check out Dorie's post for the recipe.

Thank you very much, and many happy returns.