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Pumpkin Muffins – TWD

Pumpkin Muffins

Oh, pumpkin muffins. For the first time since I joined the Tuesdays with Dorie group, I didn’t screw up a single thing while making them. Although I did almost miss the posting deadline… oops. I got rather busy in the last week, so I ended up making them this afternoon.

A great accompaniment to a good book.

Yum. These are perfectly autumn-y, great with a hot cup of whatever drink you please and a good book. Although they’re slightly dry on the outside, they are extremely moist when you get to the center. Just plain delicious.

You can find the recipe on Sounding My Barbaric Gulp, or buy the cookbook here.


Don’t forget, you have until Friday to enter my Sugoi Garlic Sauce Contest!

Biscotti – TWD

Orange-Pecan Biscotti Dipped in Chocolate

As always, on Tuesdays, it’s time to post the Tuesdays with Dorie pictures. This week, Canela y Comino chose biscotti. Normally, I am not a huge biscotti fan. I find that it’s too hard to bite into, and in general, not very enjoyable for me. My mother, however… she’s on the other end of the spectrum. She loves biscotti. So my first thought when I heard that this week’s TWD recipe was biscotti was… mom?

Since my mother would be the one eating most of the biscotti, I decided that it would be best to call her and determine what flavor combination she would prefer. Let me just say, my mother is a genius. The substitutions she picked resulted in some amazing biscotti.

Instead of almond extract, I used orange, and replaced the almond slivers with chopped pecans. Once the biscotti were twice-baked and cooled, I dipped them in melted semi-sweet chocolate – a perfect finishing touch. I brought them to a family gathering, and everyone loved them. Want to make them yourself? You can buy the cookbook here!

Such delicious biscotti!

Chocolate Ganache, and Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake – TWD

Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake?

Welcome to week two of Allison screws up the Tuesdays with Dorie recipe! Last week, the crème brûlée had all it’s parts, tasted delicious, but just wasn’t very pretty. This week, however… oh dear. The recipe was for Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake – sounds simple, right? Well, that which *should* have gone wrong turned out fine, while that which should have been easy-peasy failed miserably.

I do not own a springform pan. I did not have time to go out and buy a springform pan. The recipe says to use a springform pan. Um… oops? Instead, I used an 8″ circular cake pan. You know I breathed a sigh of relief when the cake turned out beautifully. I don’t think anything was lost by using a different pan! *whew* Thank goodness I at least got the base of the recipe right!

Caramel Chocolate-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake

Well, let’s see. If I got the cake right, what else could I possibly mess up? That’s right, the topping. I was *supposed* to make a caramel topping for the cake. Should have been pretty simple, right? Or not. The recipe said to cook the caramel 5-10 min before putting the heavy cream and butter in. I cooked it 20 minutes, and it still wasn’t darkening much, so I put the dairy in. Crudmonkeys. Bad idea. The topping turned out to be a soupy mess, and cooking it longer in hopes that it might caramelize only turned it into a *stinky* soupy mess. Dang.

Normally, I would have tossed it and tried again. But, um, that was the last of my heavy cream. And I didn’t have time to go to the store, because I had to leave on *another* trip. Shoot. After a few moments of panic (what the heck am I going to top this cake with?!?!), I called my mother in hopes that she had a frosting/glaze recipe that was easy and that I wouldn’t have to buy extra ingredients for. My mother is a lifesaver. She has a chocolate glaze recipe that she uses quite often that worked wonderfully with the cake. And I managed not to screw it up. Yay!

Although I’ll bet the caramel topping would have been wonderful, I thoroughly enjoyed the cake with the chocolate glaze, garnished with peanut halves. Yum.

Delicious and chocolate-y!

The original recipe for the Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake can be found on Wee Treats By Tammy. I give to you the recipe for the chocolate glaze:


  • 1 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter together.
  2. Add the hot water.
  3. Quickly stir in the powdered sugar.
  4. Pour the glaze over the cake, let cool.

TWD – Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée

I’m so ashamed. I joined the Tuesday’s With Dorie baking group and I was so excited about being able to bake along with them! But then… I miss a week. And not just any week… my first week. How terrible is that?

It really wasn’t my fault, I swear! I was already to bake this week’s recipe, so I headed over to my local grocery store to buy the ingredients that I didn’t have… the whole milk and the heavy cream. I went over to the dairy section, and… nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. The dairy section was almost completely empty. I’m guessing they had some sort of power outage so they had to get rid of all the diary… unfortunately, this meant no crème brûlée for me. No way would I be able to make it in time.

Lucky for me, I was able to get to another grocery store today and get the dairy products I needed. So although they are just a little late… they’re here. Just for you. Yay!

So, on to the food. And the recipe, since that’s what you really care about. Hmmm. I wanted to tell you about the first time I ever had crème brûlée, and how much I adore the dessert, but… I actually have no recollection of ever trying it. Really? Wow. I have had crème brûlée *flavored* mochilato (like mochi ice cream but with gelato instead of ice cream), but I don’t think I’ve ever had crème brûlée. This is astonishing. Crazy. Really, have I never had it? *Wracks her brain one more time for crème brûlée memories*… nope. Never.

Cracking the sugar topping with a spoon

Which is why my first time trying crème brûlée (today!) was amazing. Wonderful. Delicious. Despite all the setbacks, (inability to find dairy products, can’t find the right dishes, and no flamethrower blowtorch!) they were entirely worth it. Perhaps these may make another appearance for a certain someone’s birthday?

Since I didn’t have the traditional crème brûlée dishes, I used glass custard cups instead, which gave me four servings instead of six. Unfortunately, this also meant they took longer to cook. A lot longer. Also, I have no blowtorch. I don’t know anyone who lives very close to me who has a blowtorch. Thus, I couldn’t use a flame to caramelize the sugar topping. Oh well, broiler it was. Probably a bit more work than using a blowtorch, and not quite as pretty, but it still worked fantastically. 🙂

Digging in… yum!

Oh, and the recipe? It can be found here. Really, though, I think you should buy the book. It’s a fantastic cookbook… you’ll be seeing many more desserts from “Baking From My Home To Yours” in the coming weeks! Also, if you would like to join the Tuesday’s With Dorie baking group and bake with us, you have until October 31! After that, they’re closing the doors and not allowing any more new members.