Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lemon Loaf Cake

This week I learned that you can substitute 1 cup of all purpose flour for cake flour by replacing 2 Tbsp of the all purpose flour with 2 Tbsp of corn starch.  So happy not to buy cake flour that I might never use again.  I almost didn't bake this recipe because of the cake flour and the so-so reviews.  But I thought if I skipped, it might make it too easy to skip again. 

I decided to top the loaf with a mixture of the juice of 1 lemon and 1/4 c sugar.  This was poured over the loaf when it was still hot in the pan.  My cousin has a great recipe for lemon bread that includes this step and it really makes the bread. 

My neighbors liked it.  My son (my toughest critic) asked for another slice today.  I liked the texture of the cake but the lemon taste wasn't as strong as I would have liked. 

Check out all Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia Lemon Loaf blogs and the recipe can be found on this week's hosts' blogs. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pizza Rustica

So excited to bake another recipe.  So excited to use my food processor for the second time this year -- it might be a record!  Similar to a quiche.  Husband, daughter, and I all liked it.  Picky son said maybe if it didn't have meat and had onions instead.  I might try this one again.  Serrated lattice top would be much prettier.  The dough was very soft and hard to work with but my kitchen was 80+ degrees. Here are all the Pizza Rustica links.  Recipe can be found on the hosts' blogs.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

This week's recipe challenge for Baking with Julia was simple and quick.  This recipe had 4 ingredients:  flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.  I added dried cranberries to make it more appealing to my family.  They all liked it.  Will make this one again.  All the other baker's links are here LYL: Irish Soda Bread and the hosts' blogs have the recipe.

Monday, March 5, 2012


Can't believe I'm 3 for 3 now with the recipes.  This was by far the most time consuming.  And lots and lots of dishes.  I didn't think my family would like the prune and apricot (and my son has a peanut allergy and doesn't like any nuts) so I did half with raspberry jam and half with mini chocolate chips.  My family liked it but I didn't think it was worth the time.  It was very difficult to roll the dough up and I ended up rolling it out on parchment paper and then using the parchment paper to roll the cookie up (like a bamboo sushi mat).  Maybe I will like it more tomorrow.  Taking it to my Bible Study for snack. 

All the other bakers' links can be found here LYL:Rugelach and the hosts' links have the recipe posted. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chocolate Truffle Tart

I almost chickened out this week.  The recipe had a lot of steps.  I actually dug out my food processor that hasn't been used in at least 8 years.  The chocolate dough came together with no problems.

Rolling the dough out was a big problem.  I think my kitchen was too hot and the dough was too soft.  Managed to pat and patch.  I used the tart pan I had (and not the tartlet pans in the recipe) since I am trying not to buy more kitchen equipment.  I baked the empty crust a few minutes longer.  It's also been a long time since I separated 9 eggs!  I think my favorite part of the recipe was watching the egg yolks thicken up while they were beating.  Also baked the filled tart a few minutes longer than the recipe. 

My family loved it.  This tart is very rich.  My biggest critic, my son, even gave it a thumbs-up.  He proclaimed himself my "Kerry Vincent" for those of you who watch Food Network Challenge.  All the Tuesdays with Dorie Baking with Julia links are here and the recipe can be found on the hosts' blogs.  I haven't watched this yet (maybe I should have!) but here is the link to the PBS show with Julia Child.

Chocolate Truffle Tartlet Part 1
Chocolate Truffle Tartlet Part 2

Next up is Rugelach.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

White Loaves

This is the first recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking with Julia.  Lily (my 9 year old daughter) and I made these loaves on Sunday before the Superbowl.  It was 80 degrees in our house so we didn't have any trouble with the dough rising.  My KitchenAid mixer bowl got stuck on the stand but there was help on the KitchenAid website.  Everyone in my family liked the bread.

The plan is to bake two recipes a month from Baking with Julia.  Next up is Chocolate Truffle Tartlets.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

First Blog Post Ever!

This is a little scary but I read about Tuesdays with Dorie and thought it would be fun to bake along as they start their next book, Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  I've had this book since the late 90s.  It has moved from Texas to Florida, to California to Virginia to Alaska to Hawaii.  I have never baked anything from it.  Baking starts Feb 7 with the White Loaves on pages 81-82.