Fresh Rhubarb Upside-down Cake [TWD]

My first attempt baking with rhubarb was successful. I did improvise a little. I used a large cake pan instead of baby cake pans. I halved the cake portion but kept the butter, brown sugar and pecan ratio the same. This was a relatively easy recipe compared to some of the other Baking with Julia recipes….

{TWD} Madeleine batter = Tiramisu

During a short visit to NH last weekend, Ethan was excited to bring his very own Bible to church with him. On Good Friday, we took him to the local Christian book store and let him pick it out. He chose a black KJV with gold pages, giant text and those tabs that help you to…

{TWD} Boca Negra

To date, this is my favorite Baking with Julia recipe. Not because it tasted the best (it was delicious) or because it came out exactly as I’d hoped (it didn’t) but because we all made it. Thomas was in charge of the chopping of the chocolate and the incorporation of the butter. Ethan cracked each…

{TWD} French Apple Tart

Taking the month of December off from Tuesday’s with Dorie was a necessity. Now I’m back in the swing of things with this beautiful French Apple Tart. For the recipe, check out this week’s host, Gaye of Laws of the Kitchen. Start with the dough for the tart shell. I went with a combination of…

{TWD} Buttermilk Crumb Muffins

This week’s Buttermilk Crumb Muffins were pretty delicious fresh from the oven but seemed to lose their flavor and texture once cooled. We started with some dry ingredients…and quite a bit of shortening… and some wet ingredients. Once the batter was tucked into the greased muffin cups, it was covered with a heaping teaspoon of crumb topping. They…

Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loaves {TWD}

When I first read the directions for these loaves, I was surprised by the amount of wait time involved. The weekend that I chose to make these was perfect because we didn’t have anything planned. Saturday, I spent the entire day in the kitchen. A whole seasoned chicken went into the oven in the morning, which…

Popovers! (TWD)

I hate to admit it, but I was a bit apprehensive about making popovers for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie. Now that I have baked them it seems ridiculous to have been worried at all. It was the easiest recipe I’ve done from the book, Baking with Julia, to date. Page 213 tells of just five ingredients. All that…

Galettes (TWD)

Last night I was able to watch a couple of Baking with Julia shows on PBS that I had on my DVR. I love that there is a book to go along with the show. So, if you are looking for a great cookbook then you should buy it, Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan. This week the TWD group was…

Blueberry-Nectarine Pie (TWD)

The recipe for Blueberry-Nectarine Pie is on page 384 of this book, or you can view the blogs of the hosts for this week’s recipe, Hilary of Manchego’s Kitchen and Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake. I have a really great pie crust recipe that I use for sweet and savory pies. It’s from my high school…

Not so Semolina Bread

This weeks recipe for Tuesdays With Dorie is Semolina Bread. It can be found in the book, Baking with Julia on page 102. If you don’t have the book, you can also find the recipe on the blogs of the hosts for this week, Renee of The Way to my Family’s Heart and Anna of…

Hazelnut Biscotti (TWD)

I have always been a big coffee drinker. Since the age of thirteen, I have had at least two cups of coffee a day (minus those months of pregnancy 8 years ago) and biscotti is the perfect accompaniment to that steamy cup of joe. It’s crunchy and sweet; dipping it into your coffee gives you…

TWD- French Strawberry Cake

For years, I have been perusing food blogs for recipes, cooking tips and techniques. I have come across the symbol (TWD) on many occasions. It stands for Tuesday’s with Dorie. Dorie Greenspan is the author of 10 cookbooks and has won numerous awards. Tuesday’s with Dorie is an online baking club that originally baked it’s way…