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Burnt Sugar Ice Cream (TWD)

Oh, how I love ice cream!  I’ve never made an ice cream like this one, so I was excited to see how it would turn out.  It’s an egg-based ice cream, which I’ve gotten very comfortable with making.  I like egg-based recipes because of their rich, creamy texture.  This ice cream starts off very similar to the way you would go about making caramel, so I was not surprised with its taste.  It has a sweet, caramel flavor- I would even compare it to dulce de leche.  Usually I’m all about add-ins for ice cream, but I think this one is perfect on its own.

You can view the recipe on Becky’s blog, and visit the TWD blog to see how everyone else’s turned out.

Chockablock Cookies (TWD)

I love mix-ins.  It’s my favorite part of a brownie, cookie, ice cream, or pretty much any other treat.  So, it should come as no surprise that I liked these.  These cookies are so full of mix-ins, and so adaptable to your tastes.  I used walnuts, coconuts, and chocolate chips, but wished I had used some raisins too.  They would also be good with butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, craisins, pecans, M&Ms…the possibilities are endless.  These had such fabulous texture too- they remained soft and chewy after baking, and were able to handle all the added ingredients.  They were sweet, but not too sweet to where you couldn’t enjoy the cookie.  You really can’t go wrong with these!  Mary chose the recipe, which you can find on her blog, and you can visit the TWD blog so see everyone’s variations.

EDIT: I wanted to add that I used all butter and it worked out just fine.  I rarely have shortening on hand!

Coconut Tea Cake (TWD)

I was very pleased to see that we could put this one off until Easter.  I love coconut, but David doesn’t, so I don’t make desserts with it all that often for that reason.  Luckily,It my parents were visiting for Easter weekend, and they both love coconut.  I thought this would be a great cake to snack on while they were here.  Since it was still just three of us eating it, I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a loaf pan (it took 45 minutes to bake).  It was pretty simple to make, which was great because I was already going to be cooking so much.  I added way more coconut than the recipe called for, which was a good move because I like a lot 🙂  My only complaint was that I couldn’t taste the rum.  Overall, this was a fabulous cake, and my parents and I really enjoyed it!  I passed the recipe on to my mom and I’m pretty sure she’ll be making it in the near future!  You can get the recipe on Carmen’s blog, and she chose it for TWD.

Dulce de Leche Duos (TWD)

I was pretty excited about these when I saw that we’d get to make them.  I love dulce de leche, and I’m always looking for ways to bake with it.  I also think sandwich cookies are a lot of fun, so I got the best of both worlds.  These cookies were incredible simple to make.  I loved that they had dulce de leche in both the cookie and in the filling.  They had a rich, full caramel flavor and were perfectly soft and chewy.  I made these to take to a meeting, but David and I loved them so much that we had quite a few the night I was making them 🙂  Definitely a winner in our house!  You can view the recipe on Jodie’s blog and see the other cookies everyone made by going to the TWD blog.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (TWD)

I’ve already found a great chocolate chip cookie recipe, so I was skeptical about trying another, but I love eating chocolate chip cookie dough, so I figured that my efforts wouldn’t go to waste, no matter how the cookies turned out.  To me, chocolate chips cookies need to be chewy on the inside, slightly crispy on the outside, and need to have a buttery, molasses-like flavor.  These cookies just didn’t do it for me.  To be fair, I used gluten-free flour in these (unlike the other ones), so it’s not  a fair comparison.  I tried to fix these by chilling the dough and lowering the temperature, but it didn’t seem to affect the results.  They were just flat and got overly browned before they were done.  So, they weren’t my favorite, but I enjoyed eating the dough, and even a less-than-perfect cookie isn’t a bad one.  I should try baking these with regular flour to compare the results, but that’s another experiment for another day 🙂

You can view the recipe on Kait’s blog, and see what everyone else thought by visiting the TWD blog.

Brownies for Julia (TWD)

I’ve been a fan of every one of Dorie’s brownie recipes, and this one was no exception.   At first, it looked like a regular brownie recipe, but when I read the directions, I saw that the mixing method was somewhat unusual.  I was excited to see how that would affect the outcome.  Usually, after melting the chocolate and butter, I would expect to then add the sugar, eggs, and remaining ingredients.  With this recipe, you melt the chocolate and butter as usual, but the sugar and eggs are beaten on high speed before adding them in.  This created a brownie that was neither cakey or fudgy, but light, fluffy, and moist.  The chocolate factor was right on.  Although I’m usually in the fudgy brownie camp, these were very delicious and are a brownie recipe sure to please everyone!

You can view the recipe on Tanya’s blog, and visit the TWD blog to see what everyone else thought.

Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake (TWD)

Happy 2nd birthday to Tuesdays with Dorie!  It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years and to see how far this group has come.  I’ve been a part of this group since almost the very beginning- my first recipe was the Black and White Cake posted on February 5, 2008.  I hadn’t been blogging very long at that point and I think that joining TWD was a key factor and motivator in keeping up my blog.  It has also given me the opportunity to make things I might not otherwise make and it gave an excuse to make things I wanted to make 🙂  This week we had a choice of what to make, and I thought it would be appropriate to make the cake to celebrate the occasion.  I made this cake to take to my grandmother’s house when we celebrated Christmas with my dad’s family.  It was also right before my uncle’s birthday, so this cake served two purposes.

This was a really great cake.  I had every intention of decorating it more elaborately, but I was very short on time the night before and at the last minute I just sprinkled crushed peppermints on top.  This gave the cake a hint of peppermint flavor.  The cake itself was very chocolaty and moist, but the frosting was really incredible!  I love the way the brown sugar and chocolate worked together.  This will probably be a go-to chocolate frosting for me in the future.

Many thanks to Laurie for starting such a great group, and to Dorie for giving us so many wonderful recipes to make and for being supportive of our group.  And as always, you can go to the TWD blog!

I thought I would list some of my favorite recipes we’ve made over the past two years:

Chipster-Topped Brownies– a great brownie variation that combines a traditional brownie and chocolate chip cookie dough- yum!

Banana Cream Pie– with the delicious custard, this pie was hard to beat!

Devil’s Food White Out Cake– the cover cake, and one of my favorite cakes of all time

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte– for the chocolate and peanut butter lover, this is the ultimate dessert!

Brioche Raisin Snails– the brioche from this recipe is my favorite for cinnamon rolls, and my husband loves when I make it for him

Snickery Squares– my pick for TWD, and a great bar recipe using chocolate, peanuts, and dulce de leche

Low and Lush Chocolate Cheesecake (TWD)

Happy New Year!  I’m a little late posting this cheesecake because we have been out of town celebrating the Christmas season with our families.  Once we got back in town, I got ready to make this cheesecake.  I just made a mini version, since I didn’t want an entire cheesecake sitting around the house.  Instead of the crust Dorie calls for, I made my own using flourless chocolate cookies.  This cheesecake was quite good.  I’m a fan of flavored cheesecakes over plain, and this was certainly a winner in my book.  I also loved how easy it came together.  It took almost no time to make.  My only problem was the crack, but I chalk that up to laziness, as I wasn’t really watching it while it was in the oven.  The flavor definitely wasn’t compromised 🙂  You can view the recipe on the blog Teas and Scones, where it was chosen for TWD.

Pecan Pie (TWD)

I was already planning on making a pecan pie the week before Thanksgiving, but hadn’t decided on which recipe to use.  I looked at a few possibilities, but then I saw that pecan pie was on the TWD schedule for December, so the decision was made for me!  Dorie says this is her favorite pecan pie, and it’s a twist on a classic pecan pie.  It has espresso powder (I used coffee) and chocolate chips.  I have always been a fan of chocolate and espresso together, so I was pretty sure I would like this.  And…I was right!  This was a delicious pie!  I increased the chocolate chips (I’m not sure by how much- I just added a few extra handfuls!) and kept the espresso amount the same, but next time I would probably increase the amount.  I thought the espresso was too subtle.  This was a great pie though, and I can see why Dorie likes it so much.  I’m starting to experiment with gluten free versions of traditional pie crusts, and I tried a recipe from Whole Foods for this one.  It wasn’t quite what I was looking for (and now I know that I need to stay away from tapioca and rice flour…I’m just not crazy about the taste), but I’m sure that I’ll make many more pies and experiment with more recipes 🙂  Thanks to Beth for choosing this pie for TWD!

Cafe Volcano Cookies (TWD)

I was certainly intrigued by this week’s choice.  They were unlike any cookie I’ve ever made.  There is no flour, and you don’t even grind the nuts all that much.  It’s basically held together by the sugar and egg white.  It’s also incredibly simple and took almost no time to make.  You just toast the nuts in the oven, and while they are toasting, you can prepare the other ingredients.  After the nuts are done, just add them to the pot and heat through.  After dropping them on the cookie sheet, just bake and there you go!  I added more espresso powder than the recipe called for because I wanted a strong coffee taste.  I used a mixture of pecans and walnuts because that’s what I had on hand.  I also added some chocolate chips because adding chocolate makes everything better 🙂  Unfortunately, I overbaked them a little bit, but they were still pretty tasty.  You can view the recipe on MacDuff’s blog, who chose them this week for Tuesdays with Dorie.