Baking


I love desserts with interesting names. Basically what it translates into is a Frozen Chocolate Mousse.But that would be doing this dessert a disservice. What you really end up with is chocolate paradise – frozen in a pan. With crunchy stuff!! Well, if you like crunchy stuff. According to Dorie this dessert is from the 17th and 18th centuries when the titled were living the decadent life. This dessert is a testimony to that decadence.

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The ingredients are simple – chocolate, butter, egg yolks, sugar and cream. And while today these don’t sound like decadent ingredients the sugar, and chocolate were NOT that easy to come by then.

One Bonne Idée from Dorie is to add some texture to the some of the marquise with some cookies – mostly Petit Beurre (recipe on page 270 of BCM. I know a good idea when I see one. Cookies it is!

I made small individual marquise. Some round. Some loaf shaped and sliced.

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There was some concern about the raw egg yolks in the mousse. I followed a hint from the ‘gang’ and added the eggs to the warm chocolate mix after whipping with the sugar instead of waiting The temp was warm enough to bring the eggs up the temp (I checked).

We enjoyed one each and the rest are in the freezer waiting to WOW some unsuspecting dinner guest in the near future.

The recipe for the Marquise au Chocolat is on page 357 of Dorie’s Baking Chex Moi.

And if you visit the TWD/BCM page you are like to see all shapes and sizes of the marquise from the creative gang who cake along with TWD.

There are a lot of us who were raised in one place and ended up in another. We never forget the foods of our early years. We add to it from the new places we live. We change. We adapt. Our tastes change but never our love of our ‘native’ foods. This is the case for Julie who is The Texan New Yorker. She was my ‘assignment’ for January with the Secret Recipe Club.

Julie proclaims herself as a Formerly Picky Eater. But after deciding she wanted to eat healthier she learned to cook. She was ‘reared’, as we say in the South, in Dallas then moved to the East coast . He recipes are a great combination of Texas and New York and all the adaptations in between.

I have found over the years that just picking ONE recipe from hundreds is IMPOSSIBLE. I count myself lucky if I can whittle it down to 20 or so that I HAVE to make.

So, Julie, here is what I HAD to make from your wonderful Texas to New York recipes.

It was a little chilly in December and January so a nice thick soup was very comforting. In this case Julie’s Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Can I tell you how delicious this was? Full of cheddar cheese and broccoli. I made it directly from her recipe except I sprinkled some additional cheese and some raw broccoli on top.

And what is soup if you cannot have it with some kind of bread. A grilled cheese sandwich is my usual go to with soup but with all the cheese in the soup I needed something to accent the flavor not dilute it. BISCUITS!!

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Perfect to dip into the nice thick soup. I am thinking that the Bacon Cheddar Chipotle Biscuits would also be good with this. Those biscuits are definitely influenced by her years in TEXAS!!

After Christmas I ended up with a couple of pieces of Pumpkin Pie. I knew I couldn’t just toss them, I didn’t need to eat them (so full!!!) and I didn’t want to freeze them. A conundrum! Solved by JUlie with her…

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which I will call a smoothing because somehow that sounds healthier. This is so easy and definitely competes with the pie shakes at Sonic. Think of the all the possibilities if you have ice cream and left over pie – any kind of pie.

    1 piece of pumpkin pie, homemade or store-bought
    1/2 cup whole milk
    1/2 a pint of vanilla ice cream
    Whipped cream, for serving

Combine all ingredients, except whipped cream, in your blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with a generous dollop of whipped cream and some of the pie crust crumbs left in the pie plate.

Makes 2 small smoothies or 1 large smoothie.
How dangerous is THAT!! And how simple.

Now, about those other recipes I have pinned. So much goodness, so little time.

It’s not called the Secret Recipe Club because we have to blog in secret – How 1984 would that be? – but because until the big reveal date our assignment is a secret. Then we can share what we have cooked form our ‘assignment’ and let the world know about all the deliciousness we found. If you want to join in you can find all the information you need by visiting the site. Way too much fun and kitchen adventures to be had.

You can check out all the fun we had this time by visiting below:

There is a little deli in Natchitoches, of Steel Magnolias fame, that makes a fantastic Yam Cake. I have been trying to replicate it for ages. I haven’t gotten it quite perfect yet, but this is the closest I have come. Thanks to this month’s Bundt theme – COCONUT hosted by Terri Truscello of Love and Confections I can parade my new concoction around.

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    1 1/4 cups AP flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp cinnamon {needed a little more}
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1 cup + 2 Tbl sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup canola oil
    4 – 5 baked sweet potatoes peeled and mashed {about 2 cups}
    4 Tbl sour cream
    3/4 cups toasted pecans
    1 cup toasted sweet coconut

Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare the bundt pan. Spray with PAM or oil and shake with sugar until inside is coated.
Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
After mashing the baked sweet potatoes whip them as much as possible to lighten their texture. {I think this is the key to a light fluffy cake.}
Using a stand mixer beat together the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. At low speed add in the oil slowly so as not to deflate the egg/sugar mix. Add the whipped sweet potatoes and vanilla and continue to mix on low speed until just combined.
With a spatula fold in the flour mix and nuts until just combined.
Bake for about 1 hour or until done.
Cool for 30 minutes before removing from the pan.

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I drizzled first with Coconut caramel and then with a simple coconut milk glaze, mostly for looks rather than taste. Top with toasted coconut.

Coconut Caramel:

    4 cups sugar
    1 can of Coconut Milk

Put 4 cups of sugar in a medium sized heavy pot and cook on medium high heat until it begins to caramelize, stirring constantly. When it is brown, carefully begin adding the coconut milk until you get the consistency you want.
Coconut Glaze:

    2 Tbl coconut milk
    2 cups powdered sugar

Mix until drizzle consistency. It may take more or less coconut milk.

I learned a few things making this bundt. Possibly using Creme de Coconut would be better but it might make it too sweet. Maybe cutting back on the sugar to compensate. I think whipping the potatoes more in a processor might help lighten the texture. And maybe mixing some toasted cocnut with the caramel? I will try these changes the next time I experiment with the bundt.


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Interested in learning more about us?? #BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the BundtBaker home page HERE.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com. If you are just a lover of Bundt baking, you can find all of our recipe links by clicking our badge above or on our group Pinterest board.
Almond Joy Bundtlettes from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Candy Bar Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake from Love and Confections
Chocolate Italian Cake from Magnolia Days
Coconut & Banana Bundt Cake from Just One Bite Baking
Coconut Banana Bundt Cake from Basic N Delicious
Coconut Carrot Bundt Cake from Media Racion Doble, Por Favor
Coconut Cream Bundt Cake from Adventures in All Things Food
Coconut Hummingbird Bundt Cake from Patty’s Cake
Coconut Milk Bundt Cake from I Love Bundt Cakes
Coconut Milk Bundt Cake from Un Mordisco Un Pecado
Coconut Oil Pound Cake from The Spiced Life
Coconut Sugar Banana Cake from A Kingdom for a Cake
Cranberry and Coconut Bundt Cake from La Cocina de Aisha
Cranberry, Orange and Coconut Bundt Cake from Kids & Chic
German Chocolate Bundt Cake from The Freshman Cook
Glazed Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake from Food Lust People Love
Gluten-free Coconut Orange Bundt Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream from Cassie’s Kitchen
Gizzada Mini Bundts from Passion Kneaded
Key Lime Coconut Cream Bundt from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Mini Samoa Bundt Cakes from Making Miracles
Orange & Coconut Bundt Cake from Living the Gourmet
Oreo Coconut Bundt Cake from Indian Curries/Stew
Pina Colada Bundt Cake from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Rhubarb n Rose Coconut Frosted Bundt Cake from Baking in Pyjamas
Rum Bundt Cake with Coconut and Lime from Bourbon and Brown Sugar
Toasted Coconut Lime Bundt Cake with Chili Lime Glaze from Brooklyn Homemaker

This was a good choice for this week. After almost 3 weeks of mostly rainy days I really needed some ENERGY to get back into the kitchen.

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A mix of oatmeal, dried fruit (Cranberries), nuts, seeds, and coconut made up a sweet and tasty bar for snacking.

After reading the P&Q page I decided to sub in coconut oil for the butter and since I couldn’t find brown rice syrup I subbed in White Cane Syrup.

I may have baked them a LITTLE too long. When I sliced them they were more crunchy than chewy. Like biscotti. But very good.

The recipe is on page 328 of Dorie’s Baking Chez Moi and was easy to put together.

How many of Dorie’s granola bars are being consumed around the world today – well check with our international collection of bakers and see.

A new year. A new collection of sweets and treats for Avid Baker”s Challenge. For the last two years we have been baking from the King Arthur Flour site. This year we are changing gears and baking from Christina Marsigliese‘s blog, Scientifically Sweet. Cookies. Bars. Brownies. Cakes. Pies. Tarts. If it’s a sweet treat then it is on Christina’s blog. Like these choco chip muffins.

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I did make a few changes in an attempt to “healthy-fy” them. My changes are in green. The original recipes is HERE!

3/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon {I used a heaping tsp.}
¾ cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium bananas, previously frozen)
1/3 cup LITE sour cream
1 large egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup Stevia in the Raw
¼ cup canola oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line mini-muffin pans with paper liners and set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; whisk together to blend evenly and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together mashed bananas and sour cream until smooth. Whisk in egg, sugar, canola oil and vanilla extract until well blended. Add the flour mixture and the chocolate chips and fold gently until just combined. Do not over-mix.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until the muffin tops spring back when touched gently and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean despite any melted chocolate chips, 10 – 15 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

YIELD: 36 mini muffins.

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These were nice and chocolatey and just sweet enough with the combination of sugar and Stevia. Perfect little bites just the right size to satisfy a sweet tooth when your teeth want sweets WAY too much!!!

Check on The ABC page for more chocolate treats.

I love making slices. Well, that’s the Australian term for it. In the US we call it a bar cookie. A cake made in a square pan and cut into squares. They can be made with just about anything. Fruit. Lemon pudding. Or, as Donna made it, with apples.

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And it was delicious. A cookie like base filled with cinnamon-y cooked apples and covered with a lovely crumble on top. Thanks for this one Chaya. Definitely going into the baking rotation.The recipe is on Donna’s Site. Super easy. Super good.

Check with Gaye, Chaya, and Sarah for their ‘slice’.

You have to know I tried a rolled cake before and it just didn’t roll. At all. I found out later I had left out an ingredient – I don’t remember which one now. I was burned on rolled cakes. Until now. I think this is probably the most fun I have had making a cake. It rolled…

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and it was so easy. At least following Dorie’s instructions. There was even a video on the net that deftly illustrated how to roll a cake. They were both great helps. And because of them my cake was PERFECT!!!

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    bûche de Noël

It looked just like the picture. I was excited!!! So was The FAM because it was dessert for Christmas Eve.

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Now I want to make nothing but rolled cakes.

THIS particular rolled cake was gingerbread cake with a cream cheese filling with candied pecans and a fluffy marshmallow frosting. The ‘log’ was covered with candied pecans. Delicious!

The other Doristas also celebrated the Christmas season with Dorie’s cake. Check them out HERE!!

The recipe is on page 86 of Baking Chex Moi.

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