Tuesdays with Dorie


Limencello! I have seen that name several times as ingredients for recipes. I know it is an Italian lemon liqueur but really hadn’t thought about it much. When I saw it was used in this week’s Baking Chez Moi cupcakes I knew I would have to find some. And I did, but it was WAY more than I would ever need. After considering the alternative – NOT making the cupcakes – I decided I would see if I could make some. Fortunately there are LOTS of recipes out there. I made just enough to make these cuppys and have a little left over.

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I have to admint it would not be something I would actually DRINK as many in Italy and France do, but it does make a nice little cupcake and frosting.

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I was really afraid we wouldn’t like the cupcakes since we didn’t like the liqueur at all but it just adds a little kick to the whole treat.

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And then the orange marmalade adds to the sweet side.

The recipe is on page 194 of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi. I am sure the other cupcakes made this week by the Doristas are quite lovely and very tasty so click on over to view all of them on the Tuesdays with Dorie Website.

The limoncello recipe I used – The Kitchen

Move over Rice Krispy Treats! You have a rival! Dorie’s “Rice Krispy Treats” are going to make your Snap! Crackle! Pop! seem plain.

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Krispy Treats. Especially made with Some Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips. But These. THESE! Are Really Really Good!!

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How can you beat CARMELIZED crispies on a Buttery cookie bar and chocolate?

Nuff Said!

Except for one thing – Caramelized Rice Krispies are regular krispies coated in a simple sugar syrup and stirred and stirred and stirred until nice and brown. (page 428)

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You can find the recipe on page 324 of Dorie’s baking chez moi.

And visit the other bakers on the BCM website.

Madeleines are such fun to make. So much fun that after missing the first madeleine recipe with the first Tuesdays with Dorie group I bought the pan and looked forward eagerly to each and every Mad recipe. We made them several times and once again with Baking with Julia. No matter how often I make them it never gets old so I was happy to see them for this week’s Baking Chez Moi pick.

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These little sponge cakes had plenty of lemon zest and then to make them even lemony-er we dipped them in a lemon glaze and baked them another two minutes or so. Yes! Please! I think lemon is my favorite citrus to bake with. The taste is always fresh and summery.

These were made a little differently from other Mads we had made. The batter was chilled. Then after filling the molds the batter was chilled again in the molds before baking in a hot (400 F) oven. The recipe says the batter will make 12 I actually came out with 17. I made a batch and made twelve from the batter but they overflowed the molds so I made another batch and made them smaller.

While I didn’t get much of the characteristic hump they are still pretty and tasty.

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I glazed some and left some alone. Definitely something to make again and again. I mean, really, how can you NOT make those pretty little shell shaped sponge cakes??

You can visit with the other Doristas and drool over their madeleines by visiting the Tuesdays with Dorie website. the recipe is on page 212 of Dorie’s Baking Chex Moi. Buy the book. Join the fun!!

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.

I will be the first to admit I am easily distracted. If I am cooking or baking I really have to focus. If I don’t then I end up – not so much anymore – with Black overly browned food. Needless to say when I saw the words Brown-Butter I was a little leery. I mean, BROWN butter. Not BLACK butter. Not OVERLY BROWNED butter. Just BROWN enough to give a nice nutty flavor. As Dorie admonished “….a fine line between brown butter and burned butter,…” So I stayed with it. Kept it on low heat and ended up with PERFECT Brown Butter to make this nice not too sweet cake.

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Besides the BROWN butter there is Vanilla Bean and Rum (if you wish) to flavor this cake which is the perfect foil for ice cream or whipped cream, or caramel sauce.

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    PERFECT!!

We liked this nice little ‘weekend’ cake. I think I would add a smidgeon more rum next time and I wish I had had some vanilla beans. The vanilla extract was fine but not as flavorful as the bean.

The recipe for this cake is on page 6 of Dorie’s baking chez moi, which you really need to have on your cookbook shelf.

And for the rest of the Dorista’s cakes visit with them at Tuesdays with Dorie and see if they liked it as well.

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.

The Tuesday Bakers have made Rugelach before. Once for the original TWD and once for Baking with Julia. Both times they were good. And both times they were different. This time we made Rugelach and they were different again. This time they were just as tasty. This time they were gone in no time.

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The dough contained cream cheese, butter and flour which means it was rich and flaky. The filling was coconut, pecans, chocolate, and cherries. I almost left the cherries out but am glad I followed Dorie’s recipe. So good!! The dough rolled easily but the rugelach was really hard to cut. Sometimes I had Rugelumps!!–

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But they were good, too.

The recipe is on page 301 of Dorie’s new Baking Chez Moi

Did the other Doristas have fun with the rugelach? Check them out HERE!!

ANd if you want to join in just read THE RULES and come on! Lots of tasty treats to come.

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