Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesdays With Dorie: Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise

Totally got the dates mixed up and made this recipe instead of Honey Peach Ice Cream, which was a totally bummer. Now I have my post all ready for next week though!

This weeks recipe was chosen by Andrea, of Andrea in the Kitchen. What a nightmare this was to make. I almost didn't do it just because of the fact that the meringue had to cook for 3 hours! I can't even remember the last time I spent 3 solid waking hours in my house at one time! No joke, I put it in the oven before I left for work, my husband rotated the trays for me before he left for work, and then my babysitter had to take it out when it was done. Two out of 3 meringues stuck to the pan so I had to cut the one I did have into thirds. My white chocolate whipping cream mixture never thickened so I had to add powdered sugar to it, my broiler wouldn't light for the pineapple, and then my coconut burnt while I was browning it. I think those are the only major disasters I had though.

It was very pretty and very sweet and tropical. Probably will never make it again, but I'm glad I rose to the challenge and got the experience.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tuesdays With Dorie: Parisian Apple Tartlet

This week, Jessica, of My Baking Heart, chose to do these cute little tartlets. The recipe says to make them with apples, but she also suggests playing around with some other fruits that are in season, so I did some with granny smith apples, peaches, and nectarines. All were pretty good, but would have been better a little later in the summer when the fruits will be better.

I used the Pillsbury pastry dough that was already shaped into little circles so I didn't have to worry about cutting the sheets up. Probably could have found better tasting puff pastry, but what a time saver!

Can't wait for the fruit to be better so I can try again! I love summer fruit desserts!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Popcorn Addiction

I have all of a sudden become addicted to gourmet popcorn and it's way too easy to make.

Microwave your favorite kind of popcorn or use a popper. Put into a microwavable bowl and add toppings. Microwave until melted. Stir, and spread over wax paper to harden.

Here are some of my favorite combinations:

-white chocolate chips, add cinnamon and sugar after melted

-dark chocolate chips and crushed Andes mints

-chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and butterscotch chips

I would love to hear some of your favorite combinations for me to try as well!

PS Congratulations to my good friend, Steph, of Stephanie's Kitchen, who delivered her baby girl yesterday. All is well with both of them!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A New Twist on an Old Favorite

My mint brownies have become very popular among friends and family. I am constantly asked to make them for every event and I am always happy to do so, but this time they were a little more special.

My Aunt Lynn is by far the #1 fan of these brownies so I knew for her birthday I would make them for her. This time I used my mini cheesecake pan from Williams Sonoma that I just LOVE! They are a little pricey, but SO worth it! I highly recommend getting at least one! Everything just looks so much cuter baked in them. And of course I had to make Aunt Lynn her own personal brownie too!

Happy Birthday, Aunt Lynn! Thank you for being you!