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Biscuit's picture

by Dorie Greenspan.  Fairly new book.  I just finished reading it - have baked nothing yet.  Initial thought:  IF the recipes live up to Dorie Greenspan's usual standards (and her recipes are insanely reliable, so I suspect they will), this could rival Baking with Julia on my list of all-time great baking books.


It's written in that wonderful style of Baking with Julia.  Clean, simple directions, but fully explaining everything.  There are some old classics (carrot cake, muffins) and some old-classics-with-a-twist (tirimisu cake) and some things that are just totally new to me (cranberry lime galette and split level pudding).    Love the section on Apple Desserts - I love the idea of just apple desserts at my fingertips, since I always have so many.


As usual she adds lots of little extras like a page on how to marble cakes and breads properly - not something you'd think was difficult, but it does require a certain technique to get a pretty marble.


We'll see how it goes.  I am going to bake a few things from it this week - probably start with quickbreads and see how it goes.  There's a birthday cake in here, though, that is going to get used by the end of January.  Can't wait to see how that turns out.


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Heather's picture

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Here's some errata for you if you decide to buy the book. maybe waiting for the second edition will help.

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Marcia's picture

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Your kids love you anyway, but how was the cake?

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We just nipped into it.  It's very good, nice flavor and texture, nice and moist but I over baked it a tad bit by having it too low in the oven. I didn't leave it in as long as the recipe suggested. Easy recipe--I'll make it again. Beats banana bread hands down. I might cut back a bit on the sugar next time, but that's me- I've been de-sugared. LOL



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Marcia's picture

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DH loves banana bread, and I've had the book for ages. Don't ask why, since I'm not a baker. :) I may well make the cake for him, however, since it's likely no more difficult than the quick bread.


Your edititorial comments are appreciated, because we don't like things too sweet.


I do love that you've been de-sugared. That's a good one and a keeper.

Lee's picture

(post #62795, reply #15 of 258)

I've made a number of things from it, all wonderful.  I especially love the lemon cream tart and the World Peace cookies.  I made the gorgeous cake that's on the cover of the book for Christmas day, and the chocolate cocoa cake with chocolate malt frosting yesterday for DSIL's birthday (they're staying with us over New Year's).  They were both delish.  


Edited 12/30/2006 12:30 am ET by lee

Biscuit's picture

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Okay, since you all have tried many of the things I was considering - (G) - I want to try something different that you HAVEN't tried - so I'm going to make the corny-corn muffins, the regular corn muffins and it's variations, and the apple-apple bread pudding for New Years Day dinner.  Did you read that recipe?  It sounds absolutely TDF.  I can't wait to try it. 

"I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security" - former President Gerald Ford

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

knitpik's picture

(post #62795, reply #20 of 258)

I thought you hated bread pudding? ;-)

Biscuit's picture

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I do! (G)  For some reason, though, whenever I see a recipe or technique that does it differently, I'm always compelled to try it and see if maybe - just maybe - this time will be different!  This one is different enough (the custard alone is not the standard ratio) that it really sounds good to me.


Actually - I have had bread pudding before that I loved.  That was perfect, more like pastry than some diner cheap-o dessert - at The Gumbo Shop in New Orleans.  Theirs is fantastic.


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"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

MadMom's picture

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New Orleans is famous for bread pudding, and you cannot eat there without loving it!  I like almost any kind, even the cheapo diner dessert stuff, but I think I learned to love it in NOLA.  Of course, we all know what you did in New Orleans, so maybe the bread pudding was an aphrodisiac?



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Biscuit's picture

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Nope - the bread pudding was eaten the first night there.  Trust me when I tell you that my Souvenier from that trip was as a result of the next to last day afternoon cocktail hour(s) in the Square. (g)  I know exactly what caused it - which is why I haven't been back to Nola since! (G)

"I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security" - former President Gerald Ford

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

Sondra's picture

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Souvenir named Max????

Lee's picture

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the apple-apple bread pudding for New Years Day dinner.  Did you read that recipe?  It sounds absolutely TDF.  I can't wait to try it. 


I just looked at it again, and it does sound good.  Let us know what you think of it.


Edited 12/30/2006 12:32 am ET by lee

Lee's picture

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FYI, I baked the cocoa cake with chocolate malt frosting last Wednesday, then frosted and cut it on Thursday.  We ate it at room temp, and it was delicious.  We finished the leftover cake last night, straight from the fridge.  It was dense and fudgy, and we liked it even better than at room temp.  I won't serve it any other way.

Adele's picture

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This will be the first recipe I try when the book arrives.  I've even written it down so I won't forget.  :)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Adele's picture

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Well, the cake recipe will have to wait.  :)  Went home for lunch and there it was.  What a beautiful book, pictures too.  The only problem is that there is more than one brownie recipe.  What's a girl to do?  TRY THEM ALL!  HeeHeeHee!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

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I knew you'd love the brownie section! Have fun!

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knitpik's picture

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I got mine today too. Unfortunately I will have to send it back.
There are two ugly creases in the book. I asked for a replacement.
I hope they don't take too long to send me a new one.

Adele's picture

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I hate when that happens!  Did you get it from Jessica's Biscuit?  They shipped mine really quickly, so I'd have to assume they would get your replacement out ASAP.  


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

knitpik's picture

(post #62795, reply #53 of 258)

No, I got it from amazon.ca. I reported it right away and got a return label. Last night I got an email saying they are shipping the replacement by express mail. So I think I should receive it by next week. Good service.

MadMom's picture

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We ordered a book from them once which arrived with a torn dust jacket.  They immediately sent a replacement and told us to keep the other one.  Their service is usually outstanding.



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knitpik's picture

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That was nice. This is the first time I've had to do that. I'm usually not that picky (although I cover most of my books) and let go when there's little damage but those two creases were really bugging me and I know it would not get any better each time I use the book and see those creases. So, back it went.

knitpik's picture

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So, did you try anything yet?

My replacement didn't take long to arrive. I got it on friday
but it's a no win situation. I got a few more creases on one of
the glossary pages. I give up. I'm not returning it again.
I'll live with it. LOL

The madeleines on high on my list but I need to buy the pan first.

Adele's picture

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Nope, got a lot done, but not brownies.  Tomorrow for sure, I have all kinds of pages tabbed. 


I am eating some of the best bread I have ever made though.  It's a recipe from the instructions for my clay pot.  Took me forever to decide that 1/4 Tablespoon is a little less than a teaspoon.  ( Do not want to know if I was wrong, it tastes divine- LOL)


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

knitpik's picture

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I hear you. !/4 Tablespoon is not something we usually see in recipes.
What kind of bread was it?

Adele's picture

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Just a plain white bread, but it's got a thin crunchy top, nice crumb.  Just turned out really nice.  Can't wait for the Clay Pot book to get here, I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of the pot.  (Burned the heck out of my hand/wrist when I took the top off- steam, forgot)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

knitpik's picture

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Ouch. You might want to look into a pair of silicone mitts.
We don't use them everyday but they sure come in handy when
we have to remove the big LC Dutch oven or a hot roasting
pan.

Adele's picture

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Why make one recipe when you can do three? 


Did you know there is a recipe called:  Quintuple Chocolate Brownies?  (pg 99)
Cocoa powder, unsweetened chocolate, bittersweet, milk chocolate and the glaze is white chocolate.  To say it is very intense is an understatement.  I let it sit for a few hours before baking and the bittersweet shines right through.  I only ate a very small piece from the corner and it exploded with chocolate!  This will be cut in the smallest of pieces and savored for a long while.


Since I haven't made oatmeal bars in a while, I indulged in the Chocolate Oatmeal Almost-Candy Bars. (pg 114) Oh my!  Again, just a little taste, but these are really, really good.   She prefers salted peanuts but I just had roasted and I used 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 cup raisins instead of 1 cup raisins. 


The reason for just little tastes?  Gingered Carrot Cookies (pg 162).  I couldn't stop eating them.  Tried them for the name alone, carrot cookies?  Whoda thunk it.  I added @1/4 cup crystallized ginger and left out the 1/2 cup pecans.  These are addictive, and I bet will be even better tomorrow.  They are actually kind of light, really moist and look cool with the orange from the shredded carrots.  A grown up cookie, perfect for teas and afternoons get togethers.


I have my eye on the Devil's Food White-Out Cake, just not today.


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

knitpik's picture

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Wow. You've been busy:)

Lee's picture

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I've been thinking about those brownies, and the ginger carrot cookies.  The Devil's Food White-Out Cake is wonderful -- it looks like a big oreo cookie, but it sure doesn't taste like one!  We liked the chocolate crackles (I think that's the name), too.

slycat's picture

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You know what else looks intriguing to me is the white chocolate whipped cream.  Has anyone tried it?

Cathy