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Baking from My Home to Yours

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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RheaS's picture

(post #62795, reply #245 of 258)

I'll make it tomorrow night and bring it to work Friday. The only thing is that I work with lots and lots of bachelors who eat everything and thinks anything homemade is good.

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(post #62795, reply #246 of 258)

Hmm, somehow I don't see that as a problem.



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RheaS's picture

(post #62795, reply #247 of 258)

I guess. There's always a place to offload both my successes and failures.

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(post #62795, reply #248 of 258)

Terrific -- be sure to save a piece for yourself to taste!  ; )


 


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RheaS's picture

(post #62795, reply #250 of 258)

Sorry for the late report. Just recovering from a bad cold.


I'm sorry to say that the cranberry-lime galette wasn't a winner for me. It was way too tart although I must admit that I reduced the sugar by a little bit. I'll give it a go again and do it as written since I usually agree with you and I generally love galettes -- perfect ratio of crust to filling. I made the double crust recipe and I have lots of cranberries. The crust is amazing. My default recipe was the one in Baking with Julia and it's very similar, but this one ends up flakier yet still tender. Even after sitting overnight, the crust did not get soggy or soft. I did substitute lard for shortening and used my stand mixer instead of a food processor (don't have one).

RuthWells's picture

(post #62795, reply #251 of 258)

Oh dear! I do hope you'll try it again. The combination of cranberry & lime is just magical, to my mind.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


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shoechick's picture

(post #62795, reply #252 of 258)

Mine just went into the oven....will report back.


Verdict:  Two thumbs up from this house.  Made as directed and admittedly there are some tart bites, but it's really good.  The pastry is amazing.  Freaked me out at first to see that much fat pouring out of it, but it's delish and easy.



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Edited 10/24/2007 5:41 pm by Shoechick

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RuthWells's picture

(post #62795, reply #253 of 258)

Yay, that's three votes! Now it can go into Tried & True. I'll be happy to post it tonight when I'm home, if no one beats me to it.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


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 - G.B. Shaw

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shoechick's picture

(post #62795, reply #254 of 258)

Confessions here.  I just had a piece for breakfast and it's really, really good.  Can't believe the pastry is this good.  A definite keeper.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

RheaS's picture

(post #62795, reply #255 of 258)

I really like the pastry. I managed to eat half of the galette on my own even though I still find it tart.

shoechick's picture

(post #62795, reply #256 of 258)

Use the full complement of sugar next time, and maybe add a bit more apple that should help.  I'm definitely going to use the pastry recipe over and over again...yummy!!!


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

RheaS's picture

(post #62795, reply #257 of 258)

Made the Hazelnut Thumbprints last night and they're delicious. Not too sweet, very nice crisp but melt-in-your mouth texture like good shortbread and easy to put together.  They would most likely have been one of the stars of my Christmas cookie plate this year if I was doing one. Stupid cold got me again (third time this fall) and social life became oddly busy.

courgette's picture

(post #62795, reply #258 of 258)

This week I made the Floating Islands, or Iles Flottantes on  Page 401. (DH has had an esphageal stricture so I've been making soft stuff. He got dilated today so hopefully its fixed.)


These were yummy, tasting just like the ones we had in Paris last summer. DH loved it and after having it the first time ordered it repeatedly.


I used vanilla paste in the custard, so it had the nice vanilla seeds. It made tons of meringue, so I would either double the custard or you could do what I did and bake the extra for another dessert. The poached meringues kept well refrigerated in a sealed container until the next evening.


Mo

helena1's picture

(post #62795, reply #249 of 258)

I know it's already in T&T, but I wanted to add to your raves :o). We loved it as well. And the crust turned out just *perfect*. I'm sure now that I'll stick to crusts that are a combo of shortening and butter. They just behave better, and come out flakier. Thanks for singing praises on this recipe Biscuit, I was about to give away my copy of the book, and will hold on tightly to it now, LOL!

FitnessNut's picture

(post #62795, reply #232 of 258)

Thanks for posting this. Its been on my search list too...

Bought a ton of apples at the market this weekend. :-)

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helena1's picture

(post #62795, reply #233 of 258)

OKay, before I give up on this book I vow to try this recipe. THanks so much for the recommendation :o). We love apple pie.

chiffonade's picture

(post #62795, reply #234 of 258)

Bookmark the Twofer Pie as well.  I made one for T-Giving last year and it was out of this world.

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Anu's picture

(post #62795, reply #241 of 258)

I just made the double apple bundt cake and that's a winner too.  Its got apple butter and grated apples.  Tastes better as it sits and ripens.   I'm in the mood for fall desserts and down here in South Florida, you really have to cultivate the feeling of fall :)