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Canuck's picture

I broke down today and bought this book. (Remember, it's the one containing TracyK's caramel buttercream.) Anyone have it or made anything else from it?


It does look yummy, and DDs will be all over me to make something from it tonight.


 

Adele's picture

(post #62915, reply #1 of 38)

That's the name of a cookbook?  Shoot, I want it just for the name.  LOL


Edit:  How bad am I?  First cookbook since forever, on the way. 


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


Edited 1/31/2008 3:28 pm ET by Adele

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

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #2 of 38)

Well, it looks like it's right up your alley! Heart of Darkness Brownies are the first recipe, and most of the recipes I've skimmed look like they'd be very popular in our house. I might try one tonight while we're huddled inside :)

Adele's picture

(post #62915, reply #3 of 38)

Be still my heart!  I've not been enthused about cooking lately, haven't even been to the grocery store for this entire month!   (Did hit the veggie store and drug store for milk though).  Perhaps this will get me back 'in the mood'.  LOL


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

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

knitpik's picture

(post #62915, reply #4 of 38)

Please report back. The cover itself is very tempting and the title makes it even more so.

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #5 of 38)

I will definitely report back :)


It's very much like a scrapbook inside. Although some of the additional information on ingredients is scattered throughout the text, and is hard to differentiate from the recipes, overall it's a good-looking book.

delice's picture

(post #62915, reply #6 of 38)

I made the chocolate cupcakes with caramel butterscotch icing from that book and loved them.  I think TracyK posted of her success with them within the past few weeks--she made them sound so good I could not resist.

TracyK's picture

(post #62915, reply #7 of 38)

That was me... but I only made the frosting, which is absolutely DIVINE. :-)

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Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #8 of 38)

Yes, I made those too. They were delicious and the main reason I bought the book. If the other recipes are anywhere near as good, I'll have a winner. I'm making the cream cheese pound cake today.


 

chiquiNO's picture

(post #62915, reply #14 of 38)

Is the icing recipes posted somewhere????

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

TracyK's picture

(post #62915, reply #15 of 38)

This is the recipe for both the chocolate cupcakes and the caramel butterscotch buttercream... I used the frosting on an orange cake and it was luscious!


http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipes/cookbook/choco_caramel_cupcakes.html


It makes a TON of frosting.



CT poster in bad standing since 2000.


Edited 2/2/2008 2:53 pm ET by TracyK

delice's picture

(post #62915, reply #16 of 38)

I see Tracy posted a link for the recipe.  I thought I had ruined it because for awhile it looked pebble-like and NOT like Tracy described when she posted about it--hardly glossy and smooth.  The recipe warns about this and instructs to keep beating it for it to come together which it does.  I am sure you won't have any trouble.

chiquiNO's picture

(post #62915, reply #17 of 38)

Thanks, to both of you!!  These really look good.  Might make them for tomorrow's Parade Party!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Li's picture

(post #62915, reply #9 of 38)

OMG, I must have the Dark Chocolate Soup with Cinnamon-Toasted Pound-Cake Croutons. Must. Have.

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plantlust's picture

(post #62915, reply #10 of 38)

You people are evil. I need another cookbook like I need another foot of snow.

It hasn't stopped snowing since 11am today, not supposed to stop until 6pm tomorrow night. I'm trying to remember why I live here.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #11 of 38)

Yes, that's on my list. But it's straight pound cake first. Do you have the book?


 

Li's picture

(post #62915, reply #18 of 38)

I don't yet...but it's on its way. ;-)

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Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #19 of 38)

Well, I inadvertantly doubled the butter in the Pound Cake recipe, so can't vouch for that, although the edges were delicious. I made a batch of chocolate cookies very much like Lora Brody's Whoppers. However, unlike the Whoppers, these actually came off the tray without tearing or bunching up. They are terrific.


I think I'll try a pudding later this week. She does take after Ina, though: "start with a pound of butter" or "take 4 cups of cream". With a title like this, I guess she's not after the lower-fat crowd.

Adele's picture

(post #62915, reply #20 of 38)

Y'all have to stop until I get the book.  It hasn't even shipped yet. Major pout.

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

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

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #21 of 38)

Well, I can't bake today but I can't promise to stop. There are mouths here to be fed :)

Adele's picture

(post #62915, reply #22 of 38)

Whew!  it shipped today.  All is well. 

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

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

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #23 of 38)

Will you post when you make something so we can compare results?

Adele's picture

(post #62915, reply #24 of 38)

I can guarantee you the first thing made will be the brownies, that's the first thing I make out of any cookbook if they are in it.  You have no idea what a hard time I had deciding with Brownies to Die For....every recipe brownies.

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

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

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #25 of 38)

LOL! But haven't you found an ultimate brownie recipe yet? I can't improve on the Prescription-Strength Brownies, although I love Ina's too.

Adele's picture

(post #62915, reply #26 of 38)

Got the book today and I hate to say this, but I won't be making the brownies.   6 eggs, 1-1/2 cups flour says cakey to me.  Add the 3 cups mini-marshmallows, 5 full size snickers bars, on top of 1 cup almonds or pecans and it's a bit much. (Plus the chocolate) But worse, much worse, THEY ARE MADE IN MUFFIN TINS!  Aaaaargh!  I wouldn't be able to cut them into small squares and freeze.  :(


On the other hand, the Black Bottom Cupcakes look mighty fine for next weeks baking for Valentine Day.  I haven't used my cupcake holder thing yet. 


Your probably wondering why I'm against the top recipe, which is made in cupcake/muffin tins but will make the Black Bottom ones.  Easy, I'll be taking them into work.  :)


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

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

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #27 of 38)

I just skimmed the brownies. DD#3 saw the marshmallows and was thrilled by the idea. Five Snickers bars! The unnecessary sugar and calories, as well as the fact that DD can't take nuts to school rules those out.


I like the idea of the muffin tins because that means more edges. I love edges.


I'll have to review the Black Bottom Cupcakes. We've just finished Ina's Lemon squares (for the vitamin C, you know), so it's back to chocolate :) 

Risottogirl's picture

(post #62915, reply #28 of 38)

I am getting a sugar headache just reading this thread :)

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #32 of 38)

Well, DD#3 fell in love with the idea of the brownies so we made them last weekend. We used toffee bits instead of the Snickers bars--but they were awful. I like crunchy edges so I usually skip muffin liners. Good thing I didn't. The brownies merged with the paper liners and had to be scraped off the liners with our fingernails LOL. No one was impressed, and we threw out about half of them after a couple of days.


I'm thinking the cupcakes and buttercream Tracy posted were the best thing in the book. I might try the pound cake again but this is getting depressing.

deejeh's picture

(post #62915, reply #33 of 38)

I've been reading this thread with great interest - the book is on my wish list at Amazon, but it doesn't sound like it's worth it for two recipes.


deej

Canuck's picture

(post #62915, reply #35 of 38)

I can bring it along to the Pollan event, and you can look at it if you want. I was so delighted by the cupcakes and buttercream; however nothing else has been even worth repeating--let alone becoming a favourite. I expect at least one really terrific recipe from every one of my cookbooks, but I thought this one would have more.

deejeh's picture

(post #62915, reply #37 of 38)

That would be terrific.  We still have to figure out a place to meet - I'll come up with a couple of suggestions and email you.


deej