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KitchenWitch's picture

The Weekend Baker (post #62638)

I know we've discussed this book before, but I'm really enjoying it.


Just made the double decker brownie chocolate chip bars last night. The 10 minute mocha pots du creme are fabulously simple, and I have made at least 4 batches of the emergency blender cupcakes. Since my blender is old and tired, I find it's easier to just make them in a bowl - almost as fast. Especially with my assistant's help.



DH says they are the best cupcakes, and Buddy agrees.



 


~RuthAnn


Bring me the Crocodile Sandwich.
And make it snappy!

~RuthAnn

TracyK's picture

(post #62638, reply #1 of 146)

Wow, those are some happy kids!!


Nice uvula on that first shot. :-) You should TOTALLY send a copy of that photo to Abby Dodge.



Squirrels are just rats in cuter outfits.
       -- Carrie Bradshaw


Edited 6/2/2005 4:05 pm ET by Tracy K

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #62638, reply #3 of 146)

I did send a copy of it to Abigail.


I posted the uvula shot because it cracked me up - she was laughing so hard. (my fault - I kept saying 'crap' and she thought it was the funniest thing ever)


here's a nicer shot, no mouth innards - she's still hamming for the camera, of course.



~RuthAnn


Bring me the Crocodile Sandwich.
And make it snappy!

~RuthAnn

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TracyK's picture

(post #62638, reply #4 of 146)

Oh, I love the uvula shot-- so joyous!! I'm a singer, so I love mouth innards.

Squirrels are just rats in cuter outfits.
       -- Carrie Bradshaw

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #62638, reply #7 of 146)

How the hell did you end up with such gorgeous kids?  LOL

MadMom's picture

(post #62638, reply #9 of 146)

Because she's gorgeous and her husband is a hunk, you doofus.



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Biscuits's picture

(post #62638, reply #10 of 146)

Lord, I just love that girl!  Next time you get really sick of her, just stick her on a plane to Ohio. (G)


I am enjoying the book, too, although I've only made the scone mix so far.  I'm looking forward to getting more into it as soon as I move.


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Li's picture

(post #62638, reply #2 of 146)

Those are the best photos ever. What a great endorsement!

I made the Prescription-Strength Brownies last weekend. They lasted all of ten minutes. I've been ordered to make them again this weekend.

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Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #31 of 146)

I made the Prescription-Strength Brownies last weekend


Would it be a pain to post the recipe?   Please?  


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

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

Li's picture

(post #62638, reply #32 of 146)

Not at all, but it's at home. Can you wait until tomorrow?

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #62638, reply #33 of 146)

Adele, I think I saw a message by you someplace

you mentioned you are not feeling well

I wanted to ask you - have you tried doing some yoga? I am quite into it lately - I've been taking weekly classes for a few months, and doing a lot of exercises with a book on my own (great book, by the way - Bikraim's Beginner's Yoga, I highly recommend it)

I was not able to find your post now, I read it a few days ago but was in a hurry as usual - it seemed to me that yoga could help

anneelsberry's picture

(post #62638, reply #34 of 146)

Have you been doing Bikram classes or just using the book?  I have friends who swear by the hot temps, but I'm a chicken.  (I usually overdo it in yoga as it is.)

Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62638, reply #61 of 146)

Hi, Pomona

I am only using the book - does he have a video with classes?

I think the book is absolutely great - I love the description of his classes, and the tips on how to get to each of the more challenging poses. I ordered the newest edition and will send to a friend of mine from Brazil who used to attend yoga classes but now cannot afford them

I am not sure I like the sweat-intensive classes, though - I heard a lot about them, the smell in the room... no thanks! If I 'm gonna sweat like a pig, I rather be running!

Gretchen's picture

(post #62638, reply #48 of 146)

Adele, I think I saw a message by you someplace


you mentioned you are not feeling well


She may have a compressed or herniated disc. I imagine yoga might be very painful.


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Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #53 of 146)

As a matter of fact, I've actually bought two books, one is the American yoga Associations 'Beginners Manual', of which I do the stretching exercises, there's even one that mentions the sciatic nerve.  Of course, it only works if I don't hurt, which I still do, only I'm lots, lots better today.  I am trying to hook up with the new Dr., so I can get MRI'd and see what's what.


I also got a Pilates book, but haven't even opened it.  (It's sitting on nine hundred and ninety-nine glanced through cookbooks)


Edited for clarity.


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


Edited 6/4/2005 10:34 pm ET by Adele

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

dixie1's picture

(post #62638, reply #67 of 146)

which I do the stretching exercises, there's even one that mentions the sciatic nerve


DH has been suffering the last 3 weeks with this sort of problem. You should see what he rigged up in the living room. It is a rope tied to the wrought-iron rail in the loft. He loops his foot in and pulls on the rope, thus stretching his leg. It looks like he is getting ready to hang someone. Very funny, but seems to be helping.

Fledge's picture

(post #62638, reply #69 of 146)

He's so sensible...lol...I love it.


Did you get my pic of current project?


 

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #62638, reply #70 of 146)

I had to smile, because I've got a similar thingie in my living rooom - except that it's not a rope, it is one of those therabands (you know, the rubber band that stretches and resists movement)

I tie it to my ankle and use it for several different stretches and exercises - the dogs give me pretty puzzled looks, though.... :-)

Li's picture

(post #62638, reply #36 of 146)

Prescription-Strength Fudge Brownies


Yields 1 dozen 2-inch brownies


12 Tbs. (6 oz.) unsalted butter, cut in big pieces


3/4 cup (2 1/4 oz.) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutched), sifted if lumpy


1 1/2 cups sugar


1/4 tsp. table salt


2 large eggs


1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


3/4 cup (3 1/2 oz.) a-p flour


1/2 cup topping (optional): semisweet, peanut butter, or white chocolate chips, coarsely chopped nuts, chopped peppermint candies; you can also stir in another 1/2 cup chips into the batter


1. Position rack on middle rung and heat oven to 350. Lightly grease sides and bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish.


2. Put the butter in a medium sauces and set over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted. Slide the pan from the heat and add the cocoa; whisk until smooth. Add the sugar and salt,; whisk until blended. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition until blended. Whisk in the vanilla with the second egg. Sprinkle the flour over the top and stir with a rubber spatula just until blended.


3. Scrape the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Scatter the topping evenly over the top if use. Bake until a tookpick inserted into the center comes out with small, gooey clumps of brownie sticking to it, about 32 minutes. Don't overbake of the brownies won't be fudgy. Transfer dish to a rack to cool. Use a bench scraper to cut the cooled brownie into 3 equal strips and then cut each strip into four equal pieces. (Or freeze uncut: after cooling for about 20 minutes, invert onto a rack, let cool completely, and wrap tightly; freeze for up to 1 month).


--Abigail Johnson Dodge, The Weekend Baker


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Edited 6/8/2005 10:07 am ET by Li

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Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #54 of 146)

Yeah!  On the list for tomorrow.  Thank you!


Edit:  I have no willpower whatsoever.  I just ordered this. (Along with a classic Black & Decker iron- hey, I saved 8 bucks in free shipping.  Heeeellllllppppp meeeeeeee)


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


Edited 6/4/2005 10:52 pm ET by Adele

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

Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #55 of 146)

I made these right after reading the paper this morning.  omigod.  Fudgy is not a good enough word.  Now my new #1 brownie.  (I topped with the last of Christmas toffee, smashed it up & sprinkled it on top)


Cannot wait for the book, hopefully it will ship first thing tomorrow.


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

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

SondraG's picture

(post #62638, reply #72 of 146)

I just made these yesterday.  Just added nuts to get a feel for the recipe.  Baked for 28 mins.  - less than recommended - but they were done and not overbaked.  I can't understand how a recipe so simple can be so good!  Making again tomorrow for weekend guests.  Will play with fillings.   Edited to say, typing this post made me hungry, so I went to fridge to get a brownie, am eating as I type.  Yummy...


Edited 6/9/2005 3:28 pm ET by WickedRedhead

 

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62638, reply #73 of 146)

They're totally addictive. I call then one-arm brownies as I can make them while holding the baby in the other one.

deejeh's picture

(post #62638, reply #74 of 146)

These are cooling on the rack as I type - they look fantastic, and smell better.


I also wanted to recommend the white chocolate cream from this book.  It's tdf with raspberries.


deej

SondraG's picture

(post #62638, reply #79 of 146)

ROFLMAO.  Thanks so much for the name - I love it!  Will serve "one arm brownies" to guests!


 

 

Syrah's picture

(post #62638, reply #56 of 146)

Please tell me this is not as easy as it sounds.

"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off"
Gloria Steinem

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #57 of 146)

Syrah- it only uses one bowl on top of simmering water.  1 bowl, 1 spoon to stir. 


I must say, I used dutched cocoa for the first time with this also.  I got it from Penzeys, and wow, is it intense.


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

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

Syrah's picture

(post #62638, reply #58 of 146)

No No No. I am on a health kick. I cannot want these. I cannot!

Although I could freeze half couldn't I????

"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off"
Gloria Steinem

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #59 of 146)

That's what I did, ate a row (oink) then quickly, very quickly, got them to the freezer.

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

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

Jean's picture

(post #62638, reply #60 of 146)

Just had to tell you that cupcake face is now my wallpaper picture. :)  Too cute!

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schnitzel's picture

(post #62638, reply #62 of 146)

it only uses one bowl on top of simmering water.  1 bowl, 1 spoon to stir. 

I just used a medium saucepan, a whisk, and a spatula.  LOL, and I used natural unsweetened cocoa powder and no extra topping. Really fabulous brownies!

PS...  there's a tiny typo in the recipe Li posted.
"Put the butter in a medium sauces..."



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