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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


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Jean's picture

(post #62638, reply #63 of 146)

Very rich, can brownies be too chocolate-y?

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schnitzel's picture

(post #62638, reply #64 of 146)

These are darn near perfect in flavor and texture.



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Jean's picture

(post #62638, reply #65 of 146)

They just need a cup of good coffee and a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream. I made some a couple days ago too. I love one bowl things and it baked up nicely in my toaster oven. Yeah!

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Wolvie's picture

(post #62638, reply #68 of 146)

okay - I'll have to try them. Too many endorsements. ;-)


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Aberwacky's picture

(post #62638, reply #66 of 146)

Okay, ya'll have convinced me.  I'm making these tonight.


later. . . .


oooh, they are goooooood for being so easy to make!  I think next time I'll cook them a little longer.  The chewy bits around the edge of the pan were the best part.


Leigh


 


Just because your children were born in the South doesn't make them Southerners.  If a cat has kittens in the oven, does that make them biscuits?

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Debby's picture

(post #62638, reply #71 of 146)

I needed a 'chocolate fix', and boy did these deliver!!  Put the 1/2 cup chocolate chips in the batter and rather than use one of the topping ideas, I frosted the baked brownies with a  chocolate icing.........heaven!  : )  My family is still raving about them!  Thanks Li!


Debby

soccermom's picture

(post #62638, reply #75 of 146)

Have these been nominated for T&T? I made them last night to raves. They are so simple but delicious. And no melting chocolate required on a humid night.


Thanks for sharing this.


 


 

 

 

Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #76 of 146)

2nd nomination for tried & true.   I was notified that the Weekend Baker shipped yesterday, so I'll have it next week.  Hopefully by then,  the oven guy will bring the CORRECT part for the oven.  :(


 


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

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

chiquiNO's picture

(post #62638, reply #77 of 146)

Ya'll are all evil!!!  I'm trying to get rid of cookbooks and now ya'll are tempting me to buy more!!!  Sounds like a great book for my daughter and granddaughter to share!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

soccermom's picture

(post #62638, reply #78 of 146)

Not much point having a baking book without an oven :(


I hope he gets there soon.


 


 

 

 

SondraG's picture

(post #62638, reply #80 of 146)

Make the vote "3" for T&T!

 

 

Li's picture

(post #62638, reply #81 of 146)

Sold!
I just added it to the T&T archive.

Edited to add, I see Adele has, too! I'll remove mine.

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Edited 6/10/2005 11:53 am ET by Li

Only connect.

Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #82 of 146)

Oh shoot, so did I.  Please delete mine!!!  (Sorry!)

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

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

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62638, reply #83 of 146)

Am I the only one who thought these brownies were just so-so, nothing special?  They're alright, but don't hold a candle to my T&T recipe that I've been making since the early '80s, Bert Greene's Brownies.  Hope someone will give them a try.


                     
* Exported from MasterCook *


                          Bert Greene's Brownies


Recipe By     :
Serving Size  : 0     Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Brownies                        Chocolate
                Cookies


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
     1/2           cup  unsalted butter 
  2             ounces  unsweetened chocolate
  1                cup  sugar
  2               eggs  slightly beaten
  1           teaspoon  vanilla
     1/2           cup  all-purpose flour
                        pinch of salt
     1/4           cup  sour cream
     2/3           cup  chopped walnuts -- slightly toasted


Heat oven to 325º.  Melt the butter with the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot water.  Beat the sugar into the eggs.  Slowly beat in the melted chocolate mixture.  Stir in the vanilla.  Sift in the flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in the salt, sour cream and walnuts.  Pour into a buttered 8-inch square pan.  Bake 30 minutes.  (Be careful not to overbake.  Brownies should be moist.)  Cool and cut into 20 squares.


 


 


Edited 6/12/2005 11:42 am ET by favorablyimpressed

Aberwacky's picture

(post #62638, reply #84 of 146)

I really liked them, so I'm a bit biased, but I think what people have been most impressed with is how good they taste relative to how easy they are to make.  They are dead simple, after all.


I need to make them side-by-side with another recipe that uses chocolate and see which I like better.


Of course, with the new baby, simple may win out!


Leigh


 


 


Just because your children were born in the South doesn't make them Southerners.  If a cat has kittens in the oven, does that make them biscuits?

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62638, reply #85 of 146)

Yes, they certainly are simple.  I think I prefer the flavor of regular chocolate to cocoa powder, even though I did use Scharffen Berger.  Yes, you're excused . . . go for simple with new baby Grant.

Adele's picture

(post #62638, reply #86 of 146)

I really liked them, easy or not.  Then again, it was the first time I used dutched chocolate and I think the flavor was really intense.


I was going to do yours tomorrow, just for scientific reasons, ya know, but I don't have sour cream. 


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

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

schnitzel's picture

(post #62638, reply #87 of 146)

Heat oven to 325º (300º. 

Would you clarify this, please?



~Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62638, reply #88 of 146)

I thought I had removed that notation.  I use the lower temp for convection baking.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62638, reply #89 of 146)

Thank you!



~Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62638, reply #90 of 146)

Finally got my book, The Weekend Baker arrived on Saturday.

I LOVE IT ALREADY - her style is great, makes you want to go to the kitchen and immediately start baking something.

I've got a question, though - she has several cakes and desserts that use fruits like blueberries, raspberries - for the most part, she does not specify they HAVE to be fresh, but I would like to know when it is OK to use frozen fruit instead of fresh.

One particular recipe I am flirting with is the warm cinnamon blueberry cake (don t remember the exact name of the recipe, but you add blueberries on top of the batter as the cake bakes) - could I use frozen fruit instead if I rinse and dry them well enough?

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #62638, reply #91 of 146)

Sally, if you go to her website www.theweekendbaker.com there's a tab for "Ask Abby"


I had a question and received a reply in a very short time.


~RuthAnn


Bring me the Crocodile Sandwich.
And make it snappy!

~RuthAnn

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62638, reply #92 of 146)

You are a goddess!

THANKS!

SallyBR1's picture

(post #62638, reply #93 of 146)

Cannot believe how fast it was!

She is great, replied with such a nice message - it is ok to use frozen berries indeed, and for that particular cake I don t even have to rinse them or dry them...

I'll be making the cake very soon

SondraG's picture

(post #62638, reply #94 of 146)

I ordered it today, just couldn't stand it any longer.  Thought of you, still ordered it.  And some mini springform pans.  Sigh...That means a "shared sickness", eh??LOL


About the fruits, I think it's pretty easy with blueberries.  Good, frozen IQC blueberries usually work well in recipes calling for "blueberries".  I don't thaw them unless specified, makes them mushy.  Raspberries?  If they're being baked in something, I would try the same thing.  Warm Blueberry Cake?  I would use frozen blueberries in a flash in that one.


 

 

anneelsberry's picture

(post #62638, reply #5 of 146)

I agree with Natalie and Buddy!  I'm really partial to the banana nut muffins, too.

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MadMom's picture

(post #62638, reply #6 of 146)

Great shots!  It's obvious that both kids, especially Buddy, loved the cupcakes.  Hug them for me (after you wash the chocolate off, of course, LOL)



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AnnL's picture

(post #62638, reply #8 of 146)

Great pics--your children are beautiful!

AnnL
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in Central Mass.

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favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62638, reply #11 of 146)

Great endorsement for the book!  I'm going to have to add it to my list.

Jean's picture

(post #62638, reply #12 of 146)

Well, I need to bake something for DH. He's gone for this evening so I might as well get that book out and just do it. Even if I had to limp. Just took a lovely loaf of ww bread out of the oven. WW Moomie's made into a loaf. He's going to love it.


Now to find my Weekend Baker.


 


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