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Need easy showstopper dessert

I usually bake mine the day before, then leave it in the turned off oven overnight. As long as you avoid humidity, you should be fine--you can keep the meringue part in a tin in a cool place. When I was in Australia, we made one the afternoon of a dinner party and my host said the finished pavlova should rest in the fridge for a few hours, but I never do that. I like the contrast of the crisp outer shell with the marshmallowy insides and the cream and fruit. Hmmm, wonder why I'm called pavlova here?

Dec 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

I made it recently and found it crumbly too, but not dry. I used coffee but couldn't find natural cocoa, so used dutched.

Dec 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two!

Date, hazelnut and fennel crisps--like homemade raincoast crisps. Just pulled a batch out of the oven and am enjoying them with some Stinking Bishop cheese.

Need easy showstopper dessert

What about a pavlova? They are easy to knock together, can be topped with a multitude of things, always impress people, taste amazing, and can be made Christmassy with cranberries and pistachios if necessary.

Dec 15, 2014
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Christmas Baking 2014

I'm making rum balls now so they mellow out a bit--I usually make them at the last minute and they're a bit lethal tasting when I do that.

Dec 13, 2014
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Christmas Baking 2014

I have one of those vacuum food savers that I pull out once a year, to package Christmas cookies. I hate having different kinds of cookies together, as it affects the taste and texture, so, after I bake, I package the cookies in little vac pack cylinders, with anywhere from 6-12 cookies in a pack. Then, if I am shipping them, I put the packs in a box with some sort of packing material.

What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Interesting--mine don't have that kind of top at all--just a regular pound cake look with oodles of fruit/nuts. I did get a bit more cake than I was expecting: 3-6" and 4-mini loaves from a full recipe. I'll be picking up more cheesecloth and more Amaretto tomorrow. :)

Dec 08, 2014
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Christmas Baking 2014

I like marmalade, but only make it from Seville oranges. Maybe I could make some with the grapefruit, though. Hmmm...

Dec 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I am just about to start mixing my Dowager Duchess cake. What are you unsure of? I used Amaretto last time I made it and we loved it, but we won't be eating ours till January this time around as I'm so late.

Dec 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I just took a spanakopita out of the oven. I used the recipe from My Little Expat Kitchen and used lots of dill. Can't wait till it cools enough to dig in to.

Dec 07, 2014
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Help me use 12 peeled oranges, please!

Thanks for the great ideas! They make me feel confident enough to tackle the 19 whole oranges and 19 grapefruits I still have, after I finish the peeled ones. I got a bit carried away with the school fundraiser....

Dec 07, 2014
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Help me use 12 peeled oranges, please!

Last time I candied orange peel I did save the syrup and found all sorts of uses for it. Will do again.
I am actually a teacher, and I can't believe I didn't think of sharing these with my class, so will bring some tomorrow for them. :)
Thanks!

Dec 07, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I picked up the new Saveur cookbook on the weekend....and forgot it at my mother's. I did have a look through it last night and found a few things just in the dessert section. I look forward to reading it more closely and actually cooking from it at Christmastime.

Help me use 12 peeled oranges, please!

So, I have finally made the candied peel for my Dowager Duchess cake, but now I have 12 peeled oranges to eat. Any suggestions? So far I have eaten one dipped in a sweet 'dukkah' from a Your Inspiration at Home party. I have a bulb of fennel in the fridge to make a salad with oranges and olives, but I need more ideas. Of course I'll be taking them on my lunch too. Thanks in advance.

Dec 07, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I made the Epicurious double chocolate cake for my sister-in-law's birthday. She is the only chocolate lover in the family, and she loved it.
On a non-edible baking note, I made gingerbread salt-dough ornaments with my niece and we put epsom salt 'snow' on them--very cute.

Dec 07, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I made Jane Hornby's chocolate malt cake from The Wednesday Chef. It was an easy cake to put together, bake and serve, but I don't think I'll make it again. I couldn't taste the malt at all and the cake was very crumbly, but not dry. The chocolate lovers absolutely loved the icing--very chocolate-y, if you like that sort of thing, and not gritty from the icing sugar. Again, couldn't taste the malt in that either. Anyway, my students weren't so picky and ate it all up. :)

Dec 05, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Thanks for that! I had been looking for Cacao Barry cocoa and couldn't find it locally any longer, but with free shipping that is not a problem.
Note that the minimum order is $50 for free shipping

Dec 04, 2014
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Christmas Baking 2014

I received a 20-pound box of oranges and another of grapefruits today. I ordered them, but now I am trying to figure out how to use them all up. Will start by candying orange peel for the Dowager Duchess cake tomorrow. There may be some gifts of other candied peel too!

Dec 02, 2014
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Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

Preserved lemons? Zaatar?

Dec 01, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

I just got The Baking Bible and Oh She Glows (a vegan cookbook) by post today. Sadly, I am home sick with a tummy bug, so not even tempted to peek in them.

Dec 01, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Baking day with my friend and her daughters yesterday. We made a batch of chewy gingerbread cookies, a batch of decorated sugar cookies and I made 3 tourtieres. I think we'll skip the sugar cookies next year--the girls don't really enjoy rolling and decorating them.

Nov 30, 2014
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Christmas Baking 2014

I make the cake in 6" rounds and in loaf pans, so maybe you could use one shape for each type of citrus?

Nov 28, 2014
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Christmas Baking 2014

I need to get my Dowager Duchess cake made this weekend so I can feed it lots of Amaretto till Christmas. Then the David Lebovitz chocolate cherry 'fruitcake'. I also make fudgy bourbon balls from Food52. I'll make candy too--usually pralines and turtles. For cookies, rolled sugar cookies, spritz cookies, soft ginger cookies, oreos and shortbread. Also, gevulde speculaas, a marzipan filled spice cake and my own pistachio paste filled chocolate version.

Nov 27, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Thank you to roxlet too, then! :)

Nov 23, 2014
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Swiss Meringue Buttercream problem

Glad it finally worked out for you!

Nov 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

I made the Supernatural brownies for a bake sale yesterday and they were very popular. Thanks to you for being such an advocate for that recipe!
Today I made something like melba toast, but fancy. Raincoast Crisp-like twice-baked crackers with dates, hazelnuts and fennel. I (sort of) followed this recipe: http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2009/01/27...
and baked them in 4 small loaf pans to freeze, then slice and bake for gifts and holiday get-togethers.
Hmmm, could I get any more hyphens in there? :)

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

I made the supernatural brownies that I keep hearing so much about and cut them this morning. Very fudge and chocolate-y. I think they'll be a hit--I'm putting out free samples. :)

Nov 22, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

I've got a banana chiffon cake in the oven for a school bake/craft sale tomorrow. I will frost it with cream cheese frosting. Now I am looking for some sort of brownies or squares that I can wrap individually for the same sale.

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

I made a simple yogurt cake with orange and vanilla to bring to school. After taking 5 classes of little kids to a farm on a field trip, I thought we could all use some tea and cake to recover!

What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? November 2014 edition! [old]

No, that it's not. I just drove through a bit of a snowstorm to get here...

Nov 16, 2014
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