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What are you baking these days? August 2015

I made an interesting cake for a family birthday: yellow cake topped with meringue, then baked and sandwich together with raspberries and cream. It's called 'World's Best Cake' in Norway, but we just thought it was good. The meringue was more like the meringue on lemon meringue pie than like a pavlova or crisp meringue. I prefer pavlova, obviously. :) I did enjoy the crisp edges though and will admit to having some for breakfast the next morning. Here's where I found the recipe: http://shaunasever.com/2015/05/worlds...

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

I baked some mini pavlovas with the egg whites left over from the Key Lime pie. I topped them with rhubarb and cream.

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

I baked a Key Lime pie for a friend last night. I used the Cook's Illustrated recipe, though they are really all very similar. The bit of filling I tasted was good, but I won't get a slice of this one.

Cherry Buttercream Frosting: What would you have done?

I was thinking the same thing, as a Swiss meringue buttercream is so much less sweet then a powdered sugar one. I got a jar of sour cherry curd in my Christmas stocking and it is almost too concentrated to eat alone, so it would be perfect here, I think. I like your cooked flour idea too--never thought of it with fruit.

Jul 17, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

You'd better make a big cake! And who gets to blow out the candles?? :)

Jul 09, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

Ottawa, but I used to work not too far away. I must visit again soon. :)

Jul 08, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

It was my niece's 5th birthday yesterday and she asked for a white cake with chocolate icing. I made her a Boston Cream Pie, which she ate none of. Anyhow, her cake-hating brother licked his plate and the rest of us enjoyed it too. Maybe she'll enjoy her Costco Frozen-themed monstrosity more when she has her kid party on the weekend! I used a cake recipe and glaze from the Saveur cookbook and the filling from the Flo Braker book, Baking for all Occasions, I think.

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

Sounds like Grace in the Kitchen!

Jul 08, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

I made the cream cheese coffeecake from the Cook's Illustrated cookbook. Very tasty, though I still hate the headnotes!

Cooking from Diana Henry's Books

I made this yesterday and I loved the chicken. I marinated for a couple of hours and then cooked it on a George Foreman grill that I rarely use and have never cooked meat on. It turned out well, even though I overcooked it a bit. I wasn't in love with the chickpea puree, which was surprising as I love everything in it. It didn't get as smooth as I'd like so next time I'll serve the chicken with the hummus from Jerusalem. I couldn't get pomegranate, so skipped the garnish, but served some red cabbage slaw with red onions in and pomegranate molasses dressing. All in all, a very tasty meal!

Jun 30, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

It was delicious, and gorgeous--wish I had got a photo. Everyone who tried it asked for the recipe, so I'd say it was a success. :)

Jun 29, 2015
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syrian apricot paste

Back when I was a member of the Daring Bakers, I made a yeasted coffee cake filled with meringue and I added a sheet of amardeen, along with dark chocolate and cardamom. It turned out to be our favourite loaf. Here's a link to the blog post, where you'll find photos and a link to the recipe. http://marymaryculinary.blogspot.ca/2...

Sorbet, ice cream, and other frosty treats

I made the same Chatelaine recipe you did, first with rhubarb, then with cocoa. It was too sweet for me without those sour/bitter additions. It's not my favourite ice cream, but it was easy to make with my class and they loved it.

Jun 23, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

I have a loaf of Flo Braker's Lemon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake assembled in the fridge for its second rise overnight. It's for breakfast from my 3 Educational Assistants. Now I just need to get out of bed at 5:30 to bake it, drive to school and pick up coffee for us all. Last week of school, finally!

Last week I made a Lunar Rhubarb Cake out of the local paper and it was delicious. I usually just keep my rhubarb for a compote, but I'll definitely be making this again and again.

What are you baking these days? Sumer is icumen in, June 2015 edition! [Old]

That is one gorgeous pie! I love rhubarb all on its own. :)

Jun 10, 2015
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Sorbet, ice cream, and other frosty treats

I have a little hand-cranked ice cream maker from over 20 years ago that I pull out a few times each summer. Last weekend, I made vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce with my nephew and it was a big hit. More often I make a boozy granita by boiling 3 cups of water with 1 cup sugar, cooling, then adding 7 tablespoons arak, kirsch, Aperol or whatever strikes my fancy. I pour it into a metal cake pan and freeze, stirring if I remember, or just scraping it up with a fork when I am ready to serve. It never freezes too solid and it's like tasty snow. :)

Jun 05, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition! [OLD]

Not baking, but made a batch of ouzo sorbet. Well, arak granita, actually. I find this stuff addictive when it's hot out. Next I am going to make a batch with Aperol.

What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition! [OLD]

Yes, I thought about coconut milk, but had an open litre of buttermilk in the fridge that I wanted to use up. I have been eating it at recess with a mango and they are very nice together, but next time I might put some fruit in. I find that coconut mutes the taste of spices so I can't taste the ginger and nutmeg. Maybe crystallized ginger next time--was too lazy to chop any up this time!

May 12, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition! [OLD]

I made the bill Granger coconut bread. I changed a few things: buttermilk and soda instead of milk and baking powder; desiccated unsweetened coconut instead of sweetened flaked; ginger and nutmeg instead of cinnamon; and I added a good plug of rum. It's very tasty and I keep 'testing' another slice.

May 11, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy Spring has finally sprung, May 2015 edition! [OLD]

I got the Cook's Illustrated Baking Book as a gift, but I might return it. I'm sure the recipes are fine, but it's the whiny tone in the headnote of each recipe that suggests nobody has ever made a good version of the recipe until they did. Either that or I should feel sorry for the authors, as they have never eaten anything good. I get that it's the premise of the book that the recipes are 'improved' but from what I can see, their versions look no better than others I have carefully tested and adapted to be perfect to me. Perhaps if I only had one baking book, this would appeal, but I have dozens and dozens.

May 10, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...bring May flours ;-) May 2015 edition! [OLD]

The Nigella Lawson dense chocolate loaf cake. I love the squidginess of it.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I received Fika right on the first of the month, as I pre-ordered it as soon as I read about it. It is tiny and oh-so-cute with the illustrations (no photos). I want to make so many things from it, but it's been a crazy month and it somehow got shelved. I endeavour to bake from it this week.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I've had A Modern Way to Eat out of the library for a few weeks and I just ordered it. I've only made one thing so far (a cardamom lemon drizzle cake that was a bit meh), but I am very interested in a bunch of the recipes and can't wait to make them.

What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I made the lemon cardamom drizzle cake from A Modern Wat to Eat. It's good but was pretty dense last night. I am hoping it's better today. The candied lemon peel was chewy, but would be great if blanched before being simmered in the honey.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

The episodes are on Netflix too, at least in Canada. I think it's a PBS series.

Apr 23, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

Thank you--sounds great!

Apr 21, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

I agree with Breadcrumbs: Crown was (is?) a brand of corn syrup. I think corn starch was always Canada brand.

Apr 20, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition! [OLD]

How was the lunar rhubarb cake? I'd love the recipe if you don't mind sharing. I eat my frozen rhubarb all year, usually just a compote with yogurt, but a cake that uses that much sounds like a great idea. I tend to ration it a bit through the winter, but now that spring is finally here and more rhubarb is on the horizon, I feel like I can use it up more quickly.

Apr 20, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

Gorgeous!

Apr 12, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

Good idea! I love rhubarb!