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

about 8 hours ago
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition!

Super-class all the way!
I once tried to pipe an "L" on cupcake in honour of a bride-to-be. Everyone asked what was up with the fancy squiggles, so that was my last effort at decorating..

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

The Toronto Star had a recipe over Christmas for lemon pine cookies.. I could dig it up for you. Or I've had chocolate pine nut cake.. that is really good.

Apr 22, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

I have had those donuts, and can attest to how good they are!!

Apr 22, 2015
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Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

I think that I would make them again (and make the caramel correctly).. but would for sure cut the ganache in half!

Apr 22, 2015
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Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

Very true!!

Apr 21, 2015
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Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

It's really good! But quite rich: to be honest, I think that you could cut the amount of ganache in half..

Apr 21, 2015
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Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

Next time!! Thanks for the vote of confidence. The ganache in the food and wine recipe? so, so good.

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

So good!! I used the rhubarb from frozen. My mother got the recipe from one of her friends..

Lunar Rhubarb Cake

Batter:
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
3 - 4 cups rhubarb chopped in ½ inch pieces
2 tablespoons flour

Topping:
¼ cup butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1. For batter: Cream butter and sugar until smooth and creamy; beat in egg and vanilla. Sift together 2 cups flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Toss rhubarb with 2 tablespoons flour and mix gently into batter. Spoon into buttered and floured 9x13 inch cake pan.

2. For topping: Blend together all ingredients and sprinkle (distribute in blobs) evenly over batter.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 50 - 55 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

Well, the caramelization didn't go too smoothly.. but no doubt that is my own fault. It's been years since I tried to make caramel, and it showed! There is only 2 TB water to 1 cup of sugar, and the sugar didn't completely dissolve/get wet, no matter what I did. I was afraid to stir (but was swirling very vigorously!), so some lumps of white sugar stayed on the edges of the pot, no matter what. The caramel tastes good, but I had to go through it a fork once I poured it on the shortbread, to try to remove some of the larger clumps. Not ideal.. but tasted oh so good. Entirely due to user error, I suspect. And no doubt, will still taste very good..

Apr 20, 2015
rstuart in Home Cooking

Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

Great!!

Apr 19, 2015
rstuart in Home Cooking

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

It's really good... very moist.
Thanks for the Bon Appetit recipe: so pretty! I actually don't mind almond flour.. will have to try it when the local rhubarb comes in..

Apr 19, 2015
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Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

These boards can be dangerous places, can't they!!

Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

I will! I also just found out that you can freeze heavy cream, which is a relief.. will do that with the rest..

Apr 19, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition!

Found about 6 cups of rhubarb at the back of my freezer. Since ours will be out in about a month, I made a recipe my mother had shared with me called "Lunar Rhubarb Cake" that a friend of hers had given her. It uses 4 cups of rhubarb, which was the attraction! Straightforward cake with buttermilk and a brown sugar topping. It's in the oven now.
Also make blueberry biscuits for my breakfasts..
Was going to make this recipe:
http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/bi...
But realised that I had to make dinner and clean as well, so I should probably prioritize..

Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

Thanks Foxeyblue! Will try it..

Apr 19, 2015
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Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

Thanks nothingswrong! I would like to try making caramels, so it's good to get a reliable recipe.. think that I am going to try the food and wine recipe this time..

Apr 19, 2015
rstuart in Home Cooking

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

That does sound lovely..

Millionaire Shortbread with heavy cream?

I've wanted to make Millionaire Shortbread for some time, and would also like to use up some heavy cream bought recently for frosting. All of the recipes that I have found on-line use condensed milk for the caramel, and I don't feel confident enough to wing it with the cream. Does anyone have any tried and true recipes for caramel slice/millionaire shortbread using cream?

Apr 18, 2015
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What are you baking these days? April showers...2nd part, April 2015 edition!

some of my favourite cookie recipes have cornstarch..

Apr 17, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

That's not a real word, is it???

Apr 14, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

I walked by restaurant recently, and gawped in the window!

Apr 13, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

So I ended up using the basic buttercream from Elinor Klivan's "Chocolate Cakes".. and it's really good! a bit fussier.. you add some instant coffee to cream, which gets added to the butter/icing sugar along with melted unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolate.. but well worth the effort. Delicious! Will note the recipe above, especially for when you don't want to fuss with melting chocolate.
The Smitten Kitchen birthday cake made a really nice, tender yellow cake as well..

Apr 11, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

Hmm... so, I like the frosting.. but I don't think that it's quite what the guest of honour was looking for (it's rich, but not too sweet). She specifically asked for chocolate frosting "from a can".. so I would guess that she is looking for more of a traditional buttercream.
Am thinking that I might try the "perfectly chocolate" Hershey's buttercream that nothingswrong posted blow..

Apr 10, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

I've heard that from many people: I don't find them too sweet, but I have a horrific sweet tooth. I think that the only thing I've ever found "too sweet" is coffee with sugar in it (which is more of an abomination)..

Apr 10, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Spring better get here soon, April 2015 edition! [Old]

Just a few more things for a baby shower this week-end.. I made some gluten-free cocoa pecan cookies (a guest is GF, and I needed to use up some pecans languishing in the fridge from Christmas). Tomorrow night is the yellow cake and chocolate frosting: making the smitten kitchen yellow cake, and this chocolate flour frosting:
http://ourbestbites.com/2010/05/choco...

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

It's always hard to know! One of my favourite bloggers had good luck with it..
http://www.foodlibrarian.com/2009/06/...

Apr 09, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

My mother had to give up her American in order to get Cdn.. think that it was an American rule. She got it back later.. this was back in the 80s though.

Apr 09, 2015
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food shopping at Winners

Pusateris! wow...

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

It's definitely a recipe that lends itself to improvisation! Let us know how it works with coconut oil!

Apr 07, 2015
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