Jun.
30

Perfect Party Cake – TwD

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie hostess was Carol of the blog Mix, Mix, Stir, Stir and she chose Dorie’s recipe for the Perfect Party Cake.  Having made this cake at least ten times since first being introduced to it in the Daring Bakers challenge back in February of 2008, I do agree this is the perfect party cake.  Dress it up… Dress it down… even plain-ol nekkid… this cake is my hands-down favorite!  Having made it so many times as a full-sized cake… and not wanting all that leftover cake in my house… for this week’s TwD I chose to go the mini-sized route and do cupcakes:)

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Jun.
27

When the end of the month draws near it means the time has come for another Daring Bakers challenge. The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800’s in England.  This challenge was different… in part because I’d never ever heard of a Bakewell Tart or Bakewell Pudding.  But it sounded interesting and rather tasty so I thought I’d give it a go.  Considering I completely lost track of days and didn’t realize until today that the reveal date was… uhm… today… it was a really good thing this recipe could be completed quickly.  “Quickly” as in about 2hrs start to finish.  Oh yeah, I’m definitely thanking Jasmine and Annemarie for that!!

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Jun.
20

Chocolate-Studded Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread… aka pull-apart bread… is easy to make and quite a delight to eat.  Just look at this picture – little fingers got to it and grabbed a piece before I could even snap a picture of it! Funny how those “little fingers” just happened to be mine ;)  But seriously, it’s hard to resist this stuff.  Individual balls of yeasted dough, seductively bathed in a combination of melted butter, cinnamon and brown sugar then baked to deliciousness.  My version has chocolate chips tossed in among the dough balls cuz, well, yanno, the family considers anything “good” to be “great” when chocolate is added! LOL!  While Monkey Bread is indeed good, “Chocolate Studded Monkey Bread”?  We’ll that’s absatively great!

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Jun.
18

Cranberry Orange Scones

This month’s Barefoot Bloggers Bonus Recipe Challenge was hosted by…….me :) Yay!!!!  I can’t tell you how thrilling it was to find out I’d been chosen to host this since I just joined the Barefoot Bloggers last month.  Seeing as how I’m so into pastry, of course I had to choose something from the sugar food group.  I wanted to find something fun, quick, a little bit different… but still tasty too… and Ina’s recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones was all that… and more!

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Jun.
16

Honey Peach Ice Cream – TwD

If it’s Tuesday, we’re usually baking with Dorie, but this week instead of bakin’ we’re ice cream makin’ ;)  Now if you’ve followed my blog for more than a week you’ll know that I really enjoy making ice cream.  Check the archives and you’ll find a few recipes I’ve shared.  I can’t say that I’m a fan of honey but I do like peaches so I figured I’d give this one a whirl… plus… I’m always looking for a good excuse to pull out my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment!

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