Archive for July, 2010

Tuesdays With Dorie – Chewy, Chunky Blondies

Posted in food on July 27, 2010 by uglydudefood

My recipes always end in disaster when I am supposed to get them out of the pan, and then flip them over, and then flip them over again. Why would you make me do this?

1/4 of my blondies came out of the pan, and the rest wouldn’t budge. I replaced them as well as I could, and just cut the things out of the pan like it’s supposed to be done anyway.

Delicious, of course. I’ve become quite adept at making delicious balls of I-don’t-know-what-it-is. It is my specialty.

Meanwhile, I made Pink Velvet Cupcakes during the week (yes, when I was technically on vacation. It is my lot in life).

Tuesdays With Dorie – Lots-Of-Ways Banana Cake

Posted in food on July 20, 2010 by uglydudefood

There were lots of ways to eat this banana cake. I chose to cut the cake into chunks, freeze it, and then use it to cool my Mountain Dew for a tropical flavor treat.

Okay, that’s actually incorrect.

I slathered a bit of home-whipped, mildly sweetened/almond-flavored cream in between the layers and called it a day. Banana cake is generally sweet enough for me that I don’t need something on top of it to make it sweeter.

Actually, I just dumped two tubs of buttercream frosting (one vanilla, one chocolate) that would have gone pretty well with this. I had frozen these ages ago. They tasted just as good defrosted, but I don’t have room in my freezer for tubs of anything. If those had still existed, they probably would have found their way onto this cake.

By the way, I am posting this FROM THE DISTANT PAST. I am currently on vacation, but a vacation isn’t going to be the thing that stops me from my 2+ year streak of baking every TWD recipe.

I didn’t even realized I’d hit the 2-year-mark until right this moment. LET US CELEBRATE.

Celebration complete.

Also, here’s an update on Wedding Cupcakes. I made cupcakes for an office party using a bunch of test materials that Rachel bought online. We don’t like the red jewels on the cupcakes, and the pearls just seem to disappear in the frosting, but we do like the red glitter (which matches our wedding colors). Here’s a picture, with the required mess (and your first look at Rachel’s hand) included.

So that’s that. We’ve pretty much decided on the recipes we like for the chocolate and vanilla cakes (for chocolate we’re modifying Dorie’s choco-cupcake recipe just a tad). Next up: more practice with frosting techniques, and cupcake freezing tests.

So that’s it. If this posts as it’s supposed to, you guys won’t even realize that I’m gone. But you know what? I’M REALLY GOING TO MISS YOU.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Brrrrr-ownies

Posted in food on July 13, 2010 by uglydudefood

These brownies turned out excellently in every way – flavor, density. Heck, I even managed to properly bake them so that they weren’t goop. With the overload of Peppermint, these seem more like a Christmasy thing, although they’re definitely a bit more “refreshing” and a bit less cloying than straight-chocolate brownies.

On a side note, I think I have Rachel convinced to allow me to make the cupcakes for our wedding. I’ve experimented with a number of recipes in the past few months, and it’s amazing what a plastic bag and some honest-to-god icing tips can do to take “ugly food” and make it downright presentable.

Tuesdays With Dorie – Tarte Noire

Posted in food on July 6, 2010 by uglydudefood

Pretty straightforward, and the perfect thing to throw together after a holiday weekend – tart crusts and chocolate ganache. Delicious, too (even though Rachel says it tastes “like Hershey’s syrup in a graham cracker crust,” which has so many wrong things about it that I can’t even think straight).