August 21, 2012

TWD Popovers with Gruyere and Cayenne

Want to easily impress family and friends at your next gathering?  Serve popovers!  You wouldn't believe how easy they are to make and how delicious they taste served with butter and jam for breakfast/brunch or for dinner with a roast.   

I was definitely looking forward to making the Baking With Julia version for this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe.   All it takes are ingredients you have in your kitchen: eggs, milk, flour, salt and butter.  I added gruyere and cayenne pepper to give it a more savory vibe.  

Now you don't really need to fork over money for a popover pan, but I think it's worth the investment if you plan on making these often; after one taste, trust me, you will! You can find the recipe here Vintage Kitchen Notes and here Bake With Amy.   

August 10, 2012

S'mores Cupcakes

Did you know August 10 is National S'Mores Day?  I didn't, until now!  To celebrate this all-American camping treat of toasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers I made my own rendition, in the form of a cupcake.  Much easier to eat than the traditional s'more.

Break the cupcake down to its three main components and you'll see how easy they are to create: graham cracker crust, chocolate cake and marshmallow meringue frosting.   Oh, and don't forget the blow torch at the very end to achieve the toasty marshmallow effect. 

August 7, 2012

TWD Berry Galette

I was actually "this close" to skipping this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, Berry Galette, which would have been a first for me.   Considering that we tackled Blueberry Nectarine Pie just last week it felt a bit redundant.  Luckily the galette was super easy to put together so I had to put my laziness aside.  

If you attempt this recipe a word of caution that I'm sure you probably already noticed - the berries tend to leak quite a bit during baking.   I used a triple berry combination of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  In hindsight I probably should have omitted the strawberries, per the recipes notes, but I had some in my fridge and threw them in.  

Luckily the pastry didn't get soggy from all the juice and actually browned quite nicely.  Next time I'll add a little more sugar to the dough and also the fruit.  Other than that I thought it was a very tasty tart which would undoubtedly be even better with some ice cream!

Lisa of Tomato Thymes in the Kitchen and Andrea of The Kitchen Lioness have posted the recipe on their blog.
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