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Abby Dodge’s chocolate truffle tart, MY way, two ways

It’s funny how one door closes and another opens.  Just after I decided that the Daring Bakers was no longer for me, I saw a conversation on Twitter between a few of my friends and the formidable Abby Dodge.  About baking together, virtually: #baketogether.  One recipe, your way? Sounded wonderful! I was SO IN!  I […]

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International Incident Party: Cake Pops (and a giveaway!)

I have to admit, when Penny challenged us to make Cake Pops for this month’s International Incident Party, I had never actually eaten a cake pop, let alone made one. In fact, I was so clueless that I thought they were just little round balls of cake on sticks. And I wondered how you got […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Vanilla éclairs on Saturday

I was SO excited to see this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe: Vanilla éclairs (p. 473). I love them but have never made them though I have had some success with the choux pastry before, making gougères and profiteroles, twice. Neil and I had people over for dinner last Friday and totally unintentionally, it […]

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Charcutepalooza April: The hot smoking challenge

This post is about the making of a sandwich.  Michael Ruhlman’s eggs Benedict from scratch, to be specific.  When he posted about it  the day before this month’s Charcutepalooza challenge (hot smoking) was announced, I wondered if smoked bacon might figure and was delighted that it did!  Neil and I decided to smoke some salmon […]

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Daring Bakers March: What to do with a failed yeasted coffee cake

The March 2011 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake. I have to admit, I was not a happy camper when I saw the word “yeasted” in the title of this challenge.  […]

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