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I just took the cranberry almond tart from the Williams Sonoma Pies and Tarts book out of the oven.

I used it as an excuse to buy a tart pan with a removable bottom, which worked quite nicely. I was a little worried about that.  And I realized that I still suck at rolling out dough.

What kind of problems do you have rolling out pie dough? If you like, maybe I can help with some hints/techniques - let me know the pie dough recipe you're using also.

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I'm a bit behind... sunday night, fresh peach pie (from Baking Illustrated) with vanilla ice cream.

Tonight, Dark Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream from Cooksillustrated.com. I had some vanilla beans arrive in the mail today and my husband loves cupcakes sooo....they were very good. Peach pie is better though.

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^Hey, that's the chocolate cupcake recipe I like! :smile: And what a coincidence--I used the Epicurious Double chocolate cake recipe after I read how you recommended it. :biggrin: Thanks for that--it's my new favourite chocolate cake recipe!

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Almost done with a pan of fudgy brownies, with raspberry couilis. I had bought a bunch of raspberries to make ice cream with, then my ice cream machine crapped out on me, so I just turned them into a sauce for the brownies. Works for me.

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havent had any dessert since sunday ...because on sunday I had cookies, pecan pie, carmel cake, coconut cake, butter squares, and homemade ice cream oooh and nanner puddin'

...tasted 3 different danish for breakfast that day too

pretty scarey huh?

tracey

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Cooking Illustrated's Best Brownie recipe, along with their best Lemon Square recipe and our own eG's "melmck" Raspberry Square recipe as written in Food & Wine magazine. All as a goodie basket for our accountant as both a thank-you for muddling through our 2004 tax mess and in hopes of snagging some business on the side (I'm a newbie personal chef in need of clients).

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^Hey, that's the chocolate cupcake recipe I like!  :smile: And what a coincidence--I used the Epicurious Double chocolate cake recipe after I read how you recommended it.  :biggrin: Thanks for that--it's my new favourite chocolate cake recipe!

Now I've really got to try your brownie recipe...seems like we have similar chocolate tastes. :wink: I've gotta tell you though, I think the Epicurious batter makes even better cupcakes than cooksillustrated.com's. I only cooked the cupcakes 15 minutes and I think it suggests 18 - 22 or something and they were still dryer than the others. They did rise nice and have good flavour but not quite as moist and bit more trouble to make. I need to know which Pecan Pie you've chosen as best.

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I'll put my pecan pie recipe in Recipe Gullet over the weekend. I've adapted a Cook's Illustrated variation that uses Grade B maple syrup. :smile:

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I'm eating some rum buttercream and almond dacquoise with the Cook's Illustrated chocolate cake that I was going to use for my birthday cake. Just testing the fillings... :wink:

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Short/sandy almond cookies, from my mom's recipe.

2 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour (I use whole wheat pastry instead of AP)

1 cup ground nuts (I use almonds)

Combine, shape into a log then chill. Slice and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350. Yum, yum.

Andrea

http://tenacity.net

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Peach cobbler made not quite Southern style with a shot of Buttershot and a glug from the Barista Vanilla syrup bottle along with the sugar, vanilla and butter.

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Peach cobbler made not quite Southern style with a shot of Buttershot and a glug from the Barista Vanilla syrup bottle along with the sugar, vanilla and butter.

I actually usually don't eat dessert, but I too have a Peach Cobbler on the counter that I made from the gorgeous peaches purchased at the Raleigh Farmer's Market on the way home from the Pig Pickin' last weekend. Actually it's more of a cross between a cobbler and a crisp because it has both a batter and a crumbly topping since I couldn't decide which I wanted. Maybe a Crispy Cobbler? :blush:

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That trio of raspberry squares, lemon squares and brownies was so good that I made them again to bring to a party tonight. After lunch, I snacked on scraps... :biggrin:

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Had some leftover white cake layers in the freezer, so broke them up and layered them in a trifle dish with some leftover lemon cake filling (essentially a runny lemon custard - I got the recipe from a friend's mom), with a little cream cheese, vanilla, and confectioner's sugar mixed together and spooned on top. Yum - lemon trifle?

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Wanted to add some blueberries, but the ones I had in the fridge were a little past their prime, and I didn't want to miss one minute of the tennis! :biggrin:

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2 big pieces of my trial birthday cake--4 layers of chocolate cake sandwiched with Italian caramel buttercream (I had made a rum French buttercream a few days ago, but decided not to use it as it was a bit too rich with the cake), pecan and almond dacquoise, Valrhona whipped ganache (used Manjari), covered in a chocolate mirror glaze and topped with more dacquoise crumbles. :wub:


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2 big pieces of my trial birthday cake--4 layers of chocolate cake sandwiched with Italian caramel buttercream (I had made a rum French buttercream a few days ago, but decided not to use it as it was a bit too rich with the cake), pecan and almond dacquoise, Valrhona whipped ganache (used Manjari), covered in a chocolate mirror glaze and topped with more dacquoise crumbles.  :wub:

I do hope we'll get to see pictures of the final product of all this delicious experimentation! :raz:

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^I'll post a pic as soon as my friend sends them to me! :biggrin: I did my best, but it's still pretty damn ugly compared to all the professional pics I see on this site. :laugh:

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^I'll post a pic as soon as my friend sends them to me!  :biggrin: I did my best, but it's still pretty damn ugly compared to all the professional pics I see on this site.  :laugh:

I'm sure it will be gorgeous - you're too modest.

Besides, what really matters...is how it TASTES!!! :biggrin:

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Ling, I really appreciate the joy that you get out of pastry- you are the type of customer that I love to bake for!


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Tonight, we had vanilla ice cream (Edy's) topped with scraps of yesterday's brownies, freshly whipped cream, still-warm chocolate sauce (Herme's recipe) and raspberries from the garden. Simple, but delicious.

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today I made a crumble that unbuckled my diet and made me slump...actually I dont even know what to call what I made anymore ....melted butter, cake batter and fresh sliced peaches baked for ever ..at least 75 min to firm up all the way....but it was damned tasty especially compared to mom's costco pudding pie....

oh yeah I baked it in a glass pan ...no wonder it took so long

tracey


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Ling, I really appreciate the joy that you get out of pastry- you are the type of customer that I love to bake for!

Awww thanks! That's very sweet of you! :wub:

Today's dessert was the chocolate pastry cream I was going to use for my birthday cake, but decided not to (it was lumpy). Also, green tea shortbread cookies at my bf's house. :wub:

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wow! that cake looks gorgeous, so shiny (bet it tastes rather good too :cool: )

last night's dessert here was apple and blueberry crumble (finally, a night chilly enough to make crumble desirable) with home made custard.

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