TWD: Arborio Rice Pudding

Sunday Nov. 16th 4:26 PMRice is parboiling on the stove. After reading P&Q comments, I decided to use 1/4 cup rice, but only 3 cups milk. I'll add more milk later if it starts looking dry. I love rice pudding, so I'm very much hoping that this works out.4:30 PMWaiting for the milk and sugar to boil. I'm eating a coconut-pineapple Dum-Dum and listening to the Hold Steady.4:38 PMMilk still hasn't boiled yet. Phil's painting the trim in our hallway. We bought some new "itso" organizers from Target … [Read more...]

TWD: Kugelhopf

Even though I'm not generally scared of yeast, this week's TWD recipe was as complicated as its name, Kugelhopf. (I'm not sure I spelled that right) The recipe was supposed to produce an end product that was a mix between a bread and a cake. The dough certainly was a mix, too runny to be bread dough, too sticky to be cake batter.Only somewhat daunted by the comments in the P & Q, I slogged into the recipe, just trying to follow the directions even though my dough didn't seem to be following its … [Read more...]

TWD: Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin muffins from page 13 of Baking: From my Home to Yours.Adaptations:didn't have either walnuts or sunflower seeds. didn't buy any either because we are trying to keep the grocery bill super low right now.Mistakes: forgot to add salt. Reasons I hate my silicone muffin pan:STILL NEEDS TO BE GREASED, contrary to Dorie's instructions and what everybody knows, mine still needs to be greased or use muffin liners or else the muffins won't come out.muffin holes are a little too small for the … [Read more...]

TWD: Creme Brulee

Creme brulee is one of my favorite desserts, and I actually own a torch, so I knew I had to make this recipe. The recipe is found on page 393 of Baking with Dorie and also on our host Mari's site here.My memory may be failing me, but overall I felt like the recipe from the cookbook that came with the torch worked better for me. I'm scandalized by that thought, so here are some things that I did that might have affected my final results:1. I used taller ramekins instead of the flatter oval dishes … [Read more...]

TWD: Dimply Plum (Nectarine!) Cake

Dimply Plum Cake, on page 41, was this week's TWD treat, hosted by Michelle of Bake-en. I made it Saturday evening to take to church for coffee hour. I swapped nectarines for plums because the plums at the farmer's market did not look so ripe. I like nectarines better than plums anyway. The cake turned out well. It was a hit at church. Everyone really liked the cardamom in it, as a nice change from using cinnamon in all these types of desserts and cakes.I sliced the nectarines too thinly, I … [Read more...]