Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesdays with Dorie with K: Brown Butter and Vanilla Weekend Cake

The cake
Butter, melted.

Butter, browned

The night I brought the galley home, K made the Plain and Simple Almond Cake. Two days later, she made the Apple Weekend Cake. Suffice it to say, we are very much fans of the Simple Cakes chapter of Baking Chez Moi.
When the Brown Butter and Vanilla Weekend Cake was selected for Tuesday's with Dorie, I was pleased. The recipe is simple, but browning butter is something we can all use some more practice at.  Unlike the last project, we stayed fairly true to the recipe, though we substituted rye for  rum.

The verdict: No surprise that we liked this one. Straight out of the oven it was nice, but as promised was much better the next morning. I've been breaking off pieces for the last few days and look forward to trying it toasted, as suggested.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesdays with Dorie with K: Granola Energy Bars

Here we are again, with a much easier recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie. In fact, the only challenge was finding the brown rice syrup. Three stores later, we were ready to go with more than a few changes to the recipe. K was rather enthusiastic about some of the listed add-ins so almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds,  dried fruit and coconut became pecans, dried nectarines and chocolate chips.

The elusive brown rice syrup
Nuts and oats pre-toasting
Ready for the oven
After baking
The verdict: Easy to make and I appreciate the flexibility of the recipe, but this is not one that will go into regular rotation at our house. K is, sadly, not a huge oats fan and I just don't eat a lot of granola or energy bars. 

Next up: Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake!