Cherry Clafoutis

I dusted off my copy of Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan for this lovely seasonal treat. I love cherries and look forward to them every year. I am always looking for recipes that use fresh cherries. The recipe calls for whole-cherries not pitted but I was serving this to older folks and I…

Summer Vegetable Tian

On Cook the Book Fridays, we are baking up a Summer Vegetable Tian from Everyday Dorie. Packed with summer vegetables; tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and in my case Graffati Eggplant and red onion. I managed to buy my vegetables of similar size except for the red onion. I thought this dish looked pretty before it went…

Crème Brûlée Tart

Another fabulous tart on Tuesdays with Dorie. We are down to the final tarts from Baking Chez Moi. Taking a traditional creme brulee filling and putting into a tart is tasty. I used the optional extracts of vanilla and chambord which I am not sure I tasted. I put in a half a cup of…

Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies

This week on Tuesday with Dorie we are divining deep into chocolate, thank goodness for Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Chocolate Bars. These fudge brownies have a whopping 17 ounces of chocolate and butter, lots of butter. When my husband read the recipe he said “these are going to be rich”. This is a three layer…

Three-Pepper Burgers

My burgers are two-pepper burgers as our grocery store did not have any peppadew peppers. I saw Mardi’s recommendation about finely chopping the peppers too late as my husband had already made them:) My husband cooked these on a skillet instead of the bbq which I think was the right move keeping them together. They…

Ladyfingers

When these ladyfingers were assigned for Baking Chez Moi I knew I would be making something with them. I picked Raspberry Tiramisu en Verrine from Around My French Table. This is a layered dessert a verrine (short glass). Ladyfingers are brushed with kirsch, framboise or creme de cassis or in my case Chambord. The raspberry…

They-Might-Be-Breakfast Cookies

I was a member of a committee at my son’s school. This was a 7 AM meeting so I tried to bring some baked goods, mostly muffins, when I attended. The attendees were always grateful. This recipe from Dorie’s Cookies caught my eye so I tried these instead of muffins. These were a soft and…

Fruit and Nut Croquants

Fruit and nut croquants are everything my husband loves in a cookie; orange, almond and raisins. I used all the optional ingredients in this cookie; orange rind, nutmeg, almond extract and cloves. I took Dorie’s advice “go heavier on the nuts than the fruit” and added 5 ounces of whole almonds with skin and 3…

Mixed Berry Pie

Dorie says “As soon as there are berries in the market, there’s pie in our house”. I went with that theme for this week’s baking assignment for Everyday Dorie. Berries went on sale at one of my markets for $1.98/6oz, I took that as a sign to make a pie. I did not use Dorie’s…

Chocolate Pot de Crème

Tuesdays with Dorie members were tasked with making Tea and Honey Pots de Crème this week. Since I have not been fond of our latest tea flavored recipes I thought I would make one of Dorie’s Bonne Idee. There were three to choose from; vanilla, chocolate and caramel and I chose chocolate. As expected these…