Monthly Archives: May 2009

TWD Chipster-Topped Brownies

I’m back from my hiatus. This weeks recipe comes from Beth of Supplicious. And I am so glad I had the opportunity to make this weeks recipe! You can head on over to Beth’s site to get the recipe.

As I sit here typing, I am also eating a little slice of this delicious dessert. I have to say I was hesitant about this recipe because of the reviews but I took the advice of others and baked the brownie layer for 15 minutes before putting the cookie layer on. The final product was a rich and yummy chocolatey treat:) The only thing that didn’t go as planned is that my cookie layer was a little puffy so when I cut into it, it cracked. But a little aesthetic issue didn’t stop me from enjoying these brownies! I’m going home to Kingston this weekend and Caroline will be there so I have promised to save her a piece. This shouldn’t be too hard considering the size of this brownie recipe! But I’m hoping to give a bunch of it to Neil so it doesn’t go to waste!

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Fresh Mango Bread TWD

I used to have a strong aversion to mango. Given as I love to travel to tropical countries, this fruit is frequently available to me and yet, I generally choose to pass them up. That is until last year, in Nicaragua, when all that changed. While studying Spanish in San Juan del Sur, the family I stayed with served them to me frequently. It seems that mangos were in season while the other fruit I normally ate were not. If I wanted to meet the 5-10 servings of fruit and veg I needed to eat them up. So after a few mangos I got over my aversion and even started to like them. Lucky for me because this week Kelly of Baking with the Boys picked Fresh Mango Bread.

Fresh Mango Bread

Fresh Mango Bread

I made this loaf for my turn at Snack Friday, which is coming up this week. I am pretty excited about it tasting it, it looks like it is a great loaf. Head on over to Tuesdays with Dorie to check out some other great blogs. I greatly appreciated the help I got chopping the mangos in the preparation stages of baking. As well, I’d like to give a shout out to Claire, who hooked me up with my brand new microplane zester and is literally in the middle of writing her licensing exams this week. Study hard Claire so you can get back to baking!

My new zester!

My new zester!

TWD Tartest Lemon Tart

Lucky for Caroline, who is the baker for the month of May due to my yucky studying, we made this yummy treat for Easter. In our family there is an element of fussiness that accompanies all holiday dessert menu planning. Some can’t eat chocolate, some don’t eat meringue and some aren’t into cheesecakes. So usually this means multiple desserts to ensure full and happy tummies all around. This Easter, our big sis who is not a baker at heart, put in a request for a Nigella recipe which we will eventually get around to posting. Since that one had chocolate, there had to be a non-chocolate dessert. I had my eyes set on a different lemon tart but due to insufficient ingredients (and laziness) in the kitchen we started scouring our books for other recipes for a similar dessert, which brought us to this recipe! I must confess that I grumbled through the making of this tart because it wasn’t quite what I had envisioned and grumbled even louder when it came out of the oven looking nothing like the lemon tart I wanted to make. But in the end I was pleasantly surprised. The end product was a lovely lemon treat to take the place of our usual lemon meringue pie, which of course some people won’t eat!
You can head on over to Babette Feasts for the recipe. Thanks for choosing a yummy recipe!

Sorry for the not-so-stellar picture! The excitement of Easter is to blame!

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TWD Tiramisu Cake

I am a cake person. Some people are pastry people but I am all about cake. I will pass up pastry anytime in exchange for cakey goodness. Since Claire is studying for her licensing exam, this months baking falls to me. Fortunately for me (and my coworkers) I am up to the challenge.  This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Tiramisu cake, was selected by Kristin of My Baking Adventures, make sure you check out her blog for the recipe. I think I have had Tiramisu only once before but given that this recipe was in cake format I was up for the challenge. I had a few problems locating the espresso powder, but fortunately the fourth stop was the charm. The cake was definitely worth it!

Tiramisu Cake

Tiramisu Cake

I used two 8 inch square pans because I wanted to create two cakes. My brother in law made a delicious dinner this weekend so I wanted to gift him and my sister this cake. However, I couldn’t have my coworkers miss out on home baking, especially since Jenny helped me shop for the ingredients. Thus, I cut the two squares in half and layered them. I was a little short on the icing so I would adjust the quantities if I was going to do that again.

Once again, the photos don’t do the cake justice. I thought it was a lovely cake and would make it again. Now that I am done school for the summer, I vow to try and take nicer photos. I aim to bake more during the day in order to have more natural lighting. It’s always good to have a little project! Perhaps I will even have to buy myself pretty plates to accent the baking goodness.