Well, it’s been a while since I posted but let me tell you I came back with a real winner. I loved this plain cake and I pretty much stuck to the recipe other than substituting rhubarb for blueberries. It’s rhubarb season here and it seemed a shame to not use local produce as the earth seems to have finally woken from its winter slumber. I picked the rhubarb at my Aunt’s house last weekend when we were in town for Claire’s wedding shower.
Let’s talk about this cake. Now I was a bit skeptical of the fussiness, I mean beating egg whites seemed like a bit much for a “plain” cake but I was wrong. It wasn’t too much as the cake was light and delicious and I assume the egg white peaks had something to do with this. I made the cake this morning and brought it into work. There was only one piece left at the end of the day so I think it was a hit! A couple of people asked for the recipe, here’s hoping that the egg white beating doesn’t dissuade them.
Thanks to Cindy of Everyday Insanity for choosing this recipe. And of course a big thanks to Dorie for giving us this little gem. I can’t wait to make it for my family, they are going to love it!!!
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I can’t believe I almost forgot to write this post! It is late on Tuesday evening but I am squeezing this post in before the deadline:)
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in Toronto visiting my TWO (!) nieces, as well as spending some quality time with my mum on Mother’s Day weekend.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, Caroline and I hosted a brunch for our mum and big sister who welcomed the arrival of her second beautiful girl just last week! So this was definately a weekend to celebrate. Our brunch included a variety of yummy food and drinks, in particular, this bundt cake! This cake was a big hit with everyone (except with my niece who thinks that if it isn’t made of chocolate than it’s not that great). I omitted the nuts and used apples instead of pears but otherwise stuck to the recipe. This cake was definately a great brunch cake since it is not too sweet but if you were interested in making it a bit sweeter, it would be great with a glaze. Caroline and I were plotting a blueberry version with a lemon glaze to make in the future!
Thanks to Peggy from Pantry Revisited who chose this weeks recipe. It was definately a recipe I would likely have not chosen on my own but really enjoyed. You can find this recipe on Peggy’s blog or on page 179 of BFMHTY.
Wow, it has been a long time since there has been activity on the blog! It has been a busy month for both Caroline and I, but rest assured we have some good recipes coming soon which should hopefully make up for our neglectfulness this past month.
First off, a new Tuesdays with Dorie post! I spent a good portion of this past weekend on the 401 between Ottawa and Toronto, being a good sister and attending Caroline’s birthday party! I stopped in Kingston on Saturday while en route to Toronto to visit my mum. I made these muffins for her hoping that they would bring a little sunshine into her weekend.
My mum and dad had these with tea after I left, and they were enjoyed by both. I had a taste of one on Friday night when they were just out of the oven and they tasted quite nice! I made a few adjustments to the recipe including blueberries instead of raisins and margarine instead of butter (for a slightly more healthy muffin).
Thanks to Lauryn of Bella Baker for choosing this weeks recipe. They certainly were a nice intro to some more spring-like baking. You can head over to Lauryn’s blog to get the recipe or it can be found on page 7 of BFMHTY.
I love muffins. There are no two ways about it. I have a preference for banana and pumpkin but really I will eat any kind possible. And of course, they are even better if they contain chocolate. I made these last night and I have to say that I dig them. Not as much as the lemon blueberry muffins from a few weeks ago (Dorie outdid herself on those ones!) but those contained lemon curd. Hands down, no competition, these ones didn’t have a chance, but regardless they were good. I really dug the cornmeal and maple. When I offered some to S. he said “sure, they sound healthy!” I sheepishly replied “well, I added chocolate chips” and he said “Of course you did. That’s my girlfriend.” In my defense, I think that the chocolate chips really added something.
If you want to try these out for yourself, you can head on over to Christine’s blog Happy Tummy for the recipe or better yet check out Baking: From my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.
This recipes marks a first for me. My first bundt cake! I asked for a bundt pan two Christmases ago and it has been sitting in my cupboard patiently waiting for me to test it out. And let me tell you, it was worth the wait! This cake was absolutely delicious!
With anything I make for the first time, I am usually a little nervous about whether is cooked enough, etc. especially when working with such a deep pan. But this cake came right out of the pan and was baked perfectly. As always, I made a few changes including omitting the nuts and raisins. Next time, I will try and improve my swirling technique, but I think I did well for my first time:)
I served this cake this past weekend while at Mont Tremblant with friends. We stayed at a hotel and made our own meals. I brought the cake wrapped in tin foil and didn’t think about the need to take pictures, hence the ugly tin foil shot! I was a little nervous about it because I know some people aren’t into orange and chocolate but everyone seemed to enjoy it, including myself! This cake is a definate make-again and was a great first foray into the world of bundt cakes!
Thanks to Jennifer of Cooking for Comfort for choosing this weeks recipe. You can head on over to Jennifer’s blog or you can find the recipe on page 182 of BFMHTY.
Let me just say that I now believe that all lemon muffins should have lemon curd in them. The sheer genius of that is unparalleled. I was fortunate enough to have a little container of lemon curd in my freezer and when I saw that suggestion in the playing around section I jumped on it. I am smitten with these muffins. Basically you make them as normal but put a tsp or so of lemon curd in the middle. Scrumptious.
Now I am not the biggest poppyseed fan so I made half with blueberries. They IMHO were superior. But I guess that’s a preference. I didn’t glaze them as I am taking them to my parent’s house this weekend and I needed to freeze them. I will confess that I had two for supper on Sunday night. My coworker commented that muffins aren’t the healthiest dinner. But what about the blueberries and lemons? Aren’t they healthy;)
Thanks to Betsy of A Cup of Sweetness for picking this recipe. BTW I love the header on Betsy’s blog, so pretty!
PS We are hosting the Tuesdays with Dorie crowd in February!!!! It was really hard to pick a recipe. In case your wondering, it’s of the chocolate variety. Stay tuned.
Hey, it’s me Caroline. Have you been wondering where I am? Claire has been holding down the fort here while my life has been a little topsy-turvey. December was a wild month for me. I finished one job, packed my apartment, moved to a new city, started a new job and wrote a 20ish page term paper. Needless to say, I didn’t have a lot of time for baking and blogging. Now that doesn’t mean I didn’t bake, but when I did, I didn’t manage to take photos. So many thanks to Claire, who has been busy herself planning a wedding, for looking after our little piece of cyber-space.
- Pumpkin Muffins
I actually baked a rewind in November, knowing that things would be crazy in December, but it got eaten before I had a chance to take a photo. My bad. This one almost was a miss too, as I left my camera in Toronto, forgotten in all the Christmas festivities. So I snapped a photo with my cell phone. Obviously, it isn’t stellar but what can you do. These pumpkin muffins were delicious. I, of course, used chocolate chips instead of raisins. For the recipe head on over here where Kelly made a great pick!
I hope to be back in the baking game in the New Year (which I MUST share as I have a bridesmaid to fit into in a few short months!) Hope you all have a wonderful NYE!