Tuesdays with Dorie: Caramel Pots de Crème

Tuesday, May 31

Eggs, you spiteful little minions. Just when I think I've finally mastered a technique, you take me back to those pseudo baking, cake-in-a-box days. Once again, despite efforts to avoid it, the custard turned on me and began to develop it's seemingly chronic lumpy texture. In the distance, I heard Nelson from "The Simpsons" point and laugh. Luckily, the anti-smooth texture didn't have a huge impact on the flavour. In fact the pots de crème were spectacular! Nice try, eggs...nice try.

Whole Lemon Bars

Sunday, May 29

The Dr. House of lemon bars. Did you read the title? We're not taking just the juice and zest here, there's an entire acerbic lemon inside these babies. And, after hearing a song that I haven't heard in years, I think at least some of my lemon adoration can be explained. Excited? Thought so. :D

Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes

Wednesday, May 25

When I was little, and between bouts of frustration over the realization that one could not actually bake in an Easy Bake oven ( despite several failed attempts ), I used to have imaginary parties with my Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Occasionally She-Ra would join in, but only if that fickle Blueberry Muffin was off somewhere riding My Little Pony. They were not what I would call 'Tea' parties, because A: I was a tomboy girly girl, and B: I never was crazy about tea. Preferably I would have loved to call them soda parties, but since soda was taboo in the green-stuff stuffed fridge, I settled for...wait for it, H20. It was a sad excuse for a party, I was hoping my parents would realize this, break down, and by me a bottle of root beer and a box of Ho Hos. But they sat around the mini table and pretended to enjoy their water and non-existent cake. Cold, cold hearted they were. :-p

Chocolate Chip-Pistachio Bars

Sunday, May 22

Chocolate chips, long time no see! It's frustrating when, as a food blogger, you fail to capture how spectacular something is. It's like picking a bouquet of flowers for someone, dropping them in heavy traffic, getting a few caught in a doorway, and then trying to explain how beautiful they looked at one point. I made David Lebovitz's chocolate chip cookies a few weeks ago, but the pictures are sitting in my camera, waiting for me to release them. They were good, very very good (I'm speaking of the cookies here, not the photos.) Until I started this blog, I had no idea how fussy cookies can be when it comes to getting their picture taken. I've over done the cookie in a cup, and I always fall back on just plopping them on top of each other, so I wanted to try something different. After reading about taking pictures using the manual settings, I attempted to be cute by placing a glass of milk in the frame. However, not only does whole milk and half & half taste better in cereal, I'm sure they're much more photogenic than transparent-blueish skim milk. It looked like dingy dish water, plus I didn't have a tripod to help alleviate the effects of too much coffee and frustration. So my plan is to go back to my fall-back cookie settings (i.e. cookies in a cup), and redo the recipe soon...eventually.

Non-food bloggers, are you bored stiff right now? Sorry. I had to vent a bit about food photography. Onto the actual bars!

Lemon-Honey Bundt Cakes

Wednesday, May 18

Good great delicious things come in small packages. If you don't have a mini bundt pan, I highly recommend getting one, especially if, like me, you haven't had luck with traditional large bundt cakes. Whenever I'd hear the word bundt cake, I used to think of a clump of dry, unfrosted cake that sticks in the back of your throat. To make matters worse, I always had a hard time unmolding big bundt cakes...half of it stuck to the pan, resulting in a very ugly 'mound' of crumbly, bland, sometimes half-baked cake, and an equally ugly desire to hurl the pan at something (namely a window, an oncoming Semi, or a schizophrenic oven.) However, that all changed once I began using the mini-me version.

Brûléed Key Lime Tartlets

Saturday, May 14

How has your weekend been so far? I'm happy to report that the temperature has finally caught up with the season, although sadly, it bypassed Spring completely. Literally overnight, the trees suddenly have baby green leaves and those annoyingly darling dandelions are sprouting out of the grass like...weeds. Cold weather has finally relinquished it's iron grip and it's replaced with a lush heaviness that carries the aroma of lilacs and daffodils, which despite what my mom says, smell heavenly (she's convinced that daffodils have an unpleasant odor).

Lemony Almond Cookies

Wednesday, May 11

A lot of people crave the rich, warm flavour of chocolate, others, like me, crave the puckery lightness of the sunshine-encased deity known as the lemon. Those of you who worship at the alter of citrus will understand my constant need to play with it, and it just so happens that I have a bin-full of the yellow fruit in my refrigerator...just a heads up for what's to come. I think it's safe to say that I have an unhealthy obsession with lemons (and limes, of course.) There is something so addicting to their acidic, bright, refreshing flavour. On occasion, I'll pass on a brownie, but no matter what my mood or how close it is to bikini season, I'll never ever pass on a good lemon-doused recipe.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Brown Sugar Chocolate-Chip Mini Bundts

Tuesday, May 10

Big bundt cakes are usually not high on my list of things I like to make, which is why I'm a fan of pilates. Butt seriously, since this is another recipe from Dorie, I had a feeling that it wouldn't be at all dry or bland, and I was right! Besides, my mini bundt pan has only been put to use a few times, and I felt bad for it, sitting there in the cupboard and feeling unloved.

Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake

Thursday, May 5

I'm prone to connecting things that have nothing to do with each other, so this is yet another example of cloud catching. The Brown Derby is a famous restaurant in Los Angeles and the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, ergo I wanted a friendly, edible version of the infamous race. Makes sense, right?

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate-Mint Marbled Muffins

Tuesday, May 3

Happy May! I think part of my brain, the part that refuses to acknowledge how fast time has gone by, is convinced that it's still March, the rest of it is elated that it's not true. :D I love May. Everything is starting to bloom and the air feels light and lush all at the same time. Speaking of light and lush, these muffins just conveniently happened to fall into that very same category (nice segway, huh?)

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