Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie - Kugelhopf

I started a bit late on this recipe, so the post is a little late, but hey, it's still Tuesday :)

I liked this recipe (except for the raisins). I substituted some chocolate carmel chips I had, and I like it. The dough is very close to a brioche, just missing a bit of butter (though there is no shortage in this recipe). Next time, I think some cinnamon and some nuts would be a good addition.

I made them into individual servings in a heart shaped muffin tin. I thought filling up the tins about half-way before the rise would be about right, but I was wrong. These definitely overflowed, though they still taste good. I would say to fill the tins no more than 1/3 the next time. You would get about 18 that way (I had 12 monsters). I also shortened the baking time, 10 minutes at first, then 8 minutes with the foil.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie - Rugelach

I have made rugelach quite a few times with different recipes. For me, the trick is to only work with enough dough that it stays cold until I have put it on the pan. So I usually work with small amounts, like Dorie recommends in this recipe.

I made one batch with the filling that Dorie recommends, and one with Nutella and almonds (I saw some of the other TWD bloggers recommend this filling so I had to try it, anything with Nutella is good). Both the raspberry and nutella cookies were good, but they were a bit dry. Next time I will cook them a bit less, this time I had them in for 22 minutes.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie - Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes

I made these a bit late as I wanted to make them for Halloween for my husband to take to some meetings. The recipe was good, some others thought it was a bit dry, so I sub'd in some oil for some of the butter. They came out perfect! Nice and moist, with just a hint of a crust on the top to hold the frosting. I used a double chocolate buttercream instead of the ganache so I could do some decorating with it.

Also in the picture are some vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. They were good, but not great. I am still looking for that knockout, go to vanilla cupcake recipe. If you have one you recommend, please send it on :)

Sticky Buns

I was craving some sticky buns last weekend, so I decided to plan a little bit ahead and made the Sticky Buns from Dorie's book, Baking: From my home to yours. This was a Tuesday's with Dorie recipe a while ago that I missed, and it got good reviews so I decided to try it.

There is a lot of butter in this dough, since it is a brioche dough I expected it to be rich, but... Anywhos, I made them in a silicone muffin pan to see how they would turn out. I think the larger size muffin pan would have been the perfect size, as these rose out of the tins a bit. The recipe was good and I would make it again, after I eat the frozen one's I've got saved away :)