Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TWD Creamiest Lime Cream Meringue Pie

Lime pie in the summertime, what more could you ask for? Once again I had a recipe that tempers eggs, it makes me so nervous! Fortunately, this was a success and my pie had a creamy and delicious lime flavor, rather than egg!

Linda, from Tender Crumb, selected this recipe and her photos are amazing! Seriously, some people really put me to shame. I love the creamy lime flavor, but agree with Linda that I was wanting more ginger. I am, however, not a meringue fan, so I opted to top my pie with whipped cream. I believe whipped cream can top anything and make it better!

I loved the pie in a graham cracker crust and thought Linda's suggestion not to sweeten it was a good idea. I'll have to try that next time. If you're interested in a zingy and delicious summer pie, head over to Tender Crumb and check out the recipe and amazing pictures!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TWD: Applesauce Spice Bars

I'm now officially ready for autumn! The kids are on their way back to school and we have amazing apple bars. Now if I could get Tampa, Florida to cool down a bit...

These spicy little bars were DEE-licious!!! We loved every bite!! They had a cake-like consistency with a perfect buttery-carmelly icing on top. The bits of apple and chewy raisins were a perfect pair mixed into all the homey deliciousness. The crazy thing about these is that they were even better the next day. Of course, I omitted the nuts because they would have ruined this yummy treat. But we all devoured them.

Thanks Karen for choosing this delicious recipe. I will definitely add this to my list of favorites!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

TWD-Brownie Buttons

It was my pleasure this week to "test" these little wonders that are called Brownie Buttons! Personally, I think chocolate and orange were meant to go together. Such a lovely combination. They were a snap to put together. I made batch #1 last week to give to a friend I was taking dinner to. The verdict, she was surprised to have liked them as much as she did because she is not usually a fan of chocolate and orange. (In my defense, I had no idea that was the case, otherwise I would have done them plain.) My thought is that the soft, fudgy brownie was just too good and couldn't be ruined by a bit of orange zest!

I made a double batch yesterday for the Fam, seeing as they were sorely disappointed that all of the first batch went out the door without even a little bite. Here at our house they were gobbled up. In fact, I had to make sure the husband knew he could eat a few but had to leave some for my pictures. This morning he told me how hard it was to not eat the entire plate of them, they were that good in his book.

Another five star Dorie recipe! If you are interested in trying out Brownie Buttons yourself, head here for the full recipe.

Happy Baking!

P.S. If you haven't been to see Julie and Julia yet, you are missing out and should definitely see it this week. It was fabulous!

p.p.s. When I was taking the pictures my almost 4-year-old kept saying, "Smile little brownie bites! Smile for your pictures!" I loved it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Couscous Salad

When we left California, we very sadly left behind The Athenian Grill, a waterfront Greek restaurant with some of the tastiest foods I've ever had. Sometimes I long for their hummus with grilled pita or Lamb stew with a big hunk of feta, but with no avail.

Then one day, I found this tasty salad in a South Beach Diet book and adapted it to suit my taste. I love the way all the fresh flavors combine in my mouth. It almost takes me back to the patio by the water in Suisun. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Couscous Salad

1/2 c couscous (flavored, if not flavored, add some chicken boullion when cooking)
1 large cucumber
2 or 3 tomatoes, depending on size
2 cups spinach
1/2 c crumbled feta (or the pre-packaged combo of feta, provelone, and parmesan)
1/2 c balsamic vinaigrette

Prepare couscous according to package directions. Set aside to cool. Chop cucumber, tomatoes, and spinach. Mix all ingredients and serve. This actually keeps pretty well in the fridge for a day or two. For variety, I sometimes make this salad with navy beans or chickpeas in addition to the existing ingredients.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TWD: Classic Banana Bundt Cake

Happy August bakers. This week's TWD was chosen by The Food Librarian and it was delicious. I loved that it was quick to whip up. There was no drawn out process in order to get this goodie in the oven. It was like a slightly more moist banana bread, so if you like banana bread this is definitely worth a try.

This time around I was happy to have more mouths to feed a whole cake to. Our little family can eat a whole cake (unfortunately), but it is so much more enjoyable (and better on the hips) with more people to share it with.

First off...I love bundt cakes. They are so incredibly easy. You don't have to layer or spend a long time frosting. All you do is pop it out of the pan and it looks pretty. You can drizzle a little icing on top, but it looks fancy either way. The sour cream of course added a little extra moisture. The only changes I made was adding chocolate chips and a chocolate drizzle atop. I was deciding between chocolate ganache or the buttery chocolate frosting from a Texas sheet cake recipe. I went with the Texas sheet cake frosting. It was rich and delicious, but not quite as dark chocolatey as the ganache.

I served it up to a house full of people and it was enjoyed by all. I do believe the chocolate chips were a necesity in order to cut the strong banana flavor, but I think chocolate is better in anything.

If you want to give this recipe a try you can visit The Food Librarian or it is on page 190 of Baking: From My Home to Yours

Happy Baking