Malted Crisp Tart

I made the Sweet Potato Tart last year and loved it, so I decided to make an alternate that I missed when the group was working their way through Baked Explorations, the Malted Crisp Tart.  I love making tarts, and this one has been on my ‘to bake’ list for awhile.

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I decided to try making mini tarts in a muffin tin a la this post by the Great Bake Company.  I was a little worried that they wouldn’t come out of the pan, but thankfully they slid right out. I’ve made caramelized rice krispies once before, for Dorie Greenspan’s Crispy Topped Brown Sugar Bars, and I think they are wonderfully versatile.  I keep meaning to make a batch and adding them to ice cream (chocolate malt crunch ice cream anyone)?

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There are a lot of steps to this recipe, but nothing terribly difficult.  The tart crust was buttery, and you layer ganache and malt vanilla pudding on top with the crunchy rice krispies. Assembling everything together was easy, and I thought the tartlets came out looking adorable.  They made a delightful two bite treat.

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Peanut Butter Change-Ups

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Delicious! I brought these to my office and they were devoured. It was a very easy recipe, my only thoughts were that next time I will add even more peanuts, and maybe try rolling the dough in sugar instead of sprinkling it on top. And of course, adding chocolate is always a tempting idea!

This is my first recipe baking with Tuesdays with Dorie, who just started on Dorie Greenspan’s excellent new book Dorie’s Cookies. I got the book at Sur la Table as part of a cookie making demo Dorie held last week, it was so much fun. Can’t wait to try more recipes!

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Chocolate Cinnamon Chipotle Cookies

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I enjoyed these Chocolate Cinnamon Chipotle Cookies. Overall, I wish they had a stronger chocolate flavor. While I thought they were tasty, they mostly just tasted like sugar, likely the frosting overpowering any flavor from the cookie itself.

I don’t have Chipotle chili powder, but I do have frozen chipotle chilis in my freezer, so I defrosted and finely chopped one of those and mixed it in with the chocolate. I think it blended well with the cinnamon, though I don’t know if anyone would notice without knowing the name of the recipe.

Rolling them out was easy, and I got to use my new favorite octopus cookie cutter. This is the first time I’ve made royal icing and used a pastry bag, the results came out fairly well, but it does take a long time to wait for the different frostings to set! If I made them again I would probably spoon the first layer on instead of trying to pipe it, I think it would have gone a lot faster. Other than that, the frosting was my favorite part of these cookies.  My husband was excited to help decorate, and I love the crunch the of the royal icing when you bite into a cookie.

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Happy halloween!

 

 

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Milk Chocolate Malted Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

img_8508These Milk Chocolate Malted Brownies with Chocolate Ganache were very tasty! What a great dessert for those who loves milk chocolate, the malt powder really compliments the extra sweetness.  The middle was dense moist chocolate but the edges had a nice crispness from where they met the side of the pan. I skipped the decorating instructions and just tossed some chocolate chips on top.

I think my only critique would be to call for more ganache!

(Which is probably a good rule of thumb for almost any recipe, more ganache.)

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Traditional Linzer Cookies

These Traditional Linzer Cookies were lovely.  My mom makes wonderful strawberry jam in the summer, and this was a great way to show it off.

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The only difficulty I had was in rolling out my dough, not through any fault of the recipe, but because I tried to make these in the middle of a string of 90+ degree days. Our air conditioner struggled, our house was uncomfortably warm, and my dough went from fridge cooled to room temperature very quickly. If I had thought ahead I would have put my rolling pin in the freezer to help keep the dough chilled.  I froze half of my dough for another, more temperate,  day.

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Despite some stickiness, I did managed to put together some tasty cookies.   With the powdered sugar on top this recipe really does make a very picturesque treat. Pretty tasty too. IMG_7357
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Cheesy Bastille Day Beer Bread

This Cheesy Bastille Day Beer Bread was a big hit in our house. My local Trader Joe’s had Comté cheese, but I had no luck with a “Pyrenees Brebis cheese or other semisoft sheep’s-milk cheese.” The only sheep’s milk cheese available was a hard cheese with black olives, which wasn’t all that appealing to me.  So I went with fontina instead, which I think was very tasty. 

IMG_7181I used Mothership Wit by New Belgium, which is a very mild beer great for baking. I would love to make this bread again with different cheeses, like smoked gouda or sharp cheddar. My husband said the bread reminded him of the Cheddar Biscuits they serve at Red Lobster. The texture was very light and probably too crumbly for sandwiches, but we ate it dipped in marinara sauce with sliced pepperoni.
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Derby Cookies

It’s that time of year again, when ladies break out the ridiculous head gear, bars serve mint juleps in frosted pewter mugs, and Baked Sunday Mornings tries out Derby Cookies. They are walnut butter cookies, rolled in sugar, and flavored with whiskey and vanilla.  I honestly don’t think that combination could turn out poorly.

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This is the second time I’ve made them and I loved them both times.  The exterior is delightfully crunchy after being rolled in demerara sugar, while the inside remained soft and buttery. I also like that it makes a lot of cookies so it’s great if you’re taking it to a party or to share with coworkers.

On a side note, I accidently watched the Kentucky Derby yesterday. We went out to watch the Capitals/Penguins game, and the Derby was dominating NBC coverage before the game.  The bar was disappointingly light on derby hats, though I can understand why people would find it clashing with their hockey jerseys.

 

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Whipped Shortbread

0123688e9443f4e8b86b4a1be60add7e7a2962c286This recipe for Whipped Shortbread was super easy and the results delicious. While the recipe called for adding chopped pecans, I decided to go with some festive sugar sprinkles. A drizzle or dip into melted chocolate would also be a great addition. While the base recipe highlights the simple pleasures of butter, sugar and salt, you could easily add other flavors like lemon, vanilla, almond or herbs.
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I cut the recipe in half (since Thanksgiving wiped out my stock of butter, I was amazingly down to my last two sticks) and I still had more than enough cookies to share.

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Individual Baked Alaskas with Vanilla and Coffee Ice Cream

IMG_5924I loved these Individual Baked Alaskas. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I’ve had baked Alaska once, about fifteen years ago, and I only have a vague memory of it. IMG_5908From the recipe it sounded a lot like making ice cream cupcakes, basically slicing chocolate cupcakes in half and then layering them in muffin tins with ice cream. IMG_5914Then you top the whole thing with meringue and either bake it (which sounded like an alarming thing to do to an ice cream dessert), or in my case, you break out your new pastry torch and toast the meringue the fun way.
IMG_5918The recipe takes a bit of planning, but the technique is excellent. Friday evening, I made the Red Wine and Chocolate cupcake recipe we made back in May. Saturday I started layering the ice cream with the cake and then let everything freeze. Sunday morning I made the meringue and everything was ready to torch for some friends I had over on Sunday night.
IMG_5920And I have to tell you, letting people light their food on fire makes for great dessert conversation.

If I made them again, I would change two things. I would make the bottom layer a slice of cake. Every time I took the cakes out of the freezer the bottom layer would melt a bit until I was left with barely any ice cream. Also, I would try adding granulated sugar to top of meringue to crisp them like creme brulee. IMG_5927

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Crumb Morning Muffins

Peanut Butter MuffinsI made these back in May, but I liked them so much I decided to make them again. This time I added a banana to the mix in place of the sour cream. They came out really well! However, I think when I make them again I will add a second banana and maybe cut back on the peanut butter a bit just to change the flavors around. I also wanted to try a pumpkin, apple butter, pecan version, but I ran out of time this week. I’m hoping to get to it soon. Peanut Butter Muffins
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