Tuesday, June 29, 2010

TWD: Rum-Drenched Vanilla Cakes

(Yeah, that's a big clump of the seeds from a vanilla bean...didn't quite get rubbed into the sugar all the way.)

Thank you to Wendy from the very super cute blog Pink Stripes for choosing this week's recipe.
Straight forward and to the point...the title says it all.

Lots of eggs, heavy cream and melted butter and the seeds from 2 whole vanilla beans...not to mention the rum. :)

I made 1 regular sized loaf and 3 mini loaves in disposable aluminum pans. I used most of the rum syrup on the regular sized loaf cake so that my kids could eat the mini loaves.

Very nice with a cup of coffee or tea....and tomorrow for breakfast. Toasted with a little jam???


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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

TWD: Tender Shortcakes

This week's TWD was chosen by Cathy at The Tortefeasor. Thanks Cathy!

I can remember, as a kid, eating strawberry shortcake made with those spongey cakes that were shaped like a hockey puck with a little indention in the top. I guess this was to hold the strawberries and Cool Whip and keep them from falling off the top. I think then we moved onto Angel Food Cake in place of the spongey cakes. I remember a couple of times my mom actually made biscuits from Bisquick and we might have even had real whipped cream with those.

I don't think I'll be having any of those things again. These little shortcakes came together so easily and they are so good I think I will always keep some on hand.

I made a full batch and froze half of the cakes unbaked. To the other half I sprinkled the tops with a little raw sugar and baked them for 18 minutes.

The only other change I made was to use half and half in place of the heavy cream....because that's what I had in the fridge.

Simple, simple and simple.

I ate one sliced in half with some chopped strawberries...naked. (Not me, the cakes!)

Simple and sweet.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

TWD: White Chocolate Brownies (Fail)

Ok...this will be short and sweet. I'm sick in bed.

I grind the almonds...it's all good.

I have no oranges...leave it out..still good.

I melt the white chocolate and butter...starting to go bad. Separation, big time.

Added it into the batter anyway. Fresh raspberries I found on sale plopped on top.
Leaving the meringue off as I'm planning to freeze the brownies.

35 minutes later...bad.

40 minutes later...bad.

45 minutes later...pulled from the oven and definitely not good.

Let me re-phrase. The edges were good. Very, very sweet. The middle? Very, very undercooked. Oh well. Into the freezer they go to be enjoyed at a later date.

Thanks to Marthe from Culinary Delights for choosing this weeks controversial recipe. :) Lots of people had problems with the baking time. But that's why we are here...to try new things and see how they turn out.

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