Monday, July 28, 2008

Summer Fruit Gallettes

Another recruit- YAY!!! Check out my friend, Peggy's, new TWD Blog- Pantry Revisited!!! She should show up on the new member list next week. And, also please visit Julie's blog- Peanut Butter and Julie. I LOVE this club so much and I am so happy to have two friends at work who are in it now, too!!!

This weeks recipe came from Michelle of Michelle in Colorado Springs. I had never even heard of a gallette!! I thought the recipe called for 8-10 peaches, 8-10 nectarines, 8-10 plums AND 8-10 apricots. My husband bought me THIRTY pieces of fruit!!!!! I made mini gallettes and one larger one. I thought these were very good. I've made this pie crust before and it is VERY good- the best pie crust I have ever had. I liked this recipe a lot and will likely make it again. The next time, I will probably make one large gallette. I had a little trouble with the mini ones because the custard spilled out around some of them, making it impossible to get them off of the pan.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler

First- I have a recruit!!!  YAY!!  My friend at work is now also known as Julie of Peanut Butter and Julie.  I'm so mad that her blog is already better than mine!!!!  She's not on the TWD site yet, so please check her out!!  She did a fabulous job with her first recipe and it is so much fun having someone to talk about the recipes with in person!!!
This week's recipe came from Amanda of Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake.  She chose Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler.  I grew up in the south and I have never seen or tasted rhubarb, so I was very excited to use it UNTIL I went to FIVE grocery stores before I finally found it.  I LOVED the biscuit topping and the cherries, but I didn't really care for the rhubarb.  I can see how people who grew up eating it love it, though.  

I made mini cobblers and gave one to my friend, Peggy.  Her husband LOVES rhubarb.  Peggy and her husband loved the cobbler.  Peggy is one of my usual testers.  She may be my next recruit- She bought the cookbook today, but I think she is still a little unsure about blogging.

I had some extra time with Dorie this week- On Saturday night I made Peanut Butter Torte.  There really are not words to describe how amazing that recipe is.  It was definitely my favorite thing I've ever made.

I also made a german chocolate cake for my assistant, Marilyn.  Today is her b-day!!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Chocolate Pudding

This week's recipe from Melissa of It's Melissa's Kitchen.  Chocolate pudding- YAY!!!  It was sssooo yummy and fun/easy to make.  I've never even eaten homemade pudding.  It was much much better than Hunt's snackpacks :-)  One of the club members said her 9 year old son loved the pudding so much he wanted to marry it!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Double Crusted Blueberry Pie

This week Amy of 
South In Your Mouth chose Dorie's double crusted blueberry pie.  Often times when I bake, whatever I'm baking reminds me of someone or something and I think about that person or thing the entire time I'm baking.  This week's recipe reminded me of my sweet friends, Joseph and Mechelle Parker.  Joseph's dad has a HUGE blueberry farm in Mississippi. The Parkers were our neighbors for 2 years and Joseph and I went to law school together.  Mechelle always brought a ton of blueberries home for us.  We lived next to them during Mechelle's pregnancy with their twin boys, Joseph and Jacob.  The Parkers now live about 5 hours away from us and we miss them and our other neighbors from Shelby's Place A LOT!!!!

This pie was fabulous.  I always think each week's recipe is my favorite, but I really think this was the best thing I've made so far.  This was my first time to make pie crust- I had to make one crust at a time because my food processor isn't big enough for the double batch.  The one on the right was my first attempt.  I was very paranoid not to overwork the dough, as cautioned by Dorie in the recipe.  The first batch I made was not "worked" enough.  It felt like dry ingredients pressed together- and it took FOREVER to form it into a ball.  The one on the left is my THIRD batch.  I made 3 because I didn't think the first one would roll :) 

I was VERY happy with the crust.  It was SO SO SO much better than store-bought crust and not that hard once I stopped panicking.  I was worried the third crust would be tough, but I thought it was great.  I had family over for the 4th, and we ate the pie as soon as the 30 minute cooling time was finished.  Everyone LOVED it!!!  Another great recipe.....