Saturday, July 25, 2015

ABC - Hazelnut Rocher Cake

That's this month's ABC recipe. Of course, I had to convert it to an Almond Rocher Cake where I replaced hazelnut meal with almond meal.

Some ABC folks reported crumbliness issues, so I set out to make just half the recipe using my 6" round pan and fix the crumbly texture by adding more egg to the recipe. The weather was really hot so I quickly decided to forego the creamy filling, and serve it as a tea cake instead. This worked out really well. I took it to work where everybody loved it. Honestly, I loved it too and so did hubby who's normally not a chocolate fan. Would I bake this again? With my modifications, you betcha!

Almond Rocher Cake with an apricot glaze and finely chopped European milk chocolate



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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ABC - Tender Loving Crackle Cookies

I love crackle cookies and when I saw Christina Marsigliese's TLC cookies blog post, I knew I had to pick them for our ABC group's June Challenge. I've made this type of cookies before, using a Nick Malgieri recipe which were awesome, so I knew the bar was set high. Christina's recipe did not disappoint.

I didn't change much in the recipe except I added 1 tsp of instant espresso powder for a little mocha flavor (and that's coming from a girl who doesn't even drink or like coffee) and I used 60% Ghirardelli chocolate chips.

Fudgy + chewy = yummy!

And pretty too!


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Monday, June 1, 2015

ABC - Brown Butter Banana Bread

This is a super late blog post but as they say, better late than never :) It will also be super short. Things have been hectic lately but in a fun way (long overseas vacation, mom currently visiting me).

Moist brown butter banana bread

Our ABC recipe for the month of May, Brown Butter Banana Bread, was made a while ago. Having baked numerous banana breads, I was intrigued by the brown butter aspect in this recipe. The process of making browned butter (or beurre noisette as it's called in Fancy Land), is mesmerizing. I have to admit that the browned butter flavor was lost in the end, overwhelmed by the chocolate and banana. It was still a lovely banana bread though, moist and not too dense.

I like to use mini chocolate chips for better chocolate flavor distribution

Moist and airy
Don't forget to check out the other ABC bakers' results.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

ABC - Fudgy No-Butter Brownies

I'm late, late, late, but better late than never, I suppose. These Fudgy No-Butter Brownies were awesome! I was skeptical at first but I have to admit, it worked.

The ABC bakers had interesting challenge this month. Bake a gluten free brownie without butter. Mission impossible, you say? Not so much.

These delicious gluten free brownies were baked about a month ago for the Pi(e) Day celebration at work. I baked the batter in a 9" Pyrex pie pan and so the "Brownie Pie' was born :o)

"Brownie Pie"


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TBB - Cran-Apple Upside Down Cake

Although I'm super late with this post, I couldn't get myself to not blog about it. It will be a brief post though.

Hubby doesn't like sour things. So I knew he wouldn't like the fresh cranberries in this recipe, so I split up the cake in two: one half with cranberries for yours truly, and one half with thinly sliced Gala apples.


Cranberry-Apple Upside Down Cake. Why choose when you can have both? :o)