{twd} apple-apple bread pudding

Well, I made it. I mean, I had to. I had homemade brioche (Tartine’s recipe) sitting in the freezer begging to be used. I also went to 3 different stores before I found the apple butter called for in the recipe. So even though it was Sunday and I didn’t have anyone to feed it to (I’m not a fan of bread pudding) I went ahead and made a half recipe.

I brought it into work on Monday, where it was a big success. People enjoyed it because it wasn’t overly sweet, even with the caramelized apples.

Thanks to Elizabeth of Cake or Death for hosting this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie If you would like the recipe, visit her blog or buy Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking…From My Home to Yours . (Can’t do links b/c I’m writing this using my iPhone and I don’t know how.)

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{twd} two for the price of one

This week marks the second anniversary of Tuesdays with Dorie, the awesome blogger baking group that is baking it’s way through Dorie Greenspan’s Baking…From My Home to Yours. To celebrate the occasion Laurie, the founder of the group, let the bloggers decide which recipe to make and chose a second one  as another option.

I made the Tarte Tatin for the non-chocolate dessert option at my supposed-to-be-vegetarian Christmas Eve dinner. Darn, those parents! Anyway, the tarte was easy to make and used simple ingredients.  You caramelize apples in a pan and then cover the apples with puff pastry (what I used) or tart dough and bake it in the oven. Once done, you flip it and the apples are on top. And, YAY!, all my apples behaved.

I, of course, served it with homemade ice cream. I made the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Alice Medrich’s Pure Dessert. See the flecks! Love it.

I really liked the Tarte Tatin. It wasn’t too sweet and it was light and flaky. I’ll definitely make it again, maybe using different fruits.

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I made the Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake for Olivia’s first birthday party. Olivia is my best friend’s daughter. I made it for the sole purpose of destruction.  I made half the recipe and baked it in three 4-inch round pans. I froze two of the little cakes and split the third to make layers. The cake was a big success with Olivia. See the photo montage below.

Thank you so much to Laurie for starting Tuesdays with Dorie 2 years ago. It’s been so much fun and I’ve met and have become friends with so many new people since I joined. If you would like the recipes for both, please buy the book or visit Laurie’s blog.

{twd} applesauce spice bars

These turned out more cake than bar for me but still delicious (thanks to Karen of Something Sweet by Karen who picked this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe–Applesauce Spice Bars–for the recipe visit her BLOG) and I’m cutting this post short because of THIS {I also realize the week is over, but I’m technically writing this during the week of the challenge so it counts 😛 and I’m on the road back from Las Vegas today}.