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Dared to Bake: Cafe au Lait Cheesecake with Caramel

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. According to Jenny, her friend Abbey T. has tweaked this recipe to it’s now almost perfect state. The basic cheesecake recipe is adaptable to various flavors so you could be making this cheesecake for a long time if you want to try out all the flavors. For my version, I went for the coffee cheesecake with caramel topping otherwise known as Cafe’ au Lait Cheesecake with Caramel. Visit the Daring Baker website for the original recipe with the different flavor suggestions. Here is my version (my notes, as always, in red). … Read entire article »

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Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna (Lasagne Verdi al Forno)

The Daring Bakers have a new home in the Daring Kitchen! If you hadn’t heard of the daring bakers before, come visit with other cooks in the newly opened Daring Kitchen and participate in the monthly cooking and baking events that will be sure to challenge you and stretch your imagination. The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge. The recipe, as released by the hosts of this month’s daring baker challenge is posted in its entirety on the new Daring Kitchen: Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna. What I have posted here is my version (my comments in red). I tried to take photos … Read entire article »

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French Yule Log

This is the Daring Bakers‘ December challenge, the French Yule Log! This month’s challenge is brought to us by the adventurous Hilda of Saffron and Blueberry and Marion of Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux. They have chosen a French Yule Log by Flore from Florilege Gourmand. According to the introduction to this challenge by one of our hosts, Hilda: In France you can buy two kinds of Yule log, either the Genoise and Buttercream type that we made last December, or what is more commonly purchased which is a frozen Yule Log very reminiscent of an ice cream cake, only often it’s not made of ice cream but rather frozen mousse of some sort. In French this is called an entremets which is sometimes loosely translated in English as simply a cream … Read entire article »

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Lavash Crackers

Daring Bakers everywhere baked crackers for the month of September. These are savory treats this time, Lavash Crackers! This month’s hosts, Natalie from Gluten A Go Go, and co-host Shel, of Musings From the Fishbowl chose the vegan and/or gluten free recipe to challenge us with. Now I don’t know much about vegan or gluten cooking, but I do love my veggies and this time, I just happen to have some eggplants from the garden so I made the accompanying dip with them and they were delicious! The dough for the crackers is perfect for my little dough makers who like to roll and cut out shapes from everything. Here’s how we did it, based on the instructions from our hosts. … Read entire article »

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Chocolate Eclairs Part I

This month’s Daring Bakers Challenge is hosted by Tony Tahhan and MeetaK of What’s for Lunch, Honey? This time around they chose to challenge us with Chocolate Eclairs from the cookbook, Chocolate Desserts By Pierre Hermé. I was excited when I first saw the challenge, I’ve always wanted to make cream puffs but was always intimidated by the Pâte à Choux or Cream Puff dough. I’ve had pretty good results from previous Daring Bakers challenges so I really had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, it was too good for my winning streak to keep going. So I’m naming this part one because I refuse to give up. I’m definitely making this one again, if only to get it right finally. So here’s the recipe and my notes. … Read entire article »

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Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream

As you all know, I’m trying to be a more daring baker, so here’s another attempt. Our hostess this month, Chris of Mele Cotte, chose to challenge us with: Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream. For me, this was a tad of a challenge not because of the recipe, but because of the ingredients. That’s one reason I had been putting off baking all month and finally buckled down at the last minute. Yep, I finished baking at 2 this morning I’m glad I’m not the only one who had the problem finding hazelnuts. The only hazelnut I saw at our local grocery store was hazelnut flavored coffee. I went to another store and they just happened to have some chopped hazelnuts, so I went ahead and got those in case I … Read entire article »

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June DB Challenge: Danish Braid

June’s Daring Bakers Challenge, hosted by Sass & Veracity, and Ben of What’s Cookin’? is: Technique: Making and working with yeasted laminated dough Recipe: “Danish Braid” from Sherry Yard’s The Secrets of Baking This was another intimidating recipe for me, where, had I not committed to making it for Daring Bakers, I probably wouldn’t be inclined to make it on my own. Just the mention of ‘yeasted’ and ‘laminated’ would have sent me running. But that was my purpose for joining Daring Bakers, wasn’t it? So here I go. Once I got started making the dough, though, it got easier. I read through the recipe once, then just followed each step one at a time. Once I got going and found a rhythm, it actually went pretty smoothly and I found the … Read entire article »

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Cheesecake Pops

Cheesecake Pops

There’s cheesecakes, then there’s this month’s Daring Bakers challenge, Cheesecake Pops! That’s right, these cheesecakes definitely pop as they are made into popsicle sticks. The girls loved these and they loved sharing it with their friends. I made this batch on my daughter’s birthday and she brought them to school as treats for her friends. This was also a great shared activity in the kitchen, so our pops turned out different shapes and sizes depending on who … Read entire article »

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