Archive for April, 2009

Zebra Cheesecake

April 27, 2009

chocolate caramel cheesecake

Another Daring Bakers Challenge completed!

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The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. (more…)

Chocolate Challah

April 22, 2009

I made a recipe for chocolate challah from Beth Hensperger’s The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook.

This was the first time in a long, long time that I baked bread in the bread machine (instead of using it to knead and then baking in the oven). I’m sorry, but bread tastes better baked in the oven. (I’m sorry, this is a slightly grumpy posting.) (more…)

Adjustable Heat Kid Friendly Chili

April 22, 2009

My son loves beans, and they are good for him, but he is not keen on anything “spicy.” So, when I made chili tonight, I made it very, very mild, and made some “mix-in” for me and my husband that would amp up the flavor for us. My son had two or three servings and said it was the “best meal he ever had.” (more…)

Homemade Kitchen Cleaners

April 22, 2009

RecipeZaar has some interesting recipes for homemade kitchen cleaners. I made a cleaner that is basically baking soda mixed with enough vinegar to make a paste and a different cleaner that is borax mixed with enough liquid soap to form a paste.

The baking soda cleaner was amazing. It really did a phenomenal job cleaning my sink. It cleans stainless like nobody’s business. Cheap, effective, “green”, and non-toxic, too. Wow. I’m still experimenting with the borax cleaner.

More Passover Debriefing

April 20, 2009

I sent my sister a couple of recipes from and she made them with huge success. I would make the fruit soup and the roasted portobello mushrooms all year round. These recipes were too good to reserve for Passover.

Dangerous Tart Pans

April 1, 2009

I battled my tart pan and the tart pan won.

linzer tart

I made a recipe for Linzer Torte from the new ATK baking book and the torte stuck ferociously to the pan. I finally pried it free, making the decision to destroy the torte if need be to save the torte. I made it pareve and was less than happy with the result. I’m not sure if the problem was the recipe, or the problem was the margarine. It seemed as if it were not spiced strongly enough. The jam I used was very good, not so sweet and very fruit (Hero premium).

I also made another tart: Polish Apple Tart from Classic Home Desserts by Richard Sax. This recipe called for greasing the tart pan, so the tart came out, initially. When I tried to lift if from the base, the base sliced into my finger. Blood spurted. It was not pretty.

The dough was a bit too sticky and hard to work with. I just couldn’t roll out the dough for the lattice top. The filling was excellent. My husband loved this. It didn’t look so fabulous–just ok–hence no picture. It looked ok, but I was frustrated about not being able to make the lattice top. I will have to try again with a different dough.

I also made the Quick Chocolate Candy Cake because Richard Sax recommended it as a last minute substitute for failed dessert. The linzer torte ended up being more of hit than this cake, ironically enough. My husband thought it was not chocolately enough and disliked the grit of ground nuts. Someone else noticed the fruitiness of the tablespoon of apricot jam.

chocolate candy cake