TWD-bwj Popovers

Popovers!  I’ve always been interested in these but have never made them until now.  Joining the Tuesdays with Dorie cooking group is pushing me into new areas and out of my comfort zone with baking.  And only to discover these were so simple to make!  You just mix a few ingredients in a blender and pour them into a greased muffin pan.  What could be simpler?

I read the recipe over several times and even then it took a little procrastination before I made them.  My only excuse is that it was so hot that I wasn’t even cooking dinner.  In the future I will try and be more timely with my posts as I made this 10 days ago and it is time for the next cooking adventure:)

What was my baking experience?  Well, as others have noted the bake time was too long and so mine were a little browner (is that a word?) than they should have been.  I took another baker’s advice and used baking spray to grease the tins and totally the popovers were very easy to remove from the pan.

How did I like them?  They were ok but not my favorite.  Maybe it had something to do with being a little overdone.  I tried them with butter, honey, and jam.  Not having an aha moment I then tried them with ham & cheese melted in the microwave.  Much better.  That empty hole in the middle just seemed to call out to be filled.  I think next time I will try making them with Gruyère cheese as another blogger did since I liked the ham & cheese so much. 

This recipe is from the book Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan that the group Tuesdays with Julia is baking from Recipe available on Paula’s and Amy’s blogs!

TWD-bwj Berry Galette

Well, at least this week I managed to get a taste of what I baked but I had to hurry!  It’s a good thing that I made 2 of them.  Although the recipe called for only 1/2 of a dough recipe I thought that at 8 inches for one galette it might not last long so I made the full recipe and made two galettes.  It turned out to be an excellent idea as one almost disappeared in the first half hour!

Both of the galettes were blueberry-nectarine just like the pies.  That was just an excellent combination and I had leftover blueberries that needed using up.  I was so glad that I put them on a rimmed pan because the juices leaked quite a bit.  I think next time the crust needs to be rolled a little thicker and maybe a little less water in the crust.  It smelled wonderful and tasted good although a little dry due to the leaking juice.

Instead of regular sugar I sprinkled turbinado sugar on top and added extra sugar to the fruit as a number of people said that it wasn’t sweet enough. I, also, subbed cornbread mix for the cornmeal as that is what I had on hand.  I looked at the ingredients and the two main ones were cornmeal and flour so I put 1/4 cup less flour in and increased the cornbread mix by 1/4 cup.

I’ve been wanting to make a galette so I was so glad this recipe was chosen this month. This recipe is from the book Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  If you would like to try making this yourself see the recipe at the hosts blogs Lisa of Tomato Thymes in the Kitchen and Andrea of The Kitchen Lioness.

TWD-bwj Blueberry Nectarine Pie

My very first post for the Tuesdays with Dorie group and my very first post ever!  Please excuse my blog as I am still trying to figure out how to do things.

The pie was really easy to make.  The filling was simple to make and only consisted of a few ingredients as is true with most fruit pies.  It was great to have this pie chosen now as both blueberries and nectarines are in season.  And I love them both!  The crust was softer than I am used to handling but it didn’t cause me any problems.  I decided to make two pies since I was sending them to my daughter at camp where she is a counselor.  This way she could share with campers and/or counselors.  Unfortunately, I do not have 2 9-inch pie pans so I used a 9-inch and a 10-inch and divided the dough so one half had a few more ounces than the other.

I did not actually get to taste the pies (but I had a bite of the filling and it was yummy!) since I was sending them both to camp but I was told that they got rave reviews.  I have been asked to send them again next year but to send more!

A slice of heaven…

My first recipe baking from the book Baking with Julia and it was a success!  If you would like to try a delicious pie see the recipe at the hosts blogs Hilary of Manchego’s Kitchen and Liz of  that skinny chick can bake.

Thanks to my daughter Nicole for taking these photos for me:)