Sunday, August 25, 2013

Key Lime Pie for Christian

My son lives more 2000 miles away from me.  I miss him something awful. I don't get to see him much, the last time I saw him was almost 3 years ago.  So when he comes home I like to make some of his favorite foods.  Key lime pie is one of them.  I had a recipe I always use and this one is very similar but the ingredients are almost doubled and the graham cracker crust has ground almonds in it.  Yum.  This, I think, is the first time I actually squeezed all those little key limes myself...not and easy task but one so worth the effort!  This pie was the best key lime pie I have ever made.  So creamy and just the right amount of tartness.  We loved it!

I got the recipe at Epicurious. It will now be my go-to key lime pie recipe.

Key Lime Pie
Gourmet  | March 2009
Adapted from Town Hall Restaurant in San Francisco, CA

Makes 8 to 10 servings

active time 25 min
total time 10 hr (includes chilling)

An almond-spiked crust and twice the amount of filling you'd find in most Key lime pies are the secret here.


For crust:
7 (5-by 2 1/2-inch) graham crackers, broken into small pieces
3/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
For filling:
2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
Grated zest of 2 Key limes
1 cup fresh Key lime juice (from about 2 pounds fresh Key limes)
4 large egg yolks
Accompaniment: sweetened whipped cream


Make crust: 
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter a 9-inch pie plate.
Pulse together graham crackers, almonds, and sugar in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a bowl and stir in butter. Press crumb mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of pie plate. Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely. (Leave oven on.)

Make filling and bake pie: 
Gently whisk together filling ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth and pour into crust. Bake until just set in center, 15 to 20 minutes.
Cool completely (filling will set as it cools). Chill pie, loosely covered, at least 8 hours.

cooks' note:
Pie can be chilled up to 2 days.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Whiskey Peach Upside-Down Cake: Baked Sunday Mornings

Have I ever mentioned how much I love peaches.  I do, I really do.  They are my favorite summertime fruit.  There is a market that sells the most luscious peaches around.  They call them bathtub peaches because they are so juicy you have to eat them in the bathtub!  And yes, they are that juicy!

I have been anticipating this bake for awhile now...when I saw it on our schedule, I just knew I couldn't sit this one out.  I had to bake it!  My evil twin made me do it!  It did not disappoint!  The cake was soft and moist and the peaches were covered with a wonderful caramelised whiskey topping.  I halved the recipe and it turned out really great.  

The recipe suggested that you serve it with whiskey whipped cream.  There was enough whiskey already!!  I opted to serve it with Cincinnati's hometown Graeters Summer Peach ice cream....oh my, so yummy.

Seriously???  I am in peach heaven!

Please take a look at what the other bakers did and thought of this recipe. Just click here.

You can get the recipe here.

Next up is Mile High Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream.
Until Then....


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Outrageous Brownies

I am a Barefoot Contessa fan.  I have been a huge follower of Ina Garten for many years now.  In fact, many people have told me that I look like much so, that a lady stopped me once at the Fresh Market and asked me if I was!  Now what in the world would Ina be doing in Cincinnati.  I had to laugh!  It is really quite comical when you think about it.

These brownies are not only my most favorite brownie in the whole wide world but they are also one of my favorite Barefoot Contessa recipes.  These are not for the weak of heart!  They have a pound of butter and almost 2 pounds of chocolate in them....but as Ina says...they make a lot of brownies.  And this recipe DOES make A LOT of rich chocolaty, fudgey, decadent brownies.

Make yourself a batch or maybe half a batch :)   But be sure to have some nice cold milk nearby....You're gonna need it!

You can get the recipe on the Food Network site.  If you love a good rich over the top brownie....give this a try!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

ABC: Braided Lemon Bread

The ABC Bakers are at it again.  I am loving baking from the King Arthur Flour site.  The recipes have all been real winners and this one is right up there with the rest of them!

I must admit I didn't braid this loaf so well ( I need to take lessons from some of the other bakers....beautiful loaves gals!) , but that didn't effect the taste one bit.  Lemon curd and a cream cheese mixture are in the middle of this delicious bread...I love that combo.  You could put any filling in it that you like but this suited me just fine. I halved the recipe and only made one loaf.  But I think that this would freeze nicely if you were to make both.

Be sure to check out what the other bakers did...their loaves put mine to shame!  They are beautiful!  Click here.



  • all of the sponge
  • 3/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor OR vanilla
  • 5 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • egg wash for brushing braid
  • pearl sugar or sparkling white sugar for sprinkling on braid

Cream cheese filling


In a small bowl, combine the sponge ingredients. Stir well to combine, loosely cover with plastic wrap, and set aside to proof for 10 to 15 minutes.
1) In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the sponge, yogurt, butter, eggs, sugar, salt, and flavoring. Add 4 1/2 cups of flour and mix with the paddle attachment until the dough is a rough, shaggy mass. Switch to the dough hook and knead on speed 2 until a soft, smooth dough forms, about 5 to 6 minutes, adding more flour if needed to achieve the correct consistency.

If you're using a bread machine, combine all the dough ingredients in the pan and set the machine on the dough cycle. Be sure to check the dough as it kneads and adjust the flour or water as needed to achieve a soft, supple consistency. Let the cycle complete itself.
2) If working by hand or stand mixer, place the kneaded dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until quite puffy and nearly doubled.
3) While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Combine all the filling ingredients (except the lemon curd) in a small bowl, mixing until smooth and lump-free. Reserve the filling and lemon curd until ready to fill the braids.
4) Gently deflate the dough and divide it in half. Cover half with plastic wrap and set it aside as you roll out the first piece into a 10" x 15" rectangle. Rolling on parchment paper makes moving the bread to the baking sheet much, much easier. Lightly press two lines down the dough lengthwise, to divide it into 3 equal sections. Spread half the cream cheese filling down the center section, and top with half the lemon curd, leaving 1" free on all sides of the filling.
5) To form the mock braid, cut 1" crosswise strips down the length of the outside sections, making sure you have the same number of strips down each side. Beginning on the left, lift the top dough strip and gently bring it across the filling diagonally. Repeat on the other side with the top dough strip, so that the two strips crisscross each other. Continue down the entire braid, alternating strips to form the loaf
6) Repeat the rolling, filling, and braiding steps for the second piece of dough, using the remaining cream cheese filling and lemon curd. Set both loaves aside, lightly covered, to rise for 45 to 50 minutes, or until quite puffy
7) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Brush the loaves with egg wash (one lightly beaten egg, 2 teaspoons water and a pinch of salt), and sprinkle with coarse sparkling sugar, if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the loaves are golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
Yield: 2 loaves.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Baked Sunday Mornings: Lime Tarragon Cookies with White Chocolate Lime Topping

This weeks challenge is Lime Tarragon Cookies.  We are baking out of the Baked Elements cookbook now.  We have a new recipe to try every other week.  When I saw this recipe I couldn't wait to try it!

Baking sweets with herbs really fascinates me.  I have used rosemary in pie crust and apricot bars and black pepper in cake, now I am using tarragon in cookies.  I am not really familiar with tarragon, I don't think I have ever used it in all my cooking adventures before, but I read that it tastes like licorice and in my book that is a real winner!  
Licorice is among one of my favorite flavors.  

This recipe called for a teaspoon of chopped fresh tarragon and I could barely detect any kind of licorice flavor in the cookie...sad and disappointed with time I think I will double the amount.  Despite my disappointment with the tarragon not shining through I still really liked these cookies.  They have a lovely texture and fresh lime flavor. Infact, they are quite addictive!!  They were incredibly simple to make and 
came together in no time at all! 

You can get the recipe here.
And you can check out what the other Baked participants did here.

Next up is Whiskey Peach Upside Down Cake!  How good does that sound!
Until then...