Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Too Hot for Brioche...

Let's face it. I was tempted to turn the oven on and make my own brioche...but I couldn't bring myself to do it. This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is Brioche Plum Tart.

But I live in South Florida. In July.

It's hot.

It's way too hot to be making bread of any sort.

So please read about my brioche making experience (at least it's Dorie's) Here, here and here.
Should it not be too hot where YOU live, get the recipe and read all about it at Chez Us by Denise, who picked the recipe (and a nice job she did, too).

And my definition of brioche, after all that baking and eating (I posted this in April, 2008):

Brioche, noun. (bree-osh) Butter held together by bits of flour, yeast and egg.

When I toasted a slice this morning, it sizzled all on its own.

That's all. Just an observation

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies: It's Tuesday with Dorie

Hmm.. Who doesn't love a good brownie? But the Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownie isn't something I'd make again...I definitely like the proportions--I knew this would be fudgy--look at how LITTLE flour goes into the recipe. Very good start.

I got out my square pan--it measures just over 8 inches on the bottom, but 9 at the top. So, which is it? I hereby do solemnly swear I will never EVER buy a pan with sloping sides--sides to square and rectangular pans SHOULD BE STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN. Or you've got no hope and your brownies will be too flat. Like mine.

Okay. My work on behalf of bakers done, I will continue. I like brownies, but I think I'm a brownie purist. I already knew I wouldn't be adding nuts to this recipe, but after tasting, I wish I'd left out the cinnamon, too. I think I'd have kept the coffee. The cinnamon kept giving me a bit of a chemically taste. It was optional, and I love cinnamon, so I went ahead with it. I'll be interested to see how many of the other TWD bakers did without.

If you want the recipe, go read Lisa of Surviving Oz, winner of the Design a New TWD Logo Contest. Then work your way down the other blogs listed over at TWD to see how others fared.