July Recipes! Anyone out there anxious to host?

I am super stoked about this month. I have vowed to make one pie per week for the entire summer. This is to remedy the fact that I am an absolutely horrible pie maker. When I say horrible, I mean it. (This is Laurie, not Jules, I am sure Jules is a fab pie maker. I just know she is.) I was so excited that several pies/tarts were suggested for this month. However, we did not want to overload the month on sweets, so there is savory as well. Happiness for all!

July 3, 2012- Hazelnut Biscotti, p. 315.

July 17, 2012- Semolina Bread, p. 102.

July 31, 2012- Blueberry Nectarine Pie, p. 384.

If you would like to host one of these recipes (two needed each recipe), please throw your name in the hat by leaving a comment below.  This is a NO CHAT post.  I’ll close this post on the 22nd and announce the hosts on the 23rd.

Interested in Hosting in March?

The Recipe Schedule for March is as follows:

March 6, 2012- Rugelach, pages 325-327.

March 20, 2012- Irish Soda Bread, page 214.

The job of the Host is to post the actual recipe on your blog. All members then link to your blog for the week.

We need 2 hosts for each week. If you are interested in hosting, please comment below with your choice, Irish Soda Bread or Rugelach.

Hosts will be selected randomly. (Most likely names in a hat because our comments are not numbered.) Remember once you host, you move to the end of the line to allow others the same chance.

One last day to throw your hat in the ring. Comments will close on this post tomorrow, 2/16/12.

This is a NO CHAT post. All chatter will be removed.

Baking with Julia: February Recipe Schedule

The first month of Baking with Julia is here! We have been looking forward to the start of the new book since fall, and here we go. I hope you like the recipes we have picked for the first month.

February 7, 2012- White Loaves, on pages 81-82. (Hosted by Laurie and Jules)

February 21, 2012- Chocolate Truffle Tartlets, on pages 382-383. (Hosted by Steph, Spike, Jaime and Jessica)

From here on out, recipes will be picked by nominations and lottery for hosts. Everyone will have a chance to host that way. We will try to choose one simple and more difficult recipe per month. Look out for a recipe nomination post at the beginning on February.

TWD December Hosts. Sigh.

I’m so excited and sad all at the same time.  I’m posting now so everyone can budget time, ingredients, and oven space.  Again, we are doubling up for a couple of the weeks.  I can’t believe this is my last host post!

Without further ado:

December 6, 2011 – Kayte of Grandma’s Kitchen Table chose Honey Almond Fig Tart on page 373 AND/OR Nicole of Bakeologie chose Earl Grey Madeleines on page 169.

December 13, 2011 – Laurie of Slush chose Unbelievably Good Chocolate Blueberry Ice Cream 433 on page AND/OR Julie of Someone’s in the Kitchen chose Puffed Double Plum Tart on page 378.

December 20, 2011 – REWIND

December 27, 2001 – Dorie herself chose Kids’ Thumbprints on page 163.

That’s it.  Those are the final five recipes in the book.  Sigh.

October Recipes!

I know.  October.  Enjoy!

October 4, 2011 – Katrina of Baking and Boys chose Apple Nut Muffin Cake on page 37

October 11, 2011 – Jennifer of Cooking for Comfort chose Basic Biscuits on page 21

October 18, 2011 – Hindy of Bubie’s Little Baker chose Ginger Jazzed Brownies on page 101

October 25, 2011 – Ursula of Cookie Rookie chose A Fig Cake for Fall on page 198

September recipes and a note for our bakers

I was just looking at the list of remaining recipes and realized that we are thisclose to ending the book.  I know, because I am struggling to bake every week, that it’s tough to keep up sometimes.  Please don’t feel that if you miss a week or two that you will be dropped.  We really just want as many people as possible baking along with us as possible.

Having said that, these recipes are enough to tempt anyone to join back in!

September 6 – Jessica of My Baking Heart chose Chocolate Spice Quickies  on page 140

September 13 – Anne of Anne Strawberry chose Classic Brownies  on page 88

September 20 – Tia of Buttercream Barbie chose Salt and Pepper Shortbread on page 128

September 27  -Becky of Project Domestication chose Flip-Over Plum Cake  on page 42

Also, if you haven’t had a second chance to host and you are still an active/current member, please leave me a note in the comments section so I can get you into our host lottery.  Thanks!

Recipes for August are here!

And they look delicious!

August 2, 2011 – Mike of Ugly Food for an Ugly Dude chose Cocoa Almond Meringues on page 155.

August 9, 2011 – Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs chose Carrot Spice Muffins on page 14.

August 16, 2011 – Gaye of Laws of the Kitchen chose Tropical Crumble on pages 418-419.

August 23, 2011 – Margie of Tea and Scones chose Golden Brioche Loaves on pages 48-50.

August 30, 2011 – Caitlin of Engineer Baker chose Cornmeal and Fruit Loaf on page 43.

February Recipes are here!

So excited for these!

February 1, 2011 – Christine of Happy Tummy chose Great Grains Muffins on pages 8 and 9.

February 8, 2011 – Sharon from Simply Southern chose Bourbon Bread Pudding on page 407.

February 15, 2011 – Caroline and Claire of Bake With Us chose Chocolate Oatmeal Drops on page 75.

February 22, 2011 – Mike of Living Out West chose Toasted Almond Scones on pages 28 and 29.

Happy Anniversary!

Tuesdays with Dorie is 3 years old this week. THREE YEARS! I can hardly believe it. When I posted about doing a weekly recipe from Baking From My Home to Yours, it was basically to get myself blogging more. Which is still an issue for me. I asked for one or two people to join in, to keep me accountable. I never imagined that so many people would love the idea and jump on board. I certainly never imagined that three years later, the core of the group would be the very same. People have come and gone, but the core of the group remains the same. I thank you for that. Where I have slacked off because of personal circumstances, you have kept baking along week after week. You have kept the group going all this time. Now, I am not an emotional person. But, as I write this, I am tearing up a bit. Tuesdays with Dorie changed my life. Seriously. It did. I thank you for that, too. Quick shout out to my twitter pals. You know who you are. Love ya!

To Julie– You stepped up to help me when all the other staffers had fallen by the wayside. Thank you! I never would have been able to start French Fridays with Dorie without your help on this blog. It means more to me than you know. There are not many people who would help maintain a blog like this in their spare time. You have to be a special brand of crazy. I know. You are amazing and I appreciate all you do. Thank you. xo

To Dorie– Thank you for your continued support of this group. Not many authors would have been as involved with a group like this. I know we all appreciate you taking time to comment on this blog, and our personal blogs. As well as my many emails. Thank you, thank you.

Since Julie has been maintaining the weekly posts for me, I would like to give her an opportunity to say whatever she would like as well. xo~ Laurie

Wow, I am a bit speechless and tearing up myself.  It has been such fun just being part of the group and a real pleasure to be able to step in and help out a bit on the site.  And yes, I am certainly that special brand of crazy.  ;-)  We’ve all had the chance to stretch and grow a bit in terms of our kitchen comfort level (caramel, anyone?)  I’m excited for what 2011 has in store for me and my kitchen. — Julie

On to the recipe!

Midnight Crackles

1 stick plus 2 tablespoons (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces
1 1/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsley chopped
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs

Put the butter, sugar and chocolate, in that order, into a 2-quart saucepan. Set the pan over low heat and warm the ingredients, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Scrape into the bowl of a stand mixer or another large bowl.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves.

Working with the stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer on low speed, add the eggs to the chocolate mixture one at a time, beating until they are well blended into the chocolate. With the mixer still on low, add the dry ingredients, mixing just until the dough is smooth and shiny; it will clean the sides of the bowl and form a ball. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide it in half. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour, or for up to 3 days. (If the dough is solid, leave it on the counter for 30 minutes before proceeding.)

Getting Ready to Bake: Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

Working with 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, roll the dough between your palms into firm, shiny balls (if the dough breaks as you work, squeeze and knead it a bit, then reroll it between your palms) and place about 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Lightly press each one down a tad with your fingertips.

Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point. The cookies should be delicately firm and cracked across the top. (It’s better to under- than overbake.) Remove the sheets from the oven and let the cookies rest on the sheets for 2 minutes, then, using a wide metal spatula, gently transfer the cookies to a rack. Cool to room temperature.

Repeat with remaining dough, cooling the baking sheets between batches.

Makes about 50 cookies.