Tuesdays with Dorie

November 2 – Nicole of Bakeologie chose Peanuttiest Blondies on page 119.
November 9 – Jessica of Singleton in the Kitchen chose Not-Just-for Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread cake on pages 208-209.
November 16 – Whitney, April, and Elizabeth of Celestial Confections chose Cranberry LIme Galette on pages 364-365.
November 23 – Rewind!
November 30 – Tania of Love Big, Bake Often chose the Devilish Shortcakes on page 425.

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TUESDAYS WITH DORIE~ REWIND ~ PERFECT PARTY CAKE!

The Perfect Party Cake on page 250-252.
TIPS FOR MAKING A PERFECT PERFECT PARTY CAKE
  • Make sure the butter is VERY soft, the consistency of mayonnaise, before mixing.
  • Have the egg white and buttermilk at room temperature too.
  • If there is grated lemon zest in the batter, makes sure it is very finely grated as with a microplane, not a box grater – large pieces of zest can weigh down the batter and prevent full leavening from taking place.
  • Use buttermilk instead of milk (the acidity promotes faster setting during baking and also weakens the gluten in the batter).
  • Buy a fresh can of baking powder.
  • Use bleached, not unbleached, all-purpose flour (If you’re using cake flour, make sure it is NOT self-rising).
  • Test the layers for doneness with the point of a knife or a toothpick rather than relying on a timer to determine doneness – if the layers are over baked and a little dry, the texture could seem rubbery.
  • Wrap and chill or freeze the layers as soon as they cool – leaving them uncovered at room temperature for a long time could also dry them out.
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Tuesdays with Dorie ~ FOLD OVER PEAR TORTE

Cakelaw of Laws of the Kitchen selected Fold-Over Pear Torte on pages 348 and 349.  Since I’m still traveling I don’t have access to my pans, I have to improvise most of the time.  This time I made them into fold overs that oozed yummy goodness when you cut into them.  I used the apricots AND the raisins!  What a yummy combo and then I topped each one with our favorite Caramel Sauce.

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Tarte Fine ~ Tuesdays with Dorie

Leslie of Lethally Delicious decided on Tarte Fine on page 315.  I embellished a bit and it was awesome.  I had a pomegranate that needed using so it made a great addition.  I also tossed a handful of milk chocolate chips on top. YUMMY!
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