TWD: Chocolate Cranberry Brownies

This first recipe for June is Dorie’s Chocolate Cranberry Brownies (or cherry if you prefer!). I also have a fair bit of catching up to do since I never posted the results from May’s baking adventures! I’m really grateful for this recipe because I was able to make it with everything that I had on hand (dried cranberries (instead of cherries), tawny port (instead of ruby), and bittersweet chocolate because I love it more than semisweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_5727Like many other bakers remarked, the baking time was off for these. The recipe called for 27-29 minutes so I set the timer for 25 since my oven tends to bake things a little faster. Nope, still gooey. It took a little over the 30 minute mark for the brownies to be done and I left them on the counter to cool to room temperature until it was time for dessert. These brownies were rich, chewy, moist, fudgy, everything you want in a brownie with a little kick of flavor from the cranberries. Yup, they’ll be made again!



TWD: Granola Energy Bars

The first selection out of Baking Chez Moi for 2015 was the Granola Energy Bars (probably to give us all energy for working off the tasty treats of December) ๐Ÿ™‚ These bars turned out to be very delicious! I enjoy granola with plain yogurt for breakfast and make this King Arthur recipe. I’m glad this was a selected recipe- otherwise I might have skipped right over it in favor of another sweet!


I made my granola with a mixture of dried cranberries, apricot slivers and unsweetened coconut. I also added a few handfuls of semisweet chips to the mixture before it went into the pan.


I also didn’t have an 11″ x 7″ Pyrex pan (only 13″ x 9″) so I added some silver foil into the pan to scale it down to the proper size! I was really pleased with how well these bars turned out. They were the perfect fuel ahead of a long run and my husband was really happy to have them for breakfast in the morning. I will definitely make these again- I just wish they had a longer shelf life than 1 week! Check out the round up from the Tuesday’s With Dorie group and bake along with us!

TWD: Cranberry Crackle Tart

Cranberry Crackle TartExquisite. Just exquisite! This Cranberry Crackle Tart is the latest selection from the Tuesday’s With Dorie group and is from Baking Chez Moi. We are traveling home to our families to celebrate Thanksgiving so I made this to accompany a Sunday pot roast dinner. I think this tart would make a fine dessert for any evening but especially Thanksgiving. Not heavy, not overpowering, just perfect and delicious! Also guaranteed to not last long since you can’t stop eating it! (or at least I couldn’t!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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I used the galette dough for this tart and a pastry cutter for trimming the sides. I do believe the tart turned out ever so lovely in my geeky pi dish ๐Ÿ™‚


The strawberry jam that I used came from Auburn, AL. What a find! We stopped to eat at The Houndย when we drove back to Atlanta after visiting good friends in Montgomery. What a delicious meal we had and we picked up a few jars of homemade jam. It’s all fantastic but I highly recommend the pepper jelly!!!ย ย You can order some off of the link!

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Before, after, and just before consumption! I really cannot wait to make this tart again. I do wish I could have made it for our families for Thanksgiving Dinner!


TWD: Rewind!

For my rewind recipe I made the Holiday Bundt cake. I also made this recipe last year for work but this year I added the maple syrup icing- OH MY!!! This really is one of my favorite bundt recipes- it has all of my favorite holiday flavors and I subbed walnuts for pecans since I didn’t have any. I’m really enjoying all the cranberry recipes this fall! Happy Thanksgiving!!!