Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TWD Rewind--from January 29, 2008 Orange Berry Muffins and a Father's Day Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake

I'm sad to say and sorry to report that I was not able to make Andrea of Andrea In The Kitchen's pick this week for Coconut Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise, on pages 293-295 in Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking From My Home to Yours.  This dessert looks SO good and chock full of yummy fattening things.  I was actually going to give it a try, but the week just kind of got away from me and I ended up not doing it.  Go check out Andrea's dacquoise!  It looks just like Dorie's photo in the book!


Since I wasn't able to make this, I did want to make a Tuesday's With Dorie recipe that I missed before joining the group.  So on Father's Day this past Sunday (Kevin likes blueberry muffins), I whipped up the muffins from page three of the book.  They are Orange Berry Muffins.  But did I make orange berry muffins?  Well, no.  But sort of and close enough.  Really all I did was use lemon instead of orange.  (I would have liked orange better, but I didn't have an orange.)  There are great, simple muffins that I thought turned out really nice.  I'd make these again, but I'd use an orange next time.  Not that there was anything wrong with the lemon, I'm just saying. ;)


One dozen perfect muffins.


I made no other changes to the recipe except using lemon zest and juice instead of orange.  Mmmm, berries!

Sorry, Andrea about not making your pick this week.  It looks delish!  Check out the other blogger's daquoise by going to the Tuesday's With Dorie website and scrolling down to the blogroll list on the right.


Since you're here.  Here's the cheesecake I also made for Father's Day.  Kevin really likes cheesecake.  I usually just make a plain one and the only fruit he likes on top is canned cherry pie filling.  I decided to branch out here.  I have made a chocolate cheesecake before and he liked it, so I went with this because it looks and sounds so good.  It WAS good.  He liked it and so did some friends of ours who came over for dinner on Sunday.

I got the recipe from Kraft Foods website (also home to Philadelphia Cream Cheese, which is why I went looking for recipes there.)  You can get the recipe on the link to Kraft Foods.  I didn't change much.  Instead of 2 cups of Oreo cookie crumbs, I used one cup of mini Oreos and 1 sleeve of chocolate graham crackers.  It worked great.  I also toasted and chopped the pecans, which the recipe did not suggest doing.  That's it.  Otherwise, I made the recipe as it was written.  Oh, I also only use 1/3 less fat cream cheese when I make anything with cream cheese. 


Wanna a slice?


Sorry this is the last one and Kevin called it. ; )



It was so hot today (Monday) and it isn't supposed to cool off all week.  There was even a heat advisory out for the 97 degrees to feel like over 110+.  Ouch.  It was SO muggy, and sticky and eewwweeee outside.  I actually didn't even go outside and neither did Sam.  The other boys ran to neighbor's houses for a bit.  After Sam's nap when no one else was home, I decided to build him a fort out of blankets.  He thought it was pretty cool and set up camp inside of it with snacks and things to play with.



Now, what else can we do the rest of the week since it's going to keep being so hot out?  I've been having fun with my new ice cream maker and will get to posting some of that deliciousness soon!


Anonymous said...

Blueberries and lemon are a classic combo so I think you did good! The muffins look great, and I love blueberry muffins!
The cheesecake looks fabulous too. Thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

I made those muffins last week too! They're really good - especially with the orange :)

Seriously, I'll arm wrestle Kevin for the last piece of cheesecake. Wow!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Gahh..that cheesecake is calling me...I love love love cheesecake..

noble pig said...

I want to reach through the screen with my fork!

Flourchild said...

Yes I do want a slice! Your little one has the cutest smile and great curly hair!!
The muffins look great. I love that recipe.

Cathy said...

The muffins look incredible, but that cheesecake is really calling my name loudly. I actually should not have read your post so close to lunch. I might do something I'm going to regret.

I skipped the dacquoise too. Some other time!

Oh, your little guy is soooo cute!

Kayte said...

I love rewinds, gives me a chance to see even more recipes! Your muffins look very beautiful...those muffin paper cups are so pretty! Well, you know I don't like chocolate, so I will just sa that your second dessert was amazingly beautifully done. You were busy! Cute kiddie pic!

Soy*Baby said...

The muffins and cheesecake look delicious. My dad made those blueberry muffins and raved about them. I'll have to give them a try. You have the cutest kids.

Jennifer said...

I love muffins. I wish my kids liked them more as I end up eating them all, all by myself!

The cheesecake looks great, too, and it's so sweet of you to make it for your hubby.

Anonymous said...

Love the fort - it is way too hot to be traipsing around outside these days. I missed the dacquoise as well...but the cheesecake looks amazing.

Kay said...

Oh my! I need some of that cheesecake! NOW!!!! :) Looks beautiful and delicious!

Hindy said...

Ooo. I've never tried those muffins. They look great. Good idea! The cheesecake looks wonderful too. Well done.

Unknown said...

The cheesecake looks soooo good! I love random chocolate drizzle, it just makes things look so much better :)

Deborah said...

Seriously - that cheesecake looks AMAZING!

Jaime said...

the muffins look good but WOW can i have some cheesecake? :)

Anonymous said...

YUM. I loved those muffins.

The cheesecake looks fantastic too!

Anonymous said...

I love muffins and yours looks so moist!
That cheesecake looks awesome! Please don't tease because I'd love a slice! =)
My dacquoise hasn't even come out of the oven yet!

vibi said...

Well, yeah... I would have been happier with one of those muffuns than with that dacquoise cake (too sweet)... but huh... if you twist my arm a bit, I'll say yes to a slice of that turtle cheesecake! Mmmmmm... I know a father that must have been in heaven!!! LOL

Anonymous said...

Hahaha! I used to do that too when I was young, make a tent with furniture and blankets!
The cheesecake looks fabulous, and I LOVE blueberry muffins! YUM!

Liz said...

110 degrees?! Ugh! Major props for baking at all...I would be lying naked under a fan and squirting myself with a squirt gun every 15 minutes.

Love the chocolate drizzles on the cheesecake!

Donna-FFW said...

LOVE those muffins. Id love one with my coffee now.

That cheesecake, holy crap, that cheesecake looks amazingly unbelievable! NICE NICE job!

Judy said...

That's my kind of cheesecake, but it would be too sweet for hubby. He only likes plain vanilla cheesecake, maybe with some fruit. It's okay, I'm on a summer diet any way -- just eating fresh fruit instead of dessert.

Eliana said...

Look at that cheesecake. I want to jump through the screen and eat it!

spike. said...

Cheesecake! looks so good...and muffins too?! I wouldn't mind living in your house

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I think when I try this recipe I'll use lemons on purpose! Your muffins look great, and that cheesecake? Whoa, too bad the last piece is already spoken for...

TeaLady said...

You must be n the south. It is sooooo hot here too. That cheese cake is to die for. Must make. (when cooler) must make!!!

- said...

Your children are beautiful! What a lucky mom you are

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Here's so hot as well! That's an AWESOME looking cheesecake! Looks about perfect to me!

Megan said...

That cheesecake looks awesome. I'm bookmarking that one for sure!

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