Tuesday, July 06, 2010

TWD—The Tarte Noire That Wasn’t, But Plenty Else That Was

We’re right in the middle of a family reunion here and believe me it pains me to no end to have not been able to make this tart.  Chocolate ganache = DELICIOUS!  To serve slices of chocolate ganache in a sweet crust, most likely heavenly!  When you’re having a family reunion with over 70 people, this just was not the dessert to make.  I didn’t want to make 10 tarts so that everyone could have a slice. ;)  Since moving and getting settled, I’ve been making lots of quick goodies and freezing them.

I did make one of Dorie’s recipes from her book, Baking From My Home to Yours.  I was given a bag of Granny Smith apples, so I decided to make her Cran-Apple Crisp.  Although, I didn’t have any cranberries, so I used some chopped dried apricots and dried mixed berries.  No photos, but everyone loved the crisp!

I made Red, White & Blue pancakes for breakfast Monday morning.


I made the S'mores Bars that I posted last week.  Most of those were frozen and will probably be eaten tomorrow (today, Tuesday) or Wednesday.  I also made my favorite chocolate chip cookies (always a favorite).  I made a double batch of my favorite brownies, as well as 2 boxed mixes.  Two different oatmeal cookie recipes were made as well as some banana muffins.  I have made some Friendship Bread from some batter that was given to me by a friend in Kansas before we left. 

And today I made Texas Sheet Cake which was the biggest hit of the day.  I only snapped one quick picture of the whole cake in the pan.


To go along with that, I also made Sugar Cookie Bars (I used a recipe from Recipe Girl, but I’ve seen these EVERYWHERE on the internet.  And all the recipes are the same.) 


The recipe says to bake them (in a 13x18 sheet pan) and to only bake them for 10-15 minutes.  I’m still figuring out this new oven of mine and when I kept checking on the bars, they seemed doughy even after 15 minutes, so I kept baking them a few more minutes and checking them.  I decided they were done at 21 minutes.  But after cutting the bars, I think they are slightly dry, so they are probably baked a little too long.  These are super sugary and you can cut the bars into pretty small squares.  I think I cut 42 bars.

And finally, for now, I also made some fun cookies that I found at Jenny’s blog, Picky Palate.  They are Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Duo.


Make the super simple, flourless peanut butter cookie dough—which is just 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar and 1 egg.  The recipe makes great peanut butter cookies, but IS quite sweet.  The chocolate cookie dough is a great recipe.  I even played around with it (there was a lot more of the chocolate dough than the peanut butter, so after making lots of duos, I added some chopped Nutter Butter cookies to the dough, and I added some chopped Oreo Cookies to some more.




These are probably some cookies I’d make again sometime!

Again, sorry to not have made this week’s chosen Tarte Noire.  I’m interested to get a look at some of those tarts out there in TWD land.  If you’d like the recipe, you can get it from Dharmagirl at bliss: towards a delicious life

I’m WAY behind on sleep, lots more family reunion activities for the next few days.  It’s great to see family!  This reunion is Kevin’s side of the family.  Mid-July we have a reunion with my family in Idaho.   Blogging may be sparse.  I’ll be back though.  Again, I SO want to catch up on all the blog posts I’m behind on with all my favorite blogs and I apologize if I haven’t been by!


Anna said...

Thanks for making the sheetcake!!!

I've had my eye on those sugar cookie bars, but never got around to making them. They would have been a good venue for red, white and blue sprinkles.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Looks like you turned your new house into a bakery!!!

Me said...

I'm afraid you probably had to cook the sugar cookie bars longer cause of the high elevation and dryer climate. At least, I usually had to do that in UT--while usually in KS I"ve found I"ve had to decrease cooking time (or add a little extra flour cause dough gets too wet when it's really humid here).

Good luck! It all looks delicious!

Mary P. (from the L. 2nd ward)

Fallon said...

The sheet cake looks great! All those goodies most of been gobbled out.

I've made the sugar cookie bars before and experience that same problem. Except mine were in the oven for I believe 30 minutes and still a bit doughy in the middle!!

Leslie said...

Truly, I don't think you would have had TIME to bake the tart because you're been baking nonstop! They all look wonderful, but those chocolate cookies toward the end...I heart those!

Anonymous said...

I wish I was invited to your family reunion! No, actually, I wish I was invited to breakfast for your red, white, and blue pancakes!

Kayte said...

My goodness there is a lot of goodness going on about there! I bet you can guess MY favorite, yep those sprinkles on that white cake are causing me to crave a piece...okay two pieces. It's a chocolate week here and this looks so good to me.

Diana's Cocina said...

Love the pancakes and the sheet cake, yum.

Donna-FFW said...

WOW!! I got tired just reading about all the baking youve been doing.. Don't forget to breathe.. Impressive. I adore those pancakes.. so so festive!

La Cucina del Topino said...

I've just found your blog, the recipes are so yummy! and I love your kitchen|
Greetings from Italy

Eliana said...

I'll take all of these treats out together over one single tarte anytime!

megan said...

Dang girl - you've been busy!

Glad you made the move safely - but the sight of all those boxes made me cringe - YIKES!

Everything has settled down here, but I'll be emailing you in a few days anyway.

Congrats on the new house - it looks beautiful!

Paula said...

I missed you this week but now I understand why. All those cookies look good especially the chocolate/peanut butter combo. And I haven't seen the sugar cookie bars before either. Don't know where I've been. Enjoy your reunions.

Simply Life said...

wow, everything looks delicious!

Valerie said...

The cookies look so good. Keep having fun and try to get some sleep somehow. :)

Unknown said...

So much stuff!! Wow!

Kate said...

I am so happy to have found your blog - your recipes are just the sort of things I cook - I did your sugar cookie slice yesterday and it is FAB !

Mimi said...

I'm not sure just how you do it all. Those chocolate peanut butter cookies look like a sure hit. Enjoy your reunions!

Angie - Big Bears Wife said...

everything looks great!