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From: Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Joined: February 1st, 2009

About me: Welcome to Cookbooker! I've been cooking for years, and right now I'm especially interested in baking - artisan bread, pizza and various treats.

Favorite cookbook: Ad Hoc at Home

Favorite recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies


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January 6th, 2013

Blueberry Muffins from Bouchon Bakery

These were okay muffins, but nothing special. I'd been led by the instructions to believe they would be something out of the ordinary - they have molasses, honey, lots of butter, and rest in in the fridge... read more >

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The Best of More Than 200 Classic Recipes From the Beloved Baker's Website

By Marcy Goldman
Whitecap Books Ltd. - 2009

12th January 2010 (edited: 7th March 2010)

Lawsuit Buttermilk Muffins : page 181

These are excellent muffins (and you'll have to read the recipe to get the story behind their name). I did not change a thing and they turned out very well. They are moist without being greasy, can take a wide range of fruits (I used frozen raspberries) and have a lovely streusel topping. They're also quite simple to make. They are definitely going to become a family classic.

Update: I've made these several times now and they continue to impress. It's a very versatile recipe, and consistently makes great muffins.

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2nd February 2010

Raspberry-Corn Muffins : page 193

Very tasty, fluffy muffins. The mixture of cornmeal, lemon and rasbperry is very nice indeed.

However, a caveat. You must use large/jumbo muffin liners with this. I didn't, assuming (foolishly) that the silicone muffin pan I had would make it easy to remove them. Incorrect! They have a tendency to fall apart when they're warm and steaming.

I used whole grain cornmeal, which has a nice crunch to it. I didn't have lemon oil, but the zest of one lemon seemed to do just fine. It's a very wet batter, but rises relatively well - not as much as her Lawsuit muffins though.

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6th December 2010

Tango Cookies (Alfajores) : page 153

I made these exactly as written in the recipe and they were just perfect. The cookies are nice, and the addition of ground almonds makes them a little crumbly, but not so much they are not strong enough to sandwich. And of course dulce de leche is excellent pretty much anywhere.

I made dulce de leche the easy way - I gently simmered a can of sweetened condensed milk for about 3 hours. I know it says on the can not to do this, but I've done it many times with no explosions, and a quick search online found that many people from South America do this also and as long as it's completely covered with water, it seems to be fairly safe. Note however that I take no liability for caramel explosions whatsoever...

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