BethNH's Profile

From: , NH USA

Joined: December 16th, 2010

About me: I've been cooking and baking since I was a child and collecting cookbooks almost that long. Years ago, I lost my entire collection in a flood and I've been slowly building it back up. I cook for my husband and three sons who are not very adventurous eaters. We're on the go a lot with sports and school schedules. I love to bake and my boys and their friends appreciate all manner of baked goods.

Favorite cookbook: King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion

Latest review:

April 1st, 2017

Ginger Pork Meatballs with Cilantro and Fish Sauce from Dinner: Changing the Game

These meatballs and the dipping sauce were to die for delicious. Although there was a lot of chopping the recipe was easy to follow. Everyone loved it and we will definitely make this again. read more >

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Baking: From My Home to Yours

By Dorie Greenspan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2006

8th July 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal Drops : page 75

A nearly perfect cookie. Chewy, fudgy, chocolatey, moist ... pretty much everything you need in a cookie.

The recipe is super simple - especially if you use the microwave to melt the butter, chocolate and brown sugar together. I was a little bit nervous when I baked the first sheet of cookies as the dough seemed very loose. I needn't have worried because when I returned to set out the second sheet, the dough had firmed up nicely and the cookies in the oven had set up into nice looking cookies.

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21st November 2014

Cinnamon Squares : page 210

I hope the squirrels like this cake more than my family.

I've had this simple cake bookmarked for years. I was looking for something simple to bake today and had everything necessary for this small cake.

This is basically a glorified coffee cake. Half the batter is added to the pan, a sprinkling of chopped chocolate and a cinnamon mixture is placed on top, then the remaining batter is added. Finally, a very simple chocolate frosting graces the top.

Sadly, nothing about this cake is good. I checked it at the minimum time and it was already cooked though the center looked wobbly. Shortly after coming out of the oven the center caved dramatically. Thankfully, the frosting covered this up.

Even my teenage boys, however, would not eat this cake. Perhaps it was overcooked - though I don't see how. The cinnamon taste is completely overwhelming. Besides the cinnamon mixture in the middle there is a full tablespoon in the batter for a 9x9 pan. No one finished their piece of cake. It will go out to the squirrels tomorrow.

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7th July 2011

Classic Brownies : page 88

These are very good fudgy brownies. They have a nice shiny crust on the top and are soft in the middle. They're made with bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate for a rich chocolate taste. A mere 1/2 tsp. of espresso powder gives them a nice mocha flavor.

Why they're not perfect:
1. I'll have to try them without the espresso powder to see how the chocolate flavor fares on it's own.
2. They're quite thin - thinner than I'd really like. I wonder how the recipe would double.

They're quite easy to make - the entire recipe can be made in one bowl if you use the microwave to melt butter and chocolate as I do.

I would make these again.

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