Devilish Shortcakes with Caramelized Bananas - Tuesdays with Dorie

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Devilish Shortcakes with Caramelized Bananas - Tuesdays with Dorie
Devilish Shortcakes with Caramelized Bananas 

For this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection, Tania of Love Big, Bake Often chose the Devilish Shortcakes on page 425 of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. 

You know I'm all about the mini. They are cute. They are small. And they are all about portion control. Unless you eat 5 of them. Well, let's just focus on the positive.

I scooped these out with a cookie scoop and baked them from 10 minutes. A bit of sanding sugar topped the biscuit before baking...because life is just better with sanding sugar.

Devilish Shortcakes with Caramelized Bananas - Tuesdays with Dorie
During this time of year, our selection of berries was pretty sad. I had to work last Saturday and couldn't visit the farmers market so I knew I needed a different fruit. What else goes with chocolate? Of course, bananas!

Devilish Shortcakes with Caramelized Bananas - Tuesdays with Dorie
I caramelized the bananas. A dollop of whipped cream would be nice...but I was all out.

Devilish Shortcakes with Caramelized Bananas - Tuesdays with Dorie
Today is Tuesday. Guess what NEXT Tuesday is?! Hellz yes! My 40th Birthday! You know I've been building up to this for the last six months or so...and I can't believe it is almost here! Whoo hoo. My friend and I are going to take a 3-day Mexican cruise for our birthdays (Helen's birthday is Dec 4th and mine is Dec 7th). (Note to bad people: Our homes, cars, identity & credit scores are all protected and under guard while we are gone!)

Check out the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers and see their creations!

Recipe:
Tania of Love Big, Bake Often
Page 425 of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours
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Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins (Baked) - Everyday Food

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins - Everyday Food
Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!
Did you buy a few extra cans of pumpkin puree?

Make these muffins.
Make these donuts.
Make these muffin donut things.

It combines all the goodness of so many yummy things into one perfect little package. Muffin. Donut. Pumpkin. Score!

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins - Everyday Food
I think Homer Simpson would approve of these baked donuts.

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins
The Everyday Food recipe makes regular sized muffins, but I think the mini muffins are perfect. Who wants the guilt of eating a whole big muffin when you can innocently sneak 3 mini muffins instead! :) I wore disposable gloves and my left hand held the muffin for the melted butter basting and my right hand mixed the muffins in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins - Everyday Food
Make these cute little pumpkin yum donuts!
Recipe:
Adapted from: Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins from Everyday Food (November 2010)

Muffins
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour (I used 14 ounces)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (original recipe uses nutmeg and allspice)
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cups pure pumpkin puree (This is almost the entire 15-ounce can of pumpkin)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs

Cinnamon Sugar Coating
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. I used mini muffin pans. Spray the pan with Pam with Flour, or butter and flour the cups.
3. In a bowl, whisk together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
4. In a small bowl or measure cup, whisk together buttermilk and pumpkin puree.
5. With the paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
6. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
7. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions pumpkin mixture. Do not overmix.
8. Spoon into batter. I baked the mini muffins for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
9. While the muffins are baking, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
10. After the muffins sit for 5 minutes, remove muffins and brush the entire muffin with the melted butter. Toss and coat in the sugar mixture. Eat warm or let cool completely.
11. Hint: I wore disposable gloves and my left hand held the muffin for the melted butter basting and my right hand mixed the muffins in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
12. I got 46 mini-muffins from this recipe. The original recipe yields 12 regular size muffins. I think the mini-muffins are the perfect size...like donut holes.
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The Food Librarian finishes the Turkey Trot 5K...and eats pie all day

Monday, November 29, 2010

Torrance Turkey Trot 2010
Just a quick post to, well, for lack of a better word, brag! I finished a 5K!

Back in July, I posted about my successful completion of the Couch to 5K program using the GetRunning app. Well, I fell off the wagon a bit (injury, Bundt month, my friend's wedding, the end of daylight savings time and other excuses) but decided I had to run in a 5K before I turn 40 in a few days.

Torrance Turkey Trot 2010
So my friend and coach Dave and I ran the Torrance Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. It's a fun run. You get a nice sweatshirt as well as a license to eat 3 pieces of pie later that day (which I totally did). I thought we would have to walk much of it, but I plugged along, and finished in 35:57!

And my friend Dave? Well, he just turned 40 on Saturday and he has completed three marathons this year...with his fourth marathon in 13 months this weekend! Wow! Go Dave!

It was freezing cold (well, by Los Angeles standards...in the 40's!) when the race started so that's my jacket tied around me. My friend Jessica walked the 5K, and we decided this will definitely be an annual tradition! Next up, the Universal Studios back lot 5K (yes, you get to run by the sets) and the LA Marathon 5K held the day before the marathon at Dodger's Stadium. 5K or perhaps a 10K is as far as I want to go. I need time to bake, people! No time to train for anything longer! :) - mary the food librarian

P.S. Here is Dave's post about the run and our awesome 20+ year friendship!!!! Dave, you rock! 
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National Bundt Day 2010 - Round Up!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I Like Big Bundts 
November 15, 2010 was National Bundt Day! Oh my goodness! So many people baked Bundts to celebrate. I'm overwhelmed by the Bundt love.

Last year, I had an impressive 41 Bundts in the Round Up. This year, an amazing 86 (yes, eighty-six!!) Bundts are in the Round Up!

I loved reading each post and email. Some used your grandmother's or mother's bundt pans. Some used this holiday to run out and buy a new one. Some had a Bundt party. Awesomeness.

However, your descriptions about my obsession with the world's perfect cake vehicle, the Bundt and my crazy adventure again cracked me up!
"This year Mary is closing in on her 40th birthday so dementia must be setting in as she has inexplicably decided to do it once again this year!" Trevor
"That crazy lady over at The Food Librarian has taken it upon herself to make yet another 30 days of Bundt cakes..." Mrsblocko
We got some press too! Check out these mentions in the kitchn, Food News Journal, Fine Cooking and the American Libraries Association Direct

I listed the states and countries of the entries...Bundt love is all over the map! I've linked to the blog, so please click through to find some yummy recipes. If the baker doesn't have a blog, you'll see an asterisk by their name. I ended up placing three orders with JustJenn Designs for more and more buttons! (Those who sent me proof of their Bundt by 11/21/2010 will receive a JustJenn Designs "I Like Big Bundts" button. You can buy more of these cute buttons and lots of other great stuff on my friend's Jenn's website)

Thank you soooo much for your aBUNDTant enthusiasm for the Bundt. (Oh, yes, the puns are endless)!
With much Bundt love and appreciation, - mary the food librarian

Here is a round up, in no particular order, of Bundts made for National Bundt Day 2010!

Clivia (Canada) of Bubie's Little Baker: Sour Cream Chocolate Banana Bundt

 
My friend with a great name, Mary (Connecticut) of Popsicles and Sandy Feet: Mom's Olive Oil Clementine Bundt Cake
 
Nutmeg Nanny (New York): Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mini Bundt

 Bonnie (California) of Bonnie the Baker: Sweet Wheat Bread

Trevor (California) of Sis. Boom.: Sis. Boom. Bundt!

Beth of Exploring with Beth: Mexican Hot Chocolate Bundt

 My friend JustJenn (California): Neapolitan Mochi Bundt

Susan (California) of The Urban Baker: Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt

Suze (Australia) of ChocolateSuze: Super Easy Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bundt

Elizabeth (Tennessee) of A Girl in her Kitchen: Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

My friend and librarian Shannon (California): Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt

Annie (Pennsylvania) from Annie's Dish: Ginger Molasses Bundt Cake.

Becky (Librarian from Illinois)*: Mary Caroline's Rum Cake.

My friend in Los Angeles: She's named the Cinnamon Chocolate Bundt: Maasan (Okinawan for DELICIOUS!)

 Heidi of Heidi's Recipes: Chocolate Pistachio Bundt

 Margaret (Louisiana) of Tea and Scones:  Sock it to me Bundt cake

Audrey (Massachusetts) of Food from Books: Lyman Orchard's Apple Cake

Sandra (Canada) of Sandra Sews:  Snickerdoodle Bundt

Sarah of Like the Dickens: Chocolate Star Bundt

Jessica (Texas) of My Baking Heart: Honey Streusel Bundt

Sandy (Pennsylvania) of Luck, Faith & Love: Buttercake Bakery's Chocolate Chip Marble Bundt Cake

Dottie (California)*: Cranberry Walnut Sour Cream Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze

 Sherry (Pennsylvania) of Sherry Starts Cooking: Cinnamon Chocolate Bundt

Jan (Canada) of Kitchen Heals Soul: Cinnamon chocolate chip bundt

Andrea (Virginia)*: Double Chocolate Bundt Cake from Food & Wine.

Marie (California) of Adventures of an Amateur Foodie: Lime Olive Oil and Sherry Pound Cake Bundt

Penny (Tennessee)*, librarian at University of the South, Jessie Ball duPont Library: Darn Good Chocolate Cake Bundt and Almond Cream Cheese Pound Cake Bundt

Mr. P (UK) of Delicious Delicious Delicious: Lemon and Honey Jelly Bundt

Jessica (Pennsylvania) of cookbookhabit: Tunnel of (Mocha) Fudge Cake

Bea Roque (Spain) of El Rincón de Bea: Tomato Soup Bundt Cake

Andrea and son Andrew (California)*: Almond Poppy Seed Bundt with a lemon glaze

so pretty
Jessica (Texas) of Bake Me Away:  Zebra Bundt Cake (check her post to see the final result)

Rebecca (Michigan)* is 38 1/2 weeks pregnant and made the Cinnamon Chocolate Bundt. She has a Bundt in the oven (literally) and put another Bundt in the oven. Wow.

 Tawnie (Florida)*: Apple Cider Bundt with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing

Ingrid of The Practical Epicure: Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt

Nancy (Georgia) of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs: Apple Triple Ginger Streusel Bundt Cake

Yummy Chunklet (Chicago): Bear Claw Bundt Cake

Divya (India) of Easycooking: Dulce de Leche Bundt Cake

Katrina (Utah) of Baking and Boys! celebrated her birthday on National Bundt Day! She made FOUR bundts including this Cinnamon Ripple Sweet Potato Bundt.

Jessica (California) of Scrumdillydilly: Ricotta Bundt Cake

Manda (Librarian from Canada)*: Lemon Bundt

Angie (Librarian from Kentucky) of Tales of a Fuss Monkey: Pumpkin Spice Bundt with powdered sugar glaze.

Miri (New Zealand) of Relentless Fooding: Pumpkin Bundt

Lisa (UK) of Spatulas at Dawn: Libby's Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt

Diane (Librarian from Ohio)*: Martha Stewart's Chocolate Bundt Cake

Paige (Idaho)*: Apple Spice Bundt with Caramel Sauce

Lauren (Texas)*: Sour cream cake bundt with maple glaze

Karen of Welcome to Our Crazy Blessed Life: Milky Way Bundt

 Eliana (New York) of A Chica Bakes: Olive Oil Orange Bundt Cake

more beautiful bundt footage! 
Beth (Maryland) of 990 Square: Second Applesauce Spice Bundt (Beth also made the Olive Oil Orange Bundt)

Caroline (California) of When Adobo Met Feijoada: Ube Chiffon Flan Bundt Cake

Mrsblocko (Illinois) of Tomatoes for Apples: Cinnamon Tea Bundt Cakes

Ma Kettle (Oregon)*: Apricot Brandy Bundt with chocolate dipped almond "pine cones"

DPLK (Pennsylvania) of De Baking Psychopath: Pumpkin Apple Bundt Cake

Di (Texas) of Di's Kitchen Notebook: Espresso Gingerbread Cake

Jami (Los Angeles) of Night Baking: Snickerdoodle Bundt

Susan (Librarian from Los Angeles) @waffles of SusBro: Banana Bundt with Chocolate Ganache

Jennie (Librarian in Kentucky) of 2.46%: Pumpkin Spice Bundt with Buttermilk Icing

Alisa (Tennessee) of jane of many trades: Apple upside-down bundt with pumpkin spice cake and Pumpkin with chocolate bundt (pictured)

Mini Chocolate Velvet Bundt Cakes
Tracey of Tracey's Culinary Adventures: Mini Chocolate Velvet Bundt Cakes

Stephanie (Ohio)*: Apple Spice Mini Bundts with Cream Cheese frosting

Stephanie (Missouri)*: Dark chocolate peanut butter banana bundt

 Panya (Indiana)*: Lemon Bundt Cake

The Petersons (Ohio)*: The Dragon of Pumpkin Pecan Spice Castle Bundt.

Sensuous Lady of Sensuous Pairings: Banana Bundt Bread with Cinnamon Streusel Crust

Barbara of Friday Food: Citrus-Scented Olive Oil Cake from Enlightened Cakes

Isabel (Mississippi) of Brian and Isabel: Blueberry Bundt and Pumpkin Spice Bundt

Carolyn (Colorado) of Silly Happy Sweet: Snickerdoodle Bundt

 Ashley (Oklahoma) of Cinnamon and Vanilla: Apple Cranberry Cake

Babette (Illinois) of Babette Bakes: Peanut Butter-Sour Cream Bundt Cake with Milk Chocolate Ganache Glaze

Heather, Joanne, Genevieve and Shane (Canadian Information Professionals) baked four Bundt cakes for a coffeebreak (more like Bundtbreak) Bundt Party!  Yes! Archivists, archival technicians and cartography technicians in Canada seriously know how to rock the Bundt! Banana Nutella Bundt, Chocolate-chip Bundt, Olive Oil and Orange Bundt, and Monkey Bread Bundt.

 Yuri (Dominican Republic) of Chef Pandita: Chocolate Chip Banana Bundt

Twitter buddy @booksnyarn made Blueberry Coffee Cake Bundt with Vanilla Icing

Mike (Washington state) of mike509: Mom's Olive Oil Orange Bundt Cake

 Linda of Linda Knits: Lemon Bundt Cake

 
Pinjing (California) of Too Much Food: Persimmon Coffee Cake Bundt
Jennifer of Cuervanegra: Citrus Yogurt Bundt

Lemon Bundt Cake
Kim (Canada) of montcarte: Lemon Bundt Cake

Angela KL (Malaysia) of My Two Cute Babies: Dorie's Classic Banana Bundt Cake (pictured) and Mrs. Paxton's Raw Apple Bundt Cake

Saira (Washington DC) of Cakes and Bakes: Sweet Potato Bundt Cake

 
Rebecca (California) of The Baking Sisters:  Blueberry Lemon Bundt (pictured) and Brown Sugar Bundt


Librarian Ruhama (Wisconsin): Crème Brûléed Chocolate Bundt. Yes! Bring out the blow torch for National Bundt Day!!!

 Librarian Sherry (Massachusetts)*: My Gramma's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt

*No blog at this time.

Wow! This round up of Bundts is truly impressive! Thanks everyone for baking along with me on National/International Bundt Day, November 15, 2010. And I hope you continue to bake Bundts all year long!

p.s. Sorry this keeps getting updated, but I'm finding bundts I missed! Oops! 
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