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May 18, 2012 03:29 PM

Things you want to bake

I thought it would be interesting for bakers to share their baking plans. I have been finding some interesting things on the internet, and I am sure some other CHers have done the same. For example, this pull-apart lemon coffee cake from Flo Braker has instantly gone on my must make list:

Do you have some recipes of cakes, or cookies, or breads, or pies that are going into your "Must Bake" file?

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  1. I love all of the recipes that I have tried from Bakergirl, no duds yet! Here is the next one of hers that I plan on making

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    1. re: cheesymama

      Thats a very unusual chocolate chip recipe with the coffee and coconut! If you do make them, would you report back?

      1. re: roxlet

        I made these to take to a meeting last night. I really liked them and there were lots of people going back for seconds and thirds. What I will change next time I make them, and there will be a next time, is that I will cream the espresso powder with the butter. I will also add more coconut and toast it first.

    2. That is a excellent recipe! I think poster rainey made it also at some point last year and wrote about it here.

      Beyond that, I'm waiting for strawberries to really come into season and further down the road, blueberries, for anything I can make with them.

      We may be having a Memorial Day party here and I think I'd like to do a Hummingbird Cake, as my quest of honor has Southern roots.

      Should be fun to see what other posters are baking in this sorta off baking season.

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      1. re: bushwickgirl

        I was just looking at a hummingbird cake recipe today, but the write-up spoke about how very sweet it is, so I turned the page....

        1. re: roxlet

          So sweet, just a tiny slice is enough.

      2. I've been thinking about Danish pastry, specifically a smorkage. Which led to finding a Danish cookbook on Amazon I might have to buy...there's also a recipe in the Jan Hedl "Swedish Breads and Pastries". (We lived around the corner from a Danish bakery when I was a kid and could get all kinds of divine things.)

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        1. re: buttertart

          Is that a butter ring? I never heard the word smorkage, and I just googled it. I think I know what it is now that I've seen a photo of it.

          1. re: roxlet

            It's a coffeecake made of Danish pastry, in a ring shape, with slices of rolled-up dough on top, with 2 fillings (almond and custard). I'll have to make it in Iowa, you need a gang to eat it up.

        2. Yep - like just about EVERYTHING! In particular - any kind of chocolate dessert (bonus points if it has peanut butter in it) and any kind of dinner bread / roll / bagel. Any good recipes - pass them along!! :-)

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          1. re: jbsiegel

            "any kind of chocolate dessert (bonus points if it has peanut butter in it)"

            Totally agree on this. I am not a real baker, though, I much more enjoy cooking savory foods. But I still keep a list of things that I want to make. To name a few...

            Chocolate chip pecan bread pudding


            Chocolate peanut butter pretzel balls


            Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart


            Chocolate peanut butter brownies


            Cranberry and Apple Kuchen with Hot Cream Sauce


            1. re: valerie

              That salted chocolate caramel tart looks amazing. I have The Last Course, so I will have to check it out.

              1. re: roxlet

                Here is another Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart. I have never really compared the 2 recipes, but have them both on my list.


              2. re: valerie

                I'm all over the bread pudding and the brownies. THANKS!!!!! :-)

                One of my favs is a Buckeye Cake:

                1. re: jbsiegel

                  I have Buckeyes on my list and I have always wanted to make them.

                  I guess the biggest problem for me is that we have very good friends in our circle that have 2 kids with with severe nut allergies, so it often rules out any peanut butter desserts. Yes, the kids could stay away, but somehow it always feels wrong for me to bring something with peanut butter.

                2. re: valerie

                  I don't remember what I was originally making now, but whatever it was, it didn't turn out (last Christmas). In last minute desperation, I made a tart shell, poured on a jar of Trader Joe's salted caramel sauce, then ganache and sprinkled it with chopped almonds. It was soooooo good.

                  1. re: valerie

                    I made a variation of the chocolate peanut butter pretzel balls (found on browneyedbaker under the name Chubby Hubby Pretzel Truffles) for a food swap the other night and everyone loved them. i wasn't blown away, though they were definitely tasty.

                    1. re: Laura D.

                      I just made some chocolate/pb chip cookie dough truffle lollipops. Pretty darned good!

                    2. re: valerie

                      The Chocolate Chip Pecan Bread Pudding has me drooling. I love a good bread pudding and this has just been added to my list of things I want to bake! Thanks for the link!

                    3. re: jbsiegel

                      Totally wimped out the other day and made this ridiculous over-the-top brownie thing (using mixes - hence the "wimping out"). Square pan, sugar cookie dough on the bottom, a layer of Reese's PB cups, batch of bronwies on top. Bake for about an hour. I then turned this thing out onto a plate and ganached it all to make it into a square-kinda-cake. Can you say "stupid good"?

                    4. Homemade croissants. This darn thing have been in my bucket list for ages.

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                      1. re: vircabutar

                        Oh, for me, too! It's one of those things that I know I can do it, I just have to start. Puff pastry, too. And on a much simpler note, smittenkitchen's Blueberry Boy Bait is on the agenda for tomorrow. My oven's been broken since Thursday (tragedy!) but the electrician is coming this afternoon. Thank goodness - I feel very insecure without an oven!

                        1. re: vircabutar

                          Just take the plunge, its well worth the effort. Laminating dough for croissants and puff seems intimidating until you do it, but its really easy.

                          Phyllo is another story. Will never make again!

                          1. re: twyst

                            Croissants also on my list. Also there is a recipe for Flour's Famous Sticky Buns from Joanne Chang, which won in a taste test against some famous celebrity chef's recipe.
                            Also that Armenian tahini bread that Saveur has in the February 2007 issue.