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What are you baking these days? March 2013 edition... [old]

Hello again, what's in the oven at your house right now or what are you planning to tackle this month? I think I "have" to make madeleines this weekend, and of course bread, and these little puppies that have been brought to my attention by a dear friend: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2013/02/...
Lots of girls around the kitchen, in other words, Madeleines and Magdalenas!
How bout choo?

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  1. wow... never heard of magdalenas..

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    1. re: rstuart

      Brought a fresh batch of Molasses Oatmeal Raisin cookies to work this morning =)

      1. re: WiscoKid

        Oh those sound so yummy WK. Is the recipe from a cookbook?

        1. re: Breadcrumbs

          no, my mom and I like to get together and have baking jam sessions=) This was just our newest creation. We are trying to make healthier versions of old favorites, as I am trying to improve my diet.

          1. re: WiscoKid

            Well they sound sensational! Sounds like fun too.

    2. Those Magdalenas sound really good.....have to make them soon. I wonder how they'd turn out subbing almond flour for the AP.

      Buttertart, have you ever made chocolate Madeleines? I make them by melting chocolate with the butter (equal weights), and they really taste great (even if I say so myself) - made some a few days ago. The chocolate does not weigh them down at all.

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        1. re: souschef

          I am not allowed by imperial edict to tamper with the madeleines :)

          1. re: souschef

            The magdelenas have just been clipped to my evernote "to bake" list. I'm moving into a new apartment over the next couple of weeks, after having lived out of a suitcase in a spare room for the last few months and am SUPER excited to start baking again. I went all out over Christmas, but haven't really baked much since. Pretzels are first on my list, but those might just have to be second!

            1. re: sarahjay

              I made them both and have Field's pane di Como rising...

          2. From Carol Walter's Great Coffee Cakes etc., I made the Blueberry Buckle for breakfast this morning. It was very, very good. Lighter than expected and chock full of blueberries

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            1. re: DiningDiva

              Oh thanks for posting a review of the recipe! I saw lots of blueberries at the store yesterday. I've been wanting to try more recipes from that cookbook. I'm baking a chocolate cake today so it will have to wait. I'll add blueberries to my shopping list though, maybe I'll make it Friday when my husband gets back in town.

              1. re: DiningDiva

                I am loving this cookbook! I have it checked out of the library for now, but think I will end up buying it. Most recently made the vanilla muffins with chocolate chunks and am planning on the chocolate muffins later this week.

                1. re: cheesymama

                  I've made quite a few things from it since I bought it and I have to say, not one of them has been a dud.

                  If you're into muffins, try the orange cream cheese muffins with pepita topping.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    Thanks for the rec. That one caught my attention so I will definitely be making it soon.

                  2. re: cheesymama

                    The chocolate muffins are wonderful too!

                  3. re: DiningDiva

                    Her blueberry buckle is one of my favorite recipes from that book. The cake is so light, and the crumb topping is the best.

                    1. re: roxlet

                      Definitely a keeper, that's for sure. Have you tried the recipe with fruit or berries other than blueberry? I'm wondering if it works as well with other fruit.

                    2. re: DiningDiva

                      I've heard good things about the blueberry buckle, but I wasn't overwhelmed by the Apple Walnut Caramel Kuchen.

                    3. I'm baking a lot of no-knead bread these days. Just love the crunchy crust and juicy bread it produces. Here's my current favorite (slightly modified version of a recipe I found in a magazine):

                      400g strong bread flour
                      150g spelt
                      1,5 tsp salt
                      1/4 tsp dry active yeast
                      2-3 carrots
                      Water

                      Mix the dry ingredients. Shred carrots on a fine shredder. I use my hand-held shredder that I use for parmesan etc. Add water to the shredded carrots so it makes 2 cups all in all. Mix into the dry ingredients. The dough will be very sticky. Leave in a covered bowl overnight, 12+ hours.

                      Turn dough onto HEAVY floured surface (I dump it on some parchment paper). Fold it a few times. Dump more flour on it and turn it over. Leave it covered for two hours.

                      Pre-heat oven with dutch oven inside to 250C. Dump the dough into the pot. Bake with lid on for 30 minutes. Remove lid, reduce temperature to 200C and bake for 15 more minutes.

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                      1. re: cjohansen

                        I bet that would be good, and healthy. I have to modify the heat on no-knead because my smoke alarms go nutso when the oven's that high.

                        1. re: buttertart

                          Maybe it's time to clean your oven and/or dutch oven? :)

                          1. re: cjohansen

                            Ha ha. Would that it were so simple. Even using the stovetop sets these wretched things off.

                      2. Right now I have dilly bread rising and chilie in the crock pot.