Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Apple Kuchen: A Tall Apple-Custard Tourte

Showy and delicious, those are apt words to describe fall in Rochester, New York and also perfect words to describe Dorie Greenspan's Apple Kuchen.  This is the first apple dessert I have made this fall and it is a winner!

I have been baking along with the Tuesday with Dorie bakers as we work through Dorie's book, Baking Chez Moi.  When I saw the beautiful picture accompanying this recipe, I was very anxious to make it but held off till now--a perfect time with many varieties of apples hitting the farm stands.  And if I do say so myself, my kuchen looks as lovely as the one in the book!  Thanks, Dorie, for such great recipes and easy-to-follow directions!

To see how the other bakers did this week, check out Tuesdays with Dorie.

Dropping the butter into the food processor

Whirring till there are small pieces of butter

Adding the egg yolks and whirring until the machine makes a different sound.

The apples and rum-soaked raisins in the crust.

Into the oven--add the custard in 15 minutes.

Out of the oven

With the sugar and buttery glaze.

Cutting the first piece

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jam Filled Sandwich Cookies

When Dorie's book, Baking Chez Moi,  came out late last fall I started baking tons of recipes.  How could I wait for the twice a month Tuesday with Dorie baking??!!  So last February I made these cookies and they were lovely.

It's really hot this summer (I'm not complaining) so I've been reluctant to turn on the oven.  Since I made these last winter and even remembered to take a couple of pictures once they came out of the oven, I decided not to bake them again this week.

They are two delicious, thin cookies with a bit of jam in the middle.  My notes in the margins of the book remind me to press on the sides of the cookies before baking so as not to squish out the jam.  What else can I say?  They turned out great!

Here are a couple of pictures of the just-baked cookies and of the view outside my window when I baked the cookies in February!

Delicious cookies . . .
. . . and winter in Rochester, NY