Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake

DSC01354For Christmas Dinner this year, I made dessert.  I couldn’t decide between Devil’s Food Cake, Triple Chocolate Cake or Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake from Sky High:  Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes.  Michael opted for the Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake.  I couldn’t argue since I love anything lemon!  (I also love anything chocolate so it was going to be a win-win situation regardless)  The blueberry-lemon preserves was SOOO yummy!  And the cake layers came out level thanks to my water-soaked bands that I wrapped around each cake pan.  The actual cake tasted wonderfully lemony and fluffy and light!  I made the frosting at my sister’s house and forgot to bring my instant thermometer so I guessed when the sugar/water got to soft-ball stage.  I figured I got it pretty close since it developed into soft balls while I was beating it into the slightly beaten eggs.  I was worried but it turned out fabulous if I do say so myself (and I just did)!  I would definitely make this again!  I obviously need to develop some frosting skills but it all tasted good in the end anyways!

Potato Leek Soup & Brown Soda Bread with Molasses

Brown Soda Bread with Molasses Potato Leek Soup

Our first meal from one of our Christmas gifts!  Potato Leek Soup was our favorite soup in Ireland and I fell in love with Brown Bread in Ireland also.  I had the best brown bread at the Boat Yard in Dingle – I wish I had that recipe!  The Brown Soda Bread with Molasses turned out really well.  It’s a hearty bread and tastes best with a slab of butter – preferably Irish butter!  The Potato Leek Soup was delicious and Michael enjoyed using the Immersion Blender for the first time.  We can’t wait to try out next meal from The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook!

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

In homage to our vacation to Ireland, made a Shepherd’s Pie.  Thanks Alton Brown – turned out totally delicious!

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The Cake Slice: Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake with Ginger-Pecan Crust in more than 18,000 Words

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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie ‘n Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar

I found these brownies on foodgawker, which led me to My Shiny Life which led me to Kevin {&} Amanda. Their pictures made me bake these brownies, since the pictures look absolutely drool-inducing. Be sure to check it out at My Shiny Life and Kevin {&} Amanda because my pictures sure don’t give the brownies justice!

There were 2 Double Oreo cookies left over and I was looking forward to eating one of them. Unfortunately, the Beau got to them first and ate both of them! Probably better him than me. I was able to taste them in the final product though – deeelish! I had to follow Dorie’s example and Bake and Release. I took them to work on my first day back from two months off since breaking my right foot. They were well received! I only wish I had ice cream and hot fudge to go along with it!

FIRST LAYER: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

SECOND LAYER: Double Stuffed Oreos

THIRD LAYER: Brownie

Looks just like a brownie...

but it's an Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie 'n Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar!

The Cake Slice: Apple Cake with Maple Frosting

Care for a bite?

Up close and more personal

Out of the pan

 

The Cake Slice – October’s Apple Cake with Maple Frosting

The Cake Slice is currently baking cakes from “The Cake Book” by Tish Boyle. Buy one for yourself and bake along with the group!

This cake had my favorite spices in the mix and when it was baking, the aroma made me smile. Please check out all of the other Cake Slice October cakes here. I wish I could take better pictures!
 

French Fridays with Dorie: Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux


Boy, Dorie was not kidding when she said this is a Roast Chicken for lazy people. Soo easy! And look at the outcome!

The bread did not exactly come out crispy, more like soppy, but it was still tasty with the fat juices soaked into it!

The Beau loved this dish. In fact, he loves French Fridays with Dorie a whole lot more than Tuesdays with Dorie – less sugar!

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