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TWD: Gingerbread Baby Cakes & A Cookbook Giveaway

It’s Tuesdays With Dorie and this week we baked Gingerbread Baby Cakes from Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking With Julia.  I’m excited about posting this recipe along with a my second book giveaway for Christmas!  Read your way to the end of the post to find out how YOU can win Dorie Greenspan’s best seller, BAKING From my house to yours.

For many bakers, gingerbread is synonymous with Christmas holiday baking.   However for me this was November baking because right now my kitchen is missing counter tops and a back splash! Have I ever mentioned my Chief Culinary Consultant is awesome in the kitchen?  He dismantled my stove, sink, and tiled kitchen counters with precision leaving the place very clean at the end of each day.  Wow, I love a man in the kitchen! :)

BEFORE the Chief tore up the kitchen I had one last baking session.   In anticipation of these little baby cakes I ordered mini springform pans from Amazon.   They arrived and I was ready to go!  There are four pans in the set.  The recipe calls for 8 mini 4″ pans.  These are 4 1/2″ round.  I made 5 little cakes and one slightly larger cake in a 6″ pan I already owned.  (In case you need these little pans I put a link at the end of this post).  I’ve never made homemade gingerbread cake or cookies.  Once I made a box cake mix and it turns out it is nothing like the homemade version. Homemade is denser, tastier, and fills the entire house with the fragrance of chocolate-coffee-ginger.  This recipe calls for espresso powder.  I can’t find it within 100 mile radius of my little corner of the world.  Next stop …  Amazon.  In the meantime, I pulverized instant coffee granules for a decent replacement.
Dry ingredients are mixed into the wet ingredients of whipped butter and sugar. Fresh ginger is added — standard making the cake stuff.
However, the result is anything but standard.  Aren’t these little mini springform pans just the cutest?  The cakes bake at 350 degrees F.  Mine took about 25 minutes but that will vary based on the size of your pan.  After cooling these are divine served with a big ‘ol dollop of whipped cream!
  Our host for this recipe is Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories.  Karen will post the recipe. Click HERE to check out gingerbread baby cakes from some of our other bakers!

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Merry Christmas and keep on cooking!
~Blessings, Catherine

What’s Cookin’ – My Make-It Wish List

Walk Through The Bible In One Year
Week 23 reading plan Psalm 40 through 80

Click on the colored link to read each day’s scripture.
Monday Psalm 40-46, Tuesday Psalm 47-54,
Wednesday Psalm  55-61, Thursday Psalm 62-68,
Friday Psalm 69-73, Saturday Psalm 74-77,
Sunday Psalm 78-80

Happy July!  How was the weekend in your neck of the woods?  For the second week in a row we have kids and grandkids visiting!  That makes for lots of laughter and good times around here.  It also means a fair bit of cooking on my part and cleaning up on the part of my sous-chef dish-washing mom.  The weather map shows HOT all over the country and while we are in triple digits here our air conditioner decided to take a vacation :(  We quickly decided The Lost Sea Caverns, at 56 degrees, is the perfect place to spend a day.  These huge caverns are located in Sweetwater, TN (off I-75 between Chattanooga and Knoxville).  The hike down is about 3/4 mile and at the bottom of the cavern is the largest cave lake in the United States.  We toured the lake by boat and had lots of fun.  I highly recommend this as a fun and educational tour stop.

With all sorts of July 4th celebrations going on I decided I would share foodie pictures and links from MY FOODIE WISH LIST.  This is my on-going list of things I really want to make but haven’t done so yet.  I will include a link so if you get to it before me you will have the recipe :)

I am so darn hot at this moment that when I saw Vanilla Lemonade I wanted to jump right up and make it. I didn’t, so now it is a definite on my Make-It Wish List! This recipe was sent to Laurie at Simply Scratch from one of her readers. Thanks to both of you for sharing!

For the 4th of July who wouldn’t like some southern fried chicken?  I know I would and Mary at Deep South Dish definitely knows how to serve this up!

Oh for cute! From The Brown Eyed Baker we get Red, White and Blue Firecracker Popsicles. They look as refreshing as they do cute!

I am thinking I could do this all day long sharing the kazillions of cool recipes on the net.  But it has left me feeling a bit hungry and restless for my kitchen.  This week is Tuesdays With Dorie and we are serving up biscotti!  I hadn’t made it before now and you will see my first try results on Tuesday!  In the meantime, stay cool, have a fun holiday week and many blessings!  ~ Catherine

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