The Food Brie Cooked and Baked

A record of every food cooked or baked in my kitchen in 2010

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109. gingerbread layer dessert

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Recipe source: word-of-mouth from an aunt

When I need a quick, simple and impressive-looking dessert to take somewhere around Christmas time, this is my go-to choice. It always goes over really well.

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gingerbread layer dessert

Recipe:

Layer cubed pieces of gingerbread, French vanilla pudding and Cool Whip. Repeat.

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Written by louise914

December 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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104. pumpkin pie

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Recipe source: Libby

Tomorrow, BP and I are hosting a Thanksgiving supper for Little Brother and Dad.

Little Brother requested pumpkin pie, and you can’t go wrong with the classic Libby recipe.

Last year, I attempted a pumpkin-pecan pie. It was less than successful. This year, I’m sticking with basics!

pumpkin pie

Libby pumpkin pie

Written by louise914

November 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

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80. carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

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Recipe source: Betty Crocker, cake and frosting

BP planted carrots in our garden this year, and we both thought a carrot cake would be a wonderful way to use them up. And, I hadn’t yet used my new shredder attachment for the KitchenAid stand mixer my dad bought me for Christmas, so this was a great opportunity to give it a try.

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a bowl full of shredded carrots using the shredder attachment on the stand mixer

You can’t go wrong with a classic Betty cake recipe, and cream cheese frosting is a must.

I used pecans in the cake instead of walnuts.

carrot cake

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Written by louise914

August 15, 2010 at 4:53 pm

36. German chocolate cake

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Recipe source: my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook

When my mother-in-law requested a German chocolate cake for her birthday party, BP and I wrinkled our noses. “I don’t like German chocolate cake” was our simultaneous response.

But, Mother-in-Law is the best MIL in the whole world, and we love her, and it was, after all, her birthday. So, I consulted Betty Crocker, made my grocery list and got to work.

You’ll never guess what happened. (Or maybe you will.)

It was good.

Let me repeat that: it was good. Very, very good. In fact, it was mouth-watering-I-don’t-know-if-I-can-stop-at-one-piece good.

Turns out, real, homemade German chocolate cake is a delicious masterpiece. Grocery stores and America’s zest for convenience (in the form of boxed German chocolate cake mix and canned pre-made frosting) have given German chocolate cake an undeserved bad rap.

And now I feel really sorry for all of you who think you don’t like German chocolate cake but have never actually had the opportunity to taste a real German chocolate cake. I was there once. I understand.

But now is the time to give it another chance. Make this your year of the German chocolate cake second chance.

German chocolate cake

German chocolate cake

Written by louise914

March 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

34. sweet potato cheesecake bars

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Recipe source: Simple & Delicious, March/April 2010

If I tell you these bars had granola and sweet potatoes in them, you’d think they were healthy, right? Yeah, then I added butter and sugar and chocolate.

They were delicious. Although you can’t tell in the photo, these had three layers: a cake crust, a cream cheese layer and then a granola/white chocolate topping. Three layers of deliciousness.

These tasty little cheesecake bars were a hit with both our friends and the folks at the office (though, those folks’ll eat just about anything).

sweet potato cheesecake bars

Written by louise914

March 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

27. blondie cupcakes

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Recipe source: Real Simple

Yummy, and easy to eat in a convenient cupcake form.

Some of the cupcakes were a little bit overdone on the bottom, which caused the muffin papers to stick, but that didn’t stop BP nor me!

blondie cupcakes

I thought it would be fair to add a post-baking warning: After these tasty little cupcakes cooled completely, they were hard as rocks. We even tried softening them in the microwave, but it didn’t work. I’m not sure what went wrong!

Written by louise914

February 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm

22. dulce de leche sandwich cookies

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Recipe source: Joy the Baker

It’s a snowy, cold Saturday afternoon, and BP wanted me to bake cookies.

Okay, so BP always wants me to bake cookies, even when it’s not snowy, cold or Saturday.

Anyways, these cookies were a great choice, in my opinion. I thought they were scrumptious – BP disagreed, but that didn’t stop him from eating several of them. And it was hard for me to stop myself from eating more.

dulce de leche sandwich cookies

Written by louise914

February 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm