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Fudgy Mocha Bars

I am not a chocolate fan.
I made these because I miss baking with the Tuesdays with Dorie group and the family loves chocolate!
I didn’t add walnuts due to nut allergies and while the top is just beautiful and crackly, they didn’t rise as much as I had hoped! I do think that was my fault not the recipe. I took them out too early.
Now that I have all the criticisms out of the way…
These were delicious!
Moist, fudgy, chewy and crackly.
And surprising not overly sweet.
What a great recipe to come back to!
Definitely recommend these!
Fudgy Mocha Bars are from Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan for the Tuesdays with Dorie cooking group.


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Honey and Blue Cheese Madeleines

Honey & Blue Cheese Madeleines

From Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Dorie’s Cookies for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie

Challenge!

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I’ve only recently started to appreciate blue cheese. I’m not sure If appreciate is the right word… tolerate? I like Gorgonzola and that is what I used here.

The honey/cheese combination is good. Actually, I really liked this!

I added an extra drizzle of honey at the end and it really worked for me.

Our cavoodle pup decided to run through the house covered in mud just as it was time to remove these from the oven. So chasing him meant these stayed in for an extra few minutes, hence the intense golden colour. Having said that, they were browning at a faster rate than usual. I’m thinking the cheese might have had something to do with that, it oozes out a little bit, giving these somewhat of a deep fried look.

I would definitely make these again. The effort was minimal, the rewards were very satisfying!

Head over to Tuesdays with Dorie to see what the rest of the group thought!


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Date Nut Pinwheels

I love dates!
I discovered Medjool dates some time ago and fell in love.
I used them to make the Date and Nut Pinwheels for this week’s recipe from Dorie’s Cookies.
I have to be honest, since my father passed away at the start of November, I’ve been a little lost. Some weeks I have cooked, some I just couldn’t. However knowing that the Tuesdays with Dorie group was there whenever I was ready to return, was very comforting. Providing some much needed order and routine when I felt there was none. Offering mindful distraction through the baking process. Bringing together friends and family to share the final product.
And the final product this week was delicious!
I am looking forward to catching up with the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie group 🙂

 


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Melomakarona – Greek Honey Dainties

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It is exactly one week until Christmas 2018.
What a year!
We moved house.
My daughter finished her university degree (and is having an existential crisis about what next…travel for now!)
My son has finished high school and it has been a very draining few months of final exams, receiving marks and we are still waiting a few more days for university offers to come through (we hope…)
A close friend passed away, a few months ago, she fell down stairs walking home, an accident, that made me painfully aware of how fragile life is.
And just before midnight Nov 1st my father passed away.
I’ll be honest, it is hard to write this and not get teary.
He passed away 3 weeks before his 76th birthday.
I still can’t believe he is no longer here.

These Greek Honey Dainties are flavours I grew up with.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect them to be so close in taste to what I am familiar with.
I made the Christmas spice version and I am so, so happy with how they came out.
I have lost 5 kilos in the past few weeks (which I was happy to see leave!) and these were well worth risking the weight returning!
These bought my mother and also myself comfort, her mother (who is from Greece) made these all the time. Remembering has been so important recently…

I loved these. I will make them again and again!
These were the recipe of the week for the Tuesdays with Dorie cooking group.
A wonderful group of people by the way!
From Dorie’s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan.