Clare Profile - (10736003)


Home Town: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Living In: Newtown, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Southern
Hobbies: Gardening
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
For years I did nothing but bake but just in the last 4 or 5 years I've become more interested in cooking entrees, especially grilling and using a slow cooker. Also, I've collected a few southern cook books and would like to get good at that.
My cooking triumphs
Brownies. I developed a number of recipes and for a while was making a small living selling them but I decided not to pursue it.
My cooking tragedies
Every recipe when I first try it. I have to cook every new recipe at least 3 times before it's the way my husband and I like it. Meanwhile, our two Golden Retrievers have feasts.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread
I made it and it's great. It's dense but not heavy or dry. I really hate raisins and especially caraway seeds which everybody loves to add to Irish Soda Bread so this is perfect. After reading some reviews, I preheated the oven to 375° but when I put the loaf in the oven I immediately reduced it to 350° then baked for 1 hour. It was fine. I have to say that I just watched the video and my dough was MUCH dryer and more crumbly than shown. Next time I'll add extra buttermilk to offset that which should also make it even more delicious.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2014
Apple Spice Dump Cake
I made changes only because it's just my husband and me so I used 1/2 box spice cake mix (1 1/2 cup) 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg & allspice, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 melted stick butter and 1 can apple pie filling. I put it in an 8X8 pan, and baked for 35-40 minutes. It was awesome!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 19, 2013
Grandma McAndrews' Irish Soda Bread
It took 55 minutes to bake and it wasn't as moist as everybody said but it was a heck of a lot more moist than any other soda bread I've ever had. I used dried cranberries because I hate raisins but other than that, I followed the recipe but the dough wasn't all that soft. Next time I'll reduce the flour by about 1/8 cup and see what happens. All together it's pretty good and the house smelled wonderful while it was baking.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 15, 2012
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