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Paula Braman-Duarte

Paula Braman-Duarte
Home Town: Rumford, Rhode Island, USA
Living In: Riverside, Rhode Island, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Italian, Nouvelle, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Reading Books
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Recipe Reviews 45 reviews
Moist Chocolate Muffins
I followed the recipe with the exception of using chocolate chips - didn't have any! What a moist, chocolate-y muffin, will definitely be making these often. I did add an eighth of a teaspoon of espresso powder which really doesn't make it mocha tasting, simply amps up the chocolate flavor. Could make a simple vanilla icing for a glaze, or add in coconut and some nuts for extra deliciousness. Did these in mini muffin tins and filling tins halfway, they were done in seven minutes. A keeper recipe!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 14, 2013
Quick and Easy Brownies
I've tried a lot of brownie recipes and usually I'm somewhat let down with the promised results. Not only are these simple to put together and bake, they turn out well, also. I halved the recipe and baked in an 8 inch glass Pyrex dish for about twenty five minutes, just until I could smell the aromma of baking brownie! I used a Dutch process cocoa (organic) and otherwise followed the directions. When they came out of the oven I placed some semi-sweet chocolate chips on the top and spread over the brownies as the chips melted, this formed a thin layer of icing that amped up the taste a bit. The texture was fantastic, sort of cake-y yet fudgy, yum. I can see where some may be let down by the mild flavor but this makes the recipe great for add-ins like nuts or flavored chips. Can't go wrong with this one!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2013
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies IX
These are definitely different from traditional oatmeal cookies but nonetheless a very good cookie. I upped the amount of brown sugar per many reviews and subbed ginger for the nutmeg, the finished cookie was sweet and very flavorful. Had no trouble with the dough flattening nor spreading, I did bake them on the top oven rack at the designated temp, and let them cool a minute or two before removing from the pan. I used chocolate chips instead of raisins, probably coconut and craisins would also be good. Next time I will reduce the amount of oats as many have suggested, think that will only improve the recipe. Love not having to deal with butter or shortening.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 14, 2013
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