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Maple Pecan Twists

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2009
These are simply awful. There is not enough sugar to match the maple extract, which is extremely stong, and it turns out very bitter. I had to another another full cup of sugar to ameliorate the problem, and by then the whole consistency of the dough had changed, and I had to bake them as cookies which turned out very flourey. I'm sorry but these either need more sugar or less maple flavor.
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Chewy Coconut Bars

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2009
These are INCREDIBLE. WOW. Probably the best bars I've ever had. I agree there wasn't enough coconut. I added 1 1/2 cups to my batch, but even then I could hardly taste it with the other flavours. I recommend toasting the coconut (on 350 for 8-10 minutes) before adding it to the batter. This will highlight the coconut flavour without having it take over everything else.
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Brownie Torte

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2009
Very delicious, smooth and almost fudgey torte. It didn't, however, have as much chocolate flavour as I would like. I added 6 T of unsweetened cocoa power and it came out simply divine!
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Maple Pecan Crisps

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2009
These didn't turn out crispy for me for some reason. I followed the directions exactly but the cookies came out chewy and a bit floury. It did have good maple flavour, though.
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Creamy Mango Sorbet

Reviewed: Apr. 11, 2009
This is amazing! I've never made ice cream before so I was a little nervous about trying this recipe. I was afraid it would come out icy but it wasn't - it was very creamy and delicious! I am giving it 4 stars in place of 5 because it needed 1 tsp vanilla extract since otherwise the cream flavour was too strong. Overall this is a wonderful recipe!
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Chocolate Truffle Pie

Reviewed: Apr. 20, 2009
This is AMAZING! I was nervous about trying this recipe after reading the other reviews, but I'm so glad I tried it! The quality of the pie I think really depends on the quality of chocolate you use. I used Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate, but I recommend Lindt or Hershey's as well. An excellent recipe.
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Orange Peel Bread

Reviewed: May 6, 2009
I wanted to try this recipe because it looked so interesting. It turned out delicious! A whole cup of orange zest is an extremely large amount, and I only had three oranges so I could only get about 2/3 of a cup. It did take a lot longer to cook on the stove than the recipe says. I think it was about 30 minutes altogether, not counting assembling the cake ingredients. The cake did turn out a bit crumbly, but it is so delicious warm out of the oven! I recommend it with a light powdered sugar vanilla glaze.
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Sesame Pound Cake

Reviewed: May 7, 2009
What a delightful cake! I had to try it because it looked so interesting. The toasted sesame seeds give it a delicious and quite different flavour from the usual pound cake! The only thing was that the cake turned out rather dry. I recommend using buttermilk instead of regular milk, I think that would make it quite a bit moister.
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Burnt Brown Sugar Cake Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 28, 2009
This has a lovely taste, but my only complaint it was extremely thin - like water. It doesn't really have the texture of a "sauce". I ended up adding 3 tablespoons of flour to thicken it up and it came out perfect. I really enjoyed it! It tasted just like toffee sauce, very smooth and delicious! and not the least bit grainy.
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Almond Brownie Bread Pudding

Reviewed: Jul. 31, 2009
Wow, this was amazing! I have never made bread pudding before, so I really wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out awesome! Everyone loved it and even took leftovers home (I made a double batch in a 9x13 pan). The only thing was that it took about an hour and a half on 325 in my oven! I don't know why - maybe because I doubled the recipe. But it was so moist, delicious, and chocolatey that it was worth it!
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Spinach Basil Pesto

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2009
How delicious! I have never made pesto sauce before, so this was my first attempt and it was exquisite! Finding at the last minute that I did not have pine nuts, I looked up on the internet to find a suitable substitute, and finding almonds were appropriate (and I had them) I used almonds. They cut up beautifully in the food processor and I have some left over which I am going to freeze for another treat some summer evening! I highly recommend it!
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Strawberry Marshmallow Frosting

Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2009
Wonderful recipe! I've never made a boiled frosting before, so this was a first attempt for mer, and it turned our great! I used unrflavoured gelatin and added a little vanilla to the finished product, and it tasted exactly like marshmallow (except even better!) The author is right when she says to use it right away. I put it in the fridge for a little while to use for later, and it set up so that it was too thick to spread. But heating it gently over some simmering water in a double boiler got it thin enough so that I could spread it. I also used it as a "cream" filling for some chocolate cupcakes and every body loved it. Thank you, your mom!
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Homemade Buttercrunch Candy

Reviewed: Nov. 18, 2009
This recipe is in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and it has always been a successful one for me! I used butter, though - margarine is a bad idea for this recipe - it won't set up correctly and it will taste weird. I've made many diifferent batches of almond buttercrunch candy and this is the one I've had the best success with. It was perfect and delicious (btw, I did cook it to 300 and it came out the perfect consistency).
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Brazilian Peanut Fudge

Reviewed: Dec. 2, 2009
I really enjoyed this recipe alot and I think it turned out really well. I couldn't find tea biscuits so I made my own and they worked fine. I also used salted peanuts and I think it really made a difference - the balance of salt and sweet was delectable! It didn't firm up quite so hard as other types of fudge (such as chocolate) but it was still delicious! I gave a batch to my brother-in-law for his birthday and he loved it! I think a teaspoon of vanilla might make a nice addition to this recipe - just a thought. I loved this recipe, thank you for sharing it!
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