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Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Pumpkin Cake
I made this as a 2-layered round birthday cake with penuche frosting for my bf's birthday (had enough to make some cupcakes as well). I was debating whether or not i should have halved the recipe completely and just made the round cakes, but decided not to risk it. My boyfriend loved it, but I think the key was in the frosting, because the cake itself is a bit on the bland side--it needs just a little something more, but I can't put my finger on it. I only used half the oil and it was still very very moist--I would put even less if I were to make this cake again. I followed other reviewers' advice and used half brown sugar and half white sugar. I left out the cloves, compensating with more of the other spices, which I'm glad I did because the cloves tend to overpower the other. I rarely use nuts, so those were omitted as well.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2003
Sour Cream Spritz
This was my second time using my cookie press and it was a MUCH easier task than the first time I tried! The dough was good to work with and probably should not be chilled (If the dough is too hard, it'd be more difficult to push out with the press or something like that). I added 1/2 tsp ground ginger, dash of nutmeg, and a dash of allspice to make it more flavorful, but the final cookie itself actually just needed more sweetness. It tasted a bit salty, but the texture was very good. Melts in your mouth. Next time, I would use more sugar or less salt. I had to frost some of them or added a chocolate chip in the center of the ones with the flower design. I kept switching the plate to experiment! I was very happy that the dough was so compliant -- I had almost cried the first time I used the press cuz I had been so excited to use it but was so frustrated that it wasn't working! I should've tried this recipe first.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2003
Persimmon Cookies I
the cloves overhwhelmed the cookies and there wasn't any persimmon flavor at all. i used more persimmon than called for specifically to get more flavor, but to no avail. maybe i did something wrong? like not pureeing enough? the finished cookie had black specks/chunks in it. i figured that was burned persimmon pieces or tannins from the persimmon. either way, it was too spicy. texture was ok, though. i only baked for 12 minutes cuz i thought that would prevent the black speckling. i might try to frost it or something to hide it and counter the too-strong cloves. i was looking forward to this cookie and was very disappointed. =o(

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 3, 2003

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