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Mayonnaise Biscuits

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
Maybe I did something wrong but it was a little too moist for a "biscuit" and didnt rise as much either. It did taste rich though. I guess personal preference after all
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Fluffy Biscuits

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2012
So far the best recipe for biscuits. I like to add cheddar cheese but I should definitely try with herbs, parmesan, ham, etc!
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Oatmeal Cake I

Reviewed: Mar. 3, 2012
The cake was good, but way too sweet for me and my family. I cut down sugar by half (even for topping), but still sweet. So next time maybe I will cut down by 1/3. I doubled the topping and accidentally put almost double the flour (had to bake longer) but it still turned out great. I will make it again.
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Sugar-Free Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
Following the reviewers' advice, I put less milk and used big box of vanilla flavoured pudding mix. I got the consistency I wanted to be able to pipe them. It tasted wonderful and my family, who actually hates sugar-packed frosting, loved it. I will experiment with different flavours next time.
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Black Magic Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 8, 2012
Rich and moist cake! I cut sugar by 1/3 and got slightly bitter taste -- the way my family likes. I also replaced half of vegetable oil with applesauce. Because I didn't have buttermilk on hand, I put 1 T of vinegar to a cup of milk. I used half on the same day, and the other half the next day (covered, room temperature). The one that had been out for a day tasted BETTER -- it was firm (not too firm) and had richer taste! I will make it again and again, with different type of frosting!
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Peanut Butter Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 10, 2012
Like many reviewers said, the bread was really bland.. I made bit of peanut butter frosting to make up the lost peanut butter taste. Also, mine wasn't as dry since I tried to follow top reviewer's advice, but I definitely should have doubled the peanut butter. I will try again with more peanut butter and buttermilk since I do love anything with peanut butter! EDIT: I tried the leftover following day, and there was more of the peanut butter taste! So instead of 3 star, I give 4. And I will make it again with more peanut butter, which will lead to 5 star I'm sure!
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2012
Melt-in-your-mouth kind of scone! I've made many biscuits but it was my first time making "scones", and I have to say, it wasn't as messy as others have described it. (I followed the recipe exactly, except I used half wholewheat flour and cut the sugar to 1/4 instead of 1/3.) Comparing to the biscuits I make, the dough wasn't sticky (or messy) at all!!! (I've done a lot worse/messy work.) Instead of using food processor like others mentioned, I cut cold butter into cubes and started mixing with the dry ingredients using pastry blender (just the way I do when making savoury biscuits). As mentioned in the instruction, I thought the dough was waaay too dry at first, but as I was working with my hand(kind of "kneading" in a way I guess?), everything came together and although I was a bit worried that the scones would turn out dry, they didn't turn out dry at all! Moist and flakey, the way my family like them! I put vanilla extract and half dried raspberries and half dried blueberries. I wish I had orange or lemon, but I didn't.. I will make them again with chocolate chips, dried cranberries and orange zest, raisins, dried cherries, etc!
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Peanut Butter Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 12, 2012
As a peanut butter lover, I really love this coffee cake. Moist and light, but not falling apart. The only changes I made was cut down sugar by half, used about 2 tbsp LESS butter (I used butter instead of shortening), added about 1 tbsp of vinegar and 1 tsp of vanilla, and added at least 1/4 more peanut butter to the cake. I melted (not completely) the peanut butter with butter first and then beat using hand mixer with sugar and egg. Then I mixed the rest BY HAND. Oh and for topping I used half flour and half quick oats. When fresh out of oven, the peanut butter taste is very mild you wish you had put more, but the next day (I'm eating it as I'm writing this) there's defniitely more peanut butter taste. I would make it again and again! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!
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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2012
Following the top reviewers' comments, I added orange zest to the batter (used one whole orange) and added vanilla instead of almond (just because I didn't have one on hand). The taste was amazing! BUT I had two problems (MY fault I'm sure since I'm a very beginner in baking): 1) the log cracked while slicing and I ended up with a big bowl of crumbles (fine, several large chunks were there too); 2) the "crust" (or edges) didn't turn nice brown when done baking. Like I said, it was probably my fault (though I don't know where I went wrong!), so I'm definitely gonna try again and again till I get it right because I love the taste of these biscotti's!!! :D -----Edit: I made these again with CHOPPED pistachio (chopped for easier slicing) and this time they turned out perfect! Of course few crumbs fell off while slicing, but not one single piece was ruined. I didn't have orange this time but had almond extract on hand. The taste was still amazing PLUS no crack, no crumbling. I didn't even cover my log when I took it out of oven. I am very happy with the result but next time I'll try egg wash just for the look. Went from 4 stars to 5!
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Biscotti

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2012
Nice and simple biscotti. I added finely chopped pecans and because I didn't have anise oil or extract, I added vanilla. I made myself some chocolate dipping with cocoa powder, and it turned out very nice. It didn't crumble as much while slicing, so I am very happy with the result! I will try different flavours using this recipe from now on!
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Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2012
Great cookies! I had such a hard time putting the dough together so I took about a tsp of butter and rubbed with my hand and worked the dough. Chilling the dough definitely helps -- I chilled it before I shaped into small balls AND after I got them ready to be baked. I used jam, almond, and chocolate pieces for "topping" (of course not all together, my cookies were too small for even 1 tsp of jam. I used about 1/4 tsp of jam per cookies.). My family liked them all!
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Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

Reviewed: Mar. 22, 2012
The name says it all -- quick and easy! We just had our homemade pizza for dinner, and like other reviewers said, we probably won't buy pizza outside anymore! ---- Edit: I made cheese sticks with this dough. Mixed herb and garlic salt to the dough and used mozzarella cheese blocks cut in sticks (about your finger size). Just wrap the dough around the cheese (make sure they are sealed or the cheese oozes out) and brush with olive oil mixed with herb and garlic salt. Had these with homemade spicy tomato sauce and my brother has been nagging me to make them again!
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Balsamic Bruschetta

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
Great tasting. Because I didn't have roma tomatos, I just used 2 reuglar big tomatos instead. I wish I had drained more juice before I mixed them all though! I added more balsamic than called, about 2 T sugar, 1/2 medium-sized red onion, 1 t red wine vinegar, and parsley flakes. I toasted baguette slices and topped them with chilled bruschetta. Definitely got more than 8 servings!
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Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Reviewed: Mar. 23, 2012
I'm sure it is good as is, but I added 1.5 t of cinnamon, 1/2 t of nutmeg, 1/2 t of all spice, about 1/4 c of maple syrup (and reduced sugar amount). Even for the topping I added maple syrup and put less brown sugar. Also added bit of starch to thicken the topping. It was very good! I wish I had pureed sweet potato better as I could see few chunks here and there..lol Oh well, next time it will be closer to "perfection"! :D
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Seminary Muffins

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2012
It used wholewheat flour and put more bananas than this recipe called for (used 3 VERY ripe bananas), and put less sugar. Came out more cakey (because of extra bananas), but still delicious. Omitted walnuts since I was in rush to make these, next time I will add walnuts or pecans (easier to crush). Nice basic muffin. Will make them again.
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Chocolate Orange Marble Cake

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2012
The consistency of the cake was good--moist like it said. But I agree with the reviewer that said it was flavourless. I added zest from one whole orange and juice, and it still doesn't have enough orange flavour. Maybe I will try with some spice next time???
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German Apple Cake I

Reviewed: Apr. 4, 2012
The cake was moist, dense, and tasty! I used two 8" round cake pan and it only took about 25 min to bake. I guess because it was meant to be so dense that despite my additional 1 tsp of baking powder, the cake was still quite flat. I chopped the apples into really small pieces so they they don't sink too much. I used 1/2 c of oil and 1/2 cup of applesauce and cut sugar 0.5 cup (because I used some additoinal filling and frosting, they kept the cake sweet enough). Layered the cake with apple pie filling (apple pieces + lemon juice + sugar + raisins) and topped with cream cheese frosting (cream cheese + butter + cream + sugar) with sprinkle of toasted walnut pieces. What a wonderful cake it turned out to be!
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Sandy's Chocolate Cake

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2012
It was very chocolatey. I didn't have sour cream or plain yogurt on hand, so used milk + vinegar. For some reason the centre didn't settle well, but still tasty anyhow. I will try again with sourcream next time. ---- Edit: I used sour cream and didn't change much in taste, but the texture was better. This might be my "go-to" chocolate cake/cupcake recipe! I always use coffee instead of water to bring out the chocolate flavour more, and use applesauce instead of oil or butter. Very tasty and much, much lower fat!
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PHILLY Bavarian Apple Torte

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2012
Wonderful dessert! I'm sure the recipe is great as is, but still made following changes: Added ground flax seed and ground almond to the crust, and added ricotta cheese to the filling. I only used 3 granny smith apples as I cut them very thinly. I baked at lower temperature for longer time to get the apples more tender. Still not fully cooked, but good enough. Great presentation for sure! Oh and I baked in 8" pan to get the sides go up a little bit more. Both the filling and crust are delicious!
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Cinnamon Bread Delight

Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2012
What I really liked about this bread is the TEXTURE. The consistency was perfect. And of course it tasted great as well. I halved the recipe (was skeptical about pudding mix) and baked about 45 minutes, but it was slightly undercooked. Next time I will cook 50-55... I did double the cinnamon and added chopped fresh apple pieces tossed in brown sugar and cinnamon. Next time I will add raisin or pecans!
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