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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2005
I really truly wanted to rate this higher but was disappointed with the flavor. I made this pie last night with everyone's suggestions in mind. I used gravenstein apples from my backyard - they are slightly tart but also sweet. I used a Crisco crust recipes. Basic and Flakey. I tend to like sweeter so I used heaping 1/2 cups of both the brown and granulated sugars. I also sprinkled some sparkling white sugar on the very top for added pizzaz! Still was not sweet enough. I personally think that I could make double the amount of the carmel sauce and that would make it a perfect sweetness and texture. It's a must that you add part of the sauce directly to the apples - otherwise they would be very flavorless. It's also a must to add some spice - I used only cinnamon but it sure added a lot of flavor. The sauce drizzled over the top does not trickle down into the pie very well but kind of stays on top and bakes into a nice crunchy texture with the crust. The best part of the pie. My bottom crust was slightly soggy even though I tried hard to prevent it. The pie is totally edible but not great. The crust is awesome but the filling needs help. I'll try again but probably make double the filling.
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Awesome Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Aug. 25, 2005
I thought this recipe was fair. It was kind of bland. The only change I made was I used half brown sugar and half granulated sugar. I had a lot of freshly cut pineapple that I wanted to use up and I thought that alone would really jazz up the cake as opposed to canned pineapple. It was barely even noticable. I'm usually not really big on heavy spice in a cake but I thought this recipe needed MORE than was called for. I'm not saying this recipe sucked or anything, but it was only fair to good at best. Oh, I also added raisins because I like them in a carrot cake and that helped the flavor and texture a bit.
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Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2005
I think this recipe has wonderful flavor. I don't understand why other reviewers are calling it bland. Maybe they did not add enough vanilla. I must admit - I'm always a little heavy handed with the vanilla. I used my frosting for an orange layer cake so I added just a splash of orange extract also. The reason I rated it a 4 instead of a 5 is because of the sugar choice. I can't figure out why this recipe uses granulated sugar and not confectioners/powdered sugar. The granulated sugar results taste fine but the granules were noticable in the frosting. My thought is that a powdered sugar would produce a much smoother and non gritty frosting. But don't let that comment stop you from making this frosting. It's very very tasty and a wonderful idea and a welcome change from the traditional heavy cream cheese frosting. The whipped cream adds such a fluffiness to the frosting and the results of this frosting are PURE white which is hard to get when you make a buttercream recipe because butter is yellow. But to make it pure white you must use the "clear vanilla extract". I would say this frosting will go well on any cake recipe you choose. I'm sure it would be an ideal recipe to flavor with wonderful extracts also. Try it!
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Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2005
I made this cake last night for my coworker's birthday. The only change I made is that I used toasted macadamia nuts instead of the pecans. Otherwise I followed this recipe very closely. It turned out beautifully. As for the glaze, you have to gradually put it on or it will end up at the bottom on the dish. I poked plenty of holes in the cake with a skewer, spooned a little glaze around the top, then took my pastry brush and liberally brushed the inside hole and all around the outside of the cake. I waited a few minutes then repeated that process, then waited a few minutes and repeated again etc. until the glaze was gone. The glaze hardened into a nice, shiny somewhat crunchy, moist and tasty topping. The macadamia nuts were wonderful and really added nice texture. By the next morning when the cake had cooled it was very attractive and it was easy to box up and transport (with no frosting to worry about messing up). I think next time I would try a cheaper irish cream because Baileys is soooo very expensive. For sipping I think the quality of Baileys is essential but for baking I would think that a cheaper brand would suffice. Another thing that's wonderful about this cake - it is very quick and easy to put together. Cake mixes are wonderful in a pinch but everyone at work thinks this cake was made from scratch!
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Irish Cream Truffle Fudge

Reviewed: Sep. 21, 2005
I took most of the other reviewers advice and used a 13 X 9 inch pan. The thickness was perfect. Geez, I can't imagine all of that fudge in an 8 X 8 - that must be very tall. Anyways, I thought the recipe was ok. Not bad but not terrific. The texture was not gritty but it was not extremely creamy either. You really can't differentiate between the fudge layer and the topping layer - it looks the same and tastes the same to me. After sitting for a day, the alcohol flavor definitely intensified. I put out the whole platter of fudge at my office and maybe 2 out of 15 people raved about it. I make fudge often and I have some fine fudge recipe but I don't think I'd bother to make this again - mostly because Irish Cream is so expensive. Well, I bought the Bailey's brand - maybe another brand would be less expensive. I guess if you are crazy about Irish Cream - then this would be a rockin good choice for you!
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Apple Cake IV

Reviewed: Oct. 19, 2005
Very delicious recipe and easy. I used 5 honeycrisp apples. I thought that sounded like too many for a 13X9 inch cake but it wasn't. I made one small change and that was to omit the nuts (don't like nuts) and I replaced them with a big handful of raisins. That was a good decision because the raisins added wonderful flavor and texture. Be sure to use the toothpick method when testing for doneness. My caked appeared to be done when it actually was still raw batter in the middle - so I left it in the oven till that toothpick came out clean! I figured that even if you were to slightly overbake this cake, the apples would provide so much moisture that it would still be fabulous. I topped it off with a delicious cream cheese icing. This cake kind of reminds me of carrot cake so the cream cheese icing was a perfect compliment. This cake received so many raves in my office. I've tried many apple cake recipes and this is the only one I will make again. Many people who have posted a review said they cut down on the sugar. I'm not sure why because my cake was not that sweet. It was just sweet enough. Maybe it depends upon the type of apple you use. Some apples are naturally sweeter than others. This recipe is a good way to use those extra apples sitting on your counter that are a little too ripe for eating out of hand.
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Creamy Banana Bread

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2005
Oh my word this is soooo delicious! I was a bit hesitant at first because I thought the cinnamon & brown sugar filling sounded a bit odd so I only added a small amount to each loaf. Now I wish I would have added lots more! What an awesome combination. This recipe makes a very mild flavor banana bread with a light texture - it's almost like a coffee cake. I did make two changes and one was to use butter instead of margerine. I never cook with margerine and I love the taste and results of pure butter! I recommend using butter definitely. And I used walnuts instead of pecans and the walnuts were wonderful but I think either of those nuts would result in a superb bread. This will be my new all time favorite banana bread recipe.
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White Velvet Cutouts

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2005
I thought these were exceptionally tasty but my family thought they were only ok. I make many different recipes of sugar cookies and this was not one of their favorites (but I suppose it's not to be thought of as a sugar cookie). I also found the dough to be extremely sticky. Yes, refrigeration helps but it's still a very sticky dough. I rolled it between 2 sheets of parchment and used flour. After I rolled it between the 2 sheets of parchment I placed that whole layer on a cookie sheet and placed in the freezer for about 15 minutes - this made the cookie cutter's job alot easier especially since the shapes that I was making were somewhat ornate. If you are decorating your cookies with detail then I think this is a good recipe because the cookie does not lose it's shape while baking. You can definitely taste the cream cheese in these cookies. They are delicious but it does not taste like a true sugar cookie if that is what you are looking for.
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Chocolate Zucchini Bread I

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2006
Wonderful flavor. Wonderful texture. I followed the recipe almost exactly - I only had bittersweet chocolate and so I melted and added that instead of the unsweetened. It turned out beautifully. I made them in muffin pans and then topped them with a swirl of cream cheese frosting. Very rich but everyone loved them.
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Apple Bundt Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2006
I made a few changes in this recipe but I used it as a base. I used a mixture of brown sugar and granulated sugar. I added plump golden raisins. And I just mixed the apples into the batter instead of layering it. Oh yeah, and I added a pinch of allspice. I did not have a bundt pan so I used my muffins tins and these made wonderful breakfast muffins. They did not rise hardly at all so I filled the tins up to the very top. Very dense and moist and flavorful.
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Apple Crisp II

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2006
Oh yes! Mmmmmmm! I have made a simple apple crisp for years - apples tossed with cinn. & sugar, topped with a buttery oatmeal mixture. Good but not nearly as yummy as this recipe! This one is very simple and quick to make (after you spend alot of time peeling & slicing the darn apples!). The crust on the bottom is slightly soggy as compared to the upper crust but it does not detract from the quality of this crisp. The syrup poured over the apples is just what they need to become moist & gooey! The crust on top is superb! Crispy & flavorful. Lovely. I doubled all of the ingredients and put it in my large ceramic Emily Henry lasagna pan - the pan is not that much larger than 13x9 and so my crisp became a "deep dish" crisp. I love it that way. I highly recommend making this. I have an apple tree in my backyard and I made this from the imperfect apples that fell onto the ground. I just peeled them and cut out the bruises and voila, no one could tell these apples were beat up. One thing that some folks might not like, is that this crisp is on the sweet side. Now, I like that - the sweeter the better for me - but some people might like it to be more tart and less gooey & sweet. I guess you could reduce the amount of syrup to lessen the sugar but in that case, you should just find another recipe! This one is ooey gooey good sweet and delicious! It's a keeper!
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Blueberry Cream Muffins

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2006
Blueberry muffins are one of my favorite pastries and I have been on the lookout for my ultimate blueberry muffin recipe! I have baked literally DOZENS of different recipes over the years and THIS one is now at the top of the list. It's my favorite. I absolutely loved it. I used fresh Washington State blueberries that were so delicious! One small change I made was to use half cake flour and half all purpose flour. I wanted my muffins extra tender with a good rise. One thing about homemade muffins - they often taste good but are not visually appealing - sometimes really flat. I wanted a muffin that tastes as good as it looks. This recipe is it! They were bakery window perfect! Very attractive. I used paper liners in my muffin pans. I imagine if you use just a greased pan that the muffins would be difficult to remove because the blueberries become so gooey. These muffins rise straight up, so you don't have to worry about the muffins puffing over the tops and spilling everywhere. I filled the cups almost right up to the brim with the muffin batter. They would probably be really wonderful with a little sparkling sugar sprinkled on top before baking. I highly recommend these muffins. The texture is delightful. At first I was not sure about the high amount of sour cream involved but they turned out wonderful. The sour cream adds to the moistness and adds a slight tanginess. I'm also going to try this recipe with raspberries and marionberries and blackberries. Soooo good!
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Zucchini Pineapple Bread I

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2006
This recipe was ok but I was not wowed by it. I think it was a bit bland but I'm sure that a slight increase in the amount of spices would remedy that. I usually do not prefer a heavy spice so I know that it was a bit lacking. But the texture was wonderful and moist. A good way to use your zucchini.
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Powdered Sugar Cookies I

Reviewed: Sep. 12, 2006
First of all...I made one single change. I used Crisco shortening instead of oil. These cookies are amazing. When it says they melt in your mouth - they truly do. I chose this recipe from the many sugar cookie recipes because of the two ingredients that differ from the other sugar cookies - powdered sugar & cream of tartar. Those two ingredients act as tenderizers in a way and the result is a light, crunchy melt in your mouth cookie. So delicious. I used my metal ice cream scoop (that has the little release bar in it)and I simply scooped the dough onto the cookie sheet - then I sprinkled some colored sugar on top (didn't flatten them) and baked them. Sooo good! I had a recipe like this years ago and I lost it so I'm very glad to have found this one! One thing I should add though - these are not the kind of sugar cookies that would be good to roll out & cut with fancy cutters. The dough does not hold it's shape well enough for that.
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French Pastry Pie Crust

Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2007
very tasty! Flakey and slightly sweet. I used it to make some apple tarts. I made a double recipe and had not quite enough shortening so I used 1 1/2 cups crisco and 1/2 cup butter. Turned out wonderful. I'm sure that a delicious option would be to use all butter flavored crisco.
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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: May 2, 2007
I kind of feel like what's the point of writing this review - You should just trust the other 600 reviews on here! I agree! These scones are delish. I made a bunch to sell at a bakesale and made 4 batches - all different flavors. Cranberry orange, cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip and cheddar bacon. These scones rise and spread more than you think so plan accordingly when you first place them on your baking sheet. I hate it when scones have an overdone bottom and the middle can still be doughy. So to prevent this I raised the oven rack a bit, and I doubled the cookie sheets on which they were baked. They baked very evenly. The texture was cakey like but not totally unscone like. A sprinkling of course sugar on top before baking added a nice touch and a little extra crunchiness. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
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Cornmeal Cheese Muffins

Reviewed: Jun. 27, 2007
I thought these were just average muffins but a couple of people that ate some thought they were excellent. When I made the batter I had a lick and I thought it tasted very blah so I added some cut up sausage (turkey kielbasa). That jazzed it up a bit but not enough. I think the seasoning needs to be fiddled with. Maybe different seasonings? Or more seasoning? But the texture of the muffins were wonderful and they raised very nicely. It's a very good base muffin recipe I just think it needs a little kick of something.
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Reviewed: Aug. 18, 2007
I thought this bread was ok. Everyone who tasted it though really liked it. The only change I made was using 1/2 cup grated apples along with 1 1/2 cups zucchini (that's all the zucchini I had). It was definitely moist. Took a lot longer to bake than the recipe suggests. Maybe using part brown sugar along with the granulated sugar would improve the flavor. I might make it again with a few changes.
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Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2007
Ok, I'm pretty speechless right now. Actually it's because I'm stuffing my face with these Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies. I just got through baking these and they are out of this world. I live in Seattle and one of Tom Douglas' restaurants, Dahlia Lounge (the bakery part,) has chocolate truffle cookies that I have eaten and loved for so long. I have looked and looked for a recipe that is just as good and I think I've found it. They are so decadent. They only change I made was to throw in a handful of mini chocolate chips after I mixed the dough and before it sat for 30 minutes. I wanted a little texture in there. They seem to be not fully baked when you remove them from the oven but after they sat for about 15 minutes they were perfect. I used a cookie scoop so they were all the same size. I baked them for exactly 11 minutes and that was just right. Since mine were slightly bigger than what was suggested - I only got 34 cookies out of it. When I was mixing the flour/cocoa in by hand, it seemed like there was too much to mix in. I mixed and mixed and it eventually was incorporated but it took awhile. I usually am not a lover of dark chocolate but these are smooth and tasty and I am in love with them. They would make a great gift for a chocolate loving friend. It's kind of like eating a piece of fudge and brownie and cookie all at the same time. I highly recommend them.
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Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2007
Wow! I made this into cupcakes and brought them into the office and people absolutely raved about them. I always bring baked treats to work and this recipe was definitely a favorite. Slight changes: I added some allspice and I made my cream cheese frosting with some orange juice to flavor it. Wonderful, moist, tasty and very autumn like. I recommend this highly.
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