Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I joined Tuesdays With Dorie! For those who don't know, it's an online baking group that bakes a new creation and posts it each week. There are over 200 members and it's growing quickly. It seems like so much fun and I think it's really going to challenge me and take me out of my comfort zone in the kitchen. There are tons of talented people who make up this group, so I would be happy if my baking is even half as good as everyone else's.
This week's selection was made by Michelle of Michelle In Colorado Springs, and you can find the recipe on her blog. With this being my very first week, I felt the pressure to be successful! My intentions were to use pears, but can you believe that 2 grocery stores did not have pears? So I instead settled on apples, which I knew would go over well in my house. I had apple butter in the fridge, so I used that as my base. I was a little worried how it would taste, but it turned out great.
I have to admit that I can't even remember the last time that I've rolled out dough. And I really need to upgrade my rolling pin, which is just about as old as I am. I really got a workout rolling out that dough... embarassingly enough, I asked my husband for a tad bit of help after my arms started to feel the burn. It just reminded me how out of shape I am.
I used just a little of the custard and didn't have any leakage, as I've read that some of the other bakers had. And I sprinkled a little cinnamon on the top before baking. Everything came out pretty perfect. My husband had a bite and said, "I'm a fan." So I guess I was successful for week 1. Maybe I CAN do this... bring on week number 2!