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Bites from other Blogs

  • Truthfully, I don’t know if I can say that a croissant is a “real” croissant if it isn’t made with real butter – and lots of it – but I am very impressed that Bittersweet was able to make Homemade Vegan Croissants without using a bit of butter. These croissants actually use margarine, but the method of making a “butter block,” encasing it in dough and folding it over and over is much the same as for the classic versions of this pastry. The results look flaky and delicious, butter or not, and are really a fantastic option for those who don’t eat butter for one reason or another.
  • In cookies n’ cream ice cream and cakes, the cookies n’ cream part both come from chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies. This is also true of yumBug‘s Chocolate Vanilla Cream Cookies. They are sugar cookies that have had a generous amount of Oreo type cookies ground up and incorporated into the dough. This gives them a very nice traditional cookie texture, while preserving most of the flavor of their cookies n’ cream side. Heavily speckled from the chocolate cookie crumbs, these cookies also have a great look to them.
  • A blueberry buckle is a type of cake that is so laden with fruit that it can actually buckle under its weight. It is more like a coffee cake, or even a fruit cobbler, than jus your average cake. Savory Sweet Life decided to play up the cake aspect of a more traditional buckle with a Blueberry Buckle Cake. Baked in a bundt pan, this cake is packed with fresh blueberries and topped with a crumb topping. The topping ends up on the bottom of the cake when it is time to serve, but it really preserves that coffee cake feeling that you might get from a buckle and makes the cake stand out from other blueberry bundt cakes.
  • Ice cream sandwiches are usually described as being indulgent or decadent, but Cannelle and Vanille‘s Raspberry and Red Currant Swirl Ice Cream have the distinction of being prettiest ice cream sandwiches out there – in addition to being tasty, etc. of course! These sandwiches have homemade ice cream sandwiched between raspberry palmier, which have a pink tinge and a light raspberry flavor. The ice cream matches the hue in its fruity swirl for a treat that is a bit pink and girly (not a bad thing!), but also very elegant.
  • If you’re a fan of the tangy, creamy filling used in key lime pies, made with lots of fresh lime juice and sweetened condensed milk, you’ll probably love Erin’s Food Files‘s Key Lime Pie Ice Cream. It has some milk and whipping cream added, but is otherwise very similar to the basic pie filling. It comes out of the ice cream maker bright with lime flavor. And if you decide you miss the contrast of a graham cracker crust, you can always serve this in a waffle cone to get that extra bit of flavor and texture.

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  • alice
    July 29, 2009

    Thank you for mentioning Savory Sweet Life in your post. Although I just baked this cake last week, I went to the grocery store this morning and bought more blueberries so I could bake it again this week.

  • Erin
    July 29, 2009

    Thanks for the shout-out!! I’m a huge fan of your blog. 😀

  • J
    July 30, 2009

    Again, I have to ask – when you write Bites from other Blogs, have you tried all of the recipes you post? Or are you simply trying to spread the word about recipes that sound good?

    Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate the compilation of tasty-sounding recipes, but I have a lot of recipes on my “to cook” list. Having a second person verify that a recipe is indeed worth making will move that recipe higher up the list; I’m just trying to figure out if that’s the case here or not.

    For instance, you say the vegan croissants “look flaky and delicious,” so presumably, you did not actually make those. However, you say that the chocolate vanilla creme cookies have “a very nice traditional cookie texture,” and you say “in addition to being tasty” in reference to Cannelle et Vanille’s ice cream. Both of those statements imply that you did make and taste those two recipes. Perhaps you could clarify this in general, or on a recipe-by-recipe basis?

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    August 5, 2009

    I cannot believe this is true!

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