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Old 08-21-2014, 12:08 PM   #311
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Made a batch of your brownies Bakechef. This time I decided to try half sugar/half Splenda. Um yeah...that's the last time I'll do that. They were good enough, but not the usual great.
In brownies it seems that the sugar has just as much to do with texture as it does sweetness, that's why I discourage reducing the sugar. But you never know unless you try right!
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:43 PM   #312
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That's why I tried it BC. I figured even if it wasn't great, any piece of brownie is decent with a little ice cream on the side.

The difference wasn't so much in the texture as in flavor. I use Splenda whenever I make quick bread like banana or blueberry and don't notice the taste - probably because of the strong flavors of the fruit. With the brownies I could taste "fake". I'm trying to remember, too, if I used Hershey or Penzeys cocoa the first time. This one was Hershey's that I'm trying to use up. Shame on me!
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I've used Hershey's many times with success, it's my go-to when I run out of Penzy's and can't get to the store, so it should work fine.

Also quick bread has a little more to it's structure and probably has a lower sugar content, add to that the fruit and I would think that splenda would work better in quick breads.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:33 AM   #314
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I made an Italian Cream cake Saturday. I'd forgotten how good they are and I think Craig has a new favorite.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:06 AM   #315
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Fresh peach pie. I blind-bake a crust, cool, and then fill with slices of fresh peaches that have a very little bit of a sugar glaze. Top each slice with fresh whipped cream right before we eat it. Mom used to top the entire pie since she always made this for dessert on Father's Day. I love how memories taste.
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Fresh peach pie. I blind-bake a crust, cool, and then fill with slices of fresh peaches that have a very little bit of a sugar glaze. Top each slice with fresh whipped cream right before we eat it. Mom used to top the entire pie since she always made this for dessert on Father's Day. I love how memories taste.
Very nice!

You serve your whipped cream the way I do! None of those little rosettes or dabs of whipped cream on the side of the pie, I like billowy clouds of whipped cream!
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Fresh peach pie. I blind-bake a crust, cool, and then fill with slices of fresh peaches that have a very little bit of a sugar glaze. Top each slice with fresh whipped cream right before we eat it. Mom used to top the entire pie since she always made this for dessert on Father's Day. I love how memories taste.
I want some of that!!!
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:32 PM   #318
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If it isn't hot enough, I decided to try a new bread recipe my brother recommended. It was a traditional recipe that asked to knead by hand, etc. Well, I'm so in tune with with making bread using my bread machine that I decided to do it MY way. 'Cept there was so much volume both with liquid and flour that I felt it would be prudent to have the machine do only the kneading part, which left me to put the dough in a large bowl for the first rise.

Well, it's blast furnace hot here, so I decided to take advantage of Mother Nature's hot flashes and set the dough to rise out on the front porch. I put it in my large 26-cup mixing bowl, oiled the top of the dough thoroughly, covered the whole shebang with a large, clear plastic bag and set it outside.

Holy catfish, Batman! I'm glad I didn't leave it in the machine for the first rise. It darn near met me at the front door. It completely filled the bowl and rose way over the top.

The recipe said to fashion the dough into two loaves. No way! Instead, I made three good-sized loaves, which ended up being perfect. The loaves rose beautifully the last time and baked to a golden brown and, of course, the smell was almost more than we could stand. Can't wait to taste it. I have a feeling this recipe is a keeper.

If you're interested, check out this recipe for Honey Buttermilk Bread.
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Fresh peach pie. I blind-bake a crust, cool, and then fill with slices of fresh peaches that have a very little bit of a sugar glaze. Top each slice with fresh whipped cream right before we eat it. Mom used to top the entire pie since she always made this for dessert on Father's Day. I love how memories taste.
Flavors are such a great way to bring back memories! If I want to taste the Christmas of my childhood, I make the sugar cookies that my mom always made. In the summer she would make a wonderful blueberry cake.
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If you're interested, check out this recipe for Honey Buttermilk Bread.
Thanks Katie! I want to start baking again this winter.
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