French Fridays with Dorie
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group dedicated to Dorie Greenspan‘s newest book, “Around My French Table”. The members of this group, me included, are going to cook our way through AMFT one recipe at a time. It is going to be a very tasty adventure. Please feel free to join in!
I’ve never done a cooking club like this before but a foodie friend of mine Amy cooked her way through “Tuesdays with Dorie” the baking group blog and loved it. Plus I loved reading about the recipes she tried each week.
So when Amy told me about Dorie’s new book I thought I’d join in the group. There’s no committment, in fact once a week there’s a recipe that Dorie assigns based upon what the members vote on. Then on Fridays we post our photo and share our thoughts about the recipe. Of course I can’t share the recipe with you but if you want you can order it on Amazon.
Since I just joined the group I’ve missed a few of the Friday posts that have been baked and tested. This weeks was Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake on page 432 in “Around My French Table”. The aroma in my house while baking was heavenly and the taste of this cake was decadent and so smooth.
I have to admit that I didn’t use apples. We had just received a box of pears from Harry & David so I decided it would be the perfect dish to use them in, and it was. I can only imagine how wonderful it will be when I make it with apples.
The recipe also called for an 8″ springform pan. I had a 7″, 9″, 9.5″ and 10″. So I decided to use the 7″. I was concerned if I used the 9″ that the cake would be too thin. The 7″ worked out perfectly. However, instead of cooking it for the 50-60 minutes that it stated, I had to cook it for 90 minutes to insure that the center was cooked properly. At around the 75th minute I placed a piece of tin foil over the top of the cake to make sure it didn’t brown too much. As you can see it looks perfect.
I also decided that I’d plate it up with a scoop of ice cream and then drizzle it with a balsamic reduction that I made earlier. YUM! That’s all I can tell you.
This recipe was so simple and the results were outstanding! If you enjoy this type of group then please join the club, the more the merrier! But, if that’s not your cup of tea then you should definitely consider purchasing Dorie’s book “Around My French Table“. It’s beautiful and the recipes all look sensational. I can’t wait to try next weeks recipe.
Here’s to my first cooking club adventure with French Fridays with Dorie.