WARNING: LOOONNNGGG post ahead. Grab a glass of wine.
I made the biscuits a couple of weeks ago and used them for Strawberry Shortcake. I am not sure I could ever say that I craved strawberry shortcake and I probably wouldn’t list it among my favorite desserts….but I need to have it at least once a year, preferably in Spring. I didn’t taste the biscuits alone but they did a fine job holding up their end of the strawberry shortcake.
As I sat struggling with something interesting to say about biscuits (that I didn’t really taste), it occurred to me that I have been a (mostly faithful) TWD participant for about 2 years. I don’t make a big deal about my “blogiversaries” because I don’t really make a big deal about my blog. It is 95% documentation of my TWD baking.
I was actually baking ahead this weekend and made the Quick Classic Berry Tart. Without giving too much away, it is one of the prettiest TWD desserts I have made. That got me thinking about all of the desserts I have made as part of this group, many of which I loved at the time but have been pushed aside for the literal flavor of the week. I was motivated to go back through the list and try to make some semblance of it all.
So….after 104 TWD recipes, I couldn’t come up with a top 10 list but I do have some highlights:
1. Sentimental favorite: Most Extraordinary Lemon Cream Tart. I didn’t officially start my blog until the next week but this is the first one I made. and I loved it.
2. Most likely to make me move to Antarctica and abandon the showing of skin forever: Chocolate Chunkers and Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops. My word, the cookies and the dough are ridiculously good. I haven’t made either again because I can’t afford to grow out of my wardrobe.
3. Happy coincidence: I chose the Fresh Mango Bread and I genuinely loved it. It would be in my tops list even if it wasn’t my pick.
4. The no fail chapter: Dorie has a way with brownies, yes she does. There were four recipes that had exclamation points in my notes.
5. I didn’t know I could do that: I have always loved chocolate pudding and lemon (lime)meringue pie. Assuming they were out of my league, I had never made either homemade. I may never go back.
6. You could have fooled me: I didn’t think I liked carrot cake. Big Bill’s changed that. I was not looking forward to the Swedish Visiting Cake. That was a mistake.
7. Who knew nectarines could be so good: The summer fruit galette was amazing. Make it this summer. Every day.
8. I don’t care what it looks like: Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding. 5 stars at least.
9. Revelation: Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars. It’s too long to explain here but this may be the cosmic justification for me belonging to this group.
10. I don’t care what you think: I loooovved the low and lush chocolate cheesecake. It seemed like that was a minority opinion.
11. I can’t believe I still haven’t made them: There are a couple of recipes that were picked before I joined that I still cannot believe I haven’t tried: The brown sugar apple cheesecake and the almost fudge gateau. Both seem so appealing to me that I am floored I haven’t yet made them. One of these days…
12. Recipe piquing my curiousity: Far Breton. OK. I know it is “eggy” and, you know what, eggy isn’t my favorite either. But, for reasons unknown, I keep waiting with anticipation for someone to pick this one. I guess it’s because I have never had it or seen it.
Next week: chockablock cookies. I think I will add the coconut to this one to keep temptation at bay. Next week at this time I will be in Puerto Rico…extra cookies not needed. For this week’s recipe visit Love at First Bite.