It’s been a busy baking year, though when it comes to sharing (the photos, at least), it’s been a struggle. Here’s a look at some of the more memorable baked goods I made in the first nine months of 2015.
Sept. 1: Chocolate chip bundt cake with chocolate ganache glaze. By special request for a retiring coworker. Recipes: a combination of one from Serious Eats and All Recipes. The ganache was a little too runny, but it worked out ok.
Sept. 25: Brown sugar apple pie with oatmeal crisp topping. The thin-sliced apples really made this one. Recipe from “Pie,” adapted slightly for more brown sugar.
April 12: Beef and bacon pie. Essentially a beef stew inside a savory crust. And with an honest-to-goodness bacon lattice. Baked in honor of the Game of Thrones premiere. Recipe from Blaine’s “A Feast of Ice and Fire” cookbook.
April 25: Shrimp, leek and asparagus pizza. And hence began this spring’s obsession with leeks, a vegetable I had previously (and quite wrongfully) ignored. Recipe from Foodday in The Oregonian.
Aug. 23: Tomato tart with mustard, garlic-cheddar cheese and caramelized onions. This summer’s record heat meant Portland’s tomato crop went wild. My coworker was nice enough to donate his extras, and this was the result. Heavily adapted recipe from “The Oregonian Cookbook,” but along these lines.