What's your baking horoscope? Andrea loves wine and Stefin loves...turbot? OK, maybe they aren't perfect, but it sure was fun to hear them. On to cheesecake review from Mary Berry's American Baked Cheesecake, which boths hosts struggled with a bit. Birthday cake favorites were discussed, ranging from Chocolate Stout Cake, a magnificent, show-stopping, 3-layer masterpiece and the simple Party Cake Builder in Smitten Kitchen Every Day, the new cookbook from Deb Perelman. Finally, our hosts awarded their First Year Blue Ribbons to the Chocolate Chess Pie from Episode 16 and the Lemon Drizzle Cake from Episode 45.
Andrea's kitchen is in a whirl of baking activity this week and she's cranking out Lemon Drizzle cake, fruitcake, and more. Meanwhile, Stefin's back from Scotland where she had a delicious cheesecake made with crowdie cheese. The hosts review their Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes from the Life, Love and Sugar food blog, and the Marshmallow Filled S'Mores Cupcakes from Sally's Baking Addiction in tribute to several of their first-year recipe favorites. Up next week, a delcicious cheesecake from Mary Berry - stay tuned to see if Stefin's able to conquer her cream chaeese challeges in London!
Stefin and Andrea kick off Preheated's celebratory first anniversary month with a look back at some memorable episodes -- including Cranberry Upside Down Cake (Episode 3), homemade eggnog (Episode 5) and Biscoff Pie (Episode 14). Andrea reminds listeners that now is a perfect time to stock up on baking spices, flour and butter (just like in Episode 1), and Stefin may have discovered the name of the mysterious Italian beignet she talked about in Episode 47. Next, both hosts introduce a cupcake that's reminiscent of a favorite bake made during their first year -- Stefin's doing a Boston Cream Pie Cupcake (harking back to Episode 27), and Andrea will flout the season and do a S'Mores Cupcake (like Episode 40). Finally, the duo share the lessons they've learned, resolutions they've kept, and the audio that's haunting them after one year on air.
If Andrea and Stefin sound particularly giddy in this short and sweet bonus episode, it's because they're together again in jolly old England. Listen in as they discuss their trip to London's gorgeous Borough Market, Stefin issues a cautionary tale about making homemade caramel sauce, Andrea tells of the cooking class she took in Paris, they each choose an October recipient of the coveted Preheated Blue Ribbon Award, and they share two beautiful, unique and tasty Halloween dessert ideas.
The Cookbook Challenge results are in! The Victoria Sponge Cake from Lucy’s Bakes presented an interesting challenge to Stefin, while Andrea loved the Valencia Orange Cake from The Italian Baker by Melissa Forti. Caterer Mimi Randall, owner of Splendid Cakes and Catering in Plymouth, Minnesota gives us her tips for a festive tea party, while Stefin reviews several books that can help you create your own teatime at home.
Andrea's busy baking her favorite no-knead bread with a new-to-her (but almost 100-year-old) international sourdough starter. In honor of National Apple Month, Stefin revisits the Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies introduced in Episode 45. Pumpkin Cake Donuts are a fall favorite, but who can solve the mystery of the disappearing cinnamon sugar? It's also National Cookbook Month, and the duo introduce new recipes to challenge themselves: Victoria Sponge for Stefin, and Valencia Orange Cake for Andrea. Andrea (literally) sings the praises of her key ingredient, distracting Stefin from the most challenging aspect of her cake: The fact that there are no measurements! Finally, Andrea has a review of Ottolenghi's new book, Sweet, and Stefin runs down a list of Preheated listeners' most-loved cookbooks.
Andrea's whipping up a raft of homemade pantry staples, including granola, mayonnaise and dried mushroom powder. Stefin's still chipping away at her six pounds of wheat germ. And both hosts want to know: How low can you go when grating a nutmeg? Frustration abounds with the Amish Apple Dumpling: Stefin can't find Crisco, despite the best efforts of half the London Whole Foods' staff, and Andrea can't believe there's no sugar and spice in the recipe. (Not to mention that she had to peel and core eight apples.) Fortunately, there are donuts on the horizon to restore good humor: The duo introduce next week's challenge, Pumpkin Cake Donuts, and Andrea recounts a recent indulgent dessert -- Whiskey Donut Bread Pudding. Finally, the Globetrotting Gourmet takes listeners on a virtual dessert tour of France, Italy and Germany.
It's Fall Festival time, and Andrea and Stefin are celebrating all that October has to offer -- apples, pumpkin, caramel and cookbooks! First up is an Amish Apple Dumpling from Midwest Living magazine -- an individual apple baked in a flaky pastry crust and toppped with a quick homemade caramel sauce. (And how often does a dessert bring up memories of comedy geniuses Tim Conway and Don Knotts?) Also: A modificiation of The Kitchn's Banana Blueberry Cake gets turned into a Banana Split Cake, and reader cookbook love takes Andrea on a walk down memory lane. Finally, the gals introduce a new segment, The Importance of Ingredients, to talk about the best apples for baking. Listeners: Preheated has been nominated in King 5's Best of Western Washington podcast category -- go to king5.com/best to vote!
After a disasterous experience with a usually foolproof banana bread recipe, Andrea introduces a new mini-segment, Almost Edible, and issues a lesson learned the hard way: Even though it may seem like a good idea, do not eyeball butter or bourbon! Lemon Drizzle Cake is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic (even if it might be called pound cake in the States), and the hosts round out Packable Snacks month with a harvest-time goodie, Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies. Finally, Gadget Garage lives up to its name when Stefin updates listeners on her Step-Up Step-Down Voltage Adapter, while Andrea has a new, decidedly lower tech, kitchen favorite.
Looking for a tasty, easy, make-ahead big batch dessert bake? Look no further than these delicious Sugar Cookie Bars from Together as a Family. Both Stefin and Andrea found this recipe to be a big hit. If you like lemon, you won't want to miss next week's dessert, Lemon Drizzle Cake. And what's an episode of Preheated without some book recommendations? From Alice Hoffman's Faithful to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, our hosts are reviewing all of their summer favorite reads, and revealing a few new books they are anticpating for fall!