FAQ

cooking with Dovi

You’ve got questions? I’ve got answers. Here we go!

Can I double or triple your recipe to increase servings?

First, let me be clear: I only test my recipes to serve two. That’s the point of this site, ya know? There are simply not enough hours in the day for me to test my recipes doubled and tripled. So, that said, I can not answer your question. I only test my recipes to serve two. My Mom frequently doubles my cupcake recipes and bakes it in a 6″ cake pan, but there is no guarantee it will work for you. In general, when you alter recipes from the way they are written, the results will differ. If you double or triple a recipe and it works great, please, let us all know in the comment section. Also, check the comment section–many others may have altered the recipe and found it worked for them.

Can I substitute ingredients in your recipes?

Great question! But sadly, I have no idea. I only test my recipes as you see them written. Sometimes, I play around with an old recipe and discover a great substitution. In those cases, I update the post to reflect it.

If you’re looking to substitute ingredients to avoid gluten, you’re in luck! I have an entire gluten-free section.

Where do you buy your small pans? 

I’m so flattered that you’re willing to buy special bakeware just to bake my desserts.  My Mom groans when I ask her to buy another pan to test my recipes. (Hi Mom! Love you!)

I frequently buy my miniature pans at Sur La Table, Amazon.com, Michael’s, or other craft and cake decorating stores.  Any store that sells specialty bakeware or items for wedding cake decorating will often have unusual and small-sized pans.

If you’re a veteran reader of this site, you may remember my Amazon shop in which I linked to all of my bakeware.  Unfortunately, I recently moved to a state in which the Amazon affiliate program is illegal.  So, in order to avoid jail time, I no longer have an Amazon store.  Sorry!

I made your recipe for _____, but it didn’t turn out right.  What’s wrong with your recipe?

I’m so sorry!  There are a few variables in the kitchen.  The biggest variable is your oven.  Is it calibrated?  Beyond ovens, I see a few common missteps when it comes to baking:

1.  Did you use a different type of chocolate than what was called for in the recipe?  Bittersweet chocolate is not the same as unsweetened, unfortunately.  Check the label on your chocolate.
2.  Did you separate the egg?  Commonly, folks will say they added the whole egg instead of what is called for in the recipe.  One large egg consists of 1 tablespoon of fat (egg yolk) and 2 tablespoons of binding agent (egg white).  It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when baking in such small quantities, it can make all the difference.
3.  Finally, is your baking soda/baking powder is old and expired?  When was the last time you bought a new box of that stuff?  Buy a new box and try again :)

Will you come to my house and teach me how to bake?

Yes!  I’m a private chef that also teaches baking classes!  I would love to teach you and your friends how to make miniature romantic desserts for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day or your anniversary.  I’ll bring the ingredients, miniature bakeware, recipes, and you provide the margaritas (frozen with salt, please).  E-mail me with requests.  Please note that I charge for my services, and you will have to cover my travel if I don’t live near you.  (I live in Northern California  St. Louis!).

Where in the heck do you live?

Excellent question!  I can see how you would be confused.  When I started this blog in 2010, I was fresh out of graduate school and living in California.  Then, I did a brief stint outside Kansas City for 18 months.  Now, I live in St. Louis.  I travel around quite a bit, and so you may see other states mentioned in my posts, too.
 

What part of Texas are you from?

I love getting this question from fellow Texans.  I’m from ‘big D’…Dallas, if you don’t know.  I grew up in the country outside of Dallas, and then my parents moved us to the big city when I was 11.  I love Dallas, but I also adore Fort Worth.

How old are you?

You must not be from the South, because you never ask a lady her age.  Nor do you ever ask someone how many acres they own or how many head of cattle they have.  But since I’m nice, I’ll tell you: I’m 32, we own 1/3 an acre, and 0 cows.

What’s the status of you & Mr. Dessert For Two?

Well, here’s the thing.  Ever since I shared that wildly personal post about my anti-marriage freak out, I’ve been fretting over it.  I’m trying to make my peace with it, but some days, I think about deleting that post altogether.  Be that as it may, I’m happy to report that after a year, the man who told me he wanted to marry me on our third date has finally won me over.  He asked me to marry him at the end of that long dirt road behind my house in the photo above.  Check out our wedding photos here.

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There was this one time that I had a baby. You can read all about my daughter, Camille that loves broccoli, Brussels sprouts and homemade marshmallows here. And did you know? There’s a few posts all about making homemade baby food. Such fun stuff!

To sum things up, I love you. I love you as much as you love coffee. (I’m a tea drinker. You’ll find that out).

Thanks for being here.

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