I have a TWD double header going on this week.  I really did make last week’s Dulce de Leche Duos and was all prepared to post about them on Tuesday but instead I had the pleasure of dealing with a broken refrigerator (which didn’t get fixed until the next morning anyway).  After that I just never seemed to find a chance to post about the cookies until it just seemed to make more sense to combine two weeks worth of TWD into one.

And so, here we are…TWD two for one!

Here we have the dulce de leche duos.  This is actually the second time I’ve made these – I ended up adding them to my Christmas trays last year – and I positively adore them!  As you can see, mine differ slightly from the recipe since they have a chocolate filling (surprised? I didn’t think so!).  To be more precise, they have a salted caramel and dark chocolate ganache filling.  I love the contrast of the bitterness of the salt and chocolate with the sweet dulce de leche cookies.

This recipe was selected by Jodie of Beansy Loves Cake and can be found on page 161 of Dorie’s book.  Please, do yourselves a favor and try these cookies for yourself!

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And now on to this week – coconut tea cake, selected by Carmen of Carmen Cooks (page 194-195).  I think I liked the idea of this cake more than I actually enjoyed the cake.  Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the cake but I was expecting a bigger coconut flavor (perhaps if I make it again I’ll add coconut extract as well) and more moistness.

I think part of the problem was that I used a combination of toasted and non-toasted coconut – I should have gone with all non-toasted and left the toasted as a garnish.  I also should have baked it a little less – in my pan and oven the hour cook time was definitely too long.

I added mini chocolate chips to the cake batter and after it was done baking and cooling I used the remaining coconut milk to make a chocolate glaze for the cake and dressed each slice up with some coconut gelato, chocolate sauce and toasted coc0nut garnish.

Over all I do like this cake but I think it could have been better – I’ll see what I can come up with next time.  If you’d like to try it yourself head over to Carmen’s site for the recipe.  Don’t forget to take a look at the TWD blogroll for more coconut tea cake variants.

Thank you Carmen for hosting this week – I think this was a great pick that just didn’t work out as well for me as I had hoped.