117. Lemon Parfaits p.839

117. Lemon Parfaits p.839

Unfortunately there’s no recipe for this available online.
This is the inaugural post for the Puddings, Custards, Mousses, and Soufflés chapter of the book. Part of my plan for this summer was to get around to working on this chapter, as well as the Frozen Desserts section. This recipe is the sum total of those efforts. [...]

7 November 2007 | Puddings, Custards, Mousses, and Souffles, The Book | 2 Comments
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109. Strawberry Shortcake p.813

109. Strawberry Shortcake p.813

The recipe is a variation on this one from epicurious. The main difference is that the linked recipe uses buttermilk biscuits, while The Book calls for the cream biscuits I wrote about the other day.
It starts with three pints of strawberries, hulled and quartered. This is the kind of recipe instruction that I consistently underestimate. [...]

24 October 2007 | Fruit Desserts, The Book | 5 Comments
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78. Ginger Pound Cake p.704

78. Ginger Pound Cake p.704

no recipe for this one.
I served substantial pieces of this pound cake following our Beef Wellington supper. If that sounds like a ridiculously rich follow-up to one of the heavier items of the British cookbook, you’re absolutely right. I served both the cake and the Wellington to one of The Boys and his lady friend. [...]

21 August 2007 | Cakes, The Book | Comments Off
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69. Almond Cake with Kirsch Cream and Lingonberry Preserves p.710

69. Almond Cake with Kirsch Cream and Lingonberry Preserves p.710

The recipe
In the comments for yesterday’s cassoulet someone mentioned that many of the recipes I’ve posted are heart attacks waiting to happen. This cake is no exception. With 8 eggs, 2 sticks of butter, and a bunch of almond paste it is no where near anyones definition of a light finish to a meal. The [...]

1 August 2007 | Cakes, The Book | 7 Comments
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66. Mocha Toffee Cashew Bars p.694

66. Mocha Toffee Cashew Bars p.694

The recipe.
Opinion varied wildly about these bars. We brought these to dinner with another couple. The guy loved them, my dining companion hated them, and the other girl and I were of mixed opinions. They’re built on a fairly dense espresso flavoured cookie base, then topped with chocolate and salted roasted cashews.
I thought things were [...]

30 July 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | Comments Off
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65. Chocolate Truffles p.696

65. Chocolate Truffles p.696

The recipe.
This recipe has three ingredients, chocolate, cream, and cocoa powder. Almost by definition the success of failure of the recipe is in the quality of those ingredients, and the method of combining them. I used the wrong ingredients, and ignored parts of the method. They still came out tasty, if a bit ugly. The [...]

28 July 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 1 Comment
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49. Lemon Bars p.691

49. Lemon Bars p.691

No recipe for this one. But they were so good I can’t help but giving you the recipe and them a five mushroom rating.
FOR CRUST
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
FOR FILLING
3 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 [...]

9 July 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 1 Comment
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41. Orange-Poppy Seed Cake p.706

41. Orange-Poppy Seed Cake p.706

Sorry, no recipe.
I made this cake for a friend’s birthday party. The best way I can describe it is as a brunchy coffee-cake dressed up for dinner. During the day it works down at the espresso shack as that cute poppy seed loaf in the counter. It’s moist and rich with sour cream, and has [...]

20 June 2007 | Cakes, The Book | 3 Comments
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40. Warm Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Cake p.740

40. Warm Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Cake p.740

the recipe
I can’t say that I pulled this off with the grace or style of Julia Child, I hope that I honored her commitment to salvaging disasters with this dish. The concept here is basically an upside down cake. The bottom of the pan has a chocolate pudding layer, and then a cake batter [...]

20 May 2007 | Cakes, The Book | 11 Comments
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35. Cranberry Caramel Bars p.691

35. Cranberry Caramel Bars p.691

the recipe
I really enjoyed these bars. I brought half of them to a party, and they disappeared instantly. I enjoyed more of them over the next week, and brought out even more from the freezer a couple months later. All that to say, the recipe make a lot of bars, and they keep and freeze [...]

1 May 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 2 Comments
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