Friday, November 28, 2008

Pumpkin Pie Revolt

Rock Band or Guitar Hero? More about that later.

I was asked to bring dessert. Then I get the 'We don't like pumpkin pie." Is this a trend? I hear others feel the same.

This week's TWD baking club recipe is Thanksgiving Twofer Pie. Contrasting texture with two layers. Crunchy pecan pie sitting on a creamy pumpkin custard base.

To round out the holiday flavors, apple and ginger were missing. My family loves cheesecake so along went the Apple Cheesecake. A creamy and tangy cheesecake with a surprise layer of apples. In case you missed it, It was part of the TWD, Feb. '08 rotation. A ginger jelly glaze was added to the saute of apples and blackberry. Hands down winner. Last year we had pumpkin swirl cheesecake. Next year will there be a pumpkin pie?

It's Thanksgiving and thankful for way too many things to list here...but I just have to ask, Rock Band or Guitar Hero?

Baking Group::Tuesdays With Dorie, TWD
Recipe Host: Vibi from la casserole carree

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rice is Nice

Comfort food. Just a few ingredients; no mixer or oven, just a spoon, pot and a flame. And patience. Almost an hour's worth. Then the chill.

The thing about rice pudding is that it's a great place to start. I've added a cherry or two. It's also presents options on a dessert buffet when served in a small glass.

And did you notice how many rice pudding places have opened up within the last few years? The Upper East Side is bursting with people from Wall Street... any partners out there looking to start a business? We all need some comfort.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sultans of Swing

The Kugelhopf mold came from Bridge Kitchenware, who has since moved to New Jersey. The bread-cake selected by The All-purpose Girl of TWD is baked in a mold with twisted or turban-like ridges.

The batter needs rest, both chilled and on the counter...or in this case a closed unheated oven.

Not too sweet and contrast of texture with a slight buttery crunch.

Cuppa tea please.