Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Spin on Rollie-Pollies


Rollie-Pollies
with Rose's Cream Cheese
Pie Crust
are tasty little morsels.

Never one for saving pie dough,
a new batch was mixed up.


I tried the dough hook and it worked!


Rolled out, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar,
chilled then sliced on the diagonal
and sprinkled with chunky sugar in the raw,
they bake for a bit, flipped over and baked a few minutes longer.


No matter what the shape,
these little gems are a
nice, simple treat
for anyone who loves pie crust.
Count me in!
~
by
Rose Levy Beranbaum










Friday, September 9, 2016

Late Summer Pesto



Pesto 
is one of my very favorite things.
I like it on pasta, pizza,
crostini and in sandwiches.

We've been making it for years
so I was eager to try
Rose's recipe.


The key difference is
her use of walnuts
rather than pine nuts.


Pesto is incredibly easy
to whiz up in the mini Cuisinart.
It may not be the authentic 
time honored mortar and pestle way
but it works.


This is good pesto
and if I had never had
it made with pine nuts
I would think it was wonderful.
I prefer the sweetness
pine nuts impart.
I like Rose's recipe
with the pinch of sugar
and dash of cayenne pepper
and will use it again
substituting pine nuts.
~
by
Rose Levy Beranbaum





Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse Cake


All's well
that ends well.

The sponge cake, 
which I was dreading,
turned out fine.

Filled with confidence
I started melting chocolate 
with cream for the mousse.
Simple enough
except
an hour later 
it still wasn't 
up to 77C degrees.
I gave up at 74C
and popped it in the frig
to chill.
But wait...
why was there a bowl of egg yolks
sitting on the counter?

Retrieving the chocolate soup
I whisked in the yolks,
all twelve of them,
and tried to bring it up to 77C degrees.

All seemed to be going right,
the chocolate was thickening nicely
and then
the most peculiar thing happened;
oil started seeping out of a 
chocolate-y congealed mass.

Image result for meme of a redhead pulling out her hair

 I "calmly" asked myself
what would the Alpha Bakers do?
Whisk it back to life!
Miraculously
the KitchenAid
did just that.
Tackling the
sponge was another thing.
My too large loaf pan
completely out witted
 the template geometry.
The ends 
pieced together
like brick walls.
Spackling the 
rather thick mousse 
neatly
inside the cake lined
loaf pan
was a bit tricky.


Wrapped in plastic
and back to the frig
since by
now it was late into the night.


It flipped out okay
but looks can be deceiving. 

Mousse is a bit dense
straight out of the frig

It isn't symmetrical like
Still it made for a mighty
tasty breakfast.
The chocolate mousse
is definitely worth
the stirring.
The hardest part
is waiting for it
to come back
to room temperature
(or 6-8 seconds per slice in the microwave for the impatient moi)
but once it does
the airy chocolate
is amazing
with the tender sponge cake.
~
by
Rose Levy Beranbaum





Sunday, September 4, 2016

Lemon Curd and Raspberry Pielets


Rose's Lemon Curd and Raspberry 
Pie and Pielets
are truly luscious.


Regular raspberry season is over
but
I came across these
golden raspberries.
They are sweeter than the darker ones.


I made two mini pies
and one eight inch.
Perfect for this holiday
weekend.
~
by
Rose Levy Beranbaum




Friday, September 2, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fudgy Chocolate Sandwich Cookies


These are probably the best
plain chocolate cookies
I've ever had.
Turning them into
ice cream sandwiches
with Haagan Dazs
vanilla ice cream
 takes them over the top
in a very good way.


The batter was so fluffy.
I resisted the urge to
pour it all into a pan
turning it
into brownies.
Or grabbing a spoon 
and diving right in.
Making these into
brownies 
is now on my bucket list.
Rose really nailed this recipe.
~
by
Rose Levy Beranbaum


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Coconut Crisps



wasn't kidding when she
said these Coconut Crisps
were quick and easy.
These cookies
must require the least amount
of effort
in all of Rose's recipes.
For coconut lover moi,
that's good news.
Living with a coconut phobic spouse,
it's not.


These are perfect
along side
a cup of tea or coffee.


Fortunately, 
my brother likes 
coconut.
Being raised
within a cookie dunking
family,
he will be more than happy
to have 
one or two or three
with coffee.
~
by
Rose Levy Beranbaum