Monday, February 21, 2005

Meyer Lemon Semifreddo

Spent a good chunk of this weekend making the Meyer Lemon Semifreddo from Room for Dessert. No, I didn't know what a semifreddo was either until I found that link. The reason it took a while is that the dish is an assembly of several sub-recipes. Lemon curd, sponge cake, lemon syrup, and amaretti cookies. I finally had a chance to re-try the amaretti recipe from Room for Dessert. The first time, several months ago, I had the weird experience of only ending up with enough batter for about a dozen cookies, even though the recipe claimed to make 60. That's a big difference. I'm not sure what I did differently this time, other than being really paranoid about following the recipe exactly (and possibly having just read the egg chapter of the new On Food and Cooking), but I got 35 cookies this time, and I probably good have stretched that farther if I'd used a second cookie sheet. So the moral is that no, that recipe was not on crack after all. Cool. Of course, I only made the cookies so I could crush them on top of the cake. A brief, but tasty, lifespan. Pictures are ready to go and will be available as soon as Flickr resets my monthly upload quota next week. Did I really upload 10MB this month?

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Black and White Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Flo's Chocolate Snaps

Bleh, been sick most of this week. No fun, that. At the beginning of the week, though, I managed to knock out three more recipes from Room for Dessert. All excellent! If anybody from chorus or work is reading this, what'd you think? I made three cookie recipes: Black and White, Peanut Butter, and Flo's Chocolate Snaps. Before and after pictures are below. I'm not sure if you can tell from the photos, but the Black and White cookies look awesome up close. The color contrast and the crinkliness of the dark chocolate inside breaking apart the powdered sugar outside. Guess you had to be there.

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