Sunday, November 25, 2007

More Thanksgiving Desserts

Had lots of people over for Thanksgiving this year, so we needed a lot of desserts. First, a blueberry-swirled cheesecake with blueberry topping. I got a lot of comments on people liking the graham-cracker crust on this. It's just graham crackers, butter, and sugar, so I all I can think is that blind-baking it did some fun caramelizing stuff. Next, a butterscotch pie using this recipe, with a couple extra eggs for thickening. Also used the leftover pie crust from a couple posts ago. And for the big finale, individual baked alaskas with pumpkin ice cream and ginger cake. I've ever made nor eaten a baked alaska before, but I was pretty pleased with the results. It was a little harried getting them all meringued up in the middle of the party, but it was a fun experiment, and everyone who had one seemed to enjoy it.

blueberry cheesecake blueberry cheesecake with blueberry topping blueberry cheesecake, sliced
piping whipped cream onto butterscotch pie butterscotch pie
ginger cake for baked alaska cutting cake for baked alaska pumpkin ice cream and ginger cake for baked alaska mini baked alaskas pumpkin and ginger baked alaska

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007 Prep

Got a head start on Thanksgiving with a couple desserts: Molasses Cookies (very popular a couple years ago) and Vegan Cranberry Upside Down Cake. They look good, at least. Results to be determined.

Molasses Cookies Molasses Cookies Molasses Cookie closeup

Vegan Cranberry Upside-Down Cake - setting up eventual toppingVegan Cranberry Upside-Down Cake in oven Vegan Cranberry Upside-Down Cake - top view Vegan Cranberry Upside-Down Cake - side view

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Blueberry Pie, New Food Processor

A little pre-Thanksgiving experimentation with a new pie crust recipe from Cook's Illustrated. Instead of being super careful to have frozen solid butter and cutting it into the dough to just the right amount, they worked out a recipe where you can just blend it all to heck, as long as you reserve a little un-buttered flour to toss in at the end. They replace some of the water with vodka, too, to cut down on gluten formation. It was awfully easy, but I can't decide about the results. Nice, but a little dense. I saved half for a Thanksgiving pie next week, so we'll see how it works out a second time. Blueberry because I couldn't resist a giant bag of them at Costco.

My New Cuisinart Prep to make pie crust in Cuisinart Making a pie crust in Cuisinart rolled-out pie crust dough Simmering blueberry pie filling mixture Blind-baked piecrust for blueberry pie. blueberry pie slice with creme fraiche whipped cream

Monday, November 12, 2007

Wedding Cake

Finally, FINALLY organized some pictures of Dinah and Eli's wedding cake. Congrats again, you crazy kids! And thanks to everyone who brought a camera. We ended up going with a white cake with alternating layers of lime and pomegranate curds, iced with white chocolate buttercream. The decoration on top is pomegranate arils and sunflowers from the reception. Candied lime slices ring the base of each tier.

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