Tag Archives: Dorie Greenspan

Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta & Soft-Centered Chocolate Teacup Cakes

23 Feb

Yep, you read it right – it’s a two-fer posting! It seems that I’ve been out of town for the bulk of February (nothing like the shortest month to fly like the wind). A week in Las Vegas (for those of you unfamiliar – Vegas has more superbly fine dining in a three-square-mile area than anywhere else on earth) and then Disneyland! (OK, the whole superb dining thing from Vegas had to carry me over to Disneyland, but even their food has improved, somewhat.)

And because of that, I’m preparing both desserts for this Sunday dinner’s dessert(s)! (I only hope no one experiences a chocolate coma!)

Hot Choc panna cotta molten cakeThe panna cotta was delightfully easy to prepare – the toughest part was the clumping of the unsweetened cocoa powder – but that explains the two strainings. The teacup cakes was equally as easy in preparation. I made the cake in the morning and so, it had cooled and fallen (hence the dip in the center). Just before serving, however, I put it back in a hot oven for two minutes – and the center was just as ooey-gooey as I had expected – it merely lacked the puffiness it had freshly baked.

And, the taste? They both were extremely scrumptious! Chocolatey beyond definition! The panna cotta was particularly enjoyed by my eldest son, while the teacup cake was the favorite of my husband and our best friend. As for me? I think I liked the cake the best, but they were/are so rich, it’s hard to eat very much of either one of them.

Now, the big question…will I make either of them again? Oh, yeah, I will – both of them!

 

Baking Chez Moi? Mai Oui!

1 Nov

I just got my copy of Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking Chez Moi,” and find myself reading it like one would read a novel! And that would be a novel one can’t put down – Gone Girl has nothing on this! I’ve decided to work my way through it, one recipe at a time, so go out an buy your fat pants if you must, but it’s going to be a long and glorious ride!

First up – Limoncello Cupcakes. Yes, you read that right – cupcakes (and I don’t even particularly like cupcakes).

Hello world!

28 Feb

I started this blog in order to participate in the “Tuesdays with Dorie” group that is now Baking with Julia.

After seeing the movie, Julie & Julia, I got the bright idea to do the same task with Baking with Julia.  Imagine my surprise to hear the Talk of the Nation podcast featuring Dorie Greenspan and she mentioned the TWD group would be doing just that!  I can hardly wait.  My first recipe will be Rugelach (I’ve previously made the white bread, and see no reason to make it again for this) and I’ve told everyone I know to expect a couple of newly baked treats a couple of times a month.

Check back often – you may even see photos of my attempts!