Tuesday, April 21, 2009

TWD: Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding

My love for Tuesdays with Dorie is evident with this week's pick: Four Star Chocolate Bread Pudding. Not because of the recipe itself - I love all of them equally. Not because of some fabulous new technique I learned, used, or created - I'm not that good. No - my love was evident because it was 100+ degrees outside; our house has no air conditioning; I had to wait until after 9 p.m. to even dream of turning on the oven; and I still made the dish!! I must be a nut.

I am happy to say that my love was rewarded with this delicious dessert! I ate a spoonful this morning before putting it in the fridge (yes, the breakfast of champions). I used challah bread, made a full recipe, and omitted the fruit.

I let my bread stale on the counter for a day, cut into cubes and exposed. It worked well. My bread to custard ratio was fine, and I wouldn't change a thing. I haven't tried any toppings on it yet; my husband is voting for creme anglaise; but I like it by itself. You MUST try this one if you haven't done so already.

A big thanks to Lauren of Upper East Side Chronicle for this pick. Check out her site for the recipe, or buy yourself a copy of Dorie's fabulous book! You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

No TWD Today

No TWD for me today; see you next week!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

TWD: Banana Cream Pie

For my 3rd Tuesdays With Dorie(TWD) I was very excited to try the banana cream pie.
I like to try out pie crust; I'm not always successful but I consider it a challenge to make a good one.

The crust:
I didn't have any solid shortening in the house, so I used all butter. The flavor of the crust was good. I chilled the dough more than I usually would per Dorie's instructions, and I think it worked out well. I probably should have rolled the dough thinner than I did, but I like pie crust so no harm done.

The custard:
My custard came together just fine. I read the P&Q ahead of time, and when my custard seemed to lump up, I knew not to worry and to just keep going.

The topping:
I added nutmeg to the whipped cream. It matched nicely with the nutmeg in the custard.

Overall: Next time I would change the ratio of custard to bananas to have more bananas. I would also add more sugar to the custard.

Thanks to Amy from Sing for your Supper for this TWD pick!