Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Favorite Cookbook, Seriously

My local cookbook club is currently working on the cookbook "Seriously Bittersweet" by Alice Medrich. The recipes are very clear and precise, easy to follow, the the food turns out perfect! I highly recommend it to any chocolate lover.

A few things I've made:
The cookies seemed like they couldn't work. 1/4 c. flour to 14 oz. chocolate. But hey, with that much chocolate I just had to try it. So I did. It may be a heart attack in a cookie but it's a great way to go! They were absolutely delicious. And they freeze well.

My Son needed a standout cake for his 16th birthday party. The nice thing about her cake recipes is that there are recipes and techniques for component parts that you can then build how you wish.

We started with the recipe for the tribute cake, and then did a modification of the cream center for the Celebration Cake (I doubled the whipped cream and used cream cheese instead of marscapone). I used her recipe for fans and ruffles for the decorations and a recipe for chilled ganache to cover the cake. It was amazing! Literally the best cake I've ever had.

Brownies and ice cream are two of my favorite things put together. I made her classic brownie and her bittersweet ice cream. They were both good. Then I put them together and wow. The flavor together was much better than the components separately. Very rich dessert. I'm going to play with this one a bit more for an elegant tiny dessert. This is served in a dip bowl with a cookie scoop of ice cream and it was still something I shared.

If you get a chance, check it out! I'm trying the triple mousse for our club. I'll let you know how it goes.

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