Tuesday, July 28, 2009

TWD- Vanilla (Egg) Ice Cream

I love homemade ice cream. I personally haven't perfected the process, but whenever I have someone else's, it's heavenly. The last TWD ice cream was pretty good- nice and creamy and rich. So I had high hopes for this one, especially since the P&Q had nothing but good things to say. This recipe, chosen by Lynnylu, is basic- hot milk and cream is added to egg yolks and sugar and cooked until it reaches the specified temperature. Somewhere I went wrong because mine just tasted like eggs. I used high quality vanilla extract, but it didn't mask the eggy flavor.Sad. I was so looking forward to some creamy vanilla ice cream. Not even root beer could save this! Although, I may try....

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I'm Back!

My family went to Solvang, CA for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. If you've never been there, you should take a trip. It's the Danish capital of the United States (what that means, I'm not sure) and is filled with wonderful bakeries, restaurants, museums and shops. The highlight of our week was the Farmer's Market which was not big, but AMAZING. The best berries, peaches and nectarines I've ever tasted. My taste buds have been spoiled and no fruit will ever be the same.
Blue hydrangeas are my favorite flower. Aren't these beautiful?!!
Then there was this. People kept telling us we had to try them and we saw someone walking around with it on the street. It's called an Aebleskiver and is kind of like a round pancake/doughnut thing covered in raspberry jam and powdered sugar. It was pretty wonderful, but I was jealous of the people I saw who got it with ice cream!
And we made it back without me going into labor! TWD Vanilla Ice Cream coming soon!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

TWD- Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies

I always joke around with my husband because he always says he doesn't like brownies. He makes a face when I say that's what is being served or what I'll be making. But whenever they're around, he eats them. He claims they're too chocolatey and sweet. I'm afraid this recipe is probably what he's talking about.
I made mine in a round 9" pan because I lent my 8"x8" pan out. I left out the nuts since we no likey and the coffee since we no drinky. I definitely achieved the gooey center and paper crust!
Dorie says in the book that Katherine Hepburn was famous for her brownies. This adaptation, with cinnamon added, is Dorie's tribute to the actress's brownie. These are moist and very, VERY chocolatey. I couldn't really taste the cinnamon- the warmth would've been a nice tone down to the overpowering chocolate. And believe me, if I think they were too chocolatey, they were TOO chocolatey. Head to Lisa's blog for the recipe. And congrats to Lisa for winning the TWD logo contest!