Archive for ‘Dessert’

October 22, 2011

Because You’re Only 4 1/2 Once | Chocolate Pudding

Birthdays call for cakes.  Half birthdays, pudding.  Cherub celebrated her four and half years in this world just this past Friday.  We had pudding as a special I-turned-four-and-a-half dessert.  Homemade chocolate pudding is no harder than a box mix, honestly.  Just just need a few ingredients.  Like anything else.  But these few ingredients can make a little person feel awfully special.  Or a big person for that matter.

PK’s Celebratory Chocolate Pudding, Serves 4

3 T corn starch

3/4 c granulated sugar

1/2 t ground cinnamon

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September 4, 2011

My New Favorite Dessert | Krema Buckeye Blondies

My sister-in-law can bake.

These blondies are her latest creation and chock-full of wonderful, local-to-Columbus ingredients from Krema Nut.  They’re perfect for back to school snack and equally great for the beginning of football season.  These will be devoured almost instantaneously at any tailgate you bring them to, I daresay even a Michigan one.

These are fabulous.  Just like my SIL.

Krema Nut Buckeye Blondies, makes one 8 x 8 pan

Preheat oven to 350/360F, lightly butter 8×8 pan

Mix:

1 c flour

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June 24, 2011

Strawberry Week | Strawberries in Pimm’s with Basil Cream

This is PK’s contribution to Breakfast at Wimbledon.  The Championships are perfectly situated at the dawn of summer, and so strawberries and their best friend cream have become as important as the tennis.  It’s a very simple version of a late-June favorite, but with some lovely refinements.  Just drown the berries in Pimm’s, a handful of sugar, and a whisper of ginger.  Then steep the cream with freshly-snipped basil leaves, whip it lightly, and you’ve re-made an old favourite.

Henman Hill* Strawberries and Cream, Serves 4

4 c strawberries, halved or quartered or left whole if they’re lovely and small

handful of sugar

12 scrapes of a fresh knob of ginger (I used a microplane to get it very fine)

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January 4, 2011

Delicious Cookies Come to You | Rogue Bakery

I love it when someone is creative.  And hilarious.  And can bake a mean cookie.  That’s Carl, who started Rogue Bakery.  He’s been around, delivering cookie happiness to Columbus-ites in the know and I finally pulled the trigger New Year’s Eve to have some cookies delivered on New Year’s Day.  Who knew?

Operating essentially without a net, Rogue lets you order cookies right on Facebook.  Follow Rouge on Twitter to keep in the loop regarding new offerings.  It’s the new social media and it comes with cookies!

Carl himself delivers the cookies right to your door.  Unless you live far away, then the mailman does it.

It’s completely fun.  And the cookies are completely delicious.  I wisely ordered the grab bag so I my hungry family could sample several types of cookies.  Carl doesn’t believe me that Cherub can pack away the cookies, but she can.  She really can I tell you.  And Hades, too.  Face it, we’re all pros.

Delivered individually wrapped and all creative tasty flavors – a spicy ancho peanut butter cookie that you couldn’t even tell was vegan was my favorite.  Holiday spritz cookies were also in the bag, Cherub’s favorite.  Chocolate chip with a bit of sea salt were fantastic as well as a dense chocolate-y cookie that had a hint of cinnamon (this one was vegan, too! – I was shocked, shocked I tell you, that I liked something that was vegan).

I love to bake, but this changes my mind a little bit about needing to do it.  When you can get such a plethora of innovative flavor combinations all at once, why not have Rouge Bakery do the baking for you?   And they deliver.  Rogue 1, Oven 0.

One dozen cookies with delivery, $15.


December 21, 2010

Locavore Dessert | Caramelized Apple Cranachan

It’s snowy and cold here in Ohio.   Perfect Christmas weather.

But don’t let that weather preclude you from making something deliciously local and in season.  At the Greener Grocer in North Market, you can pick up the three or four ingredients you need for this simple, luscious dessert.  In fact, it makes a fantastic Christmas pudding because it’s dead simple.

This is a Scottish dessert.  And Scots know that when it’s cold, a wee bit of whisky will warm you up.  This cranachan is essentially whipped Snowville Cream mixed with local honey and a bit of good bourbon whiskey.  Do your level best not to eat the whole bowl straight.  Instead, this time of year, top with a sliced local apple  that’s been caramelized in a bit of butter and a sprinkling of toasted rolled oats or spelt.

Ohio River Valley Cranachan, Serves 4

2 apples, cored and thinly sliced (I used ones from Hirsch Farm)

2 T butter (you can make your own with Snowville)

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November 17, 2010

Rose-scented Basmati Rice Pudding | Ohh, Lah Lah!

It’s a dessert!  Readers with a sweet tooth, rejoice! 

I have yet to put one up on PK, although they’re made around here occasionally.  This one is dead simple.  Mostly because it starts with leftover Indian-spiced Basmati.  If you’ve been around the Kitchen much, you’ll remember how much I love curries.  For the pudding, I used the leftover rice that I had served with a delicate curry I made late last week.  That lovely rice will go with lots of dishes and it smells heavenly.  But really, you could probably use just about any plain-ish leftover rice.   Just don’t go using Uncle Ben’s Mushroom Explosion or anything like that.

This also gave me a chance to use the rest of my special Ohh, Lah Lah from the good folks at Snowville Creamery.  Snowville is working on developing a new product (Ohh, Lah Lah)  that is essentially 2% milk that’s been cold nano-filtered and reduced 2  1/2 times to make it thick and creamy.  It’s low-fat, but you’d never know it, it’s almost like cream.  It’s fabulous and not in stores yet so I squee’d when I got the chance to try it first.  This turned into a perfect use for it.  I ran out and need more already.  I have so many other ideas.  What do you say, Snowville?

And for bonus points, this dessert takes ten minutes, start to finish.

Indian Roses Rice Pudding, serves 6 to 8

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November 13, 2010

Dine Originals Week | Pistacia Vera

Why don’t I live in German Village again?  Seriously.  I think I’ll just move there to be closer to Pistacia Vera.  I will, of course, gain 35 pounds over the course of a week or two because I would be there every. day. Three times a day.

I knew the pastries were good.  I’ve had them before.  The coffee is hot and strong and delicious from Cafe Brioso.  And the shop is so lovely and light and minimalist.  I know all these things.  But today, there was something magical about the perfectly arranged platter of six (!!) lovingly crafted sweets, my tasty Americano and a November day when it’s almost 70 and you can sit in the pretty little side courtyard and close your eyes and imagine you’re in Paris.  I close my eyes and imagine that Cherub is behaving herself, too.  But, alas, I’m a dreamer at heart.

The $10 menu, specially designed for Dine Originals Week included left row, bottom to top: fruit pates (black currant champagne and orange ginger), a mocha praline jaconde, and a mouth-watering cashew caramel.  On the right, two of their famous Parisian macarons (a pumpkin and a maple walnut), their Florentine and the pear ginger frangipan.  I swooned over the cashew caramel.  This has risen to the tip-top of my holiday gift list.  People would kiss you if you sent them a box of these babies.  Which you can

The true beauty of Pistacia Vera is that you can get these creative and inspiring bites, along with tremendous coffee for the same price as your typical afternoon chain coffee stop.  So get thee to German Village for an unpretentious little break.  And when you do, make sure to invite me along.  You know I’m game.

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