manresa

dscf3098Another new series to provide more filler posts! If I can actually remember to take pictures of my food (apparently I’m very un-Asian), I’ll post all the fancy pants desserts I eat when I go to fancy pants restaurants. Missing from this archive was our experience at Adega (smoked chocolate cake??? It was goddamn delicious. I love it when pastry chefs design these ugly nature-dirt-inspired forest creations for desserts) but I’ll try to do better from now on. To kick it off, Manresa.
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chocolate crinkles

dscf3184I haven’t made chocolate crinkles in years, and I have no idea why not. They’re freaking delicious bites of chocolatey goodness, basically cake in cookie form, with powdered sugar “frosting” to boot. This recipe pretty much inspired me to buy 5 more pounds of Valrhona cocoa powder “just in case” – whatever that means. I’ve adapted this to a one-bowl recipe, which pretty much means I’m going to ignore the fact that they’re considered winter seasonal cookies. The chocolate life discriminates against no season.

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gingerbread cookies

dscf3168Ok obviously a few weeks late, but this can still be a reference for next year, right? ‘Tis the season to-eat-cookies, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la! We had a tradition of making unfrosted gingerbread cookies when I was younger; the taste of these is very similar, but without the need to chill the dough. Much more convenient for sure. This dough work probably work well for a house too, since it doesn’t rise much at all. For a house, I’d recommend rolling dough out a bit thinner for easier handling.

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marshmallows

dscf3031Ok, with this new experience I can officially define a marshmallow to be 80% texture, 10% flavor, and 10% flavor-of-the-powdered-sugar-coating. I tried a bit of the goopy mess before it dried out, and it was not delicious. Tasted like plastic. But somehow, magically, after drying out overnight and getting coated in powdered sugar, I am at risk for eating the entire batch by day’s end. Help.

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blueberry bourbon basil whipped cream frosting

dscf3016Longest blog post title ever, but there’s not really a simpler description for this cake I made for Rose’s birthday this year. Which obviously dates this post to basically two months delayed, but um, better late than never? This was definitely one of my best cakes of the year. Look at that beautiful lavender color of the frosting – so pretty! And I swear it was tasty to boot, we have witnesses.
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junior’s cheesecake

DSCF2824Well, to be more specific: Junior’s White Chocolate & Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake with Junior’s Sponge Cake Crust. This is the longest recipe I’ve logged on Butter.City so far. It’s probably the longest a recipe can be in its entirety before I lose interest and. I guess it didn’t help that I made the full portion of this cheesecake, which is a lot of cheesecake. Volumes were much larger than typical for me. But you know, I did it, with just a teeny tiny snafu (overbaked the cheesecake – but luckily no burnt aroma). If you are up for a challenge, this cheesecake was definitely pretty delicious. It was on the sweet side though, I’d probably take out a third of the sugar next time.

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