I didn’t manage to post yesterday because after I got back to my apartment at 11, unloaded all the bags and granny cart of half my kitchen items that I took to Mehul’s to finish up the cooking, took a hot bath, I was ready to go to bed! Even though I didn’t travel to Texas or PA with Dave, I had a very wonderful Thanksgiving. I cooked for two full days (corn bread stuffing, Twofer Pie for this week’s TWD, Caramelized Apple and Pecan Pie , French Silk Pie, and my first TURKEY.)
Since I really need to get working on my Advanced Tax Transactions takehome final, I should finish right here. I had a great time meeting new friends and trying new recipes. I will post about everything that I made in the future but the next 2 weeks are going to be stressful and finals packed.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Since I am writing this after a 13 hour day and my pudding wasn’t really pudding like, even though I did cook it for almost an hour, this recipe was a bit of a dud. Here are the pictures to document the process. Not sure about next week’s Twofer Pie either because I have an apple/pecan blend I also want to make for Thankgiving but we will see if anyone makes it early and sings its praises.
It started simple enough
and then I let the first batch of milk boil over
then I chopped up some chocolate
But sadly the pudding was more like soup...
I will be honest that I have never been a huge fan of pumpkin. I don’t know if it comes with growing up in Houston where Fall doesn’t really exist or what but I have been appreciating all the pumpkins at the market and all the recipes hitting the blogs and the food mags. I used my homemade puree in Dorie’s pumpkin muffin recipe and I will be honest, they didn’t taste very pumpkin-y. Not sure if it was the homemade puree or what but that’s how they turned out. Maybe I will try them again with canned.
Lots of spices
grate the nutmeg
I will say that while I had fun making the caramel, I wasn’t a big fan of the final product. The cake turned out dry and the topped was really hard to chew through. I took it with me to a friend’s apartment for dinner on Friday night and came home with half that ended up in the trash today. I just didn’t want another slice :(
This was the fun part.
Look forward to next week!
Since I don’t own a blowtorch and didn’t really want to try the whole water bath method, Creme Brulee was out (even though it would have been the perfect excuse to use the new ramenkins!) I decided to try one of the many recipes that the TWD bakers have completed in the past months. Since I had all the ingredients on hand for the “Perfection Pound Cake” I decided to give it a try.
A bunch of kitchen staples
I don’t think I have ever had true pound cake before so I don’t really have a point of comparison. It turned out quite good. Dave was expecting it to be sweeter since it is “cake” but I really liked the rich butter flavor. I added in some lemon zest that I rehydrated from The Spice House
but I’m not sure if I could really taste it. I want this stuff to work well because I hate buying a whole lemon/orange and then just using it for the zest.
The jury is still out...
I had it with some vanilla ice cream and a handful of frozen raspberries. Dave had some for breakfast on Sunday morning with a little Pear Butter from Seedling Farms
spread on it. The recipe calls for quite a lot of time with the mixer. I followed the times closely and once I was at the point of adding the flour to the butter/sugar it was very fluffy and light. Dorie was right, it really does taste better the next day.