Oh, how I love ice cream! I’ve never made an ice cream like this one, so I was excited to see how it would turn out. It’s an egg-based ice cream, which I’ve gotten very comfortable with making. I like egg-based recipes because of their rich, creamy texture. This ice cream starts off very similar to the way you would go about making caramel, so I was not surprised with its taste. It has a sweet, caramel flavor- I would even compare it to dulce de leche. Usually I’m all about add-ins for ice cream, but I think this one is perfect on its own.
I was very pleased to see that we could put this one off until Easter. I love coconut, but David doesn’t, so I don’t make desserts with it all that often for that reason. Luckily,It my parents were visiting for Easter weekend, and they both love coconut. I thought this would be a great cake to snack on while they were here. Since it was still just three of us eating it, I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a loaf pan (it took 45 minutes to bake). It was pretty simple to make, which was great because I was already going to be cooking so much. I added way more coconut than the recipe called for, which was a good move because I like a lot 🙂 My only complaint was that I couldn’t taste the rum. Overall, this was a fabulous cake, and my parents and I really enjoyed it! I passed the recipe on to my mom and I’m pretty sure she’ll be making it in the near future! You can get the recipe on Carmen’s blog, and she chose it for TWD.
I’ve been a fan of every one of Dorie’s brownie recipes, and this one was no exception. At first, it looked like a regular brownie recipe, but when I read the directions, I saw that the mixing method was somewhat unusual. I was excited to see how that would affect the outcome. Usually, after melting the chocolate and butter, I would expect to then add the sugar, eggs, and remaining ingredients. With this recipe, you melt the chocolate and butter as usual, but the sugar and eggs are beaten on high speed before adding them in. This created a brownie that was neither cakey or fudgy, but light, fluffy, and moist. The chocolate factor was right on. Although I’m usually in the fudgy brownie camp, these were very delicious and are a brownie recipe sure to please everyone!
Happy 2nd birthday to Tuesdays with Dorie! It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years and to see how far this group has come. I’ve been a part of this group since almost the very beginning- my first recipe was the Black and White Cake posted on February 5, 2008. I hadn’t been blogging very long at that point and I think that joining TWD was a key factor and motivator in keeping up my blog. It has also given me the opportunity to make things I might not otherwise make and it gave an excuse to make things I wanted to make 🙂 This week we had a choice of what to make, and I thought it would be appropriate to make the cake to celebrate the occasion. I made this cake to take to my grandmother’s house when we celebrated Christmas with my dad’s family. It was also right before my uncle’s birthday, so this cake served two purposes.
This was a really great cake. I had every intention of decorating it more elaborately, but I was very short on time the night before and at the last minute I just sprinkled crushed peppermints on top. This gave the cake a hint of peppermint flavor. The cake itself was very chocolaty and moist, but the frosting was really incredible! I love the way the brown sugar and chocolate worked together. This will probably be a go-to chocolate frosting for me in the future.
I thought I would list some of my favorite recipes we’ve made over the past two years:
Chipster-Topped Brownies– a great brownie variation that combines a traditional brownie and chocolate chip cookie dough- yum!
Banana Cream Pie– with the delicious custard, this pie was hard to beat!
Devil’s Food White Out Cake– the cover cake, and one of my favorite cakes of all time
Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte– for the chocolate and peanut butter lover, this is the ultimate dessert!
Brioche Raisin Snails– the brioche from this recipe is my favorite for cinnamon rolls, and my husband loves when I make it for him
Snickery Squares– my pick for TWD, and a great bar recipe using chocolate, peanuts, and dulce de leche