Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Butter and flour 8 muffin cups
3. In a double boiler, melt 6 oz bitter or semisweet chocolate, chopped and ¾ stick butter.
4. Remove from heat and sift in ¼ c unsifted cocoa. Stir until smooth.
5. In a medium bowl, beat 4 large egg whites and 1/8 tsp cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
6. Gradually add 2 T sugar and beat until whites are stiff but not dry.
7. Fold ¼ egg whites into chocolate mixture, then the rest.
8. Fill each muffin cup ¾ full and bake until cracked on top but gooey in center, about 7-8 minutes.9. Let sit 2-3 min until the cakelets shrink from sides of muffin cups.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I loved how visual this entry was; food blogs, after all, are not just about recipes; they’re about description, presentation and aesthetic beauty as well.
This has a lot going for it; a very nice command of the featured ingredients, contrasting textures, seasonality, detailed, visual, meticulous instructions; this is an excellent presentation. I also appreciate that, while the wafer and sorbet work well together in a contrast of hot and cold, each element could easily be adapted into any number of other settings on its own. Finally, as someone who has little to no sweet tooth, I liked that this was light, bright, and not overly sugared; this is the kind of dessert I’m always on the lookout for.
I was, however, humbled by the other entries, all of which were intensely creative. My husband was practically drooling over Bake-Off Flunkie's Grilled Pork and Cantaloupe with Spicy Balsamic Glaze. With summer here according to my calendar, I have a feeling there is some grilled melon in my future, and I can't wait. The salad on Charlie Sinden's page made my mouth water, as Humbolt Fog is an inspired cheese, and the combination of mango and red pepper in the dressing sounds so interesting. Bake-Off Flunkie made the point that a sorbet duo of Cre8tive Kitchen's cantaloupe sorbet and my watermelon sorbet would be heavenly. I can, in fact, imagine a whole dinner featuring all of our dishes (a future Epic Foodie Fights battle, perhaps?). The meal would go something like this: Bake-Off Flunkie's Grilled Pork and Cantaloupe with Charlie Sinden's salad and Prix Fixe's tomato confit with watermelon, along with Potato Candie's Spicy Cantaloupe Amba, (thanks for introducing me to a new sauce!) followed by the sorbet duo. Wow. All that pepper would certainly pack a lot of punch. So congratulations to everyone who participated. It was a close battle thanks to the quality of your entries.
Monday, June 1, 2009
You can also just vote here, but please look at everyone's entry first!