Music: Would I lie to you – The Eurythmics
This was made with love for my dear friend Brian on his birthday. He made a similar torte for James many years ago and I thought I would return the favor. It’s a Martha Stewart recipe (and one I could actually follow!). I’m not a baker, we know this – but this came out soooo well! (and it was really pretty, although you’d never know that from the pictures).
What you’ll need for the Torte:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pan
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
What you’ll need for the Ganache:
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
Make cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch round cake pan; line bottom with parchment or waxed paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, melt butter and chocolate, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove bowl from pan. Whisk in sugar and vanilla, then eggs, buttermilk, and pistachios. Fold in flour mixture just until combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 60 to 70 minutes.
Let cool in pan 5 minutes; run a knife around edge, and invert onto a wire rack.
Remove paper, and let cool completely, about 3 hours. (To store, wrap in plastic, and keep at room temperature, up to 3 days).
Make ganache: In a small saucepan, bring cream to a simmer; remove from heat.
Add chocolate, and let stand 5 minutes; whisk until smooth. Let cool until mixture falls back in ribbons when lifted with a spoon, 2 to 6 minutes.
Set cake on a serving platter; tuck strips of parchment paper under edge of cake to prevent ganache from dripping on platter.
Pour ganache onto center of cake; using a table knife, spread evenly over the top and down the sides. Let set, about 30 minutes.
Remove paper from under cake; sprinkle top with pistachios.
Music: Hole – Rock Star
This is my mothers recipe for the cupcakes I posted a few weeks ago. It comes from McCall’s Cooking School published in 1973. They were legit the tastiest cupcakes I’ve had in a long time. We don’t have any of the “process” pictures but you’ll get the idea. Those little sugar flowers are only decorative and about 25 years old…kinda awesome? Kinda gross? My Grandmother made them for her cakes and used to put them in mason jars. She’d line them all up in her pantry and it was really pretty.
Two weekends ago my mother made this scrumptious chocolate cupcakes! I was so excited to share them with you but I didn’t write down the recipe…wah wah. So, I have some pictures and I will make her send me the recipe as soon as humanly possible (that will probably be tonight since she’s at work right now). The frosting was kind of a fluke, but really yummy. Here are some pictures.
Hipstamatic Camera version
Great Cafe au Lait on oilcloth table cloth - has nothing to do with cupcakes.
Music: If Looks Could Kill – Camera Obscura
I can actually say I grew up eating the world’s best brownies. My father was given this recipe from a friend and my mother made them for every family event. There is a secret ingredient in them that I would never reveal (since it’s not my recipe) but I thought I would attempt them. I, of course, changed them entirely and they came out not so great (mostly because I was too lazy to go back to the grocery store to get the right ingredient after having already been there 5 minutes before). And I learned something this week, something I’m finally able to admit. I am not a baker. With that, I bring you the recipe (without the secret ingredient) for the best brownies in the world. They sure do LOOK good!
Music: Winter Winds – Mumford & Sons
As part of our Valentine’s Day celebration, I made these sweet little cakes for my parents and James. Because I forgot to take a final picture of them I had to use the one from Martha Stewart. They definitely came out looking SOMETHING like this picture (parentals…hush!).
Music: Heavy Lifting – Ambulance LTD
To quote Kurt, after being fed this on Sunday, “This is my favorite dessert, I would ask for this as my last meal if I were on death row. I could die tonight, flip the switch!”
Music: To Build a Home – Cinematic Orchestra (this goes out to all the FNL fans out there – or Chivas Regal fans).
I spent my summers in Maine (at band camp, no joke – and my band camp friends are right now screaming “it was MUSIC camp!”) and understand how Mainiacs feel about Whoopie Pies. My grandfather is from Maine. I don’t actually know if this is one of his favorite things but it reminds me of him. They have somehow been associated with him since I was a little girl.