Plums and Pistachio: Olive Oil Cake, Pistachio Gelato, Poached Plums, Yogurt

This is the second installment of the Plums/Pistachio pairing and this one has a much better gelato. This one is an easier plate to pull together and delivers excellent flavor and texture. We have a fragrant Italian olive oil rosemary cake, excellent pistachio gelato, plums poached in a juniper syrup and a yogurt vanilla sauce.Continue reading “Plums and Pistachio: Olive Oil Cake, Pistachio Gelato, Poached Plums, Yogurt”

Plums and Pistachio: Dacquoise, Blueberry Poached Plums, Ice Cream, Chantilly Cream

This is a very good combination of flavors that I tried out in two separate desserts, both are delicious, both imperfect and need some tweaking. The first one is another lift from Daniel Bouloud that features a disk of crunchy chewy pistachio¬†dacquoise with whipped cream and poached plums with a scoop of pistachio gelato. TheContinue reading “Plums and Pistachio: Dacquoise, Blueberry Poached Plums, Ice Cream, Chantilly Cream”

Apple Mille Feuille with Buttermilk Waffle Ice Cream

The fourth and final course of our Valentine’s Day dinner is one I am very proud of. It worked so well and was a delight to make, look at and eat that I could not have been happier with how it turned out. Well, like everything, it can be improved upon and perfected some more,Continue reading “Apple Mille Feuille with Buttermilk Waffle Ice Cream”

Pear, Caramelized Genoa Bread, Chocolate Veil

Francisco Migoya from the CIA (the Culinary Institute of America, not the other CIA) is a superb pastry chef and judging from his books, an excellent teacher. He has 3 books and I got a hold of two of them so far, Elements of Desserts and Frozen Desserts. While I have many high end, modernContinue reading “Pear, Caramelized Genoa Bread, Chocolate Veil”

French Laundry: Chocolate Cakes and Gelato with Toasted Hazelnuts and Syrup

I love it when a book never disappoints, whether I am doing a complete verbatim recipe or in this case using it for a template and making parts of a recipe. The book I am talking about is of course the French Laundry Cookbook.¬†This lovely plate of confections is based on the recipe for ChocolateContinue reading “French Laundry: Chocolate Cakes and Gelato with Toasted Hazelnuts and Syrup”

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Rum Ice Cream, Caramel

Sticky Toffee Pudding, a classic British dessert, has quickly become one of our favorite sweet dishes. The first time we tried it was at Feast restaurant in Houston where they make an outstanding version. It’s gooey, rich and sweet with deep mildly bitter toffee flavor. Feast’s version has become our gold standard and none we’veContinue reading “Sticky Toffee Pudding, Rum Ice Cream, Caramel”