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sweet thing.

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Theories abound as to the origins of Russian cake. The popular legend goes that it was created by a New Orleans baker who ran out of ingredients to bake a proper cake for the Russian Grand Duke Alexis when the latter visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 1872. But the late food historian Michael Mizell-Nelson put this theory to rest, writing that there was no documentation to confirm this story. Mizell-Nelson offered instead that Russian cake may have been an offshoot of the raspberry trifle, or even the Austrian/German punschtorte. The latter features a “punch” of cake and biscuit scraps mixed with rum, cocoa, and jam that gets sandwiched between layers of sponge cake. Another inspiration for the Louisiana Russian Cake may have been the Charlotte à la Russe, a popular dessert in the 18th and 19th centuries, in which a cake mold was lined with stale bread or cake then filled with cream or trifle and set with a layer of gelatin. 

Today’s Russian cake is rich and moist, and bakers advise moderation in its enjoyment. It is soaked in rum, padded with jam, and covered in a dense layer of icing topped with sprinkles, making for quite the sugar bomb. Sometimes anise extract is used to enhance flavor. While this is decadent, it pales in comparison to some versions: A recipe for a giant Russian cake, found in the archives of The Times-Picayune from the 1980s, and submitted by a reader from Lafayette, called for 15 pounds of cake leftovers and serious carpentry skills. A mold made of a customized bottomless wooden frame that was 14 inches long, 10 inches wide, and seven inches deep would first need to be made. The cake scraps, along with two glassfuls of jelly, four and a half cups of sugar, a bit of rum, and two boxes of white cake mix, yielded a 21-pound Russian cake. Sometimes (only sometimes), there really can be too much of a sweet thing.

“a party without cake is just a meeting.” ~Julia Child

 Happy Mardi Gras!

de-lovely.

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just. yes.

there are good ideas and then there are great ideas—

these are clearly in the latter category.

“Renowned for its indulgent blend of fresh, premium Irish dairy cream, the finest spirits, aged Irish whiskey and a unique chocolate blend, the iconic Bailey’s Original Irish Cream flavor profile pairs magically with rich, semi-sweet chocolate to create this decadent treat,” a  press release states. “Eat them by the handful on-the-go or mix into your favorite baked good recipe, these chips deliver on the flavor and smell of Bailey’s.”

 

“it’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely.”

-cole porter

 

 

 

 

 

credits: my recipes.com, well done

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dessert happens.

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lunch with the kinders

waiting for the

orange creamsicle push-up bar

frozen hard

starts to melt

all falls out

put it back in

upside down

more melting

push-up stick bends

put it back in

upside down

more melting

sticky stuff

sticky stuff

sticky stuff

everywhere

more melting

make it into

a wonderful drippy droppy orange creamsicle shake

and

enjoy.


“ice cream is happiness condensed.”
― jessie lane adams

who? take 2.

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yes

i made another attempt

at keeping the brownies

in the pan

for more than  

half an hour.

this time

as i was

tapping off

the

extra

powdered sugar

on top

almost all

of

the perfect batch

followed the sugar

right

into the trash

so

i brought what was left to the party

and

 had to call on

my wheel of cheese

for backup.

“it’s the mishaps that make it fun, and brings you the surprise.”
-anna wintour

 

almost easter.

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whipple-scrumptious fudgemallow delight

it’s almost easter – a great time to make wonka’s whipple-scrumptious fudgemallow delight with the chiddlers then?!

how to make a truly whipple-scrumptious sauce

for your ice cream sundae:

you will need:

an adult to help you
a saucepan
a large bowl of your favourite ice cream ready in the fridge
60g dark chocolate
1 cadbury’s crunchie or similar chocolate bar
60g butter
80g dark brown sugar
150ml double cream
8 marsmallows
what you need to do:

break the chocolate and the crunchie into large chunks

and set to one side.

in a saucepan, over a low heat, melt together

the butter, sugar and cream.

stir until all the sugar is dissolved.

turn the heat up and continue stirring for 10 minutes.

be careful, as it gets very hot and can splutter.

use a very long wooden spoon or a tall adult with a long arm.

turn the heat down again.

get your bowl of ice-cream from the fridge.

put the marshmallows, chocolate and crunchie into the saucepan,

stir around once and pour over your ice-cream.

“‘Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight!'” cried Grandpa George. ‘It’s the best of them all! You’ll just love it!'” – From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – roald dahl

credits:

roalddahl.com