Friday, September 18, 2009

You Made That Dessert? ....Oh yeah I made that dessert!


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 A couple weeks ago Beth Lipton, aka CookiePie asked for volunteers to do an online book tour of her new dessert cookbook called " You made That dessert? I jumped at the chance along with some other bloggers!
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We were sent the book to choose a recipe to make and post about. The book has a very attractive and appealing cover. The pages are filled with wonderful pictures of the recipes which I thoroughly enjoyed lusting over! The recipes are very well written so that anyone can make them. Beth this is a winner! And why wouldn't it be, Beth Lipton is the food editor at All You magazine, she's also the founding food editor for Quick and Simple magazine and a trained pastry chef to boot! You can find Beth's book here. Ok... What to choose?? It wasn't easy believe me, there are so many recipes I want to try, I think I changed my mind ten times before I finally chose two.
I'm definitely going to be using this book alot, I can't wait to make the Buttermilk Pie, the Flourless Chocolate Cake looks out of this world good, the Double Apple Streusel Cake...OH MY Word!!! The Strawberry Ice Cream Cupcakes, I could go on and on! I chose to make the Cherry Clafouti and the Coffee-Chocolate Chip Blondies. First the Cherry Clafouti.


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The first time I ever made a clafouti it was a disaster, it was a different recipe and more complicated than Beth's. I saw Beth's Cherry Clafouti picture and just stopped. "I wanna make that" ( spoken in the most whiny voice I could mustard up) I was scared though cause I remember what happened when I made the first one. But that picture, oh yes that picture, it kept calling my name. Beth said in the book it was easy, it would puff up like a pancake, it would be custardy and delicious.....that's all I needed, my butt was at the store buying frozen cherries and back home again in lightning speed! It came together in a matter of minutes, I turned the oven light on to watch it puff up ( yeah I'm weird like that), it puffed, it baked till it didn't wobble in the middle then it came out of the oven and cooled. I'm so proud of myself for letting it cool, but I'm still a little scared and don't want to do anything to mess it up. I cut it and tasted it....it was everything she said it would be!!! Oh so custardy, I loved it!! I made Cherry Clafouti and it was PERFECT!!!! Thank You Beth!!!

Cherry Clafouti
You Made That Dessert? by Beth Lipton

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter ( for preparing pie plate)
1 1/2 cups frozen dark sweet cherries, not thawed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup ( 2 ounces) confectioner's sugar, plus 1 or 2 tablespoons for serving
1/2 cup ( 2.1 ounces) all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or pure almond extract

Tools:
Large bowl
Whisk
Dry measuring cups
Liquid measuring cups
9 inch pie plate
Fine-mesh sieve
Wire cooling rack

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Using your fingers or a piece of plastic wrap, lightly coat a 9 inch pie plate with a thin film of butter. Spread the cherries evenly in the pie dish.

2. Separate 3 of the eggs, placing the egg yolks in a large bowl ( put the whites in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate for another use- scramble them for breakfast tomorrow). Break the fourth egg and put the whole thing( not the shells, of course) in the bowl with the yolks. Add 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, flour, and salt and whisk to combine. Pour in the half-and- half and the vanilla, and whisk until well mixed ( there should be no lumps).

3. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the cherries in the pie plate. The cherries will float and move around a bit-this is fine, but redistribute them if they gsther too much on one side.

4. Carefully set the pie plate on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the clafouti is lightly puffed and set and no longer looks wet. (Check it after 45 minutes. If the clafouti is still liquid in the center when you gently wobble the pie plate, give it another 5 minutes. Remove the clafouti to a wire rack to cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes ( or let it sit longer and serve it at room temperature, if you like).

5. Using a fine-mesh sieve, sift 1 or 2 Tablespoons confectioner's sugar over the clafouti. Slice and serve.


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Coffee-Chocolate Blondies

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The second recipe was the Coffee-Chocolate Chip Blondies. Unfortunately my family doesn't care for nuts of any kind. They just don't. But I made these anyway and didn't put the nuts in them, I just put more chocolate chips in, this recipe was a special favorite of our 12 yr old blondie and brownie gobbler, she loved them!! Want the recipe....get the BOOK!!!!! You'll love it!!!

Check out the other Bloggers who made recipes from Beth's Book "You Made That Dessert?"

RecipeGirl - Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars
Two Peas and Their Pod- Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Grumpy's Honeybunch - Cappuccino Biscotti
Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy - Lime Glazed Citrus Tea Cakes
Cookie Baker Lynn - Banana Snack Cake
Eat me, Delicious Peanut Butter and Jam Bars and Coconut Rice Pudding
Culinary Concoctions By Peabody - Chocolate - Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Baking Bites - Book Review

49 comments:

Daziano said...

That's a great name for a book! And a gorgeous looking clafoutis by the way!!!

Cyndy said...

You're making me Hungry Bunny!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I'll them all...

Mimi said...

Your calfouti and blondies look incredible. Looks like the book is a must buy, not that I need another cookbook.
Mimi

Irina @ PastryPal said...

How fun to test out a book. Sounds like you'll be baking your way through it. The close up of that clafoutis is a knockout.

Ivy said...

Glad to see you're back Bunny. The clafoutis sounds amazing and I am sure we'll be seeing lots of more delicious recipes.

Kristen said...

great idea - the food looks fabulous! (and I love the title)

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Beautiful Bunny! We missed ya. Those desserts are gorgeous!

Ingrid said...

I've really enjoyed the tour and will have to check out the book this weekend when I go to B&N. Thanks!
~ingrid

Sharon said...

Glad work will be better! These desserts look amazing. I definitely want to check out that cookbook!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm so glad it turned out perfect for you? I've never had clafouti but it sounds great!

Coleen's Recipes said...

I have never even HEARD of clafouti before, but it looks excellent...and those chocolate-oozing blondies look to die for. Oh, by the way, sounds like you are working way too hard.

Donna-FFW said...

What excellent choices and awesome reviews.. I plan on getting my hands on this book for sure. Hope things calm down for you soon and that you get some rest:)

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

These both look fantastic!! The clafoutis is beautiful!! Hope you get some days off soon!

Katy ~ said...

Grrrrr on having to work so hard. I hope you are finding time to relax and to renew your energy and spirits. Glad to see you found time to bake some delicious goodies and were able to post them. You have been missed!

Lynda said...

Both of these desserts look addictive! Guess I'll have to get the book.

Sophie said...

Both of your desserts look so attractive & fabulous!!!

How to choose?

Bunny said...

From one Bunny to another. I love your blog only thing now my size has gone up just looking at all your wonderful baking. LOL. Nice to have found you. I will be back.

Gloria said...

Wow Bunny!!! these look really fantastic, and I love the book.
Yours desserts look awesome and beauty!!! relly lovely! xgloria

Grace said...

i've seen so many desserts made from that book, and every single one of them looks and sounds fabulous! you picked two winners, bunny, that much is obvious! i'm glad the clafouti worked out for you this time. :)

Velva said...

I was missing your posts! Glad you are back!

As always, these desserts are amazing looking!! I can see why the author asked you to review her cookbook. :-)

Melissa said...

Sounds like a great book. Don't work too hard now! I love blondies so much that I married one. hahaha

amandalouden said...

WOW! I have never had a clafoutis, but now I want to try. that looks so so good.

Karen said...

Both of these sound good... I'd like to have a bite of the clafoutis!

Lisa said...

These look fabulous. I do like Cherry Clafouti. Eggy enough to be an entry as easily as a dessert and so delicious, they are well worth making. And those Coffee Chocolate Blondies look great too.

Kerstin said...

Both recipes look great! Hope things calm down for you at work soon :)

Katrina said...

Yum. I've got THAT dessert book on order. Great post.

Debbie said...

Glad to see you're back.....the clafoutis looks fantastic!!!

Eliana said...

I've seen so many other wonderful bloggers make desserts from this book. It's already on my Amazon wishlist. your pick from the book looks like it came out just perfect.

Jenn said...

Those blondies look fantastic!!!! Your photo of them alone is enough to make me want to get this book!

Juliana said...

Oh! These look so yummie, the calfoutis specially!

HoneyB said...

Both of your choices look wonderful! I agree, this is a great cookbook and a great gift idea also! Those brownies....oh my, they are calling my name!!

Lori said...

Coffee chocolate blondies. Hmmmmm.

Marie said...

Both desserts look fantastic Bunny!! I'm going to buy that book!

Talita said...

Wow! Look gorgeous! Both recipes!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I definitely have to find this book! Everything looks terrific! I have heard of calfouti before either.

eatme_delicious said...

Okay you've totally convinced me I must make that clafouti!! I've never made one but have always been intrigued. The coffee-chocolate blondies look so good! Mmm. I really want to make the buttermilk pie too. I've never had anything like it before.

Ann said...

Wow your blog is awesome. I am going to follow it..

Amanda said...

I keep seeing recipes for this, I must add it to my list to try, it looks so fabulous!

A message for Carol about the comment she left on my football gingerbread cookie post :

"Hi Carol! I'm not the greatest at rolled cookies either, but if you let this rest at room temp as suggested in the recipe and your lightly flour your rolling pin you should be fine. I bet the maple leaf molds are beautiful! Would love to hear how you like the cookies! :) "

Claudia said...

Darn. I'm trying not to bake. Even though I've had it in my head to try a clafoutis! I mean, it's gorgeous, Bunny - just stunning. You made that dessert? What a grand one it is!

Elra said...

What a delicious looking clafoutis Bunny! Beautiful!

The Blonde Duck said...

Both look lovely! What a shame you have to work so much!

Jaime said...

yum. i haven't made this dessert before but have been wanting to. looks like a great book, wish i had seen the opportunity to review it!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I remember making a clafouti a few years ago. I had been DYING to try this one recipe and I was disappointed in how it tasted. I'm loving all of the sample recipes I'm seeing from this book. I discovered a new blog to stock, and I'm thinking thanks to this post that a clafouti can taste very very good.

Luminita Chapman said...

Thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention, I have just ordered it on Amazon. I love desserts!!

Extra Easy Homemade Recipes

Luminita

Mary said...

Your desserts are always mouth watering!!

Theresa said...

Oh, Bunny everytime I stop by, I just want everything you bake and this is no exception!!!

Sara said...

Wow, both items look great. I have seen some of the other bloggers reviews as well and it seems like this book is a winner. i will have to add it to my wish list of cook books :)

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