Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Top Fifteen Desserts I like to Make

Here are the Top Fifteen desserts I like to make, even if I cannot (or should not) eat them.

01) Cake.
     Just plain and simple cake.  Yellow cake with buttercream frosting.  But made from scratch.  It is so simple, that any flaws are like big neon signs.  I like trying to get everything just right.

02) Cheesecake.
     It is not really cheese, not really cake.  Not my favourite to eat, but people seem to get all excited to hear that I did not make it from a kit.

03) Fudge.
     It is like, "Oh, we need to bring some sweet snack? Here, let me make some fudge."  I have not been able to eat it for so long that I kinda lost my taste for it, but I think that people overestimate the effort.

04) Bread pudding.
     Especially when I get to make the bread myself too.  It is not pretty, (hello, it is a pudding.  There is no such thing as a pretty pudding) but it is so good.  Sometimes, Dad even lets me use the "good scotch."

05) Guinness Punch.
     (Aka: Jamaican Punch) Even though it is not really a typical dessert, I am adding it on this list.  I don't drink it (wink), but it smells so good.  Nectar of the g__s.

06) Snickerdoodles.
     Yeah, it took me a /long/ time before I realised that the cookies I loved so much have nothing to do with the candy of similar name.  And that is a good thing (that they are nothing alike) because I cannot eat chocolate and I do not like nut in things... and nuts, for the most part, hurt to eat and upset my tummy.

07) Tres Leches cake.
    I cannot stand to eat it, mind you, because of the way it feels in my mouth, but if people are not begging me to make bread pudding, they are asking for tres leches cake.  I have no idea how it is supposed to taste, but people seem to like it.

08) Spanish Style Sweet Bread - Pan Dulce
     This is one of the ones that barely made it on the list, but because I am not so fond of making it, but I love to eat it.  So, it almost violates that rule for the list.  Dad likes them too and more often than not, he helps.  Also, these are more often breakfast than dessert.  (Oh MERCY, I miss coffee.)

09) Modified Bear Paw Cookies.
     Modified, because they are supposed to have chocolate.  I like them too much, so I make them without chocolate.  People are like "Those are not Bear Paws!" because they have no chocolate.  I call them MBP cookies.

10) No, I do not make baked Alaska.  That is just... no.

11) Spice Cake.
     Sure, making cake is making cake, but it is my favourite to eat too, so it makes the list.

12) Citrus Cake.
     Not sure what else to call it.  It is a lemon cake with orange flavoured frosting.  I suppose the thing I like most about cooking is the smells.  The whole house smells wonderful when something good is cooking - or especially baking.

13) Trifle
     Talk about a labour of love.  I always thought it an ironic name, because it is most certainly no trifle to make.  But, when I am making a day of being in the kitchen, it is good fun.  I like the English style the best, but there are so many varieties and recipes that I am surely no authority.

14) "Mini" Fruit Pies
     The pies are mini, not the fruit, eh?  I make like a croissant bread, or a sweet biscuit and kinda flatten it out.  Put a dollop of fruit preserves, jams or jellies in the centre, then fold them over and bake.  Presto!  It took a few tries to get the technique right.

15) Mini Strawberry Shortcakes.
     I call these "mini" because they are just a few bites.  I use small shortbread cookies, a scoop of ice cream the size of a Swedish meatball, little bit of whip cream, and a halved strawberry.  When I make them for "people," I plan on about half or more of the people having two (or more).  But when I have the stuff, it is so quick an easy to just throw together for Dad and I.

Now, be it known, I am never going to win any prises with these.  And they are seldom very pretty, even when I try.  Well, at least not photo worthy. And, again, some of these, the thing I like about making them is spending time in the kitchen with all the good aromas, and when there is a lot of family over, it is good to escape to the kitchen.

Also, it should be known that most of these - or well, some of these - are more often than not a group project.  It is a good way for Dad and I to pass some of these long winter nights.

If you read all that and are not craving some kind of sweet, then blame it on my lack of gud writing sklzxor.

As always, comments welcome even if I do not reply (blogger hates me).
Take Care

1 comment:

  1. Let's just say I'm glad I baked cookies before reading this post. ;) With cake, any flaws are easily covered up by a generous layer of frosting. Do they have any panaderias where you live?