Thursday, February 24, 2011

Promised Photos

Greetings from sugar land!  Suzie, a p.m. pastry cook, is the only one of us who remembered to take photos of my new desserts, and she sent them to me last night!  To the left is the Strawberries & Toast:  toasted pound cake, browned butter buttercream, fresh strawberry jam and an orange-ice milk float.  It's supposed to be a play on breakfast, hence the float of orange juice and milk.
 To the right is Coconut Cake, which is what it is, a very sweet, sticky southern thing, served with lime cream and coconut-lime "glass," two kinds of sugar that are boiled to hard crack stage, cooled, ground up with coconut and lime zest, then remelted to resemble glass.  Kinda like a lollipop!
 One of my favorites is the Peanut Butter Pie.  Remember our adventures in the Larder with thousands of jars of peanut butter?  I had to use some in a dessert; it's just that yummy. This is the version that will be in the upcoming cookbook, but in individual portion here, topped with peanut brittle.
 This is the one I'd order if I was eating at the hotel:  Mocha.  It's a play on a French classic, L'Opera, which is cake layered with coffee syrup, chocolate cream and coffee buttercream, then topped with slightly crunchy chocolate glaze.  We serve it with cream from a syphon bottle and topped with these lovely little candied crunchy bits we buy.  They're caramelized nuts, ground up and dipped in hard chocolate, very addictive.
And this is Chocolate Mousse, served with coriander whipped cream and caramelized rice krispies.  I ripped this dessert right out of Pierre Herme's Chocolate Desserts book, because it's so lovely, simple and delicious.  Apparently, blogger thinks it looks better sideways.
  There are ten more desserts, but not all the pictures would download politely.  As they downloaded one by one, I noticed that every single one is BROWN.  Now, I've been heard telling people who insist on putting unrelated garnishes on desserts for "color" that brown is indeed a color, but seeing them all together makes me long for spring, when there are a lot of other colors!  Oh, there is the red in the strawberries, but I confess that those are Florida strawberries, and early ones at that.  In two months, South Carolina strawberries will start creeping in, and they'll be lovely, sweet, deep red throughout...   Ah, spring!

6 comments:

LA said...

Oh my! I'm having a sugar rush just reading this blog! Toasted pound cake???? Just when you think that pound cake can't be improved on, you prove me wrong!!!! Uh-oh....I just drooled on the laptop.....
Please thank Suzie for all of us!

Theresa said...

Oh, oh, oh, my god that all sounds good. And looks good too. Toasted pound cake....yummy. We used to do that at my G-ma's when it went a little stale. Okay, now I'm getting a double sugar flash back of lemon pound cake. And the Mocha, I guess I'm going to have a hot chocolate/coffee mix, about as close as I can get to that.
Beautiful desserts and I'll bet some of those will live on in your happy customers minds too.

Sharon said...

Maggie, I just nominated you for a blog award. The rules are on today's post :)

Hilary said...

ooh, weaving and pastries.......two of my favorite things!!!!!

Tina J said...

Fantastic! I can almost taste it thru the screen.

Bonnie said...

Oh, my. A little late but they still look yummie. Yes, I am drooling on my laptop.