I had a very serious conversation with the family at Easter dinner… About our favorite ice cream flavors. It seems every human being is obligated to have one, but if you asked me about my mom’s go-to, I really wouldn’t know. Turns out, she doesn’t know either, and none of us has a definitive one, really–what might have been a simple Q&A in other families became us just naming flavors. Yeah… I’m related to these people.
I should also add that we were eating ice cream. Before eating cake. Again–these people are definitely my people.
However, I think my maybe-favorite, the one I would pick if you held a gun to my head (which you wouldn’t do, because that’s dumb) is mint chip. There is so much to like: the freshness, the balance of sweet with bitter dark chocolate, the crunch… I am a fan.
But why don’t we branch out today? You may not think of basil as dessert-appropriate, but why not? Mint is only used in desserts because we’re used to it. There are so many other green, fragrant, delightful things that grow in the dirt on our planet. Let’s play with them.
Okay–I know this isn’t pink. It’s also not heart-shaped. But romantic? Perfect for your Valentine’s Day? Yes and yes! Hear me out.
First of all, chocolate. Deep and dark and luscious. This tart is practically a giant truffle, shaped like a pizza. If you’re not into that, I can’t help you.
Second of all, a tart crust made from potato chips–say what? To me, there’s quite a bit of romance in the strange, offbeat, the path less traveled, etc. If you want a bit of novelty with your dessert, or if you want to put potato chips and pistachios in something just because you’re a quirky goose like that, this is a winner.
Also, salted desserts are all the rage, you heard? Highbrow/lowbrow is also a thing. Sometimes it’s okay to try and be just a little trendy… I’ll admit: trends can be delicious, too.
In short, whether you make this for chocolate lovers, kooks or food hipsters, you will have fans old and new. There’s a good chance that your Valentine (or the person you’d like to be your Valentine… wink, nudge) is one of the above. So let’s make magic things happen together! (1) Make tart, (2) be adored, (3) invite me to the wedding/50th anniversary if that’s how you roll.
Posted in Baking, Dessert, Entertaining, Holidays
Tagged chocolate, dessert, highbrow lowbrow, nuts, pistachio, potato chip crust, potato chips, salted dessert, salty, sweet and salty, tarts, valentine's day dessert
This is also known as Deb’s mom’s coffee cake. As if I knew not only Deb of Smitten Kitchen, but also her mother! It’s easy to forget that every recipe belongs to someone–or many someones–and sharing them is really sharing a part of you. My friends, my coworkers and I enjoyed this lovely cake because Deb and her mom wanted us to. Touching, no?
(Don’t tell anyone I have Feelings! Okay?)
No, really. Where would we be if the first caveman (or cavewoman) to discover barbecue hoarded the secret? I don’t even want to think about it. What an asshole.
Let’s toast to civilization today. We’re onto something good here, people! Bake up something pillowy, soft and studded with chocolate chip bling. Throw some cinnamon sugar magic in there, then some more on top. A good cup of coffee is necessary.
Also, this is a crowd-friendly cake… You’ll need at least a few good companions to take this on.
Posted in Baking, Breakfast, Cake, Entertaining, Vegetarian
Tagged chocolate, chocolate chips, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, cinnamon swirl, coffee cake, sour cream, spice