Lately, I have been craving lemon squares. It’s hot at the start of July in California, and I really didn’t want to turn on my oven. One of the markets I occasionally go to has lemon squares, but, of course, when I really wanted them, they’re out. So, I had to make my own. When I made them back in 2011, my lemon squares were just the way I liked them, but I still didn’t want to turn on the oven.
When I went to the local store, they had some lovely ruby red grapefruits on sale, just as you walked in the door. How could I resist? I love grapefruit, and it’s beneficial to your health. As much as I enjoy grapefruit, I decided that even though it was hot, I could turn my oven on to make Ruby Red Grapefruit Squares.
This is one of my favorite desserts. I haven’t made it in quite a while, because I have a minor child, and A) don’t want to share with him, and B) don’t want to eat the whole thing myself. So when Easter came, and I knew people were coming over, it was a perfect opportunity.
We have a wonderful Persian bakery, Flor De Cafe, in Glendale, and that was where I was finally able to find real lady fingers. Real lady fingers are crisp and readily absorb liquids. The stuff at the supermarket that comes out in Strawberry season is spongy and will not absorb the liquids correctly for this classic dessert. Ergo, another reason I have made this in a long time.
I was able to find Mascarpone, a wonderful Italian cheese with a texture reminiscent of cream cheese. Mascarpone is slightly sweet, and has a silky texture. It is made from cream and some kind of citric acid. It’s expensive, another reason I don’t make this dessert very often. Well, I found some at my local Armenian store, from the wonderful folks at Sadaf, and it was great. As I was writing this, I came across a method for making homemade Mascarpone, so I will be doing that from now on.
We have a wonderful Farmer’s Market in Glendale on Thursdays, and I was able to get some big, lovely, organic strawberries form my Tiramisu. It made it very special.
When I was a little girl, and I had been very, very good, my mother would make my favorite dessert, Cherries Jubilee. Okay, so now you know how old I am because that was a popular dessert in the 1960’s. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that dark chocolate covered cherries are my favorite candy.
At some point, a can of dark cherries found their way into my pantry, and I decided to make them into Cherries Jubilee. But, I didn’t want them ordinary, I wanted mine to sing the praises of chocolate!
Considering the recent birth of the British royal baby, George, I wanted to make something “English”, even though the chef who created the dish was French.
The dessert was created by Auguste Escoffier, who prepared the dish for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Originally, the dish consisted of pitted cherries which were flambéed with Kirschwasser. Someone decided later to serve that over ice cream. Because the dessert was impressive it became very popular, and everyone was doing it. Of course, that set its death knell. Well, it’s back, probably because of the popularity of Mad Men, a television show set in the 1960’s.
And now, The Good Plate’s version of Cherries Jubilee with Chocolate Cherry Sauce….
So, this morning, Spane was hungry, and breakfast food was in short supply. Usually, I have everything I need to make pancakes, but this time, I had left over apples from making Apple Stuffed Wontons, and I knew they would be really good in pancakes. The problem was they were a little large, and Spane didn’t want to wait. So I made two giant pancakes, one for him, and one for me. They were delicious!
I have always been crêpe challenged. Flipping a giant pancake just seemed impossible to me, so I have stuck with the dollar size variety. But, armed with the right kind of pan, a forgiving batter, and the willingness to try, I was actually able to make a pretty good-looking, although thick, crêpe.
I have a wonderful neighbor who has apple trees, and he has been giving me a lot of apples. After having made Franks with Apples, I was at a loss at what to do with those apples. He has given me a lot. I thought of making Apple Brown Betty, but it has been so hot lately the idea of having my oven on for an hour was just abhorrent. Applesauce could have been an idea, but I wanted something unique and thought-provoking. Whilst looking at some of my other recipes, I got inspiration from my Apple Cranberry Raisin Puff Pastries. Then I remembered that I had purchased some wonton skins on sale at the market, and I decided to stuff those with the apples.
I have never liked pie with ice cream, but pairing the apple stuffed wontons with spicy ice cream sounded like a plan. I like to buy vanilla ice cream, and then add my stuff to it. Yes, someday I will get an ice cream attachment for my Kitchenaid, but not today.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;
This morning, when I was out looking for what to make for dinner, I was at the local Armenian store and came across Wafel torte, my favorite start to making a no-bake cake. Not only was it no-bake, it was rectangular and there were boxes of strawberries and blueberries on the counter. I was excited to be making a cake for the 4th after all.
I put condensed milk and Nutella in the layers of the cake, made a sour cream buttercream to top it, and Spane helped me decorate it. He also helped take the pictures, and contributed his necklace that hums the Star Spangled Banner – it’s very annoying.