Sunday, October 01, 2006

Edwards Turtle Pie

I brought my brownies to a party the other night and, as usual, they were a big hit. Less of a hit, but still delicious (much to my surprise) was a supermarket-bought pie. Edwards Turtle Pie comes frozen and is as simple as thaw and eat. I've always been a sucker for the original chocolate-caramel-pecan Turtles, but I've often found pies and other desserts based upon them to be a bit disappointing. So, when I saw the pre-fab pie coming out of the box, I was pretty skeptical. Boy was I surprised by the intense caramel flavor, the decent chocolate cookie crust, and the overall yumalicious flavor. This would be a great thing to just throw in the freezer and keep there for unexpected company.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Dessert sushi

It's been a pretty slow dessert week, but I did get to enjoy a couple tasty desserts at our neighbors' housewarming party. Someone provided decent homemade sugar cookies, and someone else brought whoopie pies from Arthur's Pastry Shop, a local bakery. The visual highlight (though I must admit I didn't taste it) was the dessert sushi (follow the link for pictures and description). I figure anything made with watermelon-flavored fruit roll-up is best left for children to taste, but it sure looked cool!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Chocolate madness

Last month, my wife and I attended (for the third or fourth time), the Chocolate Madness fundraiser held by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. For a dessert lover who happens to be pro-choice, this event is a dream come true. Many of the best restaurants and bakeries from the Boston area provide samples of their chocolate confections buffet-style around a large room with live jazz music being played. For the modest ticket price (a.k.a., donation), the selection is well worth it. Some of my favorites from this year included a chocolate flan with coconut whipped cream, a chocolate praline mousse, some super-creamy caramel ice cream, and some excellent brownies.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Homemade cookies

Homemade cookies have the potential to be near the top of the dessert pantheon, but they also can be a small step above Chips Ahoy, depending upon the baker and the recipe. We recently made two great recipes for our New Year's Day party: benne (sesame) wafers from the All-American Cookie Book and chocolate-chocolate-chip cookies from The Best Recipe. The sesame wafers, which are super-thin, crisp bits of sugary-sesame goodness, were easy to make (especially when we realized it was easier to spoon-drop them than to roll them into balls with our hands) and beautiful to look at. The chocolate cookies (we substituted chocolate chunks for chocolate chips) were rich and chewy, and they stayed soft even after a few days of storage. Speaking of the party, I have to give a mention to our neighbor, Tom, who used to own a bakery here in Medford and brought us (for the second consecutive year) fabulous home-baked cinnamon twists that cannot be described other than with a giant YUMMMMMMMMMMM.