Sunday, September 28, 2008

Creme Brulee

This has been a hard week. After returning from a week in Portland (which was fabulous), I have again been working like a crazy person. Luckily, I have two TWD friends who have also been working like crazy people.   My friend Julie (who worked from 9:00 am on Sunday through at least 11:00 am on Monday) said, "I think our group needs a permanent disclaimer regarding periodic disappearances."  That comment was made in response to the post below entitled, "Please forgive me."

On to the best part of the week- this week's creme brulee recipe chosen by Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake. I was very excited about this recipe- I didn't own a torch, but I have always wanted to make creme brulee, so I bought one.  I also bought one for my friend Cathy, who is a part-time parter at the law firm where I work.  She is also one of the funniest and smartest people I know.  She and I filled her torch at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday night AT WORK.  

I sampled the pre-baked custard and I thought it tasted almost exactly like Dorie's vanilla ice cream base, which I LOVE. I may have cooked the custards incredibly too long- Instead of the 50-60 minutes in the cookbook, I left mine in for about 90 minutes because the middles never looked set to me.  After I chilled the custard, it firmed well.

I LOVED the creme brulee!!!  It was by far the highlight of my week.  I think I will make this many many times.  It was much easier than I thought and it was as good as any I have ever had. 

Friday, September 26, 2008

Dimply Plum Cake

This week Michelle of Bake-en chose Dimply Plum cake.  Her pictures are AMAZING!!!!!!  I made the recipe by the book except that I used cinnamon instead of the cardamom.  See Cathy's blog to find out how expensive cardamom is...

I thought the batter was yummy, but my husband thought it wasn't sweet enough.  My friends at work enjoyed it a lot!!

Please forgive me :-(

I hereby nominate myself for the worst member of TWD.  I have not blogged in four weeks.  I failed to email our fearless leader.  I have not even visited the TWD website, much less any of my co-bakers websites (except for an occasional glancing at Peabody's site).  I am here now to beg for your forgiveness and grovel as much as possible to be allowed back into everyone's good graces.  

I have really only missed one recipe- the chocolate chunkers.  I did make the oatmeal peanut butter cookies (pic above) and the whopper cookies (no pics- I know, I know...).  I made the dimply plum case tonight (Friday) and I am planning to make the creme brulee this weekend, too.  

My only excuse is that I have been working like a crazy person and I have done a poor job of making TWD a top priority.  Making the cake tonight reminded me of how much I love love love TWD.  Something about mixing ingredients and creating a yummy treat completely clears my mind a way that nothing else can.

So, I am so so so sorry and I PROMISE to do better from now on.  Forgive me?