Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dessert Day #2

Yesterday, the lovely Deidre of Decoybetty came over for another installation of Dessert Day. And it was just as much fun as last time, although slightly more traumatic.

As I suggested here, we started off making crème brûlée. I think we were both a bit terrified that we'd end up cooking the eggs when we poured the hot cream in. But by some miracle, we didn't. GO US!

Once the crème brûlée was chillaxing in the fridge, we decided to do the same. (Only not in the fridge. Obviously.) Instead, we ate cheese cut with a miniature cleaver, because we're classy like that:

And we ate baked Camembert, which I neglected to take a picture of but which was delicious. And we watched this, because IT'S AWESOME:
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That led us to the conclusion that Bill Pullman was the 1990s version of Patrick Dempsey in that his hair had magical powers. It also led us to the conclusion that Sandra Bullock wore some truly APPALLING clothes in the 1990s.

We also discovered that pretty much every rice cracker in my house was stale. So eventually we abandoned ship and just started dipping the cheese directly into the spicy capsicum dip. Because we're classy like that.

Anyway, eventually we decided that it was time to brave the butane torch. DO NOT BRAVE THE BUTANE TORCH. Those things are freaking scary. First of all, they were rather temperamental in terms of getting the butane *into* the torch in the first place. So I ended up with my hands covered in butane on several occasions. And butane is REALLY COLD. #firstworldproblems Eventually, we got it up and running, and came out with this:

It was pretty good, if a little bland. In future, I'd probably make the recipe I found for passionfruit and coconut crème brûlée that I found on the following page of the recipe book! 

We then moved on to this recipe for gluten free peppermint Oreos. I think they turned out pretty well!

Okay, we may have gotten a LITTLE carried away with the amount of frosting in some of them. But it was just going to go to waste otherwise. And they tasted pretty damned good. They got the seal of approval from Inspector Climate (Deidre's husband) and everything!! 

After Deidre left, I ended up putting a couple of the other crème brûlées under the grill because I didn't want my hand to drop off from butane poisoning I'm a chicken I was curious to see if it was easier than the butane torch. 

It was. It could just because I didn't really know what I was doing with the torch. But pffffff, whatever. 

We already have our next Dessert Day scheduled. For World Nutella Day. You're welcome in advance. 

Has anyone else had a Dessert Day as a result of our totally awesome should-be-copyrighted-so-we-make-our-fortunes idea?

K xx

13 comments:

  1. I love Bill Pullman. Every time they cast one of the Baldwin brothers, particularly Alec Baldwin, I'm just like "WHY DIDN'T YOU GET HIM? HE'S AGED WELL, AND HE'S NOT A PSYCHOLUNATIC." I love Bill Pullman.

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    1. I love Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock. Not in anything else, just in 30 Rock. But I adored Bill Pullman from the time I watched him trying to push Zahi Hawass through a hole (he got stuck like Winnie the Pooh) on a National Geographic special. You know what? You guys should elect Bill Pullman as the ACTUAL PRESIDENT. He couldn't possibly do worse than any of the current candidates...

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  2. All this time, I've been going around thinking I couldn't have home-made crème brulées and it turns out we could have been using the grill the whole time. I must make up for lost time now! I also need to acquire one (or more) of those mini-cleaver things, because I eat much cheese and it think they would be useful.

    Also, that looks like the perfect amount of filling in your biscuits, especially considering it was mint-flavoured.

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    1. If you do make it under the grill, you need to put them in an ice water bath in the oven, otherwise the custard goes runny in the time it takes the sugar to caramelise! The cheese cleaver is awesome. Ours is part of a Laguiole set. I think you can get them at David Jones?? Otherwise Peter's of Kensington sell them online!

      And thank you for justifying the amount of filling we used :)

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  3. Everything looks so good, especially those peppermint oreos! You both are so ambitious with your desserts, I'm pretty sure I couldn't pull those off!

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    1. The Oreos were actually really easy. You basically just throw everything in the food processor and then roll out the dough, cut it into shapes and cook it!

      But I was glad there were two of us there for the crème brûlées!

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  4. Ohh...I would love to try the peppermint oreo's :)

    I would love to do a dessert post, but I don't actually own an oven...I am looking a raw recipes to try out!

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    1. See, I would just make and eat the cookie dough rather than turning it into cookies! ;) Except probably not the gluten free version. Gluten free stuff always tastes gross before you bake it...

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  5. Hold the phone, there's a World Nutella Day?!?!

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    1. There's a World Nutella Day!!! It's the 5th of February. See? http://www.nutelladay.com/

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  6. Oh, Bill Pullman. Simpler times the 90s...it's when people wore cropped tops AND high waisted pants...Awesome.

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    1. Right? Because cropped tops and high waisted pants are universally flattering! (Although at least then girls didn't walk around in denim shorts with the pockets hanging out the bottom...)

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  7. Wow, Bill Pullman was great in Brokedown Palace as 'Yankee' Hank Green :-)

    Your Blog is great!

    ~Orianne~

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