Anyway, I spent the day watching absolutely no horse racing and instead baking up a storm with Deidre. We'd both been jonesing for a Dessert Day for a while, but were uncertain about what to make. That all became a lot simpler when Deidre was given a bag full of nut products from Lucky Nuts to try!
We decided on three recipes - a pumpkin cheesecake, some almond paste biscuits, and raspberry and white chocolate friands. Because, you know, you can never tackle too many dessert recipes at once! We started out with making the crust for the cheesecake. We used Lucky Nuts' new oven roasted almond meal, mixed with butter and brown sugar (as suggested on the packet), and it made for a phenomenal crust. Unlike your usual gluten free crusts, it wasn't oily or soggy. It had exactly the same consistency as a typical cheesecake crust, which was incredibly exciting. Most gluten free crusts come out quite gluggy. Or turn out to be a complete disaster.
The filling came from this recipe, which I think we were both a little disappointed in. Although having just checked the recipe, it appears we left out the cinnamon (it's not Dessert Day without making things up as we go along!), which may account for why it seemed a little flavourless... I still feel like it could have used some nutmeg though, and the recipe doesn't call for that.
Anyway, the pumpkin cheesecake turned out like this:
Next up, we made the biscuits, which were from a recipe book that accompanied the nuts. They were insanely easy to make, but a bit of a struggle for the food processor given the quantities of ingredients!
|This was after it had been running for about a minute. We ended up having|
to process everything in two batches.
Things got kind of messy in making these - I covered myself and the bench in dough, and then did the same thing when we dipped them in chocolate. But the end result? Was DEFINITELY worth it!! They're completely delicious.
Finally, we made raspberry and white chocolate friands from the Australian Women's Weekly book, Bake. Except we used a muffin tin to make them, because who has the time and money to acquire a friand pan?!?!? I mean, honestly. They were much easier than I thought they would be (although that could be because Deidre did the dreaded egg separating!) - I always made the assumption that friands would be complicated and somewhat temperamental. But they're not! The final verdict was that in the future, we'd smush up the raspberries and mix them through that way, rather than plopping them in on the top just before putting them in the oven.
They probably wouldn't look as pretty, but I think it would give them a more uniform raspberry flavour. Which can only be a good thing!!
Aaaaaaaaaaaand then we proceeded to taste test everything, resulting in epic food babies. Because, as is Dessert Day tradition, we'd already stuffed ourselves on cheese and corn chips and hummus and spicy pumpkin dip. And, you know, Mr Darcy:
Frankly? If given the choice between watching a horse race and baking while watching Colin Firth smoulder his way around the screen, I'll take the latter every time...