Sunday, July 31, 2011

Catching Up

Real life has been getting in the way of my hobbies, which is why I haven't posted in a while. I will attempt to impress you with my productivity by posting several things that I have made recently that I happen to have pictures of.

Chocolate Ice Cream from David Lebovitz's Perfect Scoop. A custard-based ice cream with cocoa and semisweet chocolate, I found this smooth and not overly sweet. I've used the same base to make coffee ice cream as well.

I made this foccacia after watching America's Test Kitchen. Their recipe starts with a biga, which allows good flavor to develop. You don't knead the dough at all, just fold it, which allows the dough to stay light. They don't include any oil in the recipe, which was surprising, but they have you generously oil the cake pans they're baked in and that turns out to be just the right amount.

Banana Cake from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. Great crumb, great flavor, not greasy. What else is there to say? I have more bananas stockpiled in the freezer. If the cool-ish weather holds, I'll make some more soon.

Chard and Goat Cheese Torte adapted from Rose Shulman's recipe for Spinach Ricotta Torte in Mediterranean Harvest. I used locally made goat cheese and chard from our CSA. The photo shows the refrigerated leftovers, so perhaps it doesn't look as appetizing as it could...