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Two dozen eggs, 6 sticks of butter, 2 pounds of confectionary sugar, flour, lemons, thyme, strawberries, chocolate and vanilla bean. Oh, and a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs! These are just some of the ingredients that went into preparing desserts for this weekends Easter festivities. On the docket: 3 cakes and 2 ice creams. The verdict: While I am sure they will all taste great, some are not as pretty as we had hoped.
When faced with the challenge of preparing so many desserts, I first made a schedule as to when things had to be done. Preheating the oven to 350F is easy. Making sure the first batch of ice cream was in the freezer for a 4-5 hour chill to be ready to churn for 30 minutes by 8pm was a little tougher. And staggering the other batch of ice cream and 2 cakes required some delicate time keeping. Here is how my schedule played out:
Needless to say a busy afternoon. But the results are well worth the effort. Homemade ice cream tastes 100 times better than any ice cream I buy at the store. Sure, it takes 8 egg yolks to make a batch of each custard. And you have to wait 6 hours before you can run your quality control taste test, but I recommend trying it yourself. Plus you can make whatever flavor you want, the double chocolate Nutella is my own creation.
This is the second time we have made the lemon thyme cake, and I have to say, it is delicious. Super moist, and I love anything with lemon in it. Greasing and flouring the bundt pan well allows the cake to come out of the pan super easy, and almost leaves nothing to clean up.
The Strawberry Shortcake Cake was a recipe we saw on the Pioneer Woman, and decided it would be a great seasonal choice. I had some issues with the frosting, but have no doubt that it will taste better than it looks.
The chocolate mousse pie is similar to a pie I made years ago for a Lally family holiday. It was the holiday stand by for a few years, until the year a pie was left outside on the deck and a resident squirrel decided to help himself to some. This recipe is a bit lighter (not less chocolatey, not less buttery, but lighter with a cookie crust instead of the brownie crust). I am hopeful it passes the Uncle Pudge Test tomorrow.
I will be sure to give a full report on the results of this bake-off! Happy Easter everyone!
The recipes can be found here:
Strawberry shortcake cake: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/05/strawberry-shortcakecake/
Chocolate mousse pie: http://www.chow.com/recipes/30500-chocolate-mousse-pie
Lemon thyme cake: http://www.familycircle.com/recipe/lemon-thyme-cake/