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The Great Easter Bakeoff

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:

  • 1:15pm: Go shopping to get all the ingredients needed
  • 2:30pm: Preheat the oven to 350F for the cakes.  Begin making the vanilla ice cream.
  • 3:00pm: With the vanilla ice cream in the freezer for 4-5 hours, begin making the Nutella ice cream.
  • 3:30pm: Bake the strawberry shortcake cake.
  • 3:50pm: Prepare the chocolate cookie crust for the chocolate mousse pie.
  • 4:00pm: Strawberry shortcake cake comes out of the oven to cool, chocolate mousse crust goes in.
  • 4:10pm: Chocolate crust comes out to cool completely.
  • 4:15pm: Start making the lemon thyme bundt cake.
  • 4:30pm: Lemon thyme cake goes into the oven.
  • 5:20pm: Lemon thyme cakes comes out of the oven to cool completely.
  • 5:30pm: Go to pick up dinner (and a few adult beverages).
  • 6:30pm: Prepare the chocolate mousse pie filling.
  • 6:45pm: Prepare strawberries for shortcake cake.
  • 7:00pm: Mousse pie goes into the fridge (will make the whipped cream topping on Sunday).
  • 7:15pm: Finish step 2 on strawberries.
  • 7:20pm: Being churning vanilla ice cream.
  • 7:45pm: Strawberry shortcake cake into the freezer for 5 minutes.
  • 7:50pm: Vanilla ice cream into freezer.  Refreeze the ice cream maker for 30 minutes.
  • 8:00pm: Frost the strawberry shortcake cake (a bit of a disaster as you will see).
  • 8:30pm: Churn the Nutella ice cream.
  • 9:00pm: DONE, except for the sink full of dishes!

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.

Homemade vanilla bean and double chocolate Nutella ice cream.

Homemade vanilla bean and double chocolate Nutella ice cream.

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.

Lemon Thyme Bundt cake: just need to frost and add some festive mini eggs

Lemon Thyme Bundt cake: just need to frost and add some festive mini eggs

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 frosting did not quite work the way I intended, but it still should taste great.

The frosting did not quite work the way I intended, but it still should taste great.

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.

Just need the whipped cream topping and some shaved chocolate!

Just need the whipped cream topping and some shaved chocolate!

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/

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