I followed the recipe of Chocolate and Zucchini for these roasted flour “squeeze” cookies. They had a lot more flavor than I was expecting, but I thought they were just okay. I think it fundamentally comes down to the fact that I don’t like this type of shortbread cookie. I want another flavor or some add-ins or just something more. It seems too plain to me.
Once again, from Dorie’s book, Baking, I made a recipe. This time it was the Snickery Squares that caught my eye. However, I made several major modifications to this recipe. From my dulce de leche macarons, I had some praline made with almonds leftover that I used in place of the caramelized peanuts. I also had the remaining dulce de leche as well as the caramel from the banana cream pie. Instead of using a prepared dulce de leche (as suggested by the recipe) I mixed these two and heated them until it was creamy and it was just under 1.5 cups. I used the chocolate topping followed by just a sprinkling of the almonds on top. These were delicious. They came out great and had a nice contrast of flavors. The only downside is since I used a mish-mash of items, it will be hard to recreate exactly. This was also a recipe selection of Tuesdays with Dorie.
I finally summed up the results of the vote at the dessert party. The results for favorite weren’t a surprise, the Banana Cream Pie. In 2nd place were the macarons (lumped together) and in a close third place was the Brown-Sugar Apple Cheesecake. Yum. I can’t wait until next year.
I went to the Chocolate Salon in San Francisco and it was absolutely great. I unfortunately did not bring a camera so I can’t share any pictures. The only downsides were that it was very crowded and it was an unseasonably hot day; I was worried about the chocolate melting so I didn’t purchase any. My favorite bar was from Amano Artisan Chocolate. It was a 70% single source from Madagascar and was very fruity, but still dark chocolate. I also liked the bar with chili powder from Jade Chocolates, but the girls at the table were totally useless and couldn’t tell me where I could buy it locally, they didn’t have any cards/brochures listing a website and basically I expect to never find this chocolate again. I also enjoyed the truffles but none stand out as being outstanding.