June 20, 2011

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Well, I should say almost Flourless Chocolate Torte.  This is a recipe I have been serving (and tweaking) over many years.  I know some recipes just can't and/or shouldn't be tampered with, but I felt challenged to try to make this one just a tad healthier if possible as the original recipe calls for nearly two sticks of butter.  Some attempts didn't turn out too well, but this one is a real keeper!  The texture and flavor hold their own next to the traditional version, as I think the photograph above nicely demonstrates...well, at least the texture part.  You'll have to take my word for the flavor bit (deep, intense chocolatey wonderfulness).  It's also an easy recipe to throw together, although requires a long cooling off in the fridge to firm up, so plan ahead.  The end result is one that you can feel good about making, serving and eating.  Now you can have your Flourless Chocolate Torte, and eat it too!

June 11, 2011

Cornmeal Cake

There are certain blogs I love to visit because they always provide me with inspiration, and Pastry Studio is one of those sites.  This post was born after seeing the recipe there for cornmeal cake.  If you haven't visited this site yet, you should pop over and marvel at all the wonderful pictures and recipes there.  I loved this recipe so much (tweaked ever so slightly), I actually made it twice in one week.  One version with mixed berries (which was delicious, and will likely appear in a later post), and this version, which I loved even more, with a fresh pineapple compote.