Mostly thumbs-up for these oversized Italian cookies!
Let’s see those cookies!
Let’s bake up a pie, y’all! This Southern dessert is like a cross between a chocolate chip cookie and a pecan pie. In other words, the best of both worlds. Posting date is June 3.
- 1 ball of Classic Pie Dough (½ recipe; page 94), chilled
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon whiskey
- ¾ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
- 1¼ cups (about 8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- Dust a work surface with a sprinkling of flour. Unwrap the ball of chilled dough and put it directly on the work surface. Roll out into a 12-inch round. Transfer the dough to a pie dish and carefully work it into the pie dish, folding any overhang under and crimping the edge as you go. Wrap and freeze the crust until firm, about 2 hours, or up to 3 months.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and sugars together until combined. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs on high speed until foamy, about 3 minutes. Remove the whisk attachment and add the paddle attachment. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture. Turn the mixer to high and beat for 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the butter. Beat on high speed until the mixture is combined. Scrape down the bowl, add the whiskey, and beat the mixture on high speed for 1 minute.
- Fold the walnuts and ¾ cup of the chocolate chips into the filling.
- Pour the filling into the frozen pie shell and spread it out evenly. Top the filling with the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes, then cover the edges of the crust loosely with aluminum foil and bake for another 25 minutes (this will prevent the crust from browning too quickly). Test the pie by sticking a knife in the center of the filling. If the knife comes out clean, the pie is done. If the knife comes out with clumps of filling sticking to it, bake for another 5
- minutes and test again. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool before slicing.
Not a lot of complaints about our dip into the savory world this week. Check out our biscuits!
How did you all like this savory turn of events?
Step away from your ovens, bakers, because we’re making boozy ice cream floats next. Stick with the recipe and use coffee-flavored liqueur, or mix it up. Posting date is May 6!
- 3 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 2 huge scoops (about 2 cups) premium vanilla ice cream
- 2 shots coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlúa)
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Put the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. In a small pot, bring the cream just to a boil. Immediately pour it over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 1 minute, then stir until smooth. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the chocolate mixture into the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Using the back of the spoon, spread the sauce evenly in the bottom and slightly up the sides of the glass.
- Divide the ice cream between the glasses and let stand for about 5 minutes to melt slightly. Pour one shot of Kahlúa over each serving and garnish with a dusting of nutmeg. Serve immediately, with big ol’ spoons.
Another winner from New Frontiers, Baked buttercream challenges notwithstanding! And Little Baker Bunny goes rogue again with more ice cream!
What do you think, bakers? Thumbs up for chocolate-mint cake this week?
Our next posting date is April 8 – get out your ice cream makers, because we’re making dark chocolate ice cream. With or without mix-ins? Straight up cocoa powder, or will you slip over to the dark side?
- 8 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), finely chopped
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- Put the chocolate in the bowl of an electric mixer. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until just combined.
- Combine the cream, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour one third of the mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly. Add another third of the mixture and whisk again. Return the egg mixture to the saucepan over medium heat. Whisking constantly, bring to 170 degrees F. on a chocolate thermometer. Remove from the heat and pour through a fine-mesh sieve directly into the chocolate. Let the mixture sit for 1 minute, then slowly whisk until combined.
- Put the mixture in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or overnight), then whisk until the mixture is thick and frothy. Pour into an ice cream machine and freeze, following the manufacturer’s instructions, until the mixture looks like a very rm pudding. Put in an airtight container and freeze for at least 6 hours, or until hard.
Lovely bars this week!