I didn't make the souffle, that will be for next time. But this weekend provided a couple of opportunities for trying other recipes from the book. On Saturday my brother was visiting at my parents and so we got together for supper. My sister and her daughter and daughter's boyfriend joined us and I brought creme brulee for dessert.
On Sunday my son and his girlfriend were visiting and we got together at my parents' house again for dinner and this time I brought two versions of pots de creme, one chocolate and one coffee.
I did also make a coeur a la creme but it needed to drain for 24 hours so it wasn't ready for the weekend due to my not planning ahead. I also decided that since many of the dishes required separated eggs and I had whites left over that it was a good time to make another French goodie, macarons, with the whites. Once I had a refrigerator stocked with the extra desserts it only made sense to arrange them on a tray and take a couple of pictures.
None of the dishes were particularly difficult but they did involve several steps and seemed to create a mountain of dirty dishes. The pots de creme and the creme brulee are essentially custards and so they require egg yolks to be separated from the whites and beaten with sugar, cream that is heated, then strained, and then mixed with yolks and then once poured into the little individual dishes they are baked in the oven in a bain marie or water bath. They were served with creme Chantilly, a sweetened whipped cream. The coeur a la creme required both whipped cream and whipped egg whites and the macarons, whipped egg whites. My mixer got a work out. I must have washed that bowl and beater five or six times. For the chocolate pots de creme the heated cream was poured over chocolate to melt it. For the cafe au lait pots de creme the broken coffee beans were steeped in the hot cream to infuse the cream with a coffee flavor and then strained before mixing with the eggs.
|crunchy sugar topping|
|cafe au lait in an espresso cup|
|cafe au lait, creamy coffee color|
|pot de creme|
|coeur a la creme with blackberry coulis|
|tasted good but difficult to serve prettily|
|macarons with meyer lemon buttercream|
I love fussy cooking so this was right up my alley.
Not exactly a tablescape but still joining BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday here.