The grannies furiously knitting away on ferries and at bus stops: it all makes sense to me now, because I. CAN’T. STOP. KNITTING. I can’t believe I ever sat still and watched things on Netflix without fiddling with needles and yarn. My relationship with Downton […]
Month: January 2014
Last summer, Tan of the blog Squirrelly Minds and I corralled a herd of Victoria bloggers into a single space and called it Create Curate. (I know I’ve just used language that implies we’re livestock, but I assure you the company was anything but bovine.) […]
It’s rather nice to see bulbs tentatively peering out of the earth like periscopes, but I have to admit that sometimes this Pacific Northwester suffers from a flurry of snow envy.
I want to hear the crunch underfoot whilst the rest of the world is eerily muffled. I want to marvel at how bright the night is when the ground reflects the moonlight. And I want a damn good excuse to inhale the things in this cookbook I’m about to tell you about.
It’s called Wintersweet: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home, and it’s full of rich goo that is best sampled beside a log fire and a frosty windowpane. Rejoice, all ye who have to plug in your cars and squeeze into long johns!
Says author Tammy Donroe Inman:
“What qualifies as a winter dessert? Anything sweet and delicious made from seasonal cool-weather crops, like apples, pears, cranberries, and persimmons. Anything warm and comforting from the oven made with caramel and spices. Rich, decadent cheesecakes. Nut-studded pastries. Chocolate mousse. Snow cones.”
The unusual chapter titles in Wintersweet really made me warm up to the book, for example: “Persimmons, Pomegranates & Cranberries,” “Roots, Tubers & Gourds,” and “Pears & Quince.” I mean, you may already be the proud owner of a serious cookbook collection, but can you really claim to have a volume that give the obscure persimmon THIS much glory?
As your dutiful reviewer, I made four of the dishes in Wintersweet and served them to eager testers. Here is what I made:
- Gingerbread Cake with Brandied Pears
- Butterscotch Bourbon Bread Pudding
- Cherry Vanilla Bread Pudding
- Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies
They all turned out brilliantly, especially the butterscotch bread pudding. Yes, I made two bread puddings and I’m not the least bit sorry.
Currently, Billy and I are on a gut-reducing mission so for the time being I have whittled down my relationship with Wintersweet to a calorie-free wish list of recipes that mentally titillate me. I look forward to visiting this cookbook on an annual basis.
My list is:
- Fried Apple Hand Pies
- Winter Shortcakes with Maple Creme Fraiche
- Gingersnap-Crusted Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Coconut Sunshine Cake with Citrus Curd
- Persimmon, Pistachio and Coconut Rice Pudding Parfaits
- Peanut Butter Pie with Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce
Now, strap on your snowshoes and work up a hearty appetite for the above. Do it for me!