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First post here. Be gentle?

A while back, I started attempting classic desserts. I do this kind of thing once a month, on average, because there's a lot of sugar and fat here and I'm a vain bastard... but that also means that if I'm going to have to run more laps for a dessert, that dessert is going to be worth the extra sweat. These were.

(The photos were all originall much bigger -- I shrank them because I was posting them in my own LJ. I couldn't find the originals for two of them.)







For Peach Melba, I followed Nigella Lawson's lead, here. For Bananas Foster, I followed the original recipe, but doubled up on the dark rum because I couldn't find banana liqueur in the time I had. I don't remember where I found the recipe for Cherries Jubilee, and in any case I improvised from it because I didn't have cornstarch, but it involves ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup watery OJ (1:1 water to OJ), ½ pound of pitted cherries, ten minutes up simmering, ¼ cup of brandy, ten or fifteen seconds of clear blue flames, and ice cream.)

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pickledginger
Jul. 18th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. They look great, and very seasonal!
You'll have to try Baked Alaska sometime. It impresses the heck out of people.
fierynotes
Jul. 18th, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
My inner pyromaniac is already looking forward to that one next month.
a_boleyn
Jul. 18th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
There is NO reason for you to preface your post in that manner as your 3 decadent classic desserts stand up for themselves and do you proud. :)

I'm not a fan of bananas so I won't comment on that but both the peach and cherry recipes sound delicious. Now that you've mastered the cherries jubilee you must combine them with one of the other dessert classics ... crepes. :)

Never mind ... I just visited your LJ and see that you've already done Crepes suzette. :)

I just posted a couple of cherry desserts myself (ice cream and crumble) and have 4 cups of pitted cherries in my freezer just waiting for their destinies. I've yet to make cherries jubilee but after seeing your post, what else can I do but this.

Thank you.

Shameless LJ promo follows. :)

http://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/101901.html (cherry duo)

http://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/79542.html (crepes, plain and matcha)

And you should consider making cream puffs if you haven't already.

http://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/79246.html

Edited at 2012-07-18 08:59 pm (UTC)
fierynotes
Jul. 18th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not normally fond of bananas, either -- I normally only eat them before I go to bed after one of my rare nights drinking, as a preemptive measure against a hangover. That said, this was wonderful -- the bananas became nearly a whole different animal. Overall, the dessert is earthy in a way that the other two aren't. It's not "refined" like the other two are, but it's still my favorite of the three.
a_boleyn
Jul. 18th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
I went to New Orleans many years ago and picked up a cookbook which featured lots of amazing desserts including Bananas Foster. I loved everything except the texture of cooked bananas. Even regular bananas don't do much for me. I can take them in a smoothie or very rarely in banana bread (every 5 yrs) but that's about it. :)

Oh well, there are lots of other great fruits to enjoy. I had pears poached in a cardamom sugar syrup a while back and recently got a bottle of cranberry mead so I'm thinking that's what I want to try next. I also discovered quinces last year. Similar to a mixture of a pear and an apple but oh so deliciously different.
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