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Your Daily Sweets (2005-2012)


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Hungarian Chestnut Torte

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Looks delicious, gfron1!

Here's the thread on Hungarian Chestnut Cream Tortes: click

"Under the dusty almond trees, ... stalls were set up which sold banana liquor, rolls, blood puddings, chopped fried meat, meat pies, sausage, yucca breads, crullers, buns, corn breads, puff pastes, longanizas, tripes, coconut nougats, rum toddies, along with all sorts of trifles, gewgaws, trinkets, and knickknacks, and cockfights and lottery tickets."

-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1962 "Big Mama's Funeral"

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Getting ready for Halloween, I made a Grand Marnier Flourless Chocolate Cake glazed with Grand Marnier Ganache. I admit that I went a little overboard on the horror factor:

Recipe and Picture available here.

Candy Wong

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Comeundone - that is one cool cake. My youngest (who is 5) said that that was the coolest cake he's ever seen. Now he wants one for his birthday on Sunday. (smacks head).

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Thanks! It was as much fun to make as it was to eat. I'm surprise that a 5-year old found it cool instead of scary! Brave kid!

Candy Wong

"With a name like Candy, I think I'm destined to make dessert."

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

It’s pumpkin harvest time here in The Northeast U.S., and pumpkins are omnipresent—at food stores, farm stands, and as house decorations. So it was only natural to want to pick up some sugar pumpkins and bake a pumpkin pie. Canned pumpkin is OK, but I think there is a difference in using a fresh pumpkin.

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Below is one of our little pie darlings

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To prepare the pumpkin, I cut the pumpkin in half, scooped out the seeds and goop, pulled off the top stump, and baked the pumpkin for an hour, cut side down, at 350 degrees. Above are the pumpkin halves after baking. The pulp gets nice and soft. After it cooled a bit, I scooped out the pulp and pureed it in a food processor.

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Above is the pie ready to go in the oven.

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The baked pie

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A slice with a dollop of whipped cream

Parmhero’s Pumpkin Pie

2 cups pumpkin puree, 4 eggs, ½ cup heavy cream, ½ cup half and half, 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp grated fresh ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1 tsp vanilla.

Pie crust is 1 cup of unbleached flour, 7 TB of unsalted butter, cold water, and a little salt.

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Parting Shot: Swan Lake

"Yo, I want one of those!"

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Thanks for the kind words, yunnermeier, GTO, and Ling.

juliachildish: You only need one smallish pumpkin for 2 cups of puree. It will weigh 5-6 pounds. I paid 39 cents per pound for the two pumpkins I bought at one of the farm stands pictured above. Each pumpkin cost about $2.50.

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And that's the coolest Hallowe'en cake I've ever seen, Candy!

I agree; it is just perfect. I love the crumbled chocolate wafers for the dirt. It's probably the first 'novelty' type cake that I've been tempted to make. And--it sounds like a delcious cake to boot!

edited to add: Love the photoessay on pumpkin field to pie, parmhero!

Consider adding the post to one of the threads below. I'm sure people would enjoy them in the future as a resource when they are searching threads for info on pumpkin pie!

How to process fresh pumpkin

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showto...5592&hl=pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie: Beyond the can

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showto...6071&hl=pumpkin

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"Under the dusty almond trees, ... stalls were set up which sold banana liquor, rolls, blood puddings, chopped fried meat, meat pies, sausage, yucca breads, crullers, buns, corn breads, puff pastes, longanizas, tripes, coconut nougats, rum toddies, along with all sorts of trifles, gewgaws, trinkets, and knickknacks, and cockfights and lottery tickets."

-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1962 "Big Mama's Funeral"

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Here's something I've been wanting to try for a while -- Sherry Yard's pumpkin creme brulee and gingerbread financier jack-o-lanterns. You hollow out tiny (3-4") pumpkins, put a gingerbread financier disc inside, glaze it with apple caramel glaze, fill with pumpkin creme brulee, and top with burnt sugar.

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