February 18, 2012

Raspberry Meringue Heaven... I mean Roulade

One of my coworkers had a birthday party last weekend, and his wife always cooks/bakes up way more delicious food than a regular party-full of people can consume.  It is impossible not to over-eat at these parties, and I usually limit my eating before the party so that I can eat more there...

But this time, there was one dessert that I loved especially: a raspberry meringue roulade.  I always thought I didn't like meringue.  But it turns out I only don't like the meringue that is typically on top of lemon meringue pies; like the ones that are mostly soft sponge with just a little crisp on top.  What I do love is the meringue in this roulade: crispy on the outside, mostly chewy on the inside, with just a little bit of sponginess.

And along with the sweetness of meringue is the cool richness of whipped cream and these tart little bursts of raspberry.  The crispy meringue melts in your mouth and the whole thing combines into this heavenly experience.  You should definitely go make this right now!

February 05, 2012

Superbowl snacks... dessert style

I have to say, I am not a football fan.  The Superbowl is the only football game I watch all year.  But there are some events that just seem to inspire interesting and delicious foods, and the Superbowl is one of them.

I love Superbowl snacks: sliders, nachos, jalapeno poppers.  But this year, I was hit by an idea to make each of these into a dessert form.  Don't worry, I didn't make jalapeno buttercream or anything... (although that doesn't sound half bad)... I just made desserts that look like their savoury counterparts.