Friday, July 26, 2013

Four Things Friday: Sweet Tooth Edition

grilled peaches, icebox cake, cronuts, mashed sweet potato
I'm a big believer that comfort food fills the void left by heartbreak and rejection, which is why this week I'm devoting this post to four of my old and new favorite sweets. 

Grilled Peaches
This is one of my favorite summer desserts.  I made it the other night when my girlfriends came over for dinner-- which also happened to be my first time using a grill.  Ever.  This dessert is super easy to make and numbing your broken-heart with it doesn't come with as much guilt as say, a slice of pie.  All you do is slice a semi-ripe peach in half, put a little bit of butter on it, and stick it on the grill for about 3-5 minutes.  I like to sprinkle cinnamon on it after it's been grilled and serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprig of mint.  If you don't have a grill, no worries-- it's just as delicious made on a pan.  If you are in a relationship and your man likes to barbeque, then this will impress him. (WTF.  I sound like I write for Cosmo.)   P.S. if you want to be lame and healthy with this recipe, you can grill the peaces for a salad a la Cupcakes & Cashmere.  Clearly, Emily does not use and iPhone to take all her photographs.
Ice Box Cake 
I was first introduced to ice box cake by my mother-in-law who made it every year for my husband on his birthday (it's also commonly referred to as chocolate refrigerator cake, but ice box makes me think of the 1950s).  Nothing quite compares to how she makes it, but she lives on the east coast, so I needed to find a nearby equivalent.  I love the individual ice box cakes at Lark Cake Shop (one of my favorite bakeries in LA).  They basically taste like a giant Oreo cookie.  They're priced at $4/ea, but one can easily be shared between two people.  So..if you and your bestie are going through a break-up at the same time-- head to Lark and ask for two forks.  And a voodoo doll.
create the cronut, deep fry, let cool, add filling & glaze
Let me start by saying that this shit is NOT healthy.  Like at all.  In case you've been living under a rock, cronuts are all the new rage.  Like most things, the craze started in New York and it's slowly drifting to Los Angeles.  BUT all the bakeries that carry them are just not in the two mile radius I like to stay in, so I decided to make cronuts at home.  Click here to watch the video tutorial I followed.  Although I was not wearing an adorable apron while making these, they still turned out effing delicious.  I also made pudding to layer in the center of the cronut and a powdered sugar glaze to drizzle on top (with a pinch of cinnamon.)   Reserve cronuts for when you've "accidentally" stumbled upon pictures of your ex and his new girlfriend on Facebook.  And let me just say, holy crap, they were off the hizzy.  One of the best desserts I've ever made.  Just a side note on the video-- I wasn't able to unwrap my dough the way this chick did, and I didn't have biscuit cutters, so I just rolled it into a ball, flattened it out with the palm of my hand, and used a shot glass to make the hole in the middle.

Mashed Coconut Curry Sweet Potato
So, after you've become completely disgusted with yourself for eating a fried donut croissant with pudding inside of it, it's time to go on a vegan cleanse.  Or just eat healthy for one day.  Believe it or not, I've actually been trying to eat semi-healthy as of late, so the other night when we had barely anything to eat in our fridge, I whipped up this super easy sweet/savory dinner.  All you need to do is boil the sweet potatoes (I used about three small ones which was plenty), peel them, mash them up with a small amount of butter, lite coconut milk, sauteed kale, chick peas, curry powder, and salt.  Once it's ready to serve, I like to sprinkle a little paprika on top.  This dish is healthy, vegan (if you skip the butter), and totally filling. 

So happy eating this weekend, ladies and gents.  Hope the food brings you some temporary comfort and that you pair it with a lot of alcohol if it doesn't.  Or better yet,  I hope all the fat goes to your boobs and your ex-boyfriend gets incredibly jealous the next time he sees your new and improved cleavage. 

1 comment:

  1. i want all of these things and i want to eat them right now!