Posts Tagged ‘dessert’
If there weren’t Hokkaido pumpkin in the mart, I would not dare to try to bake this pumpkin pie. This is such an intimidating recipe to try from the beginning, just because it is a pie. To make even a OK pie crust seems so hard for me thus I have never challenged seriously.
Even after passing the test with decent pie crust, to make a filling for this pie looks more difficult than any other ones I know the recipe of. The biggest obstacle is that there is no canned pumpkin puree in Korea, as far as I know. In addition, the recipe calls for canned candied yam, which hardly I believe available. Eventually I had to roast pumpkins and sweet potatoes in oven, as I did not want to give up on trying the recipe as the pumpkin was so sweet and delicious when I had tried for the first time.
By deciding to try it, I paid the huge price as the filling was so hard to make it, especially the last step , which was sifting; it was very dense mixture(had to cook on stovetop to get rid of some moisture and intensify the flavor).
After all, the effort was rewarding as the pie comes out at least decent(I always have hard time to call the food I cook tasty). This is in fact the first time I made the pie crust so there is a lot to be improved, but it was at least passable. The taste of filling is very intense(think I overbaked a tad bit), so it was better eating with cream loosely whipped. It was worthy trying, but I am not sure I will bake another one in near future or for only myself.
Considering the original meaning of the word as an adjective, trifle should be some trivial desserts; not so. While it is one of the easiest desserts to make, it can also be one of the best. What you need to do is to prepare ingredients and assemble them, and put in the refrigerator overnight to meld all the flavors together. As it must be made beforehand whatever the occasion is, I think it is one of the best desserts anyone can make.
The one in the picture is made of strawberries, whipped cream and pine nut meringue cookie from Berkeley, CA. One friend of mine sent them to me and I immediately liked the taste of pine nut, which is very subtle and not overwhelming like other nuts. I happened to like putting things I got from others as gifts to fuse into other stuff, i.e., making ice cream out of the tea. So the idea of crumble the cookie into the trifle, and it was successful.
After assembling everything and let them rest overnight, I put strawberry and basil leaf as garnishes. It is not surprising that strawberry and basil get along really well.