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Dessert Bar

So, this whole wedding thing has me pondering crazy levels of DIY. When thinking desserts and favorite childhood memories, my grandma’s 7 layer cookies came to mind.

What I’m thinking of is something like a combination of 7 layer bars and a Smith Island multi-layer cake. Cakes could be thin, and layers could be repeated in various iterations, perhaps (i.e. a chocolate ganache and a chocolate cake layer). Decadent? Hell yeah.

1. A layer of brown butter cake.
2. Coconut icing.
3. A layer of walnuts.
4. A layer of graham cracker cake.
5. A layer of peanut butter frosting.
6. A layer of chocolate.
7. Topped with dulce de leche.

graham cracker cake: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-06-06/news/bs-fo-recipe-finder-0608-20110603_1_simple-one-bowl-cake-graham-cracker-cake-recipe-finder
brown butter cake: http://www.honeyandjam.com/2011/03/browned-butter-cake-with-cinnamon.html


Alice’s Sour Cream Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and No-knead Bread


We had a lot of soon-to-be-gone bananas, and a half a bag of chocolate chips, and various other sundries, so I gave it a whirl with the grilled lamb and baba ganoush that we finally cooked. The new grill (rescued from someone else’s trip to the dump) is getting its first workout from us tonight! Also substituted some creme fraiche for the sour cream in the banana bread and used a cake flour to keep it light since my bread pan has begun to flake off its coating. Gross.

Earlier today, I tried no-knead bread, using a lot of whole wheat flour. I may become a convert. Easy tasty  bread. Followed the recipe from Macheesmo http://www.macheesmo.com/2008/10/life-changing-bread/, but the recipe has made the rounds on various other blogs as well. (variation 1 variation 2 variation 3) Already planning on making another loaf of this to go with some dinner later in the week, which is well and good since the recipe does take planning…

We used a large cast iron skillet to cook it. We don’t have a dutch oven, but a cast iron purchase may be on the horizon. It meant that we missed out on the step where you cook it with the lid on, but we still ended up with a lovely loaf with a chewy crust.

The recipe is attributed to Jim Lahey. I still have trouble reading that name without thinking of Trailer Park Boys…