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I really only took advantage of today’s blog as an excuse to buy popsicle molds. Yes, I made cherry popsicles. But you can count on the fact that I’ll soon be experimenting with much more exhilarating flavours (I’m looking at you, Irish Cream!)
Actually, buying the molds was harder than I thought it would be. I looked high and low before heading to Ming Wo as a last resort. Of course they had a spectacular selection, and of course most of the models rung in at ~$20. Fortunately they had one set for 5 bucks that suited me just fine.
Rumour has it that popsicles were invented by an 11 year old in the winter of 1905. He was mixing lemonade pop from a powder out on his porch. He left a glass out overnight (with stir-stick still in place) and awoke to find a tasty ice treat stuck inside his glass. A little hot water loosened it and the rest is history… or so the story goes. The story seems a little unlikely to me, and further digging does reveal conflicting stories. Some say Frank Epperson, the ingenious 11 year old, is only credited for the invention due to his successful patenting and marketing of the “Popsicle” in 1924.
Apparently icy treats on sticks were already sold from street vendors in the late 1800’s. They had evolved from a long tradition of frozen deserts. As early as the 1200’s there are records of SnowCone-like confections in China, India, Iran and Rome. Supposedly Marco Polo was served such a desert in the courts of Kublai Khan.
So I propose a new game. It’s kind of like Simon Says for popsicles. Split a double popsicle with a friend. Make a rule: when you say “MARCO” they get to lick or nibble their popsicle. When they say “POLO” you get to taste yours. Whoever samples their popsicle without hearing the call first gets punished however you see fit…
Of the estimated 3 million popsicles sold very year the vast majority are cherry, grape or orange flavoured. So, if you really want a cherry popsicle you can easily buy one. If, on the other hand, you want a cherry-rootbeer-almond popsicle, come see me.
8 oz. black cherry juice
8 oz. organic rootbeer
1 tsp. almond extract
(This made four pops with some to spare)
The resulting syrup was a bit sweet for my taste, but the flavour mellowed a lot after freezing. The carbonation from the rootbeer gave them a pleasant texture that was less dense than regular ice pops.
It’s almost September, our summer is waning, but there are still plenty of popsicle-worthy days ahead. Google popsicle recipes and I guarantee you’ll find some inspiration among the kajillion recipes online. Most of them are even healthy!
Happy August Days to you,
A chocolate soufflé is one of those desserts that can inspire both fear and wonder. You are warned of a lengthy wait if you order one in a restaurant, though the warning is accompanied with an implicit promise that your patients will be rewarded. And, everyone has heard of the inevitable collapse caused by a slamming door or dropped pot. Soufflés are finicky and temperamental, only to be attempted by the culinary expert or adventurer, at least that is what some would have you believe. But the reality is quite the opposite. I am here to tell you my friends that if you have an oven and a whisk, you can make a chocolate soufflé.
I have cooked chocolate soufflés for virtually everyone I know. I have taken them to dinner parties and made them at a beach house. My little red ramekins have been around and will continue to see a lot of action. Chocolate soufflés are such a standby that I have to remind myself that I need to expand my horizons if only for the sake of my guests who quite likely believe I don’t know how to cook anything else. That said I have never been disappointed by the result. I’m no baker but these little chocolate treasures are close to perfect and as fool-proof a recipe as there is.
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- 6 tbps unsalted butter
- 3 eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- ¾ cups sugar
- pinch salt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 6 tbps flour
Melt butter and chocolate together in a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool to luke warm.
With electric mixer whip eggs, egg yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla until they are pale yellow and form ribbons. It will take 5 to 6 minutes or more longer with a whisk.
Sift flour over eggs and fold in. Gently fold in chocolate.
Pour batter into buttered ramekins. Cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.
Bake at 400o for 18 minutes. Serve immediately.
You can serve your soufflé with whipped cream or ice cream or dress them up with a dusting of icing sugar. I prefer mine served with a spoon.
These soufflés have a light cakey exterior and a rich gooey centre. The basic recipe is perfect in its simplicity but lends itself to embellishment. A dash of almond or hazelnut extract is a great addition. A tablespoon of rum or brandy is nice touch too. I haven’t tried it, but my guess is a splash of Grand Marnier would be awesome. The most important ingredient is your imagination.
This is the perfect make-ahead dessert. You can mix them up the day before or even throw them in the freezer for a week. Just add a minute to the cooking time if you’re starting with a frozen soufflé. Like so many of the French classics the soufflé has been ascribed with almost mystical qualities. But I want the moral of this story to be “don’t be afraid of the soufflé.” They are not finicky or temperamental. There is no magic and no secret society of soufflé chefs. The only “secret” is the air you whip into the eggs.