dessert recipe

Weekend of Celebrating

The celebrating started Friday when I picked Logan up from daycare. He made me a Mother’s Day present at daycare! Footprint butterfly and a handprint on the bottom. 🙂

On Saturday we went to a friend’s house for a little surprise birthday dinner for another friend. My friend Star and her boyfriend Larry made a feast! They made marinated chicken and veggie kebobs and grilled them up. There was also rice (I skipped that to save my carbs for dessert!). I made a spinach, kale and chard salad topped with carrots, strawberries and feta cheese.

Yummy dinner!

Star made our friend Samantha a gorgeous Polish cake.

How beautiful is that cake? So pretty. It was really delicious, sort of like shortbread with custard and whipped cream. Logan ate some rice, chicken and strawberries and he LOVED the whipped cream. 😉

Here is the recipe:

Kremowka Papieska "Papal Cream Cake

From: http://www.europeancuisines.com/Poland-Polish-Kremowka-papieska-Papal-cream-cake-recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • A pinch of salt
  • Custard cream:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 6 egg yolks

Instructions

  1. Grease well 2 8- or 9-inch baking pans / tins: coat with bread crumbs and set aside.
  2. Cake mixture:
  3. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender.
  4. Beat the egg yolks into the water: mix into the flour. Mix well.
  5. Divide in halves and spread/press each half to completely cover the bottom of one of the baking pans.
  6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes in a medium-low oven (325F / 160C): remove and let cool. Remove from pans when cooled.
  7. Cream:
  8. Scald the milk and vanilla. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, salt, and egg yolks. Stir until very well blended (ideally, whisk to make sure there are no lumps). Add milk gradually. Cook over low flame, stirring constantly, being careful to scrape bottom of pan.
  9. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes, still stirring constantly. When finished cooking, remove from heat and pour cream into a bowl; allow to cool, stirring occasionally until cold.
  10. When the custard cream is cold:
  11. Whether you're using puff pastry or cake, spread the custard cream thickly over the bottom layer. (If the custard is at all runny, put one baked layer back into a baking pan of the appropriate size and then do the spreading.) Then top with the second baked layer.
  12. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut and serve (possibly with thick whipped cream on top, if you like). A note about cutting: This is where calling this dessert a "cake" comes slightly into question, as it doesn't handle like a cake at all: the thick pastry cream center makes that impossible. The kremówka will always squish down somewhat when you slice it. However, it tastes so good that no one's going to care...
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The cake wasn’t overly sweet. It looks like it would be really sweet and rich but it was light and summery.

It was such a nice night! We had a great time and it was so lovely spending some time with friends.

On Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day by going out to breakfast. (But first Logan woke me up in the cutest way…I was still asleep and then all of a sudden Michael said “Wake up mommy! Happy Mother’s Day!” and I open my eyes and see a big goofy grin on Logan’s face and then he giggled and laughed and crawled all over me. It was probably the best moment of the day!)

We went to Genie’s Cafe. We got there early enough that we got a table immediately! That is unheard of in Portland!

I got a complimentary Mimosa for Mother’s Day and a delicious mug of coffee (much needed). It was a busy morning but we got our food pretty quickly. I’ve been craving French Toast for about a month and kept putting it off. I decided to save it for my cheat meal for Mother’s Day.

The French Toast was perfect and delicious and really satisfied my craving. The one downside to cutting out carbs is that when you finally do eat a bunch of them, they sit like a rock and make me really sleepy. I just don’t like the way I feel after eating heavy carbs now. 🙁

Michael got the caprese hash and said it was really good:

Logan had a bunch of my French Toast and he loved it. 🙂 First time having it and first time having maple syrup. He’s a fan. Logan got me a gift (a new heart rate monitor–will review it soon!) and a card, which was very sweet.

After breakfast, Logan took a nap and I went swimming. It felt wonderful. Then we all ran some errands and went for a walk in between the rain showers. For dinner Michael picked up Pad Thai to continue my carb cheat day. It really hit the spot. Pad Thai is something else I’ve been craving for a long time!

It was a really lovely Mother’s Day and I was glad I got to spend the weekend with some of my favorite people!

As for the diet: I am going to reign it in today and tomorrow and try and really cut the carbs and weigh in Wednesday. Although I’m not looking forward to it!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Social Hour

With Michael in Seattle for work, I made a ton of plans with my friends. My solo weekend included a much needed pedicure with my cousin Anna, I bought tickets for the Fleetwood Mac concert coming this June, and I went out to dinner with my friend Erika on Saturday night. We went to Stickers Asian Cafe and I was able to successfully stay on the diet. I narrowed down the entrees I knew I could eat (they had rice or rice noodles and no dairy in it) and asked the waitress if the yakisoba noodles were made with wheat (according to the internet it could be gluten-free but sometimes the noodles were made with wheat). The waitress did one better: she brought me a list of their gluten-free, soy-free, and wheat-free items that were on the menu. That made it even easier picking something. Thankfully I was able to get some noodles that were gluten-free!

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Erika and I ended up going across the street after dinner to Kay’s to continue the evening. Kay’s was a cute but divey bar in Sellwood with cheap drinks and your typical greasy bar food. I got a glass of wine at Kay’s and before I knew it, Erika and I had been talking and hanging out for hours. It was nearing midnight and we started to wind things down.

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On Sunday I did a little baking. I wanted to share this recipe with you because it was so good! I don’t know what website I found it from, or I’d share the link here. The print outs usually include the source but this one did not.

Copycat Chocolate Crunch Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 6

Calories per serving: About 100

Adapted from 3 Ingredient Chocolate Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup rice crispies
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • Sweetener to taste (I used agave)
  • Dash of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine coconut oil and sweetener. Stir, and add cocoa powder and rice crispies. If needed, add 3 tablespoons water or milk if using stevia as sweetener. Stir until it gets thick.
  2. Pour into a flat container. Freeze until solid. Store in the freezer.
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This dessert was really easy and fast to make. It only made about 6 servings so if you are making this for a party, you might want to double the recipe. While I was making this recipe I kept thinking, “This isn’t going to make very much…”

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It doesn’t look very photogenic, I apologize, but I guarantee you it’s delicious. I put it in a little tupperware container lined with wax paper and put it in the freezer. It was in there for about an hour or two and then I sampled it. 🙂

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Since it was frozen, I broke off a chunk and was so happy to see that it was ready to eat. IT WAS SO GOOD. I finally found a gluten and dairy free dessert that is absolutely fantastic and does not taste fake. It was definitely not unsatisfying like some of the other dairy/gluten-free desserts I’ve tried so far.

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It tasted just like a Nestle Crunch bar made out of dark chocolate. Even if I don’t continue doing the dairy-free thing, I will most definitely make this dessert on a regular basis. I cannot express how rich and good it was!

After making the dessert, I cut up a ton of veggies for the week and also got things ready for my first book club meeting. I’ve never been in a book club before but I’ve wanted to for a long time. This was our first meeting. A bunch of friends came over to my house and we talked about “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.

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The snacks I had were: homemade guacamole with carrots, celery and gluten-free crackers. I also put out some store bought hummus (I ran out of time and couldn’t make my own) and some grapes. It was kind of a weird time (4-6) so by the time the meeting was over and it was dinner time I’d pretty much eaten a dinner of crackers and guacamole. 🙂 I ended up having a bowl of cereal a few hours later and called it a night. Not the healthiest of meals but oh well!

The book club meeting was a lot of fun. It was my first time participating in one, as was it for most of my friends. Thankfully one friend, Debby, had been part of one before and she got the ball rolling. It was funny because the discussion was pretty thoughtful about the book but we ended up going into long discussions about The Walking Dead and other books and movies that had similar post-apocalyptic themes like “The Road” did.

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My holiday weekend ended with another Body Pump class (I finally felt like I belonged in the class because I could keep up and anticipate the moves) and then acupuncture. What a fun weekend! All weekends should be like that.

QUESTION: Do you have any book recommendations for my next book club to read?