Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle And A Giveaway!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

I'm in Atlanta for the next few days and very excited to be meeting a whole bunch of bloggers and foodies I only know via the screen. I've left early to prepare a workshop and also to take time to visit with friends there and put my brain cells to rest a bit. I was off to a good start by catching up with my blogging pal Chris around a delicious bowl of Thai noodles as soon as I landed. Sweet long weekend indeed.

It's funny but without being a homebody, I am extremely happy in the "here and now" and very comfortable where my derriere was on the couch last night. Meaning, I wish it all could happen closer to me so B. could attend too. Although not surprised, I am very grateful for his mending the fort while I am away for work and he's stuck here with two crazy dogs and a pile of papers to grade. I've left a fridge full of home cooked meals and a tray of these Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifles.

Everytime I set out to leave things for him in the kitchen, you can bet that I never forget to leave dessert. This time, I went straight to the source and asked what he most wanted to have. "Something retro like a trifle or strawberry shortcakes."For the occasion, I wanted to try something different and figured it was high time I picked something from Rose Levy Beranbaum's Heavenly Cakes. I used her recipe for Pinch Cake and layered it with lemon curd mousse and fresh strawberries. They're in season in Florida which is just a skip and a hop from us (and tasty).

Strawberries And Lemons

I was attracted to this particular cake recipe for two reasons, how easy it was to convert as it contained very little flour and also because I loved the story behind the name, Pinch Cake. Paraphrasing Mrs. Beranbaum: in Spain, the cake is originally known as pinch bread and the name is partially derived from the way of eating it: by pinching out pieces between your fingers. Mrs. Beranbaum calls this version Salt because it was created in 1985 by Miquel B. Costabella, pastry chef of Salt Bakery, named after the village of Salt, close to Girona, Spain. History, baking. Happy.

But wait! While I am away rolling in sugar in Atlanta, here is a chance for you to bake it at home too: I am giving away one copy of Heavenly Cakes.

All you have to do is leave a comment (one per person) here between today and Sunday January 17th (midnight Eastern time) when the winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open world wide. Why not tell me what your favorite retro dessert is while you're at it? Would love to know!

Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

Some updates before I leave: the macarons workshops in L.A are both sold out, but I've been asked to teach a third class on Food Photography in L.A, Saturday March 6th 2-5pm. Email rachael{AT}lafujimama{DOT}com if you are interested.

I did say I was working on one more surprise: I figured Seattle was so close to L.A not to go visit a couple of dear friends. Well, thanks to the organization skills of Viv from Seattle Bon Vivant, I am now teaching 3 workshops there. Two will be on photography and one on macarons. [Update: all classes SOLD OUT]. Can't wait to meet Seattle, its wonderful community and thrilled to be staying on Shauna's couch. After that trip I'll have two days to get the house ready for 3 weeks with my parents. Phewee...!

Gimme cake...!

Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

Makes 6 to 8

Catalan Salt Pinch Cake, adapted from Rose's Heavenly Cakes:

1 cup + 2 tablespoons (112gr) unblanched sliced almonds
3/4 cup plus 2.5 tablespoons (180gr) sugar, divided
6 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoons white rice flour

Preheat the oven to 325F/160C.
Line a quarter sheet pan with a sheet of parchment paper and slightly spray with cooking spray. Reserve.

Toast the almonds on a separate baking sheet until pale golden, about 7 minutes.
Cool completely and pulse the almonds with 2.5 tablespoons sugar until finely ground. Stop before the nuts start to form a paste.
Place the eggs into a 2-cup measure with a spout and whisk them just to break them up.
In a stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium low speed until foamy. Increase the speed and whisk until soft peaks. Gradually beat in the remaining cup of sugar. Continue beating until the meringue is thick and glossy. With the beater off, stir in the almond mixture until evenly incorporated.

Reattach the whisk and with the mixer on medium speed, add the beaten eggs to the meringue, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating for 2 minutes after each addition. It should take a total of 20-25 minutes but be sure to beat for a minimum of 20 minutes. Add the lemon zest.
Sprinkle the flour over the batter and fold until completely incorporated. Pour the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

For the lemon mousse:
grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup (125 ml) lemon juice
1/4 cup (50gr) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (250 ml)heavy cream

4 cups fresh strawberries

Combine the zest, sugar, juice in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until light. Beat some of the lemon mixture into the eggs to temper. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan and cook stirring constantly until it thickens up, about 5 minutes. Strain and let it cool to room temperature, covered with plastic wrap until ready to use.
In a stand mixer, whip the cream to medium stiff peaks. Incorporate the cooled lemon curd in three additions. Place in a piping bag.

To assemble:
Cut out rounds in the baked caked that will fit inside the glasses that you wish to use. I got enough rounds for 2 layers for six 3-inch wide glasses.
Place one round of cake at the bottom of the glass, position strawberry halves inside facing out on top, pipe some lemon curd in the middle and repeat the layers. Top with some extra whipped cream if desired.


Le P'tit Coin Francais:

Pour le gateau:
112gr amandes emondees
180gr sucre
6 oeufs
2 blancs d'oeuf
1 cuilliere a cafe de zest de citron
80gr farine de riz

Prechauffez le four a 160C.
Mettez une feuille de papier sulfurise sur une petite plaque a biscuit a rebords. Beurrez legerement et mettez de cote.
Faites toaster les amandes sur une autre plaques jusqu'a ce qu'elles deviennent dorees, 7 minutes environ.
Laissez les refroidir completement et reduisez les en poudre dans un mixer avec 2 cuillieres a souple de sucre. Arretez la machine avant que les amandes ne forment une pate.
Mettez les oeufs dans un grand verre mesure et les battre legerement a la fourchette, juste pour les casser.
Montez les blancs en neige en ajoutant le reste de sucre au fur et a mesure afin d'obtenir une meringue ferme. Ajoutez les amandes et melangez.
Ajoutez les oeufs entiers battus, 2 cuilleres a la fois et tout en battant l'appareil pendant 2 minutes apres chaque addition. Le procede devrais prendre environ 20 a 25 minutes (au moins 20). Ajoutez le zest de citron.
Ajoutez la farine en pluie et soulevez a l'aide d'une maryse jusqu'a ce que la pate soit homogene.
Versez la pate sur la plaque preparee et faites cuires 15 a 20 minutes.

Pour la mousse au citron:
le zest d'un citron
125ml de jus de citron
50gr sucre
2 oeufs
250ml de creme entiere liquide

Amenez le zest, sucre et jus de citron a fremissement a feu moyen. Dans un bol de tailled moyenne, fouettez les oeufs pendant 2 minutes. Ajoutez en filet le jus de citron chaud tout en continuant de fouetter. Remettre la mixture dans la casserole et cuire a feu moyen jusqu'a epaississement. Passez a la passoire et laissez refroidir.
Pendant ce temps, montez la creme en chantilly et quand la preparation au citron est refroidie, y melanger la chantilly.

Assemblez:
Dans 6 a 8 verres, faites des couches successives de gateaux, mousse au citron et fraises.

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Melanie said...

I've never heard of pinch cake before... the trifle looks scrumptious though!

Dora said...

Looks delicious! One of my favorites is rice pudding.

Calantha said...

I have been searching for a good trifle recipe because my boyfriend repeatedly waxes nostalgic over them. Can't say I've ever tried it, but I think I'll be trying this one out very shortly!

Dessert fave: a warm, moist gingerbread cake. Sign me up!

Christina Marie said...

I tried to assemble a sort of individual trifle like this once. didn't look anywhere near as pretty.

marissa said...

Hmm.. not sure what counts as retro, but anything chocolate is my fave! Have a wonderful trip!

Allie said...

Love the macaron on top! I love dessert, don't think I could possibly choose a favorite. I did have a wonderful raspberry and hazelnut financier just yesterday though.

Tina said...

I absolutely love Bananas Foster. And since bananas are always available, it's a great dessert to have year round.
Also, coconut cream pie is something I would never turn down.

Once again... LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

* said...

Ooh, I love lemon curd. This looks fantastic.

I'd have to say a classic poundcake is my favourite retro dessert. My favourite dessert of all time is definitely apple pie, but I consider that more timeless than retro!

Nic said...

My sister will be in your Atlanta class this weekend, I 'gave' it to her for Christmas!

miniNigella said...

this dessert looks as light as a cloud...yummy !!

MadeInCanarias said...

What a wonderful desert!

Amy A said...

To tell the truth...I love good ol'fashioned gooey chocolate chip cookies...

AnnaBeL said...

Looks amazing!

MamaB said...

I love chocolate pudding cake. Your trifle looks lovely.

CuteCandyCupCakes said...

As always: wonderful picture of a really tasty looking goody! Strawberries are not in season here yet, but I'm looking forward to Summer, when they are actually available.

My favourite retro dessert would probably be my mum's chocolate pudding. :)

Osakaben said...

I'm not sure if they count as "retro", but the pictures have me thinking of making either a slump, mess, or a fool. Beautiful work though.

Katie said...

Its definitely rice pudding for me! My aunt makes it for every Christmas. She hides and almond inside, and whoever gets the almond wins a prize...a wonderful family tradition.

I love your blog!

shalini said...

Those trifles looks so pretty with strawberries! Sadly we don't find them here in winter. My fav retro desert has to be rice pudding with almonds,raisins, cashews and dried coconut pieces. super yummy!

Elizabeth said...

Tartlette,

You continue to amaze me.

I recently made your toasted blueberry pound cake (from the recipe with watermelon soup and lemon ice cream) and it was gone within the hour when my family descended upon it like vultures, sneaking down in the middle of the night eating it all before the morning!

I also tried your chai coffee cake and apricot teacakes, and let me tell you, your recipe's put every other recipe I have in my arsenal, to shame. There is simply something elegant yet basic about your recipes, making one slap their hand to their forehead wondering how that combination of flavors never occurred to them.

Your recipe's, and blog in general, have made me more inventive, trying how different combination's taste and seeing how perfect they can be. They aren't off the wall, out of nowhere combination's but refreshing ones that make you feel silly for just realizing.

Anyways, I am a big retro person. I love watching old television shows of my childhood, the old movies and I yearn for Halloween when I get to delve back in the past and play out my fantasies of living in the 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's for the day.

However, my favorite way to wax nostalgia is food. And more specifically, desserts. To me, black and white cookies are the be all and end all retro dessert. I have a strawberry shortcake every year for my birthday so that just feels like tradition but b&w cookies, as well as rainbow cookies, bring me back like nothing else.

Thanks for letting me stroll down my gastronomic past for a moment, I should definitely do it more often!

Josh said...

I would love to win this for my finacee!

wren said...

I think my life has offically changed: I was thinking the other day "I'm not doing enough of what I love...and I'm not sure I love what I'm doing." And, while culling inspiration to make a shift, tada!, "tartelette" appeared from an image link to macarons. What a delicious bit of serendipity. Thank you!!

Heidi said...

Oooh that looks amazing!
I loooove strawberry shortcake!

-Heidi
h-angulo@hotmail.com

La cuisine des 3 soeurs said...

Un petit dessert à mettre de côté pour les beaux jours.

Cakelaw said...

What a beautiful dessert - and I adore lemon. Have a good time in Atlanta.

Bertha said...

Wow, I feel busy just by reading your post! Sounds like a load of fun!
My retro dessert? hmmm... I think it would be strawberry shortcake, only during summer when strawberries are in season and succulent :).
Oh btw, San Jose is also so darn close to LA and Seattle :D. Have fun!

imasugarjunkie said...

Fave retro dessert has to be eton mess! all that cream, meringue and strawberries! yum yum

julie375 said...

I would absolutely love a copy of that heavenly book!! I have been lusting after it for quite some time now! My favorite retro dessert is chocolate cream pie! A 50's diner staple! Yummy!!

Mallory Elise said...

WHAT!

you're coming to Seattle in March?! ahhh! what rotten luck! grrr. i've been in Seattle my whole life (except for the year in France) and you're coming here a month after i move to brazil. gaaaaah. so close i could have met you :( well have fun in seattle!! i know you already have tour guides...but i'm a born native if you have any other pre-questions ;)

Lia said...

Rice Pudding and Madeira Cake :P

Bibi said...

Everytime I see lemon in a recipe I think about our lime (which is lemon for us here), and to be sincere, I think it tastes even better with lime than lemon ;)

As always, your photos are beautiful and the lemon mousse recipe looks delicious. I think I'm going to try it alone, because I have all the ingredients for it, but not strawberries.

Thanks for sharing one more great recipe!

PS.: I'm always jealous of your beautiful macaroons.

Anonymous said...

My favorite retro dessert is Angel Pie. Graham cracker crust with cinnamon, and heavenly creamy filling. Yum!!!

rosanna said...

Super retro: chocolate and churros, sooooo typical in Madrid (Spain), so old and so retro!!!

Beth said...

The trifle looks beautiful and as always your pics are great too! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm not able to recall any favorites desserts from childhood. Asked my husband though and he said something about 123 jello.

Jenny said...

My favorite retro dessert is chocolate pudding!

Monica said...

I love my great grandma's peach cream pie:) yum!

Wendy said...

is there really such a thing as retro desserts??? they're all good... and I don't think they can go out of style, can they? regardless, my favourite dessert is creme brulee. with fresh raspberries. mmmmm!

Inés said...

Retro dessert? Well, that's difficult. I'm not really sure what would be considered retro.

However, one of the Spanish traditional desserts I love is "Tocino de cielo" (literally, "Heaven's Pork Fat"), which is sort of a flan-like dessert, only it uses exclusively egg-yolks and sugar.

BTW, I had never (ever) commented (I'm sorry) even though I've been reading your blog for ages. Still, the chance to win "Rose Heavenly Cakes" made me jump to it. And I promise (pinky-promise) I'll comment more often.

Cheers and congrats for a wonderful blog.

Yael said...

Your work is amazing and inspiring! As for retro desserts- ( I don't know if this is retro,but I remember having it as a child a lot) I love a coconut cream pie, piled high with whipped cream!

Mercè said...

Happy New Year Helen!
I'm back from my vacation and I find this cake from back home! (I'm actually from a town minutes away from Salt!!!) :D
I'll have to try it since it's history-related to me! ;)

Aislinn said...

Mmm pineapple upside down cake!!

Amber said...

Banana Cream Trifle! So yummy!

Gentle Reader said...

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway :)

My favorite desserts are only retro in that they've been around awhile--hot fudge sundaes and cheesecake!

A Life In Focus Photography said...

i don't know which i love more your photos or your recipes? a toss up for sure, but then i haven't eaten anything yet, need a tester? I'd kick my diet to the curb in a minute.

Alexia Parada said...

Speechless..!

christy said...

My favorite retro desert is banana pudding with wafers in it! I still make it to this day and my kids love it too!

Anonymous said...

Retro dessert, um, that'd have to be cannoli....or any little Italian pastry, reminds me of my grandma.

sarahe said...

love those! i think my favorite is pineapple upside down cake...YUM!

Rambling Tart said...

Beeyootiful! Your man will be so pleased, I'm sure! :-) Have a wonderful time in Seattle! Hopefully we'll have some sun for you after all the rain we've had this week. :-)

Shauna said...

My favorite retro dessert: Rice pudding with raisins and a cinnamon stick! Best served warm! Yum!

cch14 said...

I'm in Atlanta but sadly can't attend your workshop! Your photos are just amazing. I'd have to say my favorite dessert, retro or otherwise, is anything with ice cream! ~Cheryl
cherylho14[at]gmail[dot]com

Sarah said...

Mmm, will always love strawberry shortcake best!

Jane said...

My favorite would be Boston Cream Pie. I remember my Mom making it.

Jas. said...

Love how this trifle looks so 'light' and the little macaroon on top - gorgeous!

My girlfriend recently visited London and had French Macaroons and all she could think of was how I was explaining the little 'feet' that they have. I'm yet to master them, but I'm being optimistic about it!

Enjoy your travels.

Joseph and Helen Freer said...

We LOVE your blog and as soon as I'm done DETOXING from Christmas I'm going to be bad and make a Banoffee pie. Delicious, though a little homier than your trifles!

Brianne said...

You're really hard on people's diets, you know that? Your trifle looks wonderful, anything with strawberries and lemon is a winner in my book! I don't think it's "retro" but the dessert that we've been eating forever is my mom's chocolate roll. Chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream and chocolate sauce is another wicked combination.

Aznie said...

Love your trifle..
For me I would choose the cheezy & caramelize dessert..

Sarah said...

Looks good... Baked Alaska is my retro choice...

Jenny said...

Retro desserts? I'm sure all of the ones I like are retro. Tried and true is always best!

Freckles said...

I don't know what exactly RETRO DESSERT is and am not sure if this fit at all, but I *LOVE*LOVE*LOVE* Brownies! If it is topped with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, ohhhhhh..... I'd be in heaven with that.

visualbenz said...

I can't choose just one dessert. It's too stressful!!! HAHAHAHA!

Caroline said...

My favorite retro dessert is a popsicle! Love the trifle, it looks gorgeous!

K said...

I don't know if it is "retro" but I love pies in the summer. So simple and lovely :)

skeptical said...

Favorite retro dessert? I don't know...anything with chocolate! Do brownies count? I love brownies! Enjoy the west coast!

lonetree72 said...

My favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding.

Manhattan Mama said...

I just discovered my 7-year-old daughter has Celiac -- she was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. As a baker, I spent these days crushed. But someone sent me to your blog, and all I can say is thank you so much. I am excited to start baking on this new non-gluten adventure. My first stop? My very very favorite -- and probably retro too -- a berry crumble. I'm thinking this may not be too hard as a non-gluten trial!

Becky said...

My favorite dessert is simple, nothing complicated or fancy about it. Homemade hand cranked vanilla ice cream smothered in freshly made strawberry sauce. A grandpa special that still tickles me to my toes when I think about it.

skip said...

yay atl!
[but not hotlanta. atlantans don't say that.]

Jodie said...

My fave retro dessert is Texas Sheet Cake. Yum.

Lori said...

He is a lucky man! I would love to have one of those!

And I would love the book too! Count me in.

Marj said...

I miss the Filipino dessert called "maruya." It's native bananas deep in flour mixture and then fried, yum!

Kendall said...

Dunno about retro... but I lovelovelove key lime pie. Lovvvvvve it.

Helena said...

Rootbeer floats all the way!

alice2 said...

Hmm do rootbeer floats count? a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of vanilla. I've been enjoying your photos and posts since stumbling across your site. :)

Christine said...

I always enjoy your blog and never post anything. My favorite retro dessert is Lemon Cake.

muglinka said...

your trifles are beautiful! i think my favorite nostalgia dessert would either be malted oreo milkshakes or my grandmother's persimmon pudding.

Audra said...

You can't beat the good-ole-fashioned chocolate chip cookies... crispy around the edges, moist in middle and warm and gooey from the oven of course. Milk optional.

Nads' Bakery said...

All the retro desserts I can think of are all back in style! I love Red Velvet Cake. I also love all kinds of bavarian creams.

Shea H said...

Banana pudding with Nilla wafers - yum!! I think I'll go make some now.....

Julia said...

chocolate pudding!

erica :) said...

i love your blog!

favorite retro dessert: toasted bread with hot creamy nutella and sometimes with fruit: banana or fresh strawberries!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

I love all those horrible molded jellos from the 50s and 60s! They're just so weird and cool!

Marina said...

Fruit pies! Any fruit that fits the season. I didn't grow up with them, but I am addicted to making them.

Natalie T said...

Wow! Looks fabulous.
My favourite is self saucing chocolate-orange pudding. That's pudding in the British sense of cake-like dessert.
So easy! Mix everything together, throw the batter in the mixing bowl into the microwave (it was an updated version) for just a few minutes, turn it out onto a plate and you have a lovely cakey dessert with chocolate-orange sauce.

claireallison said...

Lemon Meringue Pie all the way!!! Thank's for the giveaway. :)

Amber said...

I love retro tacky desserts. Jello, any flavor. Chocolate pudding (cook and serve) from the box. And banana pudding with vanilla wafers.

meg8898 said...

that looks fab! Wish I could see you at your Seattle visit - get ready for rain! As for retro dessert... how about rice pudding?

Asan said...

wow, love your creations and pictures! My fav dessert would be leche flan

Katie said...

My fav retro dessert is prob old fashioned apple pie with vanilla ice cream. :)

jess said...

I'm sad that all your seattle workshops are sold out! I absolutely love apple crisp:)

Anonymous said...

Everything you do I drool... My retro would be whitehouse ice cream on my Mom's cherry hickory nut cake.. YUM...

Miss Lissy said...

I don't know if I have a favorite retro dessert but my favorite dessert dessert are those peanut butter balls - which I guess have been around forever; does that make them retro?

(mkzellmer@yahoo.com)

sanae said...

I love your blog and checking everyday at the lunch time! Nice break from work and dreaming about beautiful sweets!
Retro desserts...roll cake! I'm sure lots of Japanese people will agree with me!

hyperboliclies said...

banana cream pie! :)

Fa said...

My favorite retro dessert is MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE!

Always love you blog!

Katy said...

My favorite retro dessert would have to be black and white cookies :)

Esme said...

Your macaroons look delicious-I would sign up for your class in a moment.

Retro desert-ummm

Chocolate pudding

chocolate and croissants at yahoo dot com

Lauren said...

This sounds like heaven! I honestly don't know which desserts I love that are retro.

Hanna said...

Mm this looks so good, as does the book!

Sonja @ ActiveFoodie said...

Can this be my favorite retro dessert? It looks AMAZING, it incorporates all my favorite flavors, this is going straight to the top of my list of favorites! As for retro...does berry cobbler count? (not sure if that is retro or not)

Sammy Girl said...

Mmm Mmm Mmm!
I just discovered you and will be back often! Too bad by time I found you the Seattle classes are filled, as Portland not THAT far away ....
Hugs and have a super Friday1
Betty :)
fave retro dessert? .... the one I am enjoying at the time! Push comes to shove? Chocolate Chip cookies (warm and gooey) and ice cream ... but so many others!

koohiiteasheri said...

Finger Jell-O! Especially the rainbow kind with the white layers inbetween each layer so you can peel each flavor and eat them one by one!

Michael Lee West said...

I was all settled in for a long winter's nap, but now I want a trifle. It looks comforting and ambrosial, all at once.

My favorite retro dessert is banana pudding with sky high meringue.

Tummywise said...

Mine's ais kacang! It's a Malaysian dessert literally translated as "bean ice".

It has a base of red beans, sweet corn, palm seed, grass jelly and cendol, with a mountain of shaved ice on top drizzled with evaporated milk and syrup. I like mine with vanilla ice cream on top. Yum!

debbie said...

My favourite retro dessert would be lemon meringue pie!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful website.

Monika said...

The trifle looks gorgeous and the photos are stunning, as usual. I just love fluffy lemony desserts like this one. As far as retro desserts are concerned, homemade apple strudel is my poison :)

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

There are already 300 comments and I wonder if I should even bother to add one more... but I do want to express how I wish I am in LA to attend your photography workshop.As for your desserts, they are beautiful as always. That's already a given.

Sarah said...

TRIFLE!? Thank God someone is show casing this!! This is very popular for my family during the holidays, and is widely popular in Canada, but not so much in the states. I love the theme of lemon+berry and that macaron is so cute atop it all!
As for retro desserts, Brownie pudding- a standard from BHG red and white checked cookbook, though I prefer to jazz it up and make it a little more moist and fudgy. Nanaimos as well as the common puffed wheat cereal treat are both things that remind me of Canada and family!

Jo said...

Gorgeous looking dessert and the combination of colours are so striking. My dessert would have to be a strawberry yogurt cheesecake - one that is soft but not dense.

Angie said...

My favorite retro dessert is a hot fudge brownie sundae. It's sooo good!

angelilee91@gmail dot com

wishes to be anonymous said...

chè xôi nước
a vietnamese dessert my mum makes :D
dno if its considered retro though

Christina Anna said...

Apple crumble!

Reni said...

Hmmm, lemon mousse... That's something I definitely have to try soon.
BTW, yesterday I made Meyer Lemon Cupcakes from your recipe, though I had to substitute ordinary lemon for meyer lemon, cause we can't find any here. It was a major hit. My 2 daughters couldn't stop asking for more.. :)
As for retro dessert, I wouldn't reject a slice of blackforest cake or a bowl of banana split ice cream or some crepes suzette..
Sigh... if only, I could attend one of your workshops, that would be precious.

Jessica said...

This looks delicious! My favorite retro dessert is butterscotch pie. Great blog!
-Jessica
wills_mama@yahoo.com

holly h bailey said...

Can't wait to try it out, as one of my best friends has gone gluten free. She'll be thrilled!

Retro dessert - my great grandmother made something that we just called "Stuff"...coolwhip blended into not completely set jello. YUM! One time she added crushed graham crackers to the top and we called it "Crummy Stuff". My mom was appalled until she realized what we meant. Still laugh about it and really miss great-mother and Stuff.

Christine said...

Hi... My Retro Dessert would be Apple Crumble with a huge scoop of Dreyers Toasted Almond Vanilla Ice Cream ; )

Blessings
Chris

Michelle said...

not sure about the retro part, but cheesecakes are the best!!!

Julie said...

I love good old fashioned egg custard from the Joy of Cooking

Jul said...

This dessert looks SO good! Ahhhh, I would like to try it! And the descrittion...Mmmmmmm...:)
My favourite retro dessert? Hmmm, in Poland, where I come from and live, we have many delicious desserts that i love, but my favourite is baked apple stuffed with walnuts,honey and cinnamon:)

queencake and titangirl said...

hello and thanks for the giveaway!
favourite dessert:
lemon syllabub
trifle
apple crumble

i would love to have the book:))

Kristin Conroy said...

I think if my husband were left at home with that gorgeous dessert, he wouldn't miss me as much when I went out of town! My favorite retro dessert is homemade chocolate pudding with graham crackers crumbled on top!

Karoline said...

Tapioca Pudding is the best!

Andrew's Mom said...

Upside down pineapple cake!

toontz said...

My favorite retro dessert: bread pudding with raisins and hard sauce. Only if my mom makes it, though.

Nazia Peeroo said...

Dear Helen
Guess wat, my fav retro dessert is..My Husband's Trifle.. and Tiramissu also. And your's look just so yummy. Me would definately try it this week end.
Your Blog is just so delicous and heavenly.

skimmy said...

strawberry shortcake!!

Blissitydoodah said...

Coconut meringue pie!

Ana Sofia said...

Not sure if it's comfort or retro but favorite dessert natilla (Cuban custard) with meringues.

Rhia said...

Banana cream pie always reminds me of my gramma. It's just too bad that no ones compares to hers.

אופה קטנה said...

hi,
My favorite retro dessert is chocolate mousse :)

Sweetsonian said...

Tiramisu, by far. Wonderful blog!

MissCQ said...

My favorite retro dessert is date cake! I'll eat anything with dates in it, really.

Luca said...

Retro desert? That would be chocolate mousse. Thanks for the giveaway and all your wonderful posts! :)

cindy* said...

it looks like you will be busy, busy! what lucky participants for your classes too!

is german chocolate cake a throwback dessert? if so, that's my pick ;)

kate said...

Hey there! I'm so excited to take your class on Sunday, and so pleased you're having a good time in Atlanta so far. Have a great weekend, and oh my I can't wait to meet you!

Kate

Jelli Bean said...

Retro dessert fave has gotta be my mom´s pudding poke cake. Yummy! Great giveaway, I would LOVE to win.

Brian Wakefield said...

I have always been a fan of s'mores around the campfire. I can't stand marshmallows plain, but something about the great outdoors and a roaring fire makes everything taste better.

Nama said...

Trifles, oh my! Delicious.

npfldmom said...

Pistachio Cake- It is amazing what you can do with a can of gingerale and a box of pudding!

Elodie said...

This dessert looks delicious!

maninas said...

love the pics!

my fave retro dessert is chocolate mousse. simple, but stunning. especially when made with best quality chocolate - my preferences range in the 70% cocoa content. like the perfect small black dress.

deb said...

Hi Helen. I've been following and learning from your blog for quite some time now. And your blog really inspires me in my own culinary adventure. This is my first comment because I just started my own food blog recently. Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you for sharing with us your lovely photos and expert advises.

My favorite retro dessert.. I spent my childhood in Taiwan, so my pick would have to be Taiwanese Taro root ice cream!

Libby said...

Favorite retro dessert would be the Neapolitan ice cream my grandmother would serve at the end of some meals in the mid-seventies. Of course it was store bought, but I loved the visual appeal of the single slice that included equal parts chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Thanks for the giveaways you offer...love your blog! Libby
planbee1911@earthlink.net

Carol in NC said...

My mom's chocolate pie with meringue. My older brother would beg for it and would usually get it. For me it was all in the crust. She made the best!

Ellen B said...

My favorite retro dessert is divinity candy; my cousins and I used to make it with my Granny whenever we had "candy-making weather".

This trifle looks divine!

Suzanne said...

I found a recipe from my great great grandmother a lemon meringue pie that sounds amazing...only problem was she came from the "I don't use exact measurements, I just know how many palmfuls to use" camp of baking, so I've been trying to decipher the amounts she used...haven't been brave enough yet to try.

Karen said...

My favorite retro dessert: banana pudding.

Stephanie said...

My hands down favorite dessert from the past is Jello. I still, to this day, get excited looking at all the Jello boxes in the grocery store.

KarlandBethany said...

boy does that look yummy! ;-)

hmmmm... retro desserts?
hand fruit pies

(hostess used to make them to put in kids' lunch boxes. not sure if they still make them or not, but I'd like to make some homemade ones that are fresh and have less sugar!)

Emily said...

OMG that looks soooo amazing!
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Annette said...

Have to say I am in LOVE with your blog!!! You have given me the chance to brush up on my French with your wonderful recipe (betcha didn't think it would take me 4 hours to translate this wonderful Le P'tit Coin (kidding). Your photography makes me drool at the sight of everything you make.
Way back when my dad introduced us to our first microwave oven. There I made my first dessert (I thought it was very professional of me), a chocolate souffle. It turned out pretty good and ever since the sight or thought of Chocolate souffles brings back the memory of our first microwave and my 1st pro dessert.

Karen said...

Teach a macaron class in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Jina said...

chocolate pudding. so many memories :)

Maria J said...

This looks refreshing and a needed change from all the chocolate trifles I've made. Thanks.

Swarna said...

I love your creations. Not sure how much i can replicate.
I immigrated to US 2001...and being an avid cook and baker I watch food tv shows and follow food blogs like crazy...the retro dessert which captured my attention on first look and still holds a place is the one you have created ...yes its trifle...
keep your creations coming...love it

Randi Lynne said...

Rice Pudding!

Fiona said...

Floating Islands

Zeitgeist said...

If there is one retro dessert that reminds me of my beautiful early childhood, it would have to be Creme Caramel. My dad especially made that for me when I was a tiny, little girl and I felt in love with dessert at that first bite!

moni said...

me encanta tu blog tus fotos y tus recetas
mi postre favorito es el tiramisu

ssomerville said...

Cooked vanilla pudding and strawberries. Love your blog, and your photos!

Calvine said...

Hmm... my favorite retro dessert would have to be pineapple upside down cake, which is also the most recent retro dessert i've made! Thanks!

Guu said...

just a simple chocolate cake :)

Hettar7 said...

Hmmm... retro dessert? I'm not really sure. If we're going simple old school, how about just a big ole spoonful of brown sugar. yummm..... i stole one whenever I could as a child.

La mancelle said...

I love your desserts and photos.

My favorite retro dessert is strawberry shortcake for sentimental reasons. It was the first cake I made from scratch.

Ash said...

This is just utterly amazing! Love the photo of strawberries and lemon!!

hmmm.. my retro dessert would have to be well... a classic of all classics, good old Apple pie or maybe even a pineapple upside down cake.

I have a giveaway going on too! Stop on by!

Lili said...

My favorite retro dessert is frozen yogurt pie. Thanks for this post and giveaway!

Lynne said...

This looks soooo good! Can't wait to try it. Retro dessert? Icebox cookie cake for sure!

Katie Spankins said...

i would LOVE a copy of that! :-D

my favorite retro dessert is the strawberry pie my grandma makes... she's been making it for 23 years (if i'm not mistaken), and it's fabulous!

(kathryn.hankins@gmail.com)

crackingtheegg said...

Yummm I love strawberry! I can't wait until they are in season again in New Jersey.
My favorite "retro" dessert I suppose would be black and white cookies. Every time I went to visit my grandparents, they would have a plate of them waiting for us.

Stephanie said...

Retro dessert of choice: hands down, Coconut Cream Pie....dreamy....

Lori said...

My favorite retro dessert is either a banana split or good old apple pie! Neither can be beat!

Kathryn said...

I'd have to narrow it down to either a banana split or a root beer float. Can't I have both?

Ja9 said...

Oh. This brings a memory of mine on my b-day, I went to this restaurant and they had this delicious 7 layers of strawberry short cake. It had strawberries, strawberry moouse, whipped cream and some sort of sponge cake. I only had it once and I wish I had the recipe!!!

raquel said...

Baked Alaska!!!!
Love raquel from miami

KatieFrey said...

Banana pudding "pie" (Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding, banana slices and cool whip!)

Swarna said...

what happened to my previous nice comment :(

Margo said...

I have to say, I'm a big strawberry shortcake fan. However, I feel like I can't answer that, so I'll say that I love my grandma's apple crumble with hard sauce - what could be more retro than hard sauce?

Also, SEATTLE! Will you be doing anything besides the classes?

Tartelette said...

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tiffany said...

The lemon mousse alone makes me want to try that dessert! Yum. Thank you for posting. :)

Kay said...

OMG! Looks so good! I'd make it for a party that I'm going to tomorrow but another girl's already volunteered dessert!

Kelly said...

Caramel cake! I fell in love with it when I moved South and I crave it ever so often. :)

Alexandra said...

Helen! Seattle?! I'm in Tacoma, I guess this busy week kept me out of the loop, darn! You'll love the Pacific Northwest and it's lovely offerings!

I love the photo with the tri-colored berries. Simply spectacular! Lemon mousse sounds heavenly!!

Tiramisu is my favorite 'retro' dessert.

Charla Wilson said...

Strawberry Shortcake! and yes I want to try this one!

Y said...

Wooo you're a busy bee! :) I've been eyeing that pinch cake recipe in Rose's book. Love how you turned it into a sorta trifle.

Anna said...

Mmmm...that looks yummy. I love the combination of orange and chocolate in any of it's fabulous manifestations :D

Christy said...

While I was pregnant a friend made me a bowl of vanilla ice cream with a warm chocolate chip cookie and home made chocolate sauce. I thought I had died and went to heaven.

kyrajane said...

retro dessert - the extra pie crust with cinnamon and sugar on it!

llamamama said...

This looks like a great summer dessert! My favorite retro dessert is banana cream pie!

Cherish said...

Hmmmm, not sure what qualifies as "retro". How about that cake with the chocolate wafers and whipped cream? Or a banana split? Delicious!

Neha said...

Pineapple Upside Down Cake!!! nom nom nom!

Dawn said...

oh my oh my oh my! I've been holding off on buying Rose's book...maybe this is why??

You've managed, once again, to combine some of my ultimate favourite flavours...lemon and strawberry! I'll save that one for summer; strawberries that leave Florida fresh are NOT once they get here!

Cat G. said...

My favorite dessert, retro or otherwise, is fresh peach pie. YUM.

Mercè said...

Happy New Year Helen! :)
My hometown is actually minutes away from Salt!
I'll have to try this cake since it's from home! :)
Btw, I just signed up for your Food Photography workshop in LA! I'm so excited! I can't wait!

Kathryn said...

Oh gosh, if I want retro, I turn to Great-Gramma's Black Magic Cake recipe...Chocolate enhanced with coffee, so moist, so very good!

erin said...

Butterscotch brownies (aka brown sugar cakes) which my grandmother made AGES ago. I love the outside edges with a big glass of very cold milk. mmmmm....delicious.

Anna said...

My grandma always made "green dessert," which I found out later was simply chocolate wafers layered with (green) whipped cream. YUM!

Rita said...

Beautiful photography! You really have a talent for creating delicious looking dishes.

My favorite retro dessert is my mom's homemade cheesecake. So good, she used to sell it to local restaurants!



Rita

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coco said...

My mother made the most AMAZING strawberry shortcake!! I have been trying to recreate this recipe forever!

Winnie said...

Those cups are really useful for serving small desserts!

One household dessert that everyone enjoys is mango pudding. It's delicious.

irene said...

Looks beautiful, thank you!

Darlene said...

My favorite dessert of all time is hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

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