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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Go Play Louisiana said...

I love your blog! My favorite retro would be chess pie

Jaime said...

Icebox cake - made with layers of Nabisco Chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream - yum!

SaraLe said...

I love chocolate cakes any size or shape.

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diane said...

OMG Thank you for reminding me! I loved my mom's Boston Creme Pie.

Lorieann said...

I've been link-hopping tonight and wound up here! Great Blog!

Retro dessert would have to be Boston Cream Pie. I've been searching for a recipe that's like the one I remember my mom getting from Hans' Bakery (which is long gone) when I was growing up in NY.
It never tastes as good as the memory!

Annie R said...

Oh wow!
My favourite retro desserts would be Fruit salad cake, made with fruit salad from a can, preferably with warm brown sugar sauce
or "Bonbon patate", which is a candy my Grandma used to make at Christmastime with icing sugar, peanut butter and a quarter of a potato, where it gets its name

colorchic said...

A Simple Lemon Cake with ingredients measured by "jars"

vickys said...

I love a good trifle! It always seems to satisfy the greedy girl in me...a bit of everything heavenly, all stacked neatly into one! :)

Krystie said...

Can't go wrong with banana pudding :)

Piszke said...

Thanks for your excellent recipes an all amazing photos.

My favorite (european) retro - old fashioned - dessert is Sacher torte :)

Misty said...

Oh how I love your photos! My favorite retro dessert would have to be box pudding or jello, though I don't eat either anymore since becoming a vegetarian (they contain gelatin). Have a fantastic trip!

someonecares said...

My favourite retro dessert is Ice Kacang!!! Ice Kacang or shaved ice with red beans is a dessert commonly served in Malaysia - you have to try this!

T said...

Wow, that trifle looks absolutely lovely! My favorite retro dessert is banana pudding with Nilla wafers. =)

Fiona Byrns said...

Thanks for the inspiration I love your photography and recipes. for me the best dessert has to be a chocolate mousse there are so many versions but for me the true chocolate cream and eggs variety is best.

yan_toelll said...

It's been a while that i've been a silent reader at ur blog.Ur blog and recipes are so AMAZING,and the photos are sooo prettyy=D,wish i got half of ur talent=)
Well, my fave retro dessert is Lapis Legit,it's a rich indonesian cake made with tons of butter and egg yolks build in thousand layershttp://pennylanekitchen.blogsome.com/2008/06/08/144/ it's a link of it. U'll understand why i love it

Suzanne said...

chocolate pudding

Amy said...

Yum...your pinch cake trifle looks so good! I'll try out your recipe this weekend. :P My favorite retro dessert is Chocolate Lava Cake....not sure if that's really that retro...but it's my all time favorite! :)

Sharon said...

Oops, sorry, before I commented, I hit the wrong button...

My fav retro dessert would be a condensed milk custard set with raspberry jello.

All the best for your workshops and meetings in Atlanta.

Silvina C. said...

mmmmm looks absolutely yummy!
By the way, my retro dessert of all times would undoubtely be my grandma's rice pudding!!!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Heavenly Cakes? Yes please! Have fun with all your workshops - wish I could attend but Toronto is so far from there...

Amanda said...

Oh Strawberry Shortcake, without a doubt. With biscuit-type shortcakes, not sponge cake.

Sarah said...

Rice Pudding (my great grandmother had the best recipe)

bridget {bake at 350} said...

I love seeing you recipe in French although I can't read a word of it! :)

Retro dessert...maybe chocolate cream pie?

edith said...

Always inspired by your beautiful photos. It makes me hungry.

For me, I will go for a nice bowl of bowl Mango and Pomelo soup.

http://preciousmoments66.blogspot.com/2009/10/alone-for-long-weekend.html

Stephanie said...

My favorite has to be chocolate peanut butter slush cake. Yum!

shanondavis said...

Retro...lemon meringue pie...mmm!

Wendy said...

What a beautiful dessert!

My favorite retro dessert is pineapple fool.

Janice said...

A too-beautiful to eat trifle! [well, maybe not 'too' beautiful :)] My favorite retro dessert is definitely a good old-fashioned Brooklyn Blackout cake!

Nancy from The Photo Cottage said...

you can't beat chocolate chip cookies they are portable, shippable, and loveable. or homemade ice cream - even better if you turn the crank and burn the calories before you even eat them!

Corie Miller said...

thanks for such a beautiful blog, I especially was drawn to the recipe for pumpkin semifredo. If the offer to win the cookbook is running, please include me!!! My favorite retro dessert is from my great grandmother and we called them apple slices. Another common name for them is apple slab pie. It was a wonderful blend of spiced granny smith apples tucked between two sheets of pie crusts and topped with a thick drizzle of icing. I miss it and her.

happy eating
C Miller

Clabby said...

Cheesecake! The English type made with cream cheese and double cream. My mum made it for me when I was a child and I'm still mad about it.

An(us)ka said...

Retro dessert....hm....I think tiramisu and vanilla puding...:)

p.s Loveee love your photography...

Jessie T. said...

I love rhubarb custard pie.

I'm not sure how retro it is, but it always makes me think of grandmas.

Anonymous said...

lovely cake. Favorite retro dessert is bananasplit.

Elena said...

I'm new to your blog and just keep on coming back :) Outstanding photography!

Retro dessert? Crepes suzette!
Ciao!

Anonymous said...

love the idea of retro dessert,love the pictures...
my favorite retro -Tiramisu!!!

Anonymous said...

my fav retro dessert would be the stand out berry sorbets with vanilla bean ice cream, melted chocolate and chocolate sail all in a big flute glass!! xx

MrsTiara said...

My sweet tooth is too large to encompass just one dessert, but I do miss chocolate pudding and strawberry shortcake (although not together).

Bronwyn said...

Lemon meringue pie. Love the light fluffiness. Also am so inspired by your blog!

Laura B. said...

Grasshopper Pie!

Christine said...

Chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Served in those little custard cups. Every so often my mom would make that for dessert when I was a kid.

Laura L said...

definitely coconut cake

Amy said...

Peach Melba. Very 70's, still delicious.

Isabelle said...

I'm a sucker for chocolate mousse. Does that count as retro? This trifle looks superb, and I would love a copy of that book. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Whisk-At-Hand said...

My favorite retro dessert is Strawberry shortcake... Yum!

Since you'll be on the west coast, want to do a class in SF area? Pretty please?!

Lynda said...

The giveaway sounds great. Our favorite retro dessert would have to be homemade ice cream. My Dad always had to help me crank. Boy does that give my age away!

Sandalola said...

Ohhh great giveaway, thanks! Hmm...my favorite retro dessert is Taiwanese (but with diff twists depending on the ethnic origins): egg pudding with burnt sugar syrup!

Connie C. said...

Bread pudding, in a heartbeat.

Vivianne Leclaire said...

This looks luscious. Your photography is wonderful.

Cara C said...

Helen,
It was an absolute pleasure meeting you today during Sugar Rush. If I had to choose a favorite retro dessert, I'd have to say ice cream flavored New Orleans style snoballs.

Safe travels and thanks so much for the encouragement and the tips!

Cara - Crumb and Get It

Aimee said...

I actually just checked this book out of the library and decided to make her white velvet cake as a belated birthday gift to myself. Her mixing method was completely new to me, and resulted in one of the best white cakes I've ever tasted. And when she says "velvet" boy, does she mean it! It's a beautiful book, and you write a beautiful blog! Thanks so much for offering the giveaway!

Andrea said...

French silk all the way.

Lisa said...

Beautiful pictures and dessert! Your blog is brillant!

Sunshine said...

Goodness, that looks fantastic! I'm a real fan of key lime pie and lemon meringue. Anything with citrus will do really.

Beatriz said...

I really love a national traditional portuguese dessert that my grandma always did when I was a kid thats a sort of yellow custard with rice.. I dont really know what to call it in english but here we call it Arrôs Doce, which means literally sweet rice.

Baked Alaska said...

I think my favorite retro dessert is Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. I'd love to win the book by the way!

babymix99 said...

looks amazing!
my fav dessert (retro or not) is cheese-cake with strawberry toppings...

Vinitha said...

thank you for the recipe! :) my favorite retro dessert would have to be...plain old chocolate ice cream! :)

andaoana said...

Gorgeous looking. When I saw the photo of the strawberries I rushed to the grocery to get myself some.
As for retro dessert, I am dying after a good raisin rice pudding.

(roaring)mama said...

Oh wow, I will have to try that pinch cake! It looks amazing!

denise grolly-case said...

looks fabulous

mandarine said...

Mmmm, my favourite is steamed golden syrup pudding with custard sauce. Love your blog.

Angelina said...

I have all of Rose Beranbaum books except the Heavenly Cakes. Would love to add that to my huge collection of cookbooks. I would definitely sign up for your macaroon and photography if you are holding it in Boston.

Astheroshe said...

WOW.. I live in ATL! I love learning about food hx, with my recipes

oolong said...

Love your blog and pictures.

And once again I regret that I don't live in US. Damn.

Lindsey@pickyeatings said...

I don't know if this is exactly retro or not, but chocolate cream pie.

Teressa said...

Banana Pudding

Nicole Drewniak said...

I'm a simple kind of gals so I'd say rice pudding. :0)

Chicbee said...

I love your blog, and your photos on Flickr.
Every Friday, my Grandmother used to bake an apple raisin cake. It was not tall, and a little runny, like a cobbler. It filled a whole rack in the oven. The aroma alone was heavenly. We were a large family, so there was never any left over. So good... I can still taste it.

Kate Willink said...

What a treat to find such a delicious and gf recipe!

chocolatecup said...

that trifle looks awesommmme! all of my fav things in one. lemon, berriesss, just missing out choc. hmm. i dont know what's retro dessert? so i will just probably name one dessert i really like which is good old chocolate lava cake:)

Anonymous said...

Love your Blog! Just found it! Everything looks divine!
Thank you~ Radha

emgower said...

yummmy!!!

Alexis said...

Hello! My favorite retro dessert is Baked Alaska.

David said...

I'm only in it for the book.

Mishu said...

Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Sauce!

Jane K said...

Pineapple upside down cake made in my grandmother's cast iron skillet with LOTS of brown sugar. Retro goodness!

Cherry Runway said...

You should have some workshops on the other side of American...

say...Orlando, Florida? ;)

A really snazzy pudding dessert that has no gelatin in it would be smashing!

hannah | honey & jam said...

Cheesecake is retro, right? I love it!

Ellen said...

definitely bananas foster for me! i just love it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a coffee drinker but I love Tiramisu, which has been around for years. Any kind of trifle is one of my favorite desserts. Martha lrice5241@att.net

Shauna from Piece of Cake said...

Oh, I've been coveting this book for the longest time!

And I'm a sucker for a good Bundt cake--is that actually retro? It feels retro.

Sandy said...

Wow I just wanted to say that i LOVE your blog so much. I am starting out my own blog and part of it will be melding together cooking and photography. Whenever I cook recipes for the blog, I want to be able to take pictures of the food, as well as you do. If you have any comments or tips to help me out, please come over to my blog and take a look (of course I only have a few posts since I am just beginning)! I just wish I lived in LA so I could attend your workshop! My family does live out there so I hope that one day, just one day in the future it will work out there I am there the same time as your workshop!

As for retro desserts, my mom is the Jello queen and I've just grown up with eating it. Her specialty is three layer jello with two fun colors on top and bottom and a white layer in the middle!

Thanks again for the opportunity to win a cookbook too! I love trying out new recipes ALL the time and I could try them out and post the process on my blog all while practicing taking pictures of food!!

steph said...

I love banana pudding - make me think of my childhood!

GooberNgrape said...

once again, beautiful photography.

for me, a fave retro dessert is an icebox cake made with homemade (of course) chocolate wafers, layered with whipped cream boosted with creme fraiche. stupid easy and so good.

Alley said...

Strawberry Shortcake...yummy :)

Leah said...

The sheer cuteness! I love it. Now I just have to get my kitchen fully set up so I can cook...

Plum island Cookie Company said...

Chocolate Cake, no frosting, still warm with a glass of really cold milk.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

What a fun giveaway! Fingers are crossed :) These strawberries look awesome too. I'm so waiting for summer to get here....

letitsnow said...

My (retro) dream is that I can walk to a shop and buy good quality gluten free puff pastry dough at a reasonable price and make buttery flaky Danishes (among other things).

The Cooking Ninja said...

That's a beautiful and delicious dessert. :) Wish it is summer season here in France so that I can make this dessert.

Anonymous said...

Ummm, toss up between Banana Pudding & "Fluffy Stuff"- Jell-o pudding with whipped cream and fruit. Delicious!

Abbie said...

I love an old recipe called "nutmeg cake."

Kristina said...

I have a soft spot in my heart for tapioca pudding. :)

AnastasiaK said...

Your triffle looks to die for! I absolutely love strawberries... but I live in Michigan and they cost an arm and a leg!
As far as my favorite retro dessert?- chocolate fondue! Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate (:

Linda said...

thank you for this lovely chance!!
how about giving baking classes in nyc...wow would that be great!
as i child my favorite was dessert was a charlotte russe...the cherry on the top was always so cute!

Valerie said...

Your blog always, always, always makes me want to bake up a storm! Thank you for all the beautiful entries!

As far as a favorite retro dessert... my mom's banana bread pudding. Although, I don't know if it's more "nostalgic" than "retro."

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

I believe my favourite retro dessert is "Marängsviss". It's a Swedish variant of Eton Mess that contains whipped cream, meringues, sliced bananas, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce!

Teri said...

Old fashioned chocolate pudding with whipped topping

Kimberly said...

My favorite retro dessert is the Seven Layer Jello that my grandma makes. She cuts it into cute little rectangles, and I used to love to pull apart the layers and eat them one at a time.

Evie said...

As a baker, francophile and friend of several gluten-challenged dessert lovers, I am delighted that I discovered your blog! It is especially encouraging to contemplate baking recipes that are illustrated with such gorgeous photos. Thank you! Our Bay Area Bakers Dozen group will be focusing on baking for special diets at our February meeting.

blanketmonster88 said...

I'm new to this site and this posting with the strawberries looks delicious. I will be coming back for more!

Ale said...

Apple Pie!! (with vanilla ice cream mmmhh)

T said...

Profiteroles! Mm.. custard!

Amanda said...

I've only just found your blog! My favourite retro dessert is what I grew up calling an upside down cake - sponge cake topped with a layer of caramelised pineapple and apple, so that the caramel soaks into the cake. My grandmother, Lily, used to make it as her standard dessert. The why is therefore past nostalgia and part fondness for the combination of light vanilla cake, caramel and cake.

Mama Foodie said...

Feeling inspired to make these little trifles! I live in Charleston, and I am loving your blog! Do you ever teach any food photography courses here Charleston?

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

Either Jell-o Poke Cake or a Jell-O mold with fruit in it.

Jello is contemporary, but so retro!

Hippo Flambe said...

Favorite retro desert would have to be apple brown betty. We used to get those for dessert while on summer vacation when I was growing up. We always requested a side of cream and no ice cream or whipped cream on top. I prefer my whipped cream unsweetened. Well, at least not over sweetened.

I have some meyer lemon curd I made in the fridge so I think I am going to use your lemon curd mousse as a basis for dessert tonight. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

-Robin

Joann said...

Delicious looking dessert! Not sure if it would be "retro" or not... but love a spicy carrot cake with a nice thick layer of cream cheese frosting!!

Chelsey said...

I love your photos! Can't wait to try that cook book you're giving away too... :p

Marta Rustecka said...

I really admire your blog and your great passion :) and... I hope I'm not late... 'couse I'd love to have 'Heavenly Cakes' :D
My favourie dessert? Chocolate mousse - simply the best :D

mara - shared sugar said...

Hmm, fave retro dessert has to be chocolate chip layer cake from Betty Crocker.

Laura said...

Visited your site in hopes of being inpired with enough confidence to make my first macarons, but this cookbook seems much more up my usual baking alley. :) Do s'mores count as a retro dessert?

Caitlin said...

My grandmother's lemon pound cake. So divine.

Two Rivers Soap Company said...

My favorite is Peach Cobbler with
homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Tina said...

Banana Cake!

Cyndi said...

I love pie, particularly cherry pie, but I'm married to a cake man, so winning a cake cook book would make him so very happy!

Sarah J said...

I love that there is a macaroon! of course.

Cathy said...

Beautiful pictures, as always! As for favorite retro dessert, my husband can make a mean banana foster.

Lucy said...

cookies, cookies and cookies. traditional, always good, always retro, any kind.

anna said...

That trifle is making me drool!

As for retro desserts, I had three sweet favorites my mom would make. 1. Simple raspberry Jell-o with sliced bananas. Best eaten squished through my teeth with maximum slurpy noises. 2. Pudding. Not instant or store-bought. Homemade pudding that formed a thick skin in the refrigerator. Trying to get the skin off in one glorious layer was awesome. 3. Lemon mousse with crumbled angel food cake layers. This was put in the fancy dessert cups with stems that we were usually not allowed anywhere near. This always meant guests were coming.

Tracy said...

Mmm. That trifle looks delicious. For a retro dessert, I'm torn between Baked Alaska and the icebox cake made from chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream (am I showing my age?).

Susan said...

Love your blog! I still remember a cake my grandmother used to make that she called "red devil," although it was a dark chocolate. It was always topped with a chocolate frosting that had been cooked to a pudding-like consistency. I've never been able to duplicate it.

ClumsyChemist said...

Schaum Torte...like grandma used to make

marla (Family Fresh Cooking) said...

Favorite vintage dessert: a good old fashioned Hummingbird Cake.
Rose's Heavenly Dessert book looks, well, Heavenly!!
Your pinch cake looks great! I love the story behind the pinch cake. B is spoiled, lucky duck!
When I leave the house, I leave. I make sure ingredients are in the pantry and the fridge, but not necessarily cooked.

Tina said...

Strawberry pie with lots of whipped topping. Yum!

Lisa said...

this inspired me to make strawberry shortcake/cupcakes tonight!

Libby said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so glad I clicked through a bunch of links that led me to this wonderful blog!!!

About retro desserts, I can't pick just one because as a kid my mom and I made these treats simultaneously: date nut balls and lady fingers! They were such fun to make...you got to get your hands messy (on purpose)! :-)

Arlette said...

Hello Helene
Gorgeous dessert, gorgeous photos, and great posting as always.
love all your desserts amd tried several recipes and all came perfect.

My favourite retro desserts will be creme caramel... or mousse au chocolat.

Zmajek said...

Ooh, i missed the deadline. I'll still answer the question, though. :) It's defenitely my grandma's chocolate-walnut marzipan balls.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...lovely delectable pictures.....carving to indulge with that mousse right now.....giveaway sounds real fun.....happy time out there....

Dani said...

what i wouldn't give to attend one of your workshops!!! if only i lived closer, or in the right country for that matter :p

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Mississippi Mud Pie! Atleast half of my weight gain can be attributed to it!

karen said...

strawberry chiffon cake!!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Beautiful blog!

Anita said...

These look gorgeous - and retro too! :) very nice.

Jenny Tan said...

The trifle looks absolutely delicious!
Not sure if this is a retro dessert, but I LOVE fresh fruit tarts.

BTW Helen, if you'll be in LA and gonna stop by Seattle, you should REALLY consider making a stop in Portland too!!! Please let me know if you DO!! :)

Tartelette said...

Jenny Tan: I am afraid I don't have enough time to stop in Portland this time. Another time!

Valérie said...

My favorite retro dessert is my mom's lemon meringue pie ! I reminds me when I was little and I looked at her in the kitchen. Now we've combined our recipes and found the perfect recipe for us !

B & D said...

i am super late... :( :(
But such a nice recipe ... i was just on phone with my sis and was planning to do something good with strawberries :)

Stacey said...

Anything strawberry for me!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

My husband needs to take your food photography class. He has a much nicer camera than I do and he should take the pictures for my food blog instead of the lame ones I take! You really sound like you're going to be having a blast in coming weeks!

Favorite retro dessert? Hmmm...I love chocolate pudding. I love the "icebox cake" my grandparents used to make that was made by layering graham crackers and pudding and refrigerating it all day and topping it with whipped cream. I love pound cake. I love bread pudding. I love REAL strawberry shortcake - the kind made with biscuits.

Misty said...

What a great site! Thanks for the info on the classes. Maybe I will catch you next time you are on the west coast.

Retro dessert... angel food cake... I will eat it plain or with just about anything! The question is, is it retro? ;)

Carolina said...

Vanilla custard, cooked in an old-school rust-colored Pyrex casserole dish, is delicious. Also good, although not quite as good, sans vintage Pyrex.

++MIRA++ said...

yummm!! this looks delicious!

Puppydogs said...

Oh that would have to be either shortbread cookies, rice pudding or ice box cake-the one with graham crackers and pudding layers.

BT <3 said...

Mmm that triffle looks AMAZING! And I love that you topped it off with a macaron biscuit! Hmm...my favorite "retro" dessert would have to be...apple crisp! With a nice big scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream on top!

`SND said...

I'm hooked on Boston Cream Pie. :) So simple, but when it's right - delicious.

Miss Solemnis said...

Tapioca pudding - YUM!

ChichaJo said...

Pinch cake...I like the way that sounds :) And your version here looks delicious! I know it's too late for the giveaway but just to give my two cents worth...my fave retro dessert has got to be pineapple upside down cake! :)

Jaxon said...

My grandmother made a lemon cake that she poured a powdered sugar and lemon juice icing over while it was still hot. This caused the cake to sink a bit in the middle so the icing pooled a little thicker there. (I always wanted my piece from the middle.) The icing was crispy when cooled and so tart and delicious on top of the moistest lemon cake. No one in the family has ever been able to make it come out as good as hers. We follow her recipe but it just doesn't quite measure up. The only thing I can think of that is missing is her love, which took the cake from fabulous to sublime.

Amandalynn said...

Hi! I'm a new reader here, I found you via Bakerella's blog, and have been absorbing all of the eye candy on your site for the last several hours. I'm SO glad I did. I think your photography is just fantastic!

Oh! And my favorite retro dessert is black & white cookies!

Esther said...

My daughter loves strawberries and she went into a paroxysm of pleading 'Mummy please make it, mummy please make it!' when she saw this recipe!

My favourite dessert recipe is the classic chocolate mousse made with only eggs and chocolate.

My son won't eat dessert unless it is chocolate and this mousse delights everyone who tastes it.
I always have eggs and cooking chocolate in the house so it is a standby. The only problem is that there never seems to be enough!

Beth @ duffiebyday said...

For over a year I have been dazzled by the beautiful works of art that come from your kitchen and the gorgeous pictures you take of them. I am constantly cooking up your recipes. I just ordered your book as I really want to improve my photography as well... To say I am an amateur is perhaps an overstatement. Anyway, I made this recipe and loved it. I also took some photos and actually love them as well. Thank you for this recipe and your helpful book.

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