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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Chris said...

It was awesome hanging and shopping with you today! It has been tooo long, my friend.

Love the Trifle! You had me at Lemon Mousse. And, seeing the foot on that macaron only fuels my determination to redeem my latest macron disasters. :)

Oh - retro dessert? My mom's chocolate pudding ice box cake! Back when I could eat chocolate, it was sooooo good. :) See you Friday!

Banannas said...

Hmmm...for "retro" desserts, I'd pick the following:

Bananas Foster (US)
Yakgwa (Korea)

It's been awhile since I've had either of these desserts, so perhaps I should get to them soon.

Suzanne said...

this dessert looks absolutely heavenly!

Sara said...

I adore peanut butter pudding pie! :)

The trifle looks amazing - yum!

Baking Soda said...

Love the way that looks! A retro desert? My mom always made us caramelized oranges/tangerines for desert, but mind you just on festive occasions like Christmas and birthdays. (served in a glass bowl with a huge sigh of relieve because it *scary* involved caramel!)

Rachael said...

You're coming to Seattle? Very awesome! I hope I can make it to the macaron workshop!

I have to go ultra classic on the retro dessert front and say the classic malt!

Simply Mel said...

When ever I think of retro-desserts, I think of coziness - so my mom's banana pudding with vanilla wafers!

Deppified said...

I don't know if it qualifies, but CHEESECAKE. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life and not get sick of it!

Laura said...

I'm going to try this recipe without any doubt, I just need some good strawberries!
My favourite retro dessert, mmm... may sounds weird, but it's bread & jam!

Sabrina said...

How pretty. I love strawberries and cream, but have never made a trifle. For a retro dessert, I would pick a lemon meringue pie. I haven't made one of these since I was in middle school baking with my mom. Might be time to try again.

Kitten said...

Oh, my! What a gorgeous looking cake. Mmmm. Anyway, my favorite retro dessert? Rice pudding!

Quinn said...

Looks good Helen, really good! Love the retro look. I like chocolate wafers, soaked in Frangelico and all sandwiched with whipped cream and cut diagonally, we call it the chocolate zebra log. Looks just like the one I googled below:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TuvnLhwe1C0/SSbLo7fwbII/AAAAAAAAAG8/Kz_QqVbRI6E/s1600-h/July+to+mid-Nov.+2008+057.jpg

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Rice pudding

k:io said...

When I think of "retro" dessert I think of my grandma... She always served chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Every time I eat it, this reminds me off my childhood!

Monique said...

Your desserts are divine looking, and as soon as I can make some time and find an occassion, I will be making some of these.

Favourite retro dessert - my sister's biscotti, marscapone tiramisu.

Thanks for the blog...

Suze said...

Your dessert looks amazing. My favourite retro dessert is chocolate mousse. I have it so rarely and it is a treat for me.

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

Oh yum! I would love it.

Lobelia said...

Banana Cream pie, with the custardy part made with peanut butter. It's the Elvis of pies!

Anonymous said...

Your photography is delicious! I also think you are brave to use strawberries in January. My favorite retro dessert: butterscotch pudding dressed up with a dollop of whipped cream and cocoa nibs. Heather M

Nina Timm said...

Enjoy your trip and good luck with the workshop!! I posted about your Vanilla and Cardamom Ice-cream yesterday....wow, what a treat it was!!

Swee San said...

yum, looks like a le frasier!
hrm, I don't know if it qualifies for retro dessert but i like sticky date pudding with caramel and ice cream and some toasted pecans on top ..

Boriana Kostova said...

Retro desert, hm, i doubt you'll know about the vladishka pita, my grandmother used to make. It's a bulgarian desert (a cake with walnuts, cinnamon and yougurt - no eggs), often enjoyed in my family which i still make :) I could give the recipe if anyone wants it.

Julia said...

Mmmmmm, I love strawberry shortcake. This dessert looks heavenly

shaz said...

Wow, have lots of fun away, looking forward to hearing about it.

I've got The Cake Bible and love it, so an opportunity to win Heavenly Cakes cannot be passed up :)

My fav. retro treat is trifle (and no I'm not saying that to suck up).

Ristina said...

I don't know if this is retro, but I am definitely feeling a coconut cake for this weekend!

breana said...

i used to and still do love a big bowlful of ice-cold almond jelly with longan.

amanda said...

oooh this looks so lovely! I would love to make them for my boyfriend... he loves strawberries to death, and they must really shine here.

My retro dessert of the hour is banana cream pie. I really must perfect it!

Coconut and Vanilla said...

I don't know, if chocolate mousse counts as retro. But it's my favourite classic dessert.
And I love your lemon squeezer! From where do you always get those nice kitchen accessoires? I think it's easier in the States than here in Germany.

edina said...

I like strawberry shortcake!

edina_tien [at] yahoo [dot] com

Snooky doodle said...

Yummy this trifle looks incredible and that macaroon is like the cherry on top :)

Dominique said...

Super recette: vivement la saison des fraises! Mon dessert préféré: le riz au lait de mon enfance avec de la "vraie" vanille. Aujourd'hui j'y rajoute du caramel au beurre salé!

French Cooking for Dummies said...

Your verrines are gorgeous! Strawberry and lemon sound perfect together... Can't wait to try it!

Adi said...

Baba au rum is one of my favorites. So decadent with whipped cream...


adiluria [at] yahoo [dot] com

Sherynn Tay said...

wow! this looks so great & yummy!!!

Chaitali said...

My favorite retro dessert would have to chocolate mousse trifle. Its just sponge cake layered with chocolate pudding (made from a box), fresh fruits and tons of whipped cream.

qjamanka said...

Old-fashioned pudding..let me think..german pudding - custardish in taste but more solid with bit of rasberry syrup on top..taste of childhood :)

Lovely dessert btw..mmm..I will have to wait until we'll have strawberries here...but I'm sure it's worth waiting.

ZarpandiT said...

OMG! amazing giveaway :) my retro dessert cherry pie! yummy and looks so cute :)

A cupcake or two said...

What an absolutely beautiful dessert. That would be perfect for a Ladies lunch or high tea. Its so fresh and summery a perfect treat for the Aussie summer.

masouma said...

nowdays we have variety of desserts plus world become so small that we can try desserts from diffrent cousines but still best desserts are retro desserts like rice pudding,strawberry short cake,sago desserts from chinese ad malay cousine,

i read this blog today very first time and really impressed by these recipes will defintly try these.
and thanks for sharing such nice and professional recipes(which some people doesnt wan to share with us)one of my friend make very nice desserts but she never share her recipe now i think i will also give her tough competition with help of your recipes thanks once again for sharing

Poires au Chocolat said...

How about a good slice of banoffee pie? I would say it's retro!

This looks lovely - folding lemon curd into whipped cream is a fabulous idea.

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I wish I was close enough to attend!
This dessert is so beautiful!

azna said...

I love your photos :) Some day I hope to be as good as you...

enchocolatte said...

Why I love food bloggs? Because of the amazing, tasteful photos like yours!
Strawberries in the middle of winter - for a while I returned in last summer holidays!
Thank you!
E.

Romy said...

I'm not sure what exactly qualifies as a retro-dessert... but my mom used to make us a fabulous pumpkin-grand marnier cheesecake for dessert in fall. Sometimes she'd even let us eat a piece for breakfast the next morning! :)

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Beautiful with its little macaron hat!!

My favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding. Or maybe a nice pie . . .

Jenn said...

Just found your blog and it's positively heavenly!
My favourite retro dessert is chocolate cream pie on a thick graham crust, loaded with whipped cream.

NecessaryForce said...

Oooh, I could go for a big bowl of Thai noodles right now. :)

I hope you enjoy the catching up.
Also, your trifle looks delicious. It's just what I have been dying to make lately.

Stacey said...

My fabulous friend in NY just sent me this cookbook for Christmas, all the way to Berlin! Aren´t friends GREAT??
Favorite retro dessert.. hmm... I´ll go with ice cream sandwiches!!

Jessica said...

I was hoping that the giveaway would be a bite of this dessert! But the cookbook is almost as good!

Honestly, I can't even choose a proper retro dessert to deem as my favorite. I have such a sweet tooth that I won't play favorites!

Mary Corbet said...

Retro Dessert? Does it have to be "favorite"? When I think "retro desserts" what comes to mind is "Heavenly Hash" - a dessert that was apparently very popular in the 60's & 70's at bridal and baby showers, according to my mom. Its use of raw eggs probably puts it on the "bad" list today. Haven't had it for years, but I remember liking it as a kid when my mom would make it for summer Sunday dessert. (It's got pineapple in it, and Nilla Wafers, eggs and butter and sugar, and I think plain whipping cream, and that's it...)

cindy said...

oh, i hope you will come to nyc one day. i would take both classes. my favorite retro desert was made by my mom and pretty simple. homemade graham cracker crust. chocolate pudding. whipped cream on top. comfort food. have a wonderful trip!

Phuoc said...

Hi Helen,

Your trifle looks absolutely divine. I love taking classic desserts and giving a twist to it. The lemon mousse is something I'd definately would like to try have a go at.

Here in Australia we have this traditional Australian dessert called pavlova. Basically a meringue base served with cream and seasonal fruits. Not long ago I created a "retro" pavlova; it was served as a messy kind of trifle. The meringue was chocolate served with coffee cream and roasted hazelnuts. YUM! I'll send you a photo of it so you know what I'm talking about :D

marzipanmom said...

I've had my eye on this book! When I think of the retro desserts from my childhood, my favorites are the rootbeer float, tapioca pudding and apple crisp with oatmeal streusel topping.

The Lady Nomad said...

The trifle looks delicious, I can't wait to try making it.

My favorite dessert is angel food cake with lemon sorbet and fresh berries. It reminds me of my favorite restaurant in NYC and going there in the summers when they would have all the windows open. Nice and sunny, and not overpowering at all.

Tartelette said...

Anonymous/Heather and others: strawberries are in season in Florida (starting in December actually) and we are just a skip and a hop from there. They're tasty too.

Vanessa said...

favorite retro dessert - bananas foster!

KJB said...

I enjoy your blog. The photos are always fabulous,

My favourite retro dessert is one that makes me wince, despite how good it is. It is a pineapple dessert, made in a pan. The base has raw egg, which always leaves me a bit concerned. The rest of it is pretty much tinned pineapple, icing sugar, butter, and whipped cream. Taste great, but not light in any sense of the word.

Hope you are enjoying yourself.

Kathryn
Toronto, Canada

Meg said...

My favorite retro dessert is definitely oranges with caramel. It was with great glee that I discovered Alice Medrich had included a recipe in her book...
if I can't have that one, I'll take angel food cake with fresh fruit. It's a little less "retro" in the Americana sense, but it always feels like a dessert from the past.
If I can't have that, I'll take the atrociously named "Indian Pudding" that my grandmother used to let me eat for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving.

Mac said...

That looks delicious! You are so lucky to live near a place where strawberries are in season.

As for my favorite retro dessert, it's a toss-up between peach cobbler and lemon chess pie.

Emily Lauren said...

I'd love to have a copy of the book!

My favorite retro dessert... I'm going to have to go with Banana Pudding. The kind with sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers.

So, so good. So, so bad.

Half Baked said...

Beautiful trifle! My favorite reto dessert is probably pineapple upside-down cake...yum:)

Sarah E said...

How yummy! I'll have to try this! Loved your truffles as well, by the way.

My favourite retro dessert? Banoffee pie followed by sticky toffee pudding drenched in warm custard!

Erin said...

I enjoy the commentary and photos so much on your blog.
This dessert makes me long even more for sunnier weather!
Hmmm... my favorite retro dessert is more a classic dessert - I never tire of a victoria sponge layer cake stuffed with whipped cream & berries of any sort.

Stephanie Liang said...

That trifle looks AMAZING!! My favorite retro dessert would actually have to be a trifle! When I was younger, I went to one of my first "fancier" dinners at Summit House in Fullerton, CA, and they offered this English Trifle as a complimentary dessert for birthday guests. WOW, I fell head over heals, the rum-soaked genoise, the creamy chantilly cream, the berries and the perfectly toasted almonds. I was in heaven.
Just recently I tried to make one for myself, somewhat mixing all sorts of other recipes to make the kind of trifle I had in my head (that English Trifle from Summit House) and it turned out GREAT! I had to really watch myself, because once I started tasting it, I wanted to take a couple bites every 10 minutes. Hope I'll have the opportunity to make the amazing trifle pictured here!
All the best

Patricia Scarpin said...

Helen, I adore the story behind this cake's name - so adorable! I would certainly pinch several times in row, it looks delicious!

LadyWild said...

I love orange cake. My grandmother made it all the time when I was young. I never knew it was a retro dessert until recently.

Lex said...

Ice Cream Sandwiches, if they count as retro. They just remind me of childhood summertime (the rare treat we'd get from time to time).

Inés Castellano said...

Arroz con leche! (¿Is it the same as rice pudding?) Thats my retro dessert! :)

Erin said...

i love your blog, it is so beautiful! my favorite 'retro' dessert is one that my grandma makes (maybe invented?) and calls cherry cha-cha layers of graham cracker crust, cherry pie filling mixed with cool whip, mini marshmallows mixed with cool whip, nuts...sounds so un-natural, but is oh so good!

NikiTheo said...

I hope you have a good time in Atlanta! I've been hearing such great things about her cookbooks, I'd love a chance to win it!

Amicus Cupcake said...

I'm not really sure I have a favorite retro dessert, unless of course fondue counts...

Adrienne said...

Do angel food cakes count as retro? They're so classic, and so easy, and pretty much the most delicious thing with any kind of fruit. I use my grandmother's pan to make them, so maybe that makes them retro.

Rebecca said...

Looks delish! My favorite retro desert is bananas foster yum!

Debbie said...

Retro dessert---hmmmmmm. This morning a chocolate malted sounds good along with a chocolate covered coconut macaroon from the Helm's Bakery in Los Angeles. Sadly, it doesn't exist anymore....

Pat in Oak Ridge said...

There are so many fav desserts, but I love peach pie the best!

breckster said...

Banana Cake. A thin thin slice, with the frosting like grandma made.

Craig said...

I wish you could do a workshop in Boston. I would definitely attend.

Favorite retro dessert is Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. I'd love to see your take on it.

Da Bee's Knees said...

Ooh... that looks divine!

My favorite retro dessert: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

or

Leche Quemada (Mexican Caramelized Milk Candies)

Joni said...

Not sure if it counts as retro, but one of my favorite desserts is tiramisu.

Katie said...

Oh, it seems like it will be forever until strawberries will be in season here.

My favorite retro dessert is a really good chocolate mousse. There are so many so-so versions out there, but the great ones are fabulous.

Jessica said...

I love the jaunty macaron beret!

I think my favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding... Mmmmm!

Hillary, Jonathan and Lincoln said...

Hmmm... my Grandma and I used to make wonderful sugar cookies together, so I guess that'd be my favorite "retro" dessert. She recently sent me the book the recipe's in and they spell it "cooky" throughout... it's precious!

Rodney and Erin said...

Your dessert really does look divine. It's distracted me so I can't seem to think of a retro dessert. Maybe purple yam in sweet cream that my filipino MIL makes.

Anne said...

Retro dessert? Does Jello count?

oneordinaryday said...

How fun to get to meet up with those lovely folks you know through other blogs. I'd love to do that too!

This little dessert looks lovely, and this is a great giveaway.

Lucky Seattle! Come to PA! LOL

~Michelle

Lee Anne said...

Oh, lovely!

I will always love banana pudding, but then again I am from the South.

Laura said...

I love Rose, and if I win the book it will add to the collection of her books I happily own.

Is Tiramisu' considered retro? If so, that would be my pick.

Have a great time!

Kira said...

Definitely have to go with my grandmother's blueberry kuchen - mmmmm!

Mary said...

Your dessert looks amazing! I'll have to wait about 6 more months for good strawberries, so bookmarking now. I keep hearing about this cake from Heavenly Cakes, so I really need to get my hands on this book! I have her Cake Bible and love it.

My favourite retro dessert:

Apple pie is the hands-down winner. My mother makes a great one and so do I. Mmmm!

Jaya said...

I'm going with a completely classic retro: icebox cake.

Jan said...

YUM! I can't wait to make this one! thanks so much for recipe.

My favorite retro desert is chocolate pudding.

Valérie said...

Thanks for that interesitng tidbit about the story behind the Pinch Cake. I love that! And your trifle looks so delicate and refreshing!

I'm actually not sure what qualifies as a "retro" dessert, since everything old is becoming new again... But I'd say one of my childhood favourites is crème au chocolat.

Naomi Alice said...

Oh my, strawberries my absolute godlynessdelicius fruit. This recipe looks fantastic, with somewhat of heavenly soft and creamy and mmmm so yummy!!
Very similar to one of my favorite deserts in Italian"la nuola". I'll have to post it one of this days.
But as retro dessert I have to go with the simple apple cake my mom used to make when little.. Very different recipe but so simple :)
thank's for the chance :)

Katrina said...

I'm a little jealous about the strawberries! ;)
My favorite retro dessert is an ice cream sundae, but now I'm in to making my own ice cream!

ephrat said...

I'm not sure I could name any retro desserts other than chocolate mousse, so that will have to be my fav. You really can't go wrong with silky, rich chocolate mousse anyway!

Faye said...

Is strawberry shortcake retro? That's my favorite dessert!

maureenC said...

My retro favourite dessert has to be the classic Pound Cake. This is one cake that I have made countless times.

Kim said...

This looks phenomenal! I'm partial to strawberry shortcake or chocolate strawberry cream puffs.

I just bought Rose's Pie and Pastry Bible and love it! Rose's Heavenly Cakes is on my wish list and hope it's just as good.

Rebecca Martin said...

I don't know about retro, but my most recent favorite dessert is shortbread cookie bars with chocolate chips.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I want this...

Maggie said...

I'd so love this book. I'm in love with homemade puddings lately. Caramel, vanilla, whatever... Thanks!

Odessa said...

Hi! I'm kinda new to your blog, and I love it!

A retro dessert, eh? How about a classic key lime pie?! Yum!

MP said...

What a fabulous give away! And the dessert looks incredible.

I think my favorite retro dessert is pudding cake. Reminds me of my childhood.

Erica said...

My favorite retro dessert = Jello with whipped cream!

Maria said...

Heavenly indeed! I don't know if this is retro but I love a good brownie sundae with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Wendy said...

I agree with Chris, love lemon mousse and can't wait to try this recipe. When I think 'retro' I think of my mom and her friends. They weren't necessarily gourmands, but they made fun things for their kids. One of my favorites was an ice cream sandwich dish/dessert. Layer the bottom of a baking dish with ice cream sandwiches for the bottom layer, crush heath bar and mix with cool whip and layer on top of sandwiches - then put in the freezer. Garnish with more of the topping when it comes out.

Simple, but yummy for kids!

Looking forward to your class on Sunday!

Jellenp said...

Drool. Consider me entered.

Kiersten Johnson said...

My mother makes a delicious triffle every year. I absolutely love it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway... hoping I'll b picked! Retro would have to be the chocolate yodel! Yum!!! It was certainly a hot seller in NJ restaurant where I was the pastry chef.
Best wishes,
LeeYong rolfmester@yahoo.com

Opy said...

Looks lovely and thanks for sharing! :)

My favorite retro dessert would have to be either the classic poundcake or lemon cheesecake! YUM!

Christina said...

Hrm, not sure what a retro dessert is but I do love a classic strawberry shortcake!

Yolanda said...

I'm very jealous about the strawberries -- so pretty! My favorite retro dessert: strawberry shortcake.

Lindsay C said...

This recipe looks lovely and pictures are beautiful as always! My favorite "retro" dessert would probably be pretzel salad (pretzels, butter, sugar, cool whip, cream cheese, fruit and jello...what could be better?). 2nd would definitely be strawberry shortcakes with the store bought cake cups. Good luck with all of your upcoming trips!

Anonymous said...

This trifle looks amazing. My favourite retro dessert would have to be pecan pie.... YUM

Bobbie from Canada

VertAnge said...

This looks amazing!
My favorite desert is vanilla pudding...but I don't know if it's retro or not:)

Megan said...

I cant believe I'm smack dab in between LA and Seattle. How I would have LOVED to attend one of the workshops. Dont suppose you have a lay-over in little ol' Redding, CA. do you? I'll buy lunch!
No? Didn't think so.
My favorite retro dessert would be chocolate cream pie. I remember my dad use to buy the frozen ones when I was a kid and I loved them. I shudder at the thought now. LOL

CharlotteJeanT said...

This looks incredible. My mouth is watering! My most favorite thing to have for a retro dessert is a chocolate fondue party. You can't go wrong. That, or checkerboard cake.

Mica said...

I love a good, old-fashioned pound cake.

Melita said...

When I think of a "retro" dessert, I think of an ice cream sundae!

kate said...

Love bananas foster! This dessert looks amazing. Thanks!

wsake said...

bavarian cream is my favorite, but i think it`s almost historic and not exactly retro...

JDDavis said...

Ok, this is my first time posting a comment, but I have been following your blog for roughly a year now. It has really been inspiring reading about the creative desserts you invent and modify. While I do not have a favorite dessert, let alone a favorite retro dessert, my Dad does. He loves banana pudding. And the way he tries to hint us into making it for him? He buys bananas, Nilla wafers, and pudding, then hopes we catch on. Does not work, but he still tries. Have fun in the crazy city of Atlanta!

Eve said...

This is completely gorgeous. New to your blog, but can't wait to keep reading!

My favorite retro dessert...it's hard to choose! When I think 'retro', my mind goes to the classics. I love chocolate chip cookies, angel food cake and my grandpa's strawberry pie an awful lot, but I'm never opposed to a macaron, hand-dipped ice cream or a cherry pie either!

Thao Phan said...

That just looks yummy!!!!!

I don't know what retro desserts are...

Melissa said...

I don't know if it counts as "retro", but I've had strawberry shortcake on my birthday for as long as I can remember. It's still my favorite!

Jennifer said...

I think strawberries and cream is absolutely to die for! Don't know if it is retro but boy oh boy, it is good!

Jeanne said...

That trifle looks divine! My favorite retro dessert is strawberry shortcake.

Lynn @LynnATL said...

Helen,
Your Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle looks amazing. I was given a jar of lemon curd over the holidays - so I plan to try the recipe. My favorite retro dessert is creme brulee (if dining out) and angel food cake with fresh berries (at home). Looking forward to #SugarComa. Best, Lynn

Cindy said...

Atlanta is one of my favorite cities. I lived there for 3 years. Hope you enjoy your visit.
My favorite retro dessert is one my mother use to make, it's tapioca pudding with whip cream folded into it.

Barbara said...

Gotta say my all time favorite dessert is Creme Brulee. It is amazing how so many restaurants can screw it up, so I just make it myself!!
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lumplings said...

I don't think this is a retro dessert but I LOOOOVVEE Creme Brulee :)
We need more details on your trip to Seattle! I live in Canada, but Seattle isn't that far away!

Emma said...

The trifle looks delicious!

Laura said...

Favorite retro dessert? Tapioca pudding!
BTW, could you substitute potato starch for the rice flour in this recipe?

Carolina said...

I love to cook, but I am not much of a dessert-maker. I am invariably inspired by your desserts to try to be better, they are gorgeous. We made macarons for New Year this year, they, umm... need some practice.
Is butterscotch pudding retro?

Kari said...

I just learned how to make macaroons in culinary school and I fell in-love with them! Made me think of you! Now if only you could come to chicago so I could take your classes!
My favorite retro dessert has to be creme brulee, its a classic!

Mimi said...

Im pretty sure San Diego is much closer to LA than Seattle, you are going in the wrong direction!
Banana pudding with Nilla wafers is my favorite retro dessert.
Mimi

holly p said...

The trifle looks delicious!

My favorite retro dessert would be something my mom made, buttery walnut crust, chocolate pudding in the center, and cream cheese and whipped cream on top. SO good!

Heather Sabra said...

Hi,
That trifle looks mouthwatering.
My favorite retro dessert is bread pudding.

Elissa said...

Hm, don't have a favorite retro desert because my parents were macrobiotic in my formative years(and I squarely blame them for not reaching my full vertical potential :)). I am sure making up for it now with baking!

Judith said...

Admittedly, at 24, I am not all that retro, but I do love egg creams :-D

Britney said...

I wonder how the Sugar Tour escaped my notice... wish I had heard of it before now. Ah well, perhaps I'll just live vicariously through your blog/updates...and by eating your recipes! This one looks light, yet satisfying. Fave retro dessert: Bananas Foster, just the way grandpa used to make it.

Karine Keldany said...

Yummy, another great recipe. Thank you Helene.

In my family, retro desserts are a staple. One of them is meringue bomb. It is a mix of fresh black dates (pealed of course) with tons of French whipped cream and broken meringue chunks. Very light in texture. Super tasty, but calorie rich. This dessert feels very 80ies to me.

By the way, I loved the tarte des rois recipe you posted. I am making it this week-end.
In my family it was a “gateau des rois” they used to bake with a coin and hard bean hidden in it. Of course the one who got the coin was crowned king of the year and the unlucky one who got the bean… well… better luck next time. Hehehe

Hope to win this amazing book. :)

Sibora said...

oh, macaroons!

N2 said...

Beautiful pix, as usual!
My favorite retro dessert has to be Black Bottom Pie.

Melissa Calvin said...

Coconut Cream Pie

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sandhya said...

Beautiful dessert....

Jayme said...

I'm so excited to attend your classes here in Seattle!! I can't wait :)

I'd have to say my favorite retro dessert would have to be either a banana split sundae or strawberry shortcake. Mmm yum!

Piebird said...

Thank you for doing this awesome giveaway! My favorite retro dessert is my grandmother's retro Meltaway Cookie recipe.

Eunice said...

cupcakes are my favorite dessert! red velvet and chocolate are even better. yum!

Carla said...

Ooh, your trifle looked so good I ran to show my husband the post right away. As my resident baking savant, he will definitely be trying out the recipe for us!

Retro dessert fave: Devil's Food or Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Haley said...

It's not exactly retro, but I have a recipe for lemon blueberry cookies with a lemon zest icing that I love. The recipe is something that my mom cut out from the newspaper ages ago, and I grew up eating them (so, they're retro for me). I love to bake them for groups of people when blueberries come into season. No one has ever had them before, and I usually get lots of recipe requests.

darkREDcrema said...

mmm...chocolate cream pie, dark choc mousse, banana pudding, whole batches of chocolate chip cookies, blondies, apple crisp...too many to name

kateiline said...

I love strawberry shortcake! It's especially good when you can slice up fresh strawberries from a local farm when they're in season (though honestly, the frozen sliced in syrup strawberries are pretty tasty too).

sprite said...

I think rice pudding might qualify as a retro dessert -- but a worthy one to end pretty much any meal. (Or, y'know, for breakfast...)

kristina said...

Strawberry shortcake, all the way---way retro, way good.

kristina

Sareberry said...

I love ice cream bombs. They're so pretty!

L said...

Favorite retro dessert? banana split

More importantly...REALLY want to get tickets to your Seattle class. I'd love to surprise my daughter (who lives there..I'm in Portland) with a little day out and this would be perfect. I'm in the midst of compiling our "family recipe book" for our daughters and my "Seattle daughter" is fast becoming an accomplished young cook and baker...loving THAT and would so enjoy the opportunity to do THIS with her. Please advise on tickets!!!

Buttercream said...

Hooray for Rose Levy Berenbaum! My favorite retro dessert is strawberry rhubarb pie, hands down, without a doubt. A little whip cream or ice cream on the side wouldn't hurt either!

Crystal said...

Hope you're having fun! Time spent with husband and pup is so enjoyable it's hard to tear yourself away sometimes! :)

Trifle is up there for me on retro desserts, along with mousse.

kathleen said...

strawberry shortcake is absolutely my favorite :)

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

Hmmm, it's so hard to pick favorites, but I'd have to say chocolate layer cake.

Amber said...

Hmmm, I would have to say Strawberry Shortcake. YUM!

Bobbi said...

Mmmmm! Would love to have that after the not so yummy cafeteria food I'm having for lunch at work today... :)

Favorite retro dessert - my Nana's Melting Moments Christmas cookies. The most tender vanilla cookie EVER with a perfect dollop of pastel mint color powder-sugar icing on top. Love them so much - they were the favors to our guests for our November wedding last year!

Grace said...

I love the pictures on your blog and the book sounds great. I'd love to win.

Rocio said...

My retro dessert:
pain perdu

see you!

Kayla said...

I'd love to win this for my friend Debbie who is an avid baker (whereas I am certainly not...I hate measuring). BUT it would be a win-win as she could bake the treats and I could eat them with minimal work on my part!

My favorite retro dessert would ave to be the Heath Bar Coffee cake my mom made for very special breakfasts when I was a kid.

Sweet Charity said...

My favorite retro dessert is chocolate mousse :)

giao said...

stunning photos, and how could you not love something called 'pinch cake'. so happy you're heading up here to our neck of the woods. we live on a small island next to the island where you'll be resting your head. safe travels!

Lucila - My Cup of Tea said...

I love trifles and my "retro" dessert is cremme brule!
Best for Argentina ...

carriegel said...

I will be trying this one as soon as strawberries are in season. It looks wonderful.

Scrapamum said...

Hmm, retro desert? I would say my mom used to make these caramel squares that are so rich and decadent. That was in the 70's and 80's so I'm going to say that is retro. Geez, I think that means I'm getting old.

Lisa said...

Yummy, that looks great!

My favourite retro dessert would be custard with tinned peaches. Brings back memories of my grandma.

Amy said...

My favorite Retro dessert is Gingerbread with whipped cream. I also love Spice Cake with Penuche Icing.

Betsy said...

I love a nectar soda float, which is a really popular dessert in New Orleans! Its vanilla ice cream, 7-Up and nectar syrup. Yummm!

Chelsea said...

Yummy! I hope I win.

Dana Lundblad said...

I love making Oreo Cookies. I found the recipe at smittenkitchen, but I'm pretty sure it came from a cookbook called Retro Desserts. I've done some different things with them too. During Christmas I made them and put some pulverized candy canes in with the filling. Delicious.

But I also love all those old-fashioned fruit desserts, like buckles and such.

Talia said...

Baked Alaska. I've read it was a trendy dessert in the 70s? I had some while visiting my aunt one summer when I was young and it was incredible. It's been almost thirty years and I have haven't had any since then, I'd love to try it again.

Madeleine said...

Oh please, oh please, oh please!

Alexandra said...

my favorite retro dessert? Rice pudding!
perfect anytime yummm!!!

your blog is so beautiful, I love how you take the pics, very inspiring!

Heather said...

hmm...I would have to say Red Velvet cake and cream cheese frosting

Risa said...

'mmmm, this looks stunning (as usual!). I like a good old-fashioned chocolate pudding pie!

gaelle@whatareyoufeedingyourkidsthesedays.com said...

You are starting 2010 on a very busy note...
My favorite retro-dessert would be a pinapple pie made with canned pineapple slices and some sort of a pound cake on top with rhum!

Mary said...

Your little trifles look beautiful and sound so yummy! And why don't you come up to rural Ohio sometime? Or Cleveland? And my favorite retro dessert would have to be a good old fashioned jello salad. I love them!

Bianca said...

My Dearest God, this looks soo awesome. i will try it as soon as I get back home. Anyway, I don't know if it counts as 'retro' desert, but I would have to go with creme brulee. Love it, love it, love it! And love your blog as well :)

Lauren said...

Your presentation is always exquisite and this trifle is no exception! Do you ever teach macaron classes in the northeast??

Raquel said...

Helen, it is my birthday this weekend and I was going to ask my mother to make me either a Tres Leches Cake or a Strawberry Shortcake!!! I love all desserts, retro and modern. I still live with my mother so I only ever bake, I don't do much REAL cooking. This beautiful book would be the best birthday present ever!!! I too love recipes with a story.
Love,
Raquel

Julie said...

When I think of retro desserts I think of my mom's banana cream pie. And thinking of it makes my mouth water :)

KTryon said...

Retro Dessert... I would have to say it's a tie between strawberry shortcake and banana fosters! They're both great!

Irene said...

I live in South Africa, where it's just the end of strawberry season, so that's a perfect dessert. My favorite retro desert is real, homemade chocolate pudding with a dollop of whipped cream.

kimberleyblue said...

I absolutely love pineapple upside down cake. Anything with caramelized sugar automatically is fantastic!

What a lovely trifle you have going on there.

Emma Slipp said...

My favorite retro dessert is peanut butter balls that my grandma made for my mom when she was growing up. So good!

Mrs. G said...

That looks great! My fav retro dessert would be peach cobbler.

Nico said...

Favorite retro dessert: Baked Alaska

love your blog!

Devonshire said...

My favorite retro dessert is homemade chocolate chip cookies and ice cream.

Love your site!

Anonymous said...

My daughters favorite is strawberry shortcake. I always make it for her birthday. this is something she will like just as much. a new spin on an old favorite. thank you.
barb1652@yahoo.com

Char said...

have fun in ATlanta!

Corey said...

I'm not sure if it's "retro" or not, but I always like banana pudding...bonus if it has some vanilla wafers in it. :)

Laura B said...

Butterscotch pudding! I remember eating little dishes of it as a child at my aunt's house. Yum!

Your blog is beautiful as always. Thank you for sharing.

Faith said...

thanks for the giveaway fun! i gotta say, i'm a real sucker for pineapple upside-down cake. yum!

Marissa said...

Whoopie Pies!!

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