I was delighted to find out that I could find Three Twins lemon cookie ice cream, one of the treats on the 50 Treats list, at my local Whole Foods store. I‘ve never actually had lemon ice cream, only lemon sorbet. The lemon flavor was not too tart and the ice cream was not too sweet. I also really liked the little chunks of lemon cookie in the ice cream. Usually I prefer ice creams that have some chocolate in them, but I was pleasantly surprised by this lemon cookie ice cream. Definitely worth eating again 🙂
Over the holidays, my friend Melanie and I (along with the help of her husband Kevin making a grocery run) made pecan bars. The crust is made in the food processor and then baked. After the crust comes out of the oven, we dropped some chocolate shavings on top, which melt from the heat of the crust. Then the top layer, which includes honey and brown sugar, is cooked over the stove and the toasted pecans are added. These bars are heftier than the previous pecan bars I had made and there is more of a spice flavor. All in all, a very delicious recipe, seeing as how I couldn’t stop eating them!
In order to make some more progress on my goal of eating the top 50 treats listed on 7×7.com, I had to do some strategic planning on Saturday when I went to the city. For lunch, my mom and I headed to the Ferry Building. After having a delicious porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti, we ventured inside and I first stopped at Miette for their old fashioned chocolate cake with Italian meringue frosting. You can buy it as an actual cake or as a cupcake. The cake is probably the best chocolate cake I’ve had. It’s really moist and has a very rich chocolate flavor. The frosting wasn’t my favorite, in terms of taste and texture. It is more gooey and less solid than the usual frostings used for cupcakes. I prefer the traditional frostings that go on cake.
Next, I stopped at Michael Recciuti for some truffles. I bought a truffle with jasmine tea infused ganache, one with hazelnut, and one called the Peanut Butter Puck. All three are delicious. I love chocolates that are infused with tea flavor. The peanut butter in the Peanut Butter Puck is not super sweet like in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
There was also a guy sampling these amazing pretzels that are covered in chocolate and toffee chips. The outside tastes similar to Almond Roca candy. I had to buy a bag because they were that good. Apparently, they have also been featured on the Rachel Ray show. The saltiness of the pretzel and the sweetness of the chocolate and toffee are incredible together.
Finally, for dinner we ate at Townhall. I had two main reasons for eating there, the buttermilk fried chicken and their butterscotch and chocolate pot de crème dessert, which is on the list. I was also pleasantly surprised by one of their appetizers. It is a ham and cheese toast with poached egg. However, what makes it amazing is the cream sauce they pour over the whole sandwich. It is super creamy and slightly spicy from the jalapenos. The butterscotch and chocolate pot de crème is seriously one of the best desserts I have ever eaten and definitely my favorite thing (so far) off the 7×7.com list. They serve it in a bowl and the bottom layer is chocolate and the top layer is butterscotch. The consistency is more dense than mousse but it is not heavy. They serve it with toffee (or maybe butterscotch?) pieces that are covered with chocolate on one side. I could not stop eating the dessert even though I was beyond stuffed at that point. This dessert is definitely meant to be shared, but not with too many 😛
My day in the city was quite successful as I can now check off three more treats from my list of 50 and I had some seriously fantastic food.
You can’t go wrong with the combination of peanut butter and jelly. So when I found a recipe for peanut butter jelly bars, I had to try it out. It’s a three layer bar. The bottom is the basic dough that gets baked first. The middle layer is strawberry preserves and the top layer is the basic dough with some added brown sugar and oats, which is pretty much like a crumble topping. The bars tasted just like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, just with more butter and sugar 🙂
I found out my dad likes pecan pie, which led me to make pecan pie bars. I like how the bars are easier to share with others than a pie. I found the recipe in a holiday baking magazine from Better Homes & Garden. It was really easy to make and the ingredients are all pretty basic baking ingredients so I didn’t have to make an extra trip to the grocery store. I’ve never eaten pecan pie so I don’t know if it tastes exactly like pecan pie. All I know is that the bars were delicious and I will definitely be making them again.