Monday, December 17, 2012
Dessert Club: International
This year we decided to forego our usual "holiday cookies" theme and go back to one of our all-time favorites: International. How can you go wrong? We had six countries represented in nine dishes, and they were all...to. die. for.
Chocolate-Cherry Brioche (mine)
Naan-e Berenji (Persian Rice Cookies)
Triple Layer Berry and Brown Sugar Pavlova
(so delicious and melt-in-your-mouthy)
Tres Leches Cake
Poppy Seed Cake
Jamaican-Spiced Upside Down Cake (also mine)
...and while it was not a requirement to make a holiday dish per se, it is only fitting that our winner of the evening was this...
Bûche de Noël
At our holiday party, we also do a gift exchange. Last year it was kitchen gadgets. This year it was cool ingredients. And, you guessed it, what you get is what you have to use for January - that's the theme. Everything was fabulous, but I think some will be easier to use than others. We did the exchange white-elephant-style, so there was stealing. I think the most stolen item was vanilla bean paste, followed closely by coconut sugar. I ended up with those chocolate bars down front, no complaining from me! But the most coveted item was definitely toasted hazelnut flour, and it was also the last gift opened, so no one could steal it. Talk about lucky!
And before everyone left, I handed out their favors - our 2012 Dessert Club ornament. This is our third Christmas of Dessert Club, and I love hanging our three DC ornaments on our tree. Look at all that whipped cream! Merry Christmas!
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