last month, we did a white elephant ingredient gift exchange. Everyone brought a wrapped, <$10, nonperishable ingredient. We drew numbers, and opened gifts, or stole them, in that order. So fun. Exciting, to see what everyone got.
The only thing more exciting was seeing what we made with them! Creativity truly abounded. Cookies. Bonbons. Whoopie pies. Breads. And more than one cheesecake, which no one minded at all.
Double Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding (mine)
Ingredient: Ghiradelli dark and white chocolate bars
my FAVORITE bread pudding, which I've had a lot lately because I made it for both Christmas and New Year's, and unfortunately I never get sick of, and used half dark chocolate, half white. I had the one serving of leftovers a few mornings later for breakfast, warmed up. Best comfort food EVER.
Banana Split Truffles
Ingredient: Thai Banana Flavoring
Ingredient: cinnamon chips
Ingredient: toasted hazelnut flour
Ban-offee Whoopie Pies
Ingredient: dulce de leche
Spiced Pineapple Tart-Brioche
Ingredient: pineapple juice powder
Coconut Cheesecake with White Chocolate Crunch
Ingredients: coconut sugar, roasted coconut chips, white chocolate pearls
White Chocolate Apricot Bars
Ingredient: fiori di sicilia
And now we come to the winners. After 2 1/2 years of Dessert Club, I'm finally resigned to the fact that we have more ties that not. So sometimes I'll have two prizes, just to avoid the constant tiresome tie-breaking. Both of these were decidedly deserving, and basically totally perfect in every way. Not to mention impressively creative in how they interpreted and used their ingredient.
Russian Rose Bread
Ingredient: marshmallow hot chocolate mix
Marscapone Cheesecake with Balsamic Strawberries
Ingredient: frozen hand-picked strawberries