After all my Food Network / Top Chef watching, I wanted to take all the culinary skills I had learned while being sick and use them for reals! That meant finding the right recipes to try my new skills on.
I already know I can execute a damn fine Hot Toddy but can I really elevate my dessert game - especially after this flop?
Okay, it wasn't that big of a flop but people were saying it was too sweet which, to me, sounds like it could've been better. Am I beating myself up over it a little too much? Maybe. But you live, you learn and you move on...to Cookie Dough pies.
That's right - Cookie Dough Pie. After seeing the recipe in the latest issue of Bust, I wanted to try it. Why not?! I designated the old man and me as the dessert bringers for Thanksgiving so it was the perfect time to try it out, right?
1. I hardly ever shop with a cart, much less with a freakin' list!
2. The cookie dough portion
3. In the recipe, they say that you'll end up with extra cookie dough and you should bake cookies to garnish your pie with (I garnished with 4 but I packed up the rest with the extra whipped cream I made)
4. The scary egg custard part. I say "scary" because there's egg tempering involved and you know what? I accomplished it without scrambled eggs! Hooray!
5. My favourite thing to make: homemade whipped cream!
6. The various layer stages of the pie
7. The finished pie!
8. A pretty slice of pie
It was a complete success! At first, I was really critical of the taste and my pie crust substitution - I substituted a "traditional" graham cracker crust since I couldn't find the chocolate wafers - because that's what I do but it turned out all right. I could really taste the light brown sugar in the cookie dough but I think that's because I knew it was in there and I may or may not have packed the measuring cup a little too full with it but still, it was good and everyone liked it. Sounds like I'll have to make it again! I also have my eye on the first recipe on the page o' recipes c/o Bust: the Vegan Pumpkin Pie with Gluten Free Crust.
The old man attempted a vegan pumpkin pie a few years back and let's just say it didn't turn out the way he had hoped but I'm pretty confident that if I try this particular recipe, I might be able to pull it off! Granted, pie crusts aren't my thing but I'll give it a try. Maybe this one might turn out magnificent! Buuut I'm not going to unveil it for Christmas dinner or anything. I think I'll attempt this between holidays and make sure the recipe is slammin' before I present it to my family.
So...I'd like to express my gratitude to Bust Magazine for having such a kick ass recipe! Actually, I'd like to express my gratitude to Bust Mag in general because I've been an avid Bust reader since the Girlfriends issue (with Missy Elliot on the cover) in the 90's. That's how I found out about and fell in love with The Donnas. That's also how I started to feel more confident about my body and it helped me recognize my rights as a woman. It was quite possibly the coolest gift my step-sister could've given me as a teenager. I haven't missed an issue yet and I plan on never missing one. EVER. You shouldn't either! Check it out!