Monday, April 21, 2008


I have a new most favorite cookbook called Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O'Connor.

So far it has lived up to it's name completely. I have tried about 10 recipes and all have been a huge success. I thought I would share 2 of the more simple recipes from it and let you judge for yourself.
1. White Trash Panini (when you stop giggling read on)
Slice Croissants in half
Spread Peanut butter on one side
Spread Marshmellow fluff on the other
Break up some chocolate and lay it on the peanut butter. Put the whole thing together like a sandwich. Press the sandwich in a panini grill until it is slightly flattened, crisp and the filling is warm and melted, 4-5 minutes
Eat immediately if not sooner.

Your thinking of running to the kitchen to try this aren't you?! I encourage it.

2. Grilled Chocolate Pound-Cake Sandwich a la Mode
You will need
1 loaf of pound cake,
1 cup finely chopped semisweet chocolate,
3-4 TBSP unsalted butter,
1 Pint Vanilla Ice cream
Slice the Pund cake into 8 1-inch slices. Divide the chocolate into 4 equal portinas and mound over 4 of the pound cake slices. Top with the second slice of pound cake to form a sandwich.
Melt the unsalted butter in a 12-in nonstick saute pan or skillet over medium heat and cook until bubbly and starting to brown. Slip the four sandwiches inot the butter and cook until their bottoms are golden brown and the chocolate is starting to melt about 1-2 min. Flip and repeat, about 1 min. Transfer to cutting board, allow to cool slightly and slice diagonal. Serve with Ice cream.

These are just the easy, quick recipes and the others just get better. I've made both of these plus Heart of Darkness Brownies, Triple-Layer Chocolate Silk Martinis, One-Bowl Chocolate chunk cookies, All-Grown-Up S'mores, Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with Hot "Glava" sauce, Devil's food cake with Chocolate Mousse Buttercream (more than once) and a few others. There are more than just chocolate recipes...I just can't seem to get past them since they are in the front of the book and look so delicious. Maybe next time I'll make the Banana Bread Pudding with Hot Fudge and Toasted Walnuts
Why not go the whole way with dessert?

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