Day Four! Are you loving all these treats?
Getting ready for the week, an excuse to use a whole bunch of goodies all sent to my door. Now if you’ve visited this site very often you’ll know that the only time I actually mention a product is when I love something. If it’s even mediocre then I don’t bother and since this is my happy place I only focus on the positive.
Have a big bag of fresh walnuts sent to you is VERY positive.
What would make things even nicer? How about rich vanilla paste (I use this stuff like it’s going out of style). They also sent me coffee flavouring that I have obsessively been putting into everything.
And what to make?
A version of one of my all-time favourite desserts a ‘mess’. A traditional mess is a mixture of cream, fruit and meringues. This is a mix of traditional and the new.
I started off with a syrup made of water, sugar and a sprig of rosemary. When the syrup reached the hard candy stage I poured it over the top of walnuts and let them become a fabulous candy.
The cream is where the mix really becomes fun. Whipped cream and yoghurt with the addition of vanilla paste, cinnamon and mashed, ripe bananas folded in.
Once everything is ready it’s just a case of a quick assembly. Crushed meringue, cream, candied walnuts and repeat-ending with the walnuts.
I honestly can’t decide which part of this dessert I like the best.
- 8 egg whites
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- 2 cups ground walnuts
- 1½ cup whipped cream
- ½ cup yoghurt
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 cups mashed bananas
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¾ tsp vanilla paste
- Candied walnuts:
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 sprig rosemary
- NB this recipe makes TONNES of meringues and walnuts-you'll need them with the amount of filching that will occur before and during assembly.
- Meringues: whip egg whites until stiff with the cream of tartar, add the sugar slowly until glossy and fold in crushed walnuts. Pipe meringues (2 cm in diameter) onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Let sit for 30 minutes to dry. Place in a preheated oven (350 degrees) and turn oven off. Let sit for a minimum of 2 hours and more ideally-overnight.
- Candied nuts: mix water, sugar and rosemary together. Let cook until thickened and reaches a hard candy stage. Pour over walnuts and lay out on a parchment lined sheet. Let harden.
- Cream: fold in all ingredients taking care to not over mix and deflating the cream.
- Assemble as described above.
Come see what today’s #BrunchWeek Bloggers have made!
Grape Mojito from The Spiffy Cookie
BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Kale and Toasted Quinoa Egg White Scramble from Take A Bite Out Of Boca
Breakfast Enchiladas from Cooking in Stilettos
Croque Madame Breakfast Casserole from Bread Booze Bacon
Rainbow Chard and Cheddar Cheese Frittata from My Catholic Kitchen
BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:
Pear and Pecan Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole from Love and Confections
Perfect French Toast from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
Oat Breakfast Cookies from Pink Cake Plate
Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes with Spiced Pear Syrup from The Redhead Baker
Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake Muffins from Making Miracles
Classic Buttermilk Pancakes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Bacci Bread and Pear Pudding from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Pear Coffee Cake and Fruit & Cheese Salad from Sew You Think You Can Cook
BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Huevos Motuleños from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Waldorf Quinoa Chicken Salad from Cupcake & Kale Chips
BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Chilled Strawberry Soup from The Suburban Soapbox
Orange Blossom Olive Oil Cake with Mango Citrus Glaze from Taste Cook Sip
Walnut Meringue Banana Mess from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Bob’s Red Mill, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, California Walnuts, Dixie Crystals, Grimmway Farms/Cal-Organic/True Juice, KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Pacari Chocolate, Stonyfield Organic, Vidalia Onions, and Woot Froot for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own.
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