Tuesday, July 21, 2009
TWD: Raspberry Blanc-Manger
This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie selection was Raspberry Blanc-Manger (Dorie even gives us the correct pronunciation, “blah-mahn-jhay,” but I keep saying it incorrectly). It is in the “spoon dessert” category of Baking, and the main ingredients are cream, raspberries, and ground almonds. I had never heard of a blanc-manger until this week, but I generally enjoy desserts that contain raspberry and/or cream, so it wasn’t a hard sell. The alluring photo that accompanies the recipe in the book didn’t hurt, either. I baked a bevy of treats for various events last weekend; unfortunately, the elegant blanc-manger didn’t seem appropriate for any of them, so I didn’t get around to making this until Monday evening. Luckily, it was a painless enough recipe to put together on a weeknight. I did have a little pre-emptive jelling, but nothing a little extra milk couldn’t fix – I think, anyway, I’m not totally positive my blanc-manger turned out quite as firm as it should have.
I tried a bite of the dessert after its photo shoot this evening and my boyfriend ate a small slice of it. The crunch from the almonds was a nice contrast to the fluffy cream and luscious berries. As I write this, Mr. Penpen is tucking into his second round of the dessert and says it's growing on him. We concurred that it deserves a 7 for Deliciousness and I gave it a 2.5 for Effort, giving it an EDR 2.8. I think I would really enjoy this dessert served alongside some crispy chocolate wafers; it didn’t seem quite substantial enough on its own, which may be because mine didn’t firm up enough. Many thanks to Susan of Sticky Chewy Creamy Gooey for two things: selecting this lovely seasonal dessert and posting THIS great tutorial about printable recipes on the Food Blog Alliance. You can find the recipe for blanc-manger HERE on Susan’s site and check out what the rest of the group thought by visiting the TWD site.