"Don't expect a light airy cake," David Lebovitz writes of his chocolate spice bread. "Pain d'epices is meant to be dense and packed with flavor." And so it is, just not a flavor anyone in this family relished. Too chocolatey for me, too "weird" for everyone else. I think they were referring to the anise.
Also made Lebovitz's chocolate mole which I served with chicken.
Ugly picture. Sorry. It tasted better than it looked, though as with all the moles I've attempted, this one struck me as less than the sum of its parts. Children did not appreciate, but I didn't expect them to.
On the other hand, they loved the basic, severely chocolatey chocolate mousse. I had forgotten how easy it is to make chocolate mousse.
Finally, I baked Lebovitz's cheesecake, which only looks like chocolate because our oven is so dysfunctional.
Despite the charred appearance, it was actually very delicious.
Here are the remaining desserts I'd like to make before finishing with Lebovitz's book:
-chocolate chip cream puffs
-cinnamon vacherin with espresso caramel ice cream, chocolate sauce and toasted almonds
-fromage blanc souffle
-salted butter caramel sauce
Given that I want to move on to a new book after Thursday, what should I definitely do and what should I drop?