The winning recipe was a cherry brownie recipe that made Baby Poof turn into a little exorcist like baby in his insatiable desire to obtain more brownies.
Now that you know my deep, dark TV watching secret, I am sure you are wondering what the heck brownies and fairies have to do with TWD & lemon loaf. Well, probably not a whole lot; but it did send my thoughts down a windy trail that somehow ties back...
1) Lemon desserts are to me what chocolate cherry brownies are to Baby Poof. Given my druthers, a tart filled with lemon curd or some other lemon confection is sure to steal my heart. For a really good lemon dessert, I might be almost prone to sacrificial activities. Just sayin'
2) How super awesome would it be to have fairy powers? You could just wave your magic wand & problem solved - whatever it may be. Of course, as you would learn if you watch The Fairly Oddparents, there are consequences to every action - so you would have to use your powers with care...
The lemon loaves were very pound cake like & the zest added a hint of lemon, but perhaps not quite as much of that mouth puckering flavor that I would normally expect from a lemon dessert. A lemon glaze did add an extra punch of flavor.
To please the chocolate lovers in the house, the lemon loaves were paired with chocolate espresso pudding.
Why? Because I could.
And I really like these rich little guys.
So smooth and creamy. So easy. And oh so good. What other reasons does a girl need?
Chocolate - Espresso Pudding
Adapted from Bon Appetit Desserts
4 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs cornstarch (sift to remove lumps)
1 Tbs espresso powder (Williams Sonoma & King Arthur Flour both carry this)
2 cups whole milk (I have been successful with 2%, but 1% not so much)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 Tbs unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk together sugar, cornstarch & espresso powder in the bottom of a medium, heavy bottomed sauce pan - you don't want any lumps in there - which is why it is a good idea to sift the cornstarch first. Slowly whisk in the milk.
Continue whisking the mixture over medium heat until it thickens and starts to boil - depending on your stove & pan, this can be as quick as 3-4 minutes or may take a little longer (like 5-7 minutes). As soon as mixture thickens, remove it from heat & whisk in the chocolate, butter & vanilla until the chocolate and butter have melted and the mixture is smooth.
Divide into serving dishes or small ramekins (recipe yields ~6 1/2 cup servings). Place a piece of buttered plastic wrap over the top of the pudding to minimize skin formation and chill until set - about 2 hours.
If desired, serve with whipped cream. (This pudding is very rich, so it definitely needs to be served with something or a touch of whip cream to cut back on the richness. Unless you are a total chocolate freak, then have at it unadorned...)