2012/04/17

TWD Baking w/ Julia: Lemon Loaves (Chocolate Espresso Pudding)

I was watching The Fairly Oddparents with my daughter early on a Sunday morning and the theme of the episode was a Fairy bake-off where the anti-fairies were trying to take over the children by winning the contest. (For those of you who may not live in a house where Nickelodeon makes up at least 50% of TV viewing content, The Fairly Oddparents is a cartoon.  Here is the abridged "skinny".)



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...)



This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia. This month's hosts are Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life. The recipe for lemon loaves will be posted over on their sites...

69 comments:

  1. I heart your lemon loaves. ;) the espresso chocolate pudding sounds awesome.

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  2. Very nice, Cher - my husband would love that pudding! And, I love your hearts! This cake definitely needed a glaze.

    I can't believe you made sardine ickiness but you don't like coconut! What are you going to do for Friday?

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  3. Lemon and chocolate match perfectly. I reached a similar conclusion about the recipe itself, but.. those little hearts drenched in lemon syrup can just be the answer!

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  4. Lemon loaf cake + expresso pudding sounds good to me. the puddings look absolutely luscious.

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  5. am more taken in with the choco espresso pudding... would have liked the lemon loaf to be more lemony!!

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  6. What an interesting combination! I love the shape of your little loaves - I found this just ok - wish I had done something to jazz mine up.

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  7. Very cute heart lemon loafs! I love it!

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  8. I love the little lemon loaves. My girls used to watch Fairy Oddparents, too.

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  9. Too cute, Cher! I have not heard of The Fairly Oddparents, but now I must check it out. :) Your lemon loaves look so cute in the heart shapes and I know they were delicious with the glaze. And paired with chocolate espresso pudding? Genius!

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  10. Cher, So your today's Post is one that, I would say, winds all around the block. BUT, I followed it. I live with the ICarly crowd but know nothing about The Fairly Oddparents. How do people dream this stuff up? On the other hand, I get lemon cakes in the shape of hearts and chocolate pudding. Channeling Bill Cosby............ Mary

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  11. I {heart} your heart loaves! And I totally agree ... and I seem to agree with you all the time :) ... about the lemon flavor - it wasn't there (the zest of a mere 3 lemons standing up against 4 eggs - yeah, that wasn't going to happen). I added a half teaspoon of KAF's Fiori di Sicilica, which I just adore. It was more of a citrus-vanilla loaf, but pretty tasty.

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  12. Love the little hearts! And pairing it with chocolate sounds yummy!

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  13. THose hearts are adorable. Lemon and chocolate on one plate? Count me in.

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  14. Very creative pairing of chocolate and lemon! The little hearts are very fun and I would love a spoonful of your chocolate pudding right now!

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  15. those heart-shaped lemon loaves are cute.
    :)

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  16. Cher, great post, very entertaining. I love your "little hearts baking pans". And a little chocolate espresso pudding never hurt, I am sure...

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  17. so cute! and i understand the nickelodeon; my kids had it on all the time when they were young and now that they are out of the house, i have zero excuses to watch cartoons...

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  18. Love your little heart cakes…so very cute! Nice paring with the chocolate espresso pudding! I’m sure everyone enjoyed dessert at your house!

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  19. Your treats look tasty, and I like that you had inspiration from The Fairly Oddparents! When my nieces visit, the front room television is on Nick Jr. for "background noise".

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  20. "Why! Because I could." LOVE IT!!!
    I have to try those chocolate espresso puddings. They look wonderful!

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  21. The little lemon hearts are really cute. On a side-note I nominated you for the Liebster blog award, go to my blog to check it out!

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  22. I love that fairly odd parents episode - Poof's insatiable love for those brownies makes me so proud :P
    I understand your love for lemon - the mini cakes are too adorable! But my heart belongs to that pudding - WANT. MORE ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Then you totally know what I am talking about :-)

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  23. Oh, your mini loaves are wonderful...and I love the idea of a glaze :)

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  24. I love your little hear loaves! And I bet it was great with the pudding.

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  25. Beautiful, Cher! The loaves are so pretty and the pudding sounds fantastic. I'm more of a chocolate lover myself, but I'd never say no to a good lemon dessert!

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  26. yummy! I am really liking all the "little" loaves

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  27. Wow...You really did it up fun and special! Great combo. And we see a lot of Fairly Odd Parents here too with Grandkiddos so I appreciate the theme.

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  28. Yum, lemon & chocolate... my two favorite desserts! The heart shaped ones are really cute!

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  29. Fun post! My daughter and her 3 preschoolers have moved in with us. The Disney Channel is on 24/7. Favorites include Fish Hooks, Shake it Up and Micky Mouse Play House. I try and watch the Food Network--but it doesn't last long!
    Love your heart pan, who wouldn't want a lemon heart??
    The pudding looks good too.

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  30. The cakes are so cute! That chocolate pudding sounds delicious. I recently started watching Nickolodeon on Saturday mornings, watched the Legend of Qorra ;)

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  31. Mmmm, very yummy! I love the heart shapes too!

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  32. We're a Phineas & Ferb/DisneyXD household, but we've been known to tune into Nick once in a while. Love the heart shapes, super cute and more surface area to slather with glaze!

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  33. Oh that pudding looks sooo good! And the love heart cakes are so cute and fun!
    I am very familiar with the fairly oddparents cartoon and I'm even more familiar with the windy trails where thoughts go!

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  34. Those mini loaves look wonderful! Would love a loaf with my Chai.

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  35. We had a lemon cake at Easter drizzled with a light frosting. I am craving something lemony. I can't believe I can say it but I miss those childhood T.V. programs (that used to drive me nutty). When I hear the music for "Dora" or "Franklin" I just melt...

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  36. I love the idea of pairing these with the pudding. I also love your little heart-shaped cakes.

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  37. Such pretty heart cakelets. And...I not-so-secretly love fairies! And doesn't everything go better with chocolate? Glad to see that this recipe works well as a mini dessert.

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  38. I may have liked my loaves if I had some of that pudding! Perfect pair. Looks great!

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  39. I love the heart loaves! I am with you, lemon is a wonderful thing. The chocolate pudding looks yummy, I will have to try that recipe!

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  40. Forgot to add, we don't watch the Fairly Oddparents, but my son is very into Umi-Zoomi, Dora, ect.. (he is 3)!

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  41. I love your glazed hearts, and to pair it with your pudding, genius!

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  42. You're so funny Cher. Love the: "Why? Because I could!" attitude. Priceless! Your lemon loaf looks yummy but I'm sad to hear that it didn't pack the lemon punch you were looking for. I didn't participate this week and now I'm kind of glad I didn't. I love a lemon dessert that makes me pucker! I also appreciate how you added a second dessert to this post with an actual recipe. Your chocolate pudding looks sinfully delicious!

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  43. I love your loaves, this household loves lemon too! I think curd would be a nice addition as well as chocolate pudding.

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  44. Fun--love the little heart loaves. I'm wanting to find a recipe for cherry brownies now! ;)

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  45. Your hearth cakes are cute.. That chocolate pudding looks delicious..

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  46. I bet it was way better with that pudding, it all looks so good! I love the heart shapes, so cute!

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  47. The pudding sounds amazing; I wish I had some right now to eat! Great pairing.

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  48. Such cute little lemon hearts. Your chocolate puddings would have solves the dessert incompatibility issue at my house. You are nicer than I am. I just made the lemon loaves, leaving the chocolate lover (lemon loaf hater) on his own.

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  49. It all looks delicious - love the hearts!

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  50. I LOVE homemade pudding! Very good choice! And your lemon-y hearts look great! I've been wanting to leave a comment practically every TWD but for some reason I could never get my Wordpress account to let me but miracle of miracles the Google one seems just fine with it so I'm sorry I haven't commented until now, but I always think you do a lovely job!

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  51. Creative and lovely! I can't wait to make the pudding. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to baking with you again week after next. Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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  52. The pudding sounds really decadent. Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  53. I love you pairing idea and the little hearts are adorable. I am completely on board with your sentiments regarding the cake although the subtleness of the lemon flavoring allows you to pair it nicely with other flavors. I'll have to try the pudding. Sounds delish.

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  54. Not a tough choice for me - I will also go for the chocolate pudding! Glad to hear you are part of the Fairy Bake-off :)

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  55. The best dessert I've had in recent memory paired lemon and chocolate (and blueberries). I used to think it was a strange combination, but now I'm a believer. Glad you enjoyed this!

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  56. I love the heart loaves! I was wondering, regarding the pudding, did you eat it warm or did you chill it first? I made some from Smitten Kitchen and it was awesome warm, but turned basically into a fudge texture after chilling and was hard to eat (too rich!).

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    1. Melissa - the pudding is really good warm, but I think it comes into its own after it has chilled for a couple of hours. But it is very rich and definitely needs to be paired with something to cut the richness (I will often make an espresso whipped cream)

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  57. WHat a wonderful way to make lemon loaves!!! LOVE them... and that pudding sounds heavenly as well. I also love your heart mold... what a find! Beautiful!

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  58. I love your adorable lemon loaf cakes in the heart shape! So cute!

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  59. The hearts are so cute...and the pudding looks amazing. I'd like some right now. What a great idea!

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  60. What a great idea to use the pan with the heart-shaped molds! Very cute cakes.

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