..but I "won't" do that. (CtBF: Midori Babas with Pineapple & Apricot Kernel Ice Cream)

"Whatever is dirty, it is women's job to clean up, or drive some man to clean up, and that goes for everything from cellar to senate." Agnes Macphail

Now, there are many things in my life that I don't love doing but don't mind doing: folding laundry, pulling weeds, cleaning bathrooms. On the flip side, there are a much fewer number of things that I don't love doing but I mind doing.

Washing dishes is pretty high on that list.

This week's (and the next round's) Cook the Book Fridays involved a sink dirtying path on the road to deliciousness.

A butter rich yeasted cake formed the base for this rich dessert. Although the dough was not technically challenging to work with, it was sticky and ultimately a mess to clean up (strike one).

In addition to the stuff needed to prepare and bake the dough (stand mixer bowl and attachments, prep bowls, muffin tins, spatulas, measuring spoons), the next round of dishes consisted of all the "stuff" involved in making a simple syrup and soaking the babas introduced a further round of sink clutter (measuring cups, sauce pan, bowl for soaking). Strike 2. Side note: I was out of Kirsh, so I finished up a bottle of Midori (melon liqueur) to add flavoring to the simple syrup.

Because I was planning on a two-fer, the next step involved all the dishes needed to make apricot kernel ice cream. I won't list them all here, but you get the idea.... Strike 3.

And then...there was the pineapple. More dirty dishes. On the execution side, I veered off of the directions and cooked the pineapple in brown butter, brown sugar and added a splash of rum to seal the deal.

Ultimately, the pieces all came together to form something pretty special. However, I'm still pretty bitter about all those dishes...

Just saying.

In case anyone was counting on the "not following directions front", I think the tally is 1) Midori instead of kirsch, 2) apricot kernel ice cream instead of whipped cream and 3) using brown butter and rum on the pineapple (and slicing it instead of chunking it).

This post participates in Cook the Book Fridays, where a group is currently working their way through David Lebovitz's My Paris Kitchen (not an affiliate link).

Peace out.



  1. I hate the clean up part too, very discouraging. This did turn out well, even though I used rum and no whipped cream. I'm looking forward to the ice cream recipe, just borrowed Tricia ice cream maker which I will work on next week sometime.

  2. That looks great! There was a lot of dishes and I'm with you on dislike of the dish washing task. And you made the ice cream on top! Very impressed :)

  3. Funny you mention the mountain of dishes and stuff you have to wash to make a few of these little cakes. Another measure to evaluate whether we would make these again. The cakes do not taste anything without the syrup and kirsch. That's the winning component after all!

  4. RIght up there with you not following directions on this one! I also thought this was a lot of work...

  5. I don't love, but don't mind, doing dishes, so until you pointed it out, I hadn't realize the trail this recipe left behind. I was expecting your babas to be green from the Midori. Good idea on topping with ice cream! I love when you don't follow directions.

  6. Laughed like a crazy woman throughout this post. Yeah, keeping the kitchen cleaned and organized as I put together recipes every week is a chore. It's a hoot how all the cooks on television always have cleaned and organized counters throughout their shows. They also have commercials which means the Cleaning Fairies have time to remove dirty dishes and trash and make everything perfect again. (They are NOT fooling me.) Soldier on, Cher. The chore that I love most is ironing. I LOVE to iron. Cleaning toilets, not so much. Tonight I intend to clean all the light on/off fixtures throughout the condo. Life is tiresome. Enjoy your well-earned vacation.

  7. I made this on the same day as making all the components for the Cold Chocolate Crémeux, Wine-Poached Cherries and Lots of Crumbs for Tuesdays with Dorie. It was a bit of a kitchen-pocalypse. But, I had it all cleaned up by the time anyone was around to taste these and I think they assumed it was all effortless...


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