Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie - Split-Level Pudding - Take Two

I am a stubborn person. Could be the German in me or perhaps the Irish. I hate to give up on something. I am also very competitive. Hate to lose at anything. So, when my attempt at this weeks recipe, Split-Level Pudding ended up in the freezer because it didn't thicken, I was very upset.


I wasn't going to try to make the pudding until after my trip. I have a ton of things to do before I leave Friday morning. Packing is one of them. But, all day long I thought about the pudding. I read several posts yesterday that said they didn't use the food processor, just used a whisk. So, when I got home today I decided to give it another try.


I am very pleased to report that it turned out beautifully! I added one teaspoon of almond extract instead of vanilla, and used a whisk instead of the food processor, but that was the only change. I put it in a clear pudding dish and put it in the fridge and several hours later pulled one out and it was perfect! Yeah!!! I knew I could do it!!


While my pudding was cooling in the fridge, I worked on a cake for an 89 year old's birthday. I bake and decorate cakes. This one was ordered by my daughter's boss. He has ordered several cakes from me in the past. He thinks he's getting a simple sheet cake, but since he is a repeat customer and it's for someone who's going to be 89, I thought it should be a bit more special. Since it's October, and someone 89 is in the "autumn of their life", I went with a fall theme for decoration. I think he will like it.

10 comments:

  1. Nice job on the second round of pudding, who needs a food processor? This one was so yummy and so quick it was definitely worth a redo. And that cake looks marvelous!

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  2. The pudding looks wonderful! The cake is so lovely! Have a fun, safe trip.

    I received the Chocolate Epiphany book in the mail yesterday! Going to work on the blog this weekend!

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  3. Hey, great job! It's good to know that the food processor was the culprit the first time around. I thought that kitchen tool was supposed to make our lives easier!? I'll have to try this one again.

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  4. Your pudding looks great! Good for you for trying again. And the cake looks fun.

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  5. I've been thinking about making this one again too just because the first one didn't set up. Maybe this weekend. Glad you got it to work the second time. It looks wonderful.

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  6. Susan--good for you for giving it a second try! Love it. Pudding looks great and I am sure the recipient of that cake sure was happy! Have a wonderful trip!

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  7. Never give up! Your pudding looks fantastic and I have no doubt your client will be thrilled with the cake. An 89th birthday does deserve something special.

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  8. Looks great! I'm amazed you tried it a second time. Usually when I have a fail, I get mad and refuse to make it ever again!

    I used my stand mixer instead of a food processor and it worked just fine.

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  9. What a fun Autumn cake!
    I have to tell you that my pudding was thickening up quite well on the stove, then I put the pudding in the food processor and the pudding immediately looked like someone took all the fluff out. Fluffy to thin and liquidy (I am spelling by sound). Your second pudding looks thick and perfect. Love the almond flavor too!

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  10. I like your spirit. Second try looks good.

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