Wednesday, December 9, 2015

C is for Cranberry!

No wait, C is for....
!

You see the Oxford Dictionary has formally given us approval to no longer speak in words but in pictures, or rather pictographs, or for you normal tweens out there EMOGIs!

Yes an emoji is officially the official "word" of the year.  Well actually it's the "lol" so much I'm crying or to be more to the point - 

Did you also know that last Friday was 


That's my emoji for National Cookie Day which apparently is every December 4!  Wow, I guess you can have a National Day for anything these days.  I wonder how I get to have a National Give Ryan a Blowjob Day, I wonder if I could get that through congress!  Hmmmm......

I wonder why we do love cookies so much?  I rather think we like them for many of the same reasons we like sex.  We all like cookies and we all like sex, right?  We like cookies because they are a small treat with such a variety of flavors and contrast of textures.  Think of chocolate chip cookies, ever so slightly crisp and crunchy on the outside with a deep rich melting chocolate squirt of flavor on the inside as you bite through.  OMG, that is exactly how I remember the best sex of my life!  You know chocolate chip cookies are always there for you and you can enjoy them just the way you like (with milk, after dinner, before bed, in the morning) just like your best sex partners (they know just how you like it).  And yet cookies are not so big and burdensome (like pie) that you can't mix and match.  Let's say you just had chocolate chip yesterday and the day before.  Today, you want a cookie but you want something new!  Well cookies have something new and exciting for you every day because today you can have oatmeal, or peanut butter, or sugar, or  maybe even maple, bacon, with sea salt. Who knows!  What you know is they won't dominate you into just one thing, they are willing to share and be as diverse as you need them to be!

OMG, now I just need a big old cookie orgy, don't you!!!

Well now that I am thinking of National Cookie Day, orgies, and December I come to one thought; it's time for 

 the Great Online (sex bloggers) Cookie Exchange Extravaganza!

As always a big thanks to JZ for organizing this treat every year.

OK, so we've established that today is not really for emoji's, it's actually for cookies.  Except that I never follow the rules so on this blog today it's for poundcake, or to be specific Cranberry Poundcake.  Now doesn't that sound all holidayish!

But you know poundcake is sexy too, just like cookies.  In fact if you can't have cookies, have poundcake; it goes great with milk as well.  I think of poundcake as like your girlfriend's older hot sister.  She's not your cookie but you would still like to pound her because she has that same nice soft round as(texture) but something just says I bet she might be really tart and lemony inside!  And OMG, I just have to taste that once!   :)

Ingredients:

*  1.5 cups + 3 Tbs Cake Flour - sifted
*  0.5 tsp baking powder
*  pinch of salt
*  1 cup Cranberries (fresh or thawed, strained if frozen)
*  5 oz white chocolate chunks
*  0.5 cups unsalted butter (at room temperature)
*  1.5 cups of sugar
*  0.5 cups of heavy cream
*  0.5 cups of mascarpone cheese
*  3 eggs
*  1 tsp vanilla extract (pure)
*  2.5 Tbs browned butter

For Frosting:
*  0.25 cups butter (softened)
*  4 oz cream cheese
*  1.5 cups powdered sugar
*  1 tsp vanilla or almond extract

*  Garnish with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips

Instructions:

*  Preheat convection air oven to 325
*  Butter and flour an 8.5 by 4.5 by 3 inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper
*  Combine cake flour, baking powder, and salt and sift multiple times (set aside)
*  In small sauce pan o/medium heat, brown 2.5 Tbs butter until it's an amber color, remove foam (set aside to cool)
*  Whisk the egg with vanilla extract and set aside
*  Mix the butter on medium speed until it's creamy, slowly add sugar and continue beating until incorporated into creamy butter
*  Add heavy cream and mascarpone into butter and continue beating until mixture is creamy
*  Turn mixer on low and add dry ingredients (flour) slowly and alternately with eggs
*  Take handful of flower and toss white chocolate chunks & cranberries in flour until covered
*  Add chocolate chunks and cranberries slowly into batter stirring constantly and gently
*  Pour batter into loaf pan, smooth the top and gently tap surface until bubbles removed
*  With butter knife draw line down center and pour browned butter into crevice.
*  Bake about 55 to 65 minutes and until top of cake golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Upon removing cake from oven cool for 15 minutes.
*  Remove cake from pan, separating from parchment paper.
*  With a mixer, combine 0.25 cups softened butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Slowly add in powdered sugar, beating until smooth.  Mix in vanilla or almond extract.
*  Spread icing on top of cake and place cake in refrigerator until frosting is set.
*  When frosting set melt 0.5 cups of white chocolate chips with 1 Tbs of vegetable oil in small sauce pan over low heat until smooth.
*  Sprinkle the cake with dried cranberries and drizzle white chocolate sauce over cake.


And as always I finish with that most tasty of songs, sing it Cookie Monster!




And here is that big cookie orgy!


Bleu (private blog, also posted here)
little monkey (private blog, also posted here)


10 comments:

Terpsichore said...

looks delicious...thanks for sharing :-)

blossom said...

this looks scrummy...thank you for sharing...smiles

ronnie said...

Really sounds yummy. Love Cranberries. Thanks for sharing.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

Jz said...

No, you don't ever follow the rules… but that's just part of your charm!

This looks oh-so-superb.
(see how I said that all calm, like I'm not drooling?)

Thanks for playing along again, you rebel! ;-D

Cat said...

I do love poundcake and am definitely going to give yours a try. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hugs and blessings...Cat

Same sassy girl said...

That looks like such a treat Ryan! I like the name for sure... POUND cake. Mmm... and cranberries are very New England - gotta adore those! Thanks for writing about a slightly different dessert! So fun exchanging with you!

Misty said...

Cranberries, I like the way you think. ;)

That is a pound cake I could get into! I'm with Jz, except I can't hide the drool. Lol. I will definitely be giving this one a try.

lindy thomas said...

Your pound cakes sounds interesting Ryan with cranberries. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs Lindy

Tom Allen said...

I think of poundcake as like your girlfriend's older hot "sister."

LOL - yeah, the sister that learned a few things when she went off to Vassar for 4 years and used to wear that red...

No, wait - that story probably doesn't belong here.

Nice one - I enjoyed the descriptions.

Lilli Clairmont said...

Cranberries? Yum! Thanks for sharing! :)