Sunday, July 16, 2006

Feeling Sunday afternoonish

Had an uncharacteristically grown-up night last night, with a bunch of friends round to dinner. It gave me a good excuse to try out a new dessert recipe - gooey chocolate stack. It's from Nigella Lawson 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' - one of the finest book titles ever, in my opinion.

And watching over proceedings was Millie who arrived this week all the way from Australia. She was keen to dive in, but I managed to halt her by offering the beaters to lick.

I am always keen to use our dinner guests as guinea-pigs for new recipes (particularly dessert - because you usually know in advance if it hasn't worked out and can save the day by whipping out a bowl of artfully scooped ice-cream). But some folks are horrified at the thought of making something that is not tried and tested.


As luck would have it, it turned out delicious anyway - great mix of crunchy, gooey and chocolatey and amazingly, not sickeningly sweet (thanks to the 72% cocoa solids choccy which gives it a great bitter hit).

15 comments:

Strikkelise said...

The gooey thing sure looks divine.
I agree about the book title. I had to buy the book almost solely because of that.

capello said...

That looks really yummy... is the crunch part a chocolat meringue?

And yes, I'm seething jealous over that cookbook title. I'm stuck.

raspberryfairy said...

I've made this twice, went down well both times!
I love her book, her brownie recipe is the best in the world! Well according to me, and our whole village!

emma said...

I often take the book to bed with me for some late-night reading...
And I have looked at that stack many many times, just waiting for the appropriate occasion. I think it's time for me to just invent one.

whizzme said...

that looks like my kind of dessert - I am drooling!
thanks for all the lovely comments you have sent my way too - pity we couldn't do a swap for that dessert! LOL

weirdbunny said...

Oh I need some of that cake too!!

brenda said...

Sounds like my kind of desert! Yummm......

lera said...

OOOH! that looks yummy!

babybug said...

that looks good! i like nigella, too!

Momma Pajama said...

Yummy! I'm going out to the post office today to mail your prize to you!

Angela said...

THAT looks absolutely delicious! Yummy. Send me a piece would ya? I'll be waiting at my door. 8-)

lindiepindie said...

That looks incredibly yummy. Mmmmmm.

nicbiccie said...

Hi Ali! Thanks for your email - glad to hear Milly arrived safe & sound...in time for gooey chocolateness!! Looks amazing...I've got that book, so may very well have to give it a try!

Megan said...

I recognised that recipe the minute I saw it! I have that book too - bought for my for Valentines day, lucky me. Looks delicious.

Monica said...

I love Nigella's book too. And so far I haven't had any disasters either. They might not look like her pictures (mine being somewhat more... 'common'), but they sure taste nice!