KJ Wants a Kitchen Aid Challenge Quarterly Review
As you may or may not know, on 1 March this year I made a resolution. I would not buy a single new cookbook until I made at least one recipe from every cookbook I already own. All 52 of them. If I am good, I can buy myself a new mixer.
I have my heart set on a Kitchen Aid. It's going to be pistachio green. And I will hug it and squeeze it and call it George.
Anyway, having hit the quarter way mark I thought it was time for a recap. So far this challenge has been fantastic. It has forced me to try new things, instead of just making endless cakes and ice creams. I am particularly pleased that I have blogged some savoury dishes. I always find these far more challenging than baking. So it is particularly satisfying when they come out well.
The highlight so far has definitely been the Plums in Marsala I made back in March. These were simply divine. This would be closely followed by the Water Pastry. I was delighted with the way this came out.
And a big thanks to everyone who has left such kind and encouraging comments. I am simply delighted that anyone visits my blog and I love feedback.
Here is a brief overview.
Challenge Book #1 - Toasted Coconut Ice Cream and Pear Caramel Ice Cream adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz.
Delicious and delicious. I seriously doubt that there is a less than delectable recipe in this book.
Challenge Book #2 - Plums in Marsala adapted from How to Cook Book One by Delia Smith.
An eventful experience, with oven doors flying open all over the place. But oh so so worth it. DIVINE!
Challenge Book #3 - Rocky Road Ice Cream adapted from Iced.
Fun to make and fun to eat.
Challenge Book #4 - Coconut Lemon Twinkies adapted from The Sweet Spot by Pichet Ong.
They looked good and they tasted good.
Challenge Book #5 - Italian Stallion adapted from Simply Simpatico by the Junior League of Alburquerque.
Blokey food at its best.
Challenge Book #6 - Water Pastry, Kofte and Pilaf adapted from Turkish Cookery by Inci Kut.
Delicious!!! I was so excited that this came out so well.
Challenge Book #7 - Membrillo adapted from Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander.
There were a few issues - namely its tendency to burn. But it was a great result.
Challenge Book #8 - Quince Yeast Cake adapted from Maggie's Table by Maggie Beer.
Not a great success, but I can see the potential.
Challenge Book #9 - Pot Roasted Quinces adapted from Maggie's Harvest by Maggie Beer.
Again not a total success, as the jelly didn't set. But it was still a delight to eat.
Challenge Book #10 - Plum and Cinnamon Oat Slice adapted from How to Cook Book Two by Delia Smith.
Loved the plummy jam filling.
Challenge Book #11 & #12 - Ice Cream Sundae adapted from Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros and Family Circle's Classic Essential Chocolate.
A traditional favourite. Simplicity at its best.
Challenge Book #13 - Chicken Leek Pie adapted from Family Circle's Classic Essential Pies.
Hard to go wrong here - with puff pastry, chicken, bacon, leeks and cream.
As for Challenge Book #14, here is a sneak peek. Stay tuned.