Friday, January 15, 2010

Don't Call Chocoholics Anonymous...

During Thanksgiving vacation, I went shopping with my mom along the main street of Palm Desert, which is called El Paseo. Along this street are many beautiful boutiques, and a certain high-priced kitchen store (one of a national chain). Since mom needed to find some napkin rings, we decided to browse through the store, and possibly pick up some ideas for Thanksgiving dinner.

I found an item that I do not need - well, I found LOTS of items I don't need - but one of them made me crazy with desire. I went back to the condo and told Gregg about it; he persuaded me to wait and think about it until we got home, so I did.

And then I went to the Seattle branch of the high-priced kitchen store, and bought it. Here it is:


See what I mean? Would you have been able to resist such beauty?

So yesterday, I baked lovely, bite-sized Ghirardelli chocolate bundt cakes (from scratch) in that irresistible pan. They are adorable.

And today, I made chocolate ganache and frosted them. I may have been hungry when I did this.

You can't really make out the adorable, detailed shape of each bundt anymore. I may have gotten a bit carried away.

Chocolate ganache likes to drip. I like the drips; they look like a chocolate fountain is at work. As one thing led to another, I got sort of lost "in the zone," as if I were painting. (I majored in painting in college, in case you didn't know. And you can see that I am not making a living as a painter.)

Now, be nice. They don't look that bad in person, and they taste great (I had to sample one).

And no one needs to call Chocoholics Anonymous. I am going to share these with a group of women while we watch "Julie & Julia" tonight.

18 comments:

ChiTown Girl said...

How quickly can you box a few up and ship them to Chicago!? They look YUMMY! Now I have pan-envy! ;-)

Busy Bee Suz said...

These are just divine!!! I love the forms...and I LOVE ganache.
I made ganache for the first time last year and we could NOT get over how wonderful it was!!!
Have fun...everyone will love your creations.
You are so creative in the kitchen...isn't it fun???

Kay said...

That form is so cute! I love it. The chocolate just makes it better, whether you can see how cute the pan was or not. YUM!

You will LOVE the movie!

Elizabeth said...

You needn't apologize for anything. When I saw them, my thought and intended comment was: Oh, my god...

Karen said...

oh yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about, girlfriend.

Smileygirl said...

Oh good Lord. I'm about to jump in the sound and swim to your house!!!

unbashedjoy said...

They look just lovely! What a creative use of the adorable pan!

Karla said...

I love it! I'm right there with you, that pan certainly looks very tempting. :)

Laurie Brandriet Keller said...

the pan, without a thing in it, is fabulous. please hang it or put it at the top of one of your cabinets. you have display area there, no? and the mini bundts are eenie meenie teenie tiny exquisite masterpieces. love to you. xoxo.

Stephanie said...

Indulge, indulge. Love the cakes, the blog, the gorgeous picture of Katie with her chocolate ganache hair. thanks to Elizabeth Aquino for sending me here.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

These are GORGEOUS... I can see myself popping one after the NEXT into my mouth....!

Karyn said...

those look sooooo good!

Meril said...

I see the attraction........ I may need one of those pans myself. Hmmmmmm.......... Teaching Eliza to bake! Yeah, that's it!

Anonymous said...

Karen, is that a silicone pan or a metal one? Either they look scrumptious - I think I wouldn't have even got as far as putting the ganache on the chocs - it would have all gone to my mouth before I noticed!

I haven't checked in for a while as I was spending a lot of time with my family over the vacation, but glad to catch up!

Irene

karen gerstenberger said...

ChiTown, they have all disappeared, but I can send you the recipe if you want it.

Irene, it's cast aluminum. (It came from Williams Sonoma.)

Dawn ~ BJSMomma said...

aaaaaaaah LOVERLY! looked like a really fun night...glad you enjoyed!

Daisy said...

Yum and how à propos.

Mich

Mary said...

you only sampled one? they are, or I guess were, gorgeous!