Tuesday, October 6, 2009

TWD - Split Level Pudding


This week's Tuesday with Dorie challenge is hosted by Garrett of Flavour of Vanilla, who has selected Dorie's split level pudding. It is a two layer pudding, with dark chocolate ganache on the bottom and vanilla pudding on the top. I made my puddings in martini glasses for visual impact, although Dorie suggests ramekins.


It is also a momentous TWD for me, because it is exactly 12 months (that's right, 52 weeks) since I joined the group. My first TWD was the Caramel Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake chosen by my good blogging friend Tammy, and I am amazed at the many different recipes I have tried since then.



This week's pudding certainly tasted delicious, but it didn't quite work as it should have for me. I divided the recipe into thirds and deliberately skimped a little on the cream in the ganache, so that when it was chilled, it was hard to spoon out. The vanilla pudding layer was the opposite - it was drinkable. I wish that I had read the TWD forum comments before making this, because a number of other bakers noted that their pudding was fine right up until it was re-processed after thickening on the stove, then it became thin and never recovered. I believe that there is truth in this theory, because the pudding remnants that were left in the saucepan set up fine at room temperature, yet after 8 hours in the fridge, the pudding that had been re-processed as directed after thickening did not set.



Oh well, the flavour was great, as I said, so I happily slurped the pudding before getting out a crowbar to eat the ganache ;).



You can see what the other TWD members thought of this pudding by visiting the
TWD blogroll, and the recipe will be on Garrett's site.

26 comments:

Tammy said...

congrats on a year of baking with Dorie! Your puddnig looks perfect in the glasses. I am pleased that I didnt process mine the second time!

The Blonde Duck said...

Pudding is never a problem in the Pond. Nor is alliteration. :)

Jules Someone said...

I love the martini glass. Mine never really firmed up either. Ah well.

Clivia said...

Happy Anniversary, Cakelaw. A toast to you with martini glass pudding!

Heather said...

you know i never really make pudding. but this looks tasty!

Palidor said...

You can't tell from the pictures that the vanilla layer was too thin. Regardless, I'm sure it tasted fabulous!

Jennifer said...

Happy TWD-versary!

This looks delicious!!!!:)

Leslie said...

Congrats on one year of Tuesdays with Dorie! The caramel topped brownie cake was my first TWD recipe, too. I'm sorry your pudding didn't cooperate, but the presentation sure is striking.

Pamela said...

I never got to this one this week. The picture is very nice, though. Sorry it didn't work out for you!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i'm sure it made for tasty slurping! :)

jillbert said...

It looks so nice in the glasses! I'm glad to hear that it tasted good even if the consistency was off.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I'm laughing even if I'm not sure of what is a crowbar !!

The Caked Crusader said...

Love the idea of serving it in a glass rather than a ramekin - I often think that ramekins don't show things off to their best!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Drinkable pudding! Now I actually like the sound of that! :D The name is very cute too :)

Romaine said...

I like the martini glasses. More fun to eat that way too. Sorry your pudding didn't get thick.

adele said...

Nice. I love the presentation! :)

Gloria said...

happy anniversary Cakelaw, I love this and the cookies in the post before are really cute!!!! gloria

myfamousrecipe said...

I had precisely the problem you described. At least you had the presence of mind to place drinkable pudding in a martini glass!

Ivy said...

I think your idea to serve the pudding in the martini glasses was brilliant. Sorry to hear that it didn't set as you expected but I am sure it still tasted great :)

Lauryn said...

I used martini glasses too and I thought they looked great!! AND...mine was runny too, but I was somehow able to salvage them. Congrats on a whole year in the club, thats amazing!!

Kim said...

I had pudding soup too. I like the pudding in the martini glasses. So pretty.

Food.Baby said...

Congrats on your 1 year with TWD! Your puddings look great even if they didn't set. Mine were soupy too.

margot said...

Sorry your pudding didn't set for you, it looks awesome in those nice martini glasses. And congrats on one year of baking with TWD!

TeaLady said...

Yeah! mine ended up like a smoothie on top of ganache. Tasted good, but....

Congrats on one year. So many things would not have made if not for Dorie. Same for you prob?

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Tammy. Leaving out that last step was a good move, believe me!

LOL Duckie :)

Thanks Jules. Yes, I feel rather philosophical about it myself.

Cheers Clivia!

Hi Heather, it is rather tasty - the vanilla part is yum!

Hi Palidor, it was good - I'd try it again, this time with it setting ;)

Thanks Jennifer.

Happy TWD-versary to you too Leslie.

Thanks Pamela - tasted yummy though.

LOL Steph - yes, it did!

Thanks Jill; I always figure I can work on consistency (extra cornflour at a pinch), but if it tasted awful - it would be gone!

LOL Natalia - as far as I can figure it, "piede di porco" is the nearest Italian translation.

Agreed Crusader!

LOL Lorraine - hey, it may take off!

Thanks Romaine - it was delicious all the same.

Thanks Adele.

Thank you Glotria - glad you liked the cookies too.

Thanks Recipe - the glass had been all about presentation, but ended up being a practical solution!

Thanks Ivy - it did taste good.

Thanks Lauryn!

Thanks Kim - I like the way it shows off the layers.

Thanks Susan. I wish I had read your comemnts on the forum BEFORE I did this.

Thanks Margot :)

Hi TeaLady, it was a delicious vanilla smoothie; I agree, there are loads of things I would never have made (floating islands, pineapple dacquoise, etc etc) otherwise, and most of them pleasantly surprised me.

pinkstripes said...

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary with TWD. I've enjoyed baking with you!