French Fridays with Dorie
I wasn’t really all that excited about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie assignment: Caramel Topped Semolina Cake. I suppose that if this were an American Idol act Judge Randy would say, “Check it out man, I was a bit wacked about cereal in a pastry but your ok dawg. Not great, but ok.” Paula would gush about how pretty the caramel topping was. Simon, on the other hand would be having none of it. “This was your worst performance of the competition. Completely uninspired yet full of potential. ” This dessert would never win the chance to move on and compete in Paris.
As far as recipes go this one is fairly easy. If you can let Cream of Wheat cool down in its pot and break an egg you can make this. (If I find a link to the recipe on line I will post it here but in the meantime you can either email me or buy the book if you want it.) I seem to be stuck on the idea of following these French Friday recipes just as they are written even though I can quite often think of easy tweaks that would “turn up the volume” (as The Ina would say.) Since I now have a full box of Cream of Wheat in the pantry and since its not something I would ordinarily eat (but don’t want to throw out) I’ll probably end up working this recipe a bit just for kicks. Even so, I doubt this will make it to dinner party status no matter what I do. But how do dark rum-soaked raisins sound instead of plain golden? A dash of cinnamon and a chopped apple in the mix, garnished with toasted walnuts?
Stay tuned. This one might try to re-enter for a chance to compete in Paris.