“Eat dessert first.”
This excellent advice comes from the beautiful and multi-talented Jacqueline of Purple Chocolat Home, and is the title of her new cookbook. I was the lucky winner of a copy and I’ve been enjoying not only dessert but also the other goodies she has collected in it. I love reading Jacqueline’s blog, where she might take us on exciting adventures to Paris or Disney or yachting on a mountain lake, or feed our eyes with her culinary creations or crafts or home decor, or tell us stories of her family, past and present.
Her cookbook starts out with the dessert recipes, of course, and after an enjoyable read I knew I would start not only with dessert, but with a chocolate one which I had once seen featured on her blog: Flourless Chocolate Cake! It is SO easy ~~ just my kind of cooking, and uses only these few delicious ingredients (this is for a half recipe portion):
~~ butter, bittersweet chocolate, whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate and eggs ~~
Are you drooling yet? I had an ulterior motive for choosing this recipe, as I had been waiting to use some new dishes 🙂 which I had found during a shopping trip to our local Juliska flagship store. Sarah, from Hyacinths for the Soul, was my enabler for this purchase, as she had told me about a warehouse sale, and of course I couldn’t miss it! And as Sarah was the other lucky winner of Jacqueline’s cookbook, I thought this would be the perfect time to try baking in my new cups. I was a bit wary, but they worked perfectly. I put them in foil and in a water bath before filling them with the delicious batter.
I’m sure that no one looking at this dessert or tasting it could ever believe how easy it was to make. No baking pan to clean! Only one bowl and a whisk!
And then this:
Our Spring weather has been glorious and the peonies are in full bloom, so I set a table on the back deck. (my first without my brown furry helper) My bunny, tired of holding birdseed for the squirrels, kept me company on a glorious spring day and agreed to sport some of my blossoms for you.
~~ roses which survived the recent blight ~~
~~ peonies ~~
~~ all offered to you by bunny ~~
My lilacs are white, the lavender is not yet blooming, and I don’t have any purple peonies (yet), but I was determined to find some purple in my yard for Jacqueline. I climbed up a steep hill to the few iris which are still blooming in the woods and found just a few remaining stems, so I added them to a tiny Juliska cream pitcher with other flowers from the yard. See them hiding there? That’s all the purple iris I had left!
But then I remembered my pots of violets!
The tiny purple blossoms are perfect to add as a final touch to this dessert, although I still have not been able to actually eat one.
Jacqueline often uses bits of pretty bling on her tables, so I added these napkin rings and my purple napkins.
Do you love these Juliska Jardins du Monde white dishes? My everyday pattern is Nantucket Basket (or Nantucket) by Wedgwood, but I’ve made space in the kitchen for more of these.
The glaze is beautiful, they are oven, microwave and freezer safe, and the pattern includes pieces of every type imaginable and coordinates well with Juliska Berry and Thread. Luckily 🙂 I had the foresight to bring home the very large pitcher to use as a vase for these gigantic peony blooms.
The purple bordered plate is Spode Delamere Bouquet, and the spoon is my silver pattern, Gorham Old French. They work well with peonies and chocolate, don’t you think?
I added a bit of lime because I think green and purple is a wonderful combo and also because I know that Sarah is making some lime deliciousness. Her tables are always wonderful and you can see for yourself here!
Before you leave to visit Jacqueline and Sarah please enjoy a moment to dream of sitting with me here,
and eating this most delicious chocolate dessert!!
And tell me ~~ would you eat the violets? Or just the chocolate?
Jacqueline, thank you so much for sharing your book and your inspiring blog.