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"Santa" gave me Alice Medrich's Bittersweet for Christmas. It has been a very busy week, lots of house guests etc... and I'm trying to get organized for a small party. It is my husband's birthday Dec 31, and since he is a chocoholic, I was thinking of the Q of S cake. I'm open to suggestions as I've barely had time to read much of the book (what I have read is great). He is, also, getting a selection of Samaki chocolates. Thanks, Cheers!

assibams's picture

(post #63384, reply #1 of 18)

The Queen of Sheba torte is very, very good.

"Things are more like they are now than they have ever been" President Gerald Ford

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

KarenP's picture

(post #63384, reply #2 of 18)

The Queen of Sheba torte is very, very good


 very good indeed!  I was lucky enough to taste some Alice made and served at a class.

case4's picture

(post #63384, reply #3 of 18)

Now that would be cool to see Alice in action. I made the creamy truffles the other day; we ate the last one today, truly TDF. Thanks for the recommendation, Q of S it will be.

case4's picture

(post #63384, reply #4 of 18)

Thanks. I've been "collecting" chocolate lately, trying the different %. I don't have an 8x3 inch springform pan, and I went to 3 stores today, it seems no one has a 8x3 springform! I do have a regular one. How hard was the torte to get out? Would it be too risky?

assibams's picture

(post #63384, reply #5 of 18)

IIRC I used my standard 9in springform, because the 8in one has a slanted bottom plate. I did put foil or parchment in the bottom, so sticking was not a problem at all. With all the fat in the torte it shouldn't stick, but you never really know, right ;-) If you want to be careful just line the pan with parchment or foil.

"Things are more like they are now than they have ever been" President Gerald Ford

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

DeannaS's picture

(post #63384, reply #6 of 18)

I got that book for Xmas, too! Woo hoo!

The panna cotta is really good. I made that when I checked it out from the library. The truffles were great, too. The brownies are good, but I have a different recipe I prefer.

I haven't trid the Q of S torte, but I'm going to a New Year's Eve part, so maybe I'll whip it up to take along....

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

case4's picture

(post #63384, reply #7 of 18)

Report; The Q of S torte was okay, I'd make a few adjustments next time. I used a 9 inch springform pan, instead of 8. I use an oven thermometer to watch the temp. I pulled it out 5 minutes early and it was still over cooked. It was good, but not perfect. I've since then bought an 8x3 inch springform.


I made the cold truffles over Christmas, OMG they were good. My 4yr old asked for one the other day... all gone (long gone).


I made the Fallen Chocolate Souffle cake last w/e for guests (since 2 of us are trying to lose a few). It was great! I made it with Lindt 70% and Callebaut cocoa powder (the best of what I could find). Very good (what I expected the Q of S torte to be), deep bittersweet chocolate, fudgy, with slight almond flavour, and still tasted great the next day.


I've also mad the Warm Mocha tart, next time I'll make it in the tartlet form. Good, I like the crust, versatile. The filling was a little too bitter for the kids, so next time I'll use a little more sugar.


I, also, have a brownie recipe I really like, but I may give Alice's a try soon. Cheers!

DeannaS's picture

(post #63384, reply #9 of 18)

Wow, you've made a lot more than me. I will have to bake more sweets again, soon.

"As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists." - Joan Dye Gussow

Adele's picture

(post #63384, reply #10 of 18)

I am so not going to vent on the awful time I have had with abebooks.com in getting this book. Yes I am.  Never used them before, never will again.   Ordered Jan 3rd.  Confirmed order rec'd on third.  NUMEROUS emails that were forwarded to the actual bookseller, even CALLED the damn place, no response from the bookstore.  Sent a really mean email yesterday.  Got an answer- it shipped on the 8th from Minnesota.  Yeah, right.  Why, why couldn't I have been told this before?  Why no shipping confirmation?  I don't actually believe they have shipped it. 


(Found this place through addall.com- never again)


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Meryl's picture

(post #63384, reply #11 of 18)

Wow, what a drag. Can you cancel the whole thing and get it elsewhere? I've ordered books from only two online sources so far: B&N and Powells (Powells has both new and used). Both were great to work with.


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

anneelsberry's picture

(post #63384, reply #14 of 18)

Powells is one of my favorite places on earth. Worth a trip to Portland just to spend a day or two wandering around in (the building takes up an entire city block and is several stories high).

Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

Meryl's picture

(post #63384, reply #16 of 18)

Sounds amazing! I've never been there, but they were soooo nice to speak with over the phone, and their service is A++++++  



Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces. --Judith Viorst

There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

Adele's picture

(post #63384, reply #17 of 18)

I wish I could.  They said it shipped on the 8th, but I still don't have it. I was really hoping they didn't send it yet so I could cancel. I've never, ever had to wait this long for a book. 


I get books online all the time.  Bookcloseouts is my fav, just rec'd 5 books today for $24.00 to include:  Vie de France- James Halle, The Pharaoh's Feast- Mess of Pottage anyone?  LOL  I love that place, too bad they didn't have Bittersweet when I checked. 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

helena's picture

(post #63384, reply #18 of 18)

That is my favorite bookseller as well. Even being overseas, I never had a problem with them. Just the shipping cost is too high sometimes (compared to amazon). I bought from Amazon.com as well, and have been nothing but pleased with their service as well.

case4's picture

(post #63384, reply #13 of 18)

I've really enjoyed reading Bittersweet. To be honest, we tend to entertain more in January, rather than December. My husband is a professional musician and works solidly in December. Plus, with kids, concerts, and activities I find December a very busy month. I prefer the slowness of January... especially for baking/cooking. Cheers

jocelyng's picture

(post #63384, reply #8 of 18)

I apologize if you have seen this recommendation before, but the Coconut Saras are TDF.  I have made them several times (even making and freezing the coconut macaroon earlier), and they are now one of my most requested recipes.   I have made a couple of the truffle recipes with equally good success.


Jocelyn

case4's picture

(post #63384, reply #12 of 18)

Thanks for the recommendation, they will be the next on my list to try. Did you make them "dainty" as described or slightly larger?

jocelyng's picture

(post #63384, reply #15 of 18)

I made them about the same size as what she recommended - roughly two bites (or one large).  I make the indentation for the ganache with the end of a mortar or the bottom of a teaspoon.


Enjoy!


Jocelyn