Torched Pound Cake

We are ending the week on a sweet note, friends. Remember last week when I posted the recipe for pound cake and promised some variations to mix it up? Well here is the first. I confess, this is kind of over-the-top, but so effin good. This works best when your poundcake has sat for a day (wrapped, of course). And don’t forget to bake it with chocolate chips like I suggest! Get a cast iron skillet nice and hot over medium high heat and add in about half a tablespoon of butter. Fry your poundcake on both sides until it gets a bit brown and crispy. The chocolate chips will heat up and get nice gooey. mmm. Then, take some marshmallow fluff – I know, so gross, but so good – pile it on top, and spread it out in an even layer. Then, take a kitchen torch and fire it to a golden brown. It’s such a decadent treat. If you don’t have a torch, you can stash it under the broiler for a few minutes, but keep a close eye on it. What I love about this dessert is you could serve it at a fancy dinner to wow your lover or impress some people or you could serve it to a group of rowdy drunken friends and it will work equally well in both situations. I’m sorry, who doesn’t love toasted marshmallow? Enjoy!

A-Bowling I Go

Hello, friends! I hope you haven’t given up on me. I’m devastated that is has been OVER a week since I’ve posted last. The truth is I have been utterly entrenched in composing for a very well done indie feature featuring Danny Glover – I know, super cool, right? Today at 12noon I finally finished all my editing and delivered it to my mixer Zach, who will spend the weekend making it sound fantastic before delivering the final product to the dub stage on Tuesday. Needless to say, I’m feeling quite freed and relieved.

And what better way to celebrate than to go bowling. And I don’t mean bowling with pins and a large black ball – no no. When the starving artist goes bowling, he goes to the Hollywood Bowl to see a concert. And in fact this weekend’s show is very special: it’s the annual John Williams concert. John is one of my heros and as such I have made it a point to see him at the bowl every year since moving here. This year is my fourth… really hard to believe.

One of the best parts about going to the bowl is not only can you get really cheap seats, it’s a completely open outdoor venue, which means you picnic with as much wine and food as you want. Since I’m going with a large group I elected to bake a chocolate pound cake, my very first pound cake, in fact. I was watching food network yesterday and I swear like three different shows were making some version of pound cake. So I thought, well sh*t, I should make a pound cake. I actually had ulterior motives since I also wanted something to eat with the blueberries sitting in my fridge… more on that later.

In any case, this was a Paula Deen recipe that turned out quite well. I added in about two cups of chocolate chips just to bring it completely over the top. There is SO much one can do with a pound cake – I’ll be sharing more recipes in the coming days. But for now, off to the bowl to relax and hear some of the music that has inspired me to do what I do.

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! More coming your way soon!