It’s time for MARDI GRAS! And this year, it’s going to be EXTRA absorbant!
After our limited-edition Lunar New Year cupcakes from last Friday, we have ANOTHER limited edition cupcake today- King Cake. Our version is a miniature version of the original French version, also known as a pithivier. If you’ve never made a pithivier, I implore you to attempt one- it was one of the first recipes I made when teaching myself how to bake as a teenager, and is still one of my favorites to this day. It’s as simple as a two discs of buttery puff pastry encasing a filling of warm frangipane (almond cream).
Alternately, if you have absolutely no baking skills whatsoever, or don’t actually need a giant pastry that serves 12 in your house that you’ll of course eat all of yourself, you should just buy a cupcake. Totally easier.
And now…..I’ve got one more chance to
nag remind you about Valentine’s Day!
1. You can order Valentine’s Day cupcakes/brownies for hand delivery in Manhattan and Brooklyn until 2pm Tuesday! Fifty bucks buys you one dozen limited-edition cupcakes (including the 4x a year and much loved Strawberry Champagne, the only appearance of “The Eve” and the last appearance of Creme Brulee til Christmas), PLUS a ribbon, a handwritten note card, and hand delivery to your valentine. Best part of all of this- your loved one will more than likely not be able to eat all 12 cupcakes at work, and will bring the remainder home to store in the freezer, AND share with you! This is win-win!
2. We are four days away from giving you the most romantic Valentine’s Day of your life, OR the most delicious “Screw Love” ladies night out ever (I had more than enough of those pre-Matt. And they were not as tasty as this one is going to be).
We’re doing a one night only event at The Owl’s Head Wine Bar in Bay Ridge, where we’re taking the cupcakes that we’ve made that were inspired by our ideas for plated restaurant desserts and actually making them into plated desserts. Is that meta? Ah who cares- HERE’S THE MENU!
First Course: Pear Mascarpone
Mascarpone panna cotta, roasted pear compote, spiced pear chip
Served with: German Gilabert Zero Dosage Cava Brut Nature 2011
Second Course: The Noah
Apple galette, goat cheese mousse, roasted candied bacon, bourbon brown sugar sauce
Served with: Niepoort 2001 Colheita Port
Third Course: Car Bomb
Jameson whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream & Guinness stout opera cake, Guinness beer nut praline
Served with:Sixpoint 3beans über-porter
Know when the next time we’re doing this is? NEVER. So you will call the Owl’s Head at (718) 680-2436 and make your reservation now before they’re all gone, and you’re left with nothing but a puddle of regret, and maybe some Cheetos as that’s what I use to kill the pain of regret. You personally might use Doritos- there’s no wrong answer here.
Now- MARDI GRAS CUPAKES!!! Go git em!
King Cake: Almond cake, almond pastry cream, almond custard buttercream, feuillitine
Pecan Praline: Pecan cake, vanilla buttercream, N’Awlins style pralines
Bananas Foster: Banana cake, rum salted caramel buttercream and drizzle
Rue McClanahan: Peach cake, cheesecake buttercream, peach compote