A few years ago just before Christmas, a box arrived with our address and someone else’s name. i called the number on the package, the Guenther House, to try to sort out the case of mistaken delivery. They asked me to open the box. Inside were about 10 bags of waffle mix, bags of biscuit mix, many bottles of jam and even more. They did some research and figured out the proper owner, but they would have to send a new order to them. They offered to let us keep the original box, but I said no thank you as I could not imagine how long it would take us to use up all of that stuff.
I sent the box back to them. A few weeks later, a smaller boxed arrived in the mail with just a few of each item. We have already used up the waffle mix – insanely good! Earlier this week I made the biscuits with a little bit of shredded cheese added to complement veggie chili from the freezer.
Last night I was inspired to clean out the pantry, baking supplies, and fridge with a dessert. Generally I think this is how I get most creative with desserts. My friends are begging me for a recipe for a bread pudding that I made that was a similar clean out the cupboards dessert – frozen leftover TJs cranberry orange bread, chocolate chips, and not sure what else. This time I decided to keep track of the recipe.
I used a simple tart pastry dough recipe, which the Two Tarts calls a <a href="http://“>pie crust and essentially that is the case. It is from the Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters as I prefer a slightly savory dough when the rest of the recipe will be sweet. I topped it with this Nutella-style spread made with almonds instead of hazelnuts, which was in our fridge. I put the jar in some simmmering water to melt it to a spreadable consistency. After topping the cooked tart with the chcoloatey goodness, I chilled it for a bit in the fridge to let it firm up.
I repeated the simmering water technique with the peach jam from the Guenther House delivery, which was in our pantry. Once the chocolate had firmed a bit, I added the peach jam on top and put it back into the fridge to firm up some more.
Here is the result of this recipe – decadently good!