I am so excited to be a part of the Sugar Cube Blog Tour! I’m a sucker for amazing food trucks – and dessert food trucks set my heart on fire. I know that sounds painful, but that’s totally a good thing! When I first heard about a food truck in Portland called The Sugar Cube, (after I got over the PERFECT name for a dessert food truck!) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new cookbook! And rightly so! It’s always a good thing when you’re flipping through a cookbook and there’s nothing you pass over. There was some serious deliberating as far as what I was going to make for my leg of the tour because, honestly, everything looks so very good!
I decided on the Black Cow Panna Cotta for a couple of reasons. First of all, I love a Black Cow. Let me fill you in, in case you’re in the dark here: a Black Cow is a blended up Root Beer Float! You suck it down with a straw to wash down your chili cheese fries and/or coney dogs. Trust me, I know. I spent a summer working at a really adorable drive-in A&W. I drank gallons of Black Cows, probably, which made working for my sister (who was the manager) a little tolerable. My older sis had real authority over me to boss me around. I hated that. Don’t get me wrong, my sister is very sweet, but she holds no punches with me. “Oh Crystal, you messed up everything? That’s okay!” then two seconds later, “EMILY! YOU DROPPED A FRY! YOU’RE THE WORST!” Maybe I’m remembering things a little skewed, but I’m 97% sure that was an actual conversation. (Maybe 47% sure.)
Second of all, I couldn’t resist the charms of panna cotta because I love a good custard dessert! (I don’t have a story to back up this opinion.)
The cookbook is adorable in every way – the photos, the layout, the font, and the friendly language in every recipe. I love my old Betty Crocker cookbook, but the dry language definitely doesn’t get me super excited about what I’m making, nor does it make me feel like I know the person on the other end of the recipe. I understand it’s a cookbook and I’ve never met Kir Jensen, so I’m not going to start sending her letters talking about our BFF status, but I like liking the person who’s recipe I’m tackling. Is that weird?
All the components were so easy to whip up, and assembling these tiny gems was a breeze – the custard, then some root beer drizzle, finished with a dollop of fresh “whoop” as she calls it in the cookbook. Now that’s cute! There’s a healthy dose of vanilla bean throughout the dessert, which is hard not love, too.
The flavors are there, and once you have a spoonful of the whole mix, it’s truly like a high-end Black Cow! These little guys are to be made in 4 oz jars (or ramekins) which makes them the tiniest, most guilt-free dessert ever. Unless you’re dessert is raw carrots. Then that’s the most guilt free dessert.
This covetable cookbook is a greatest-hits collection from Sugar Cube, a tiny pink food cart in Portland, Oregon, that is thronged daily by hungry hordes craving voluptuous sweets intensified with a spike of booze, a lick of sea salt, or a “whoop” of whipped cream. Sugar Cube founder and baker Kir Jensen left the fine-dining pastry track to sell her handmade treats on the street. Recipes for 50 of Kir’s most enticing cupcakes, cookies, tarts, muffins, sips, and candies are made more irresistible (if possible!) by 32 delicious color photographs. Sassy headnotes and illustrations that resemble vintage tattoos liven up this singular boutique baking book.
This cookbook has quickly become a favorite of mine! AND YOU CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN ONE! The lovely folks at Chronicle Books want one of you lovely readers to ave one too! Leave a comment letting me know your favorite go-to dessert! What can’t you live without? Be sure your comment is left by 12 am on Thursday May 31st, and I’ll announce the winner this Friday, June 1st. Best of luck!
UPDATE: The winner!
It’s a toss up for me…. fruit pavlova or German chocolate cake. Really, I have yet to meet a dessert that I didn’t like, but those two are what my mother made most often when I was young. They fix any problem and always feel a little bit like home.”
Congrats! Contact me at kastner (dot) emily (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your lovely prize!!!