Cream Dream

March 24, 2011

It’s true baking requires recipes. When you make a cake you can’t haphazardly throw a bunch of ingredients into a KitchenAid mixer, combine everything and bake it in the oven. Flour, eggs and sugar have to be measured. You don’t simply add things until it looks “right.”

That being said, there is one dessert I make without much precision. It’s a favorite for Waterbar and Farallon staff meals. I call it Cream Dream. Technically it’s a trifle but it’s so much more. I don’t want to completely mislead you and give the impression it is completely a random kitchen sink dessert, but it’s close. You need to have dessert leftovers and heavy cream.  Creating the desserts to get those leftovers does require a recipe.

To make Cream Dream you need any combination of cake, cookie, brownie pieces or scraps, plus caramel and/or chocolate sauces.

Whip the cream with a little sugar until soft peaks. Layer the cut or broken up cake/cookie pieces, your sauces and the cream in a bowl. (Keep the sauces cold or at room temperature) Sprinkle in a few chocolate chips, nuts and coconut if you have them. You want enough cream so it holds together and isn’t dry, but not so much that all you taste is cream.  Layering everything rather than folding it together keeps the texture of the cakes and cookies intact. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

No Cream Dream ever tastes the same. They all depend on the flavor of your cakes and cookies. Our version usually has chocolate as invariably some of our leftovers are chocolate.

When I go out of my way to bake a special dessert for staff meal it never seems to be as popular as Cream Dream. Eyes light up when the staff sees it on the table with the savory food. The pastry cooks and I laugh, wishing all our baking was that easy.

One comment

  1. Sounds wonderful! I’d try it any day….

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