Those of you following the cookie rolling adventures know that I have a thing for playful baking adventures.
Well, late last year, before I started my final dissertation crunch, I wanted to have a few last hurrahs before I disappeared into writing oblivion. So Kiyash and I had a blow-out night of improvisational dessert making with two of our favorite gameful people, Liz and Zach Radding (at whose birthday party, you may recall, we invented Chicken Soccer Bowling). I made a traditional Finnish pannukaku in anticipation of our pending Scandinavian adventure. (And as it turned out, the stacked pancake dessert I made that night turned out a lot better than the disastrous first leg of our trip!)
Anyway, I've finally gotten around to posting online an infamous 20-second video that emerged from that night. This video was taken about a minute after we four took our first (and for very good reason, our LAST!) bites of one of the improvisational desserts, Zach's spicy, citrusy flourless chocolate cake. It must be said: No amount of tropical fruit syrup or Autumn fury spices could save the orange-infused graham crackery madness of this memorable, if not entirely edible, chocolate event.
My two favorite pieces of ancient Germanic wisdom: "I laugh, because I will cry if I do not" and "I cry, because I will laugh if I do not". You decide which of the two we four victims of a certain disastrous chocolate improvisational dessert item are doing in this video.
(If you look closely, you'll be able to spy the pannukaku I made on the table, a big round fluffy mulit-layered thing of double-broiled pancakes which fresh whipped cream layers smothered in guava-papaya sauce!)
By the way, the 2006 follow up to Improv Dessert Night is an epic baking battle: El Mejor Alfajor vs. El Mayor Alfajor.