I have to admit something to you all. It's not easy. But here goes.
I made an amazing dessert by tweaking a recipe from RR's mag. Yes. I did. Me, maisonbistro. I bow my head in shame - yet reaped huge amounts of praise. Kudos from food afficionados no less.
In the latest issue, she has some desserts that don't require baking. The very first one got my attention, as it sounded like, with some tweaking, it could bring me close to dessert nirvana - hungarian ludlab (the recipe of which seems to be a very closely guarded national secret).
So, I omitted the peanut butter from the recipe, omitted the crust and the peanuts, and simply lined a bread pan with cling film, put down a layer of thawed sour cherries sprinkled with a little sugar, and then made the chocolate filling following the directions (melted choc (caillebot disks that I had bought to make the NYT cc cookies) with butter, egg yolks whipped over a bain marie, whipped cream. I also didn't add the layer of chocolate melted with butter and corn syrup to form the crust.
I chilled it for the day, unmolded, and voila - the raves just kept coming.
I am close to creating a ludlab. Vewy vewy close. And if this is as close as I ever get, I will be ok with it.