FFWD – Roasted Red Peppers & Gâteau Basque à la mode

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Hello French Fridays, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do. I’ve missed you, but I got hit with a nasty sinus infection last month that took away much of my sense of taste and smell, along with almost all of my cooking mojo. I’m coming back on an easy one, so I added in a couple of catch ups, too.

Roasted Red Peppers

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I’ve never been a fan of commercial roasted bell peppers – they’re usually a little slimy and the best part of the flavour is in the oil they’re packed in. Homemade roasted peppers, though, are an entirely different matter. Dorie’s recipe has you roasting the peppers in the oven, making it easy to cook them until they blacken and collapse. Once they’ve cooled down enough to peel, it’s just a matter of layering them with seasonings and marinating them in the fridge for at least a couple of hours. I made mine last night and they were wonderful as an appetizer. Unlike the ones out of a jar, they weren’t without texture and they certainly weren’t slimy. Instead, they had a light coating of good olive oil and they were covered in garlic and herbs. I also took a quarter cup of the oil and a slice of pepper, as Dorie suggests in her bonne idée, and made a vinaigrette. I used balsamic instead of sherry vinegar and it was a perfect dressing for salad this evening. Even better, there are still plenty of peppers in the fridge for me to work my way through Mary’s list of roasted pepper ideas.

Gâteau Basque

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There has been some disagreement amongst my fellow Doristas as to whether this dessert is a cake or a giant cookie. I don’t really care, because it’s delicious. I used my mother’s homemade cherry jam to fill the gâteau, which isn’t really traditional, but it was wonderful all the same. It’s quick and uncomplicated to make, as long as you leave yourself enough time to chill the dough. I enjoyed this as a summer treat, but I think it will be even better in the wintertime, when a jam-filled treat will bring welcome reminders of the sun.

Olive Oil Ice Cream

ice cream

Now, I’m not the kind of person that would throw out a cake just because it was made a couple of days ago, but they do tend to get a little drier over time. Since I still had some leftover Gâteau Basque today, I thought a little ice cream might be just the thing to freshen it up. I didn’t have an ice cream maker when the group made Olive Oil Ice Cream, so I decided to tackle one more catch up this week. I was skeptical, I have to say, about olive oil in my ice cream. But this recipe produces a very adult vanilla flavour. The oil cuts the sweetness and enhances the vanilla, while adding a layer of savoury fruitiness all its own. It paired really well with the gâteau, but I would have been just as happy to have it alone, or with some summer fruit.

So, I think I’ve managed a fairly respectable return, don’t you? Once I catch up on the rest of July’s recipes, I’ll be almost on track again. I have to say it’s been good to see you, French Fridays. We shouldn’t wait so long again.

Find out what the rest of the French Fridays crew thought about their Roasted Peppers

You can find links to everyone else’s thoughts about cherry-jam-filled-goodness here: Gâteau Basque

And here’s where you can find the verdict on Olive Oil Ice Cream

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21 thoughts on “FFWD – Roasted Red Peppers & Gâteau Basque à la mode

  1. Teresa, Glad you’re feeling better. The roasted peppers were really delicious…we ate ours as a side dish with our roasted chicken, and as a topping for our hamburgers. The gateau was a huge hit in our house…we loved it! And you reminded me of how scrumptious the Olive Oil ice cream was. I think I need to revisit that one! Have a great weekend!

  2. A fantastic job on everything. Looks a though your taste has come back, glad you are feeling better. I have so many recipes to make up since Tricia and I lost so much time back in April and May. I hope to get a few more in this month, little by little.

  3. I’m so glad you’re back, and feeling better. You get big points for all that catch up. I think your mom’s cherry jam sounds perfect for the very delicious gateau basque.

  4. Wow that was a come back ! Great job. And glad to hear you are feeling better. My gateau did not last long enough to get dry but the ice cream idea is genius. How wonderful that your gateau filling was your Mom’s homemade cherry jam – perfect and special too. Good luck with the catching up – I have quite a few on my on “to do” list 🙂

  5. My sympathies on the sinus infection, I have had a few myself. You came back swinging with 3 recipes. We loved the gateau and I can’t wait to make again. Cherry jam sounds wonderful. I will have to try olive oil ice cream. I have been making a lot of homemade ice cream this summer.

  6. The peppers were a great recipe to come back to, and I am sure the cake was wonderful with the homemade cherry jam. I am happy you are feeling better!

  7. Yes, I would say you’ve had a very respectable return to the corp. Sinus infections can be nasty and I am sorry that yours was. Besides the roasted peppers, a first for me also, I loved, loved, loved, the cake-cookie-call it what you wish. It is right up there with Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake. I remember making the olive ice cream when Emma and Clara were visiting. I didn’t think they would like it at all but they polished it off in no time. A surprising ice cream. Well done and welcome back. I am glad you enjoyed the List. I am referring to it also.

  8. I hope you are back to feeling your normal self. Sorry to hear you were sick.

    I think your return is more than respectable! (And now I am craving that ice cream)

    P.S. I am on team cookie 🙂

  9. Wow, way to come roaring back! Three recipes in one go is quite respectable. I actually still have a few lingering make ups which I need to get through before we wrap this adventure up. Welcome back and happy to hear that you’re feeling better.

  10. Thanks for the reminder about the olive oil ice cream. I definitely want to make it again, but still haven’t gotten around to it. I’m glad to know that it worked so well for you – it definitely looks perfect. Your red pepper photos are absolutely great. They’re making me hungry for peppers.

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