My plan for today was to come home, bake the Pistachio-Berry Slims and do a two-in-one Dorie’s Cookies post for today’s Tuesdays with Dorie. Instead, I hopped on the 99 bus, switched to the Number 15, and climbed the hill at Queen Elizabeth Park to Bloedel Conservatory. A once-in-a-decade event is happening right now and I decided to do a little bandwagoneering.
The corpse flower only blooms for a day or two, so it’s not something that can wait until the weekend. I managed to get there during a lull in the line up and was able to spend some time with the (surprisingly not smelly) bloom, along with the plants and birds that inhabit the conservatory. It’s quite a beautiful flower, even when not completely open as I saw it, the fabled scent associated with it gives its viewers an air of bravado, and its size is impressive. It’s also a rare flower, both in timing and number. But, I don’t think that’s the whole of its appeal. Its ephemerality ties the rest of these qualities together, making it irresistible to news outlets and spectators alike. There’s a powerful metaphorical appeal when something this singular takes so long to come to fruition, then withers in so short a span.
Or at least, that’s where my thoughts turned afterward, over an Aperol Spritz and artichoke leaves at Seasons in the Park. I went there to escape from the heat and fortify myself for a stroll through the quarry gardens and then the trek back to my side of town. Thank goodness for the lounges of fine dining restaurants. You can come in as you are (in my case, post-corpse flower viewing) and have access to the full menu. It was a good afternoon, but by the time I got home, I had just enough left in me to water the garden and have a proper bit of dinner. Baking was not in the cards.
Luckily, I’d made the cast-iron pan chocolate chip bars a few weeks ago, which put me in the (rare for me) position of being ready for the week’s post. Just like today’s activities, my version of these bars was a deviation from plan. I have a very small cast-iron pan, so I already knew I’d be making them in a springform. What I sacrificed in caramelly browning, I gained in cakey moistness. I was also low on shredded coconut, so rather than go to the store, I threw in some cocoa nibs. The squares still had a pleasing coconut taste, but the nibs amped up the chocolate flavour and added a bit of crunch, too.
I sliced these up in thin wedges and can attest that they’re equally good served with berries and whipped cream or unadorned. I gave three large portions away and still had more than a few days’ worth of dessert for myself. Another example of a successful detour, I’d say.
July’s Dorie’s Cookies goodness can be found here and here at Tuesdays with Dorie.
11 thoughts on “Dorie’s Cookies – Cast-Iron Pan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”
I’ve always been intrigued by the corpse flower. It’s figured into some books I’ve read, but I’ve never seen one myself. Thanks for sharing the pictures. That must have been something to see! Do you think I could use only cacao nibs instead of coconut? I don’t like the texture of coconut so don’t use it.
I’m glad I took the time to go and see the corpse flower, even if it was waning. I think you could skip the coconut altogether and use cocoa nibs for this. Stephanie used some dark chocolate and dried cherries in her version and I think this would be a great combination with the cocoa nibs.
These are SUCH a great dessert/ snack/ breakfast, right? And that corpse flower? SO cool!
So good! And healthy enough for breakfast, right? The corpse flower was cool!
There is one of those flowers at the botanical gardens here too this year! My florist friend really wants to see it, I’m less sure haha
Go and see it! It’s quite beautiful and I missed the smell altogether, so you might too! 🙂
We had a corpse flower here in California one year. It got a lot of media coverage and I learned alot. I did not get to see up close like you did. These cookies were good and sounds like they came out perfect despite the cast iron pan.
Ours got a lot of coverage, too. It’s so interesting and so sad that deforestation and climate change are wiping them out in Sumatra.
ok– that is one crazy flower!! glad you had a recipe in the reserves for a busy week. i liked these bars, too.
Apparently, there is one getting ready to bloom in NYC, too!
Sounds like you had an amazing day – sorry Pistachio Slims, I’d swap you for this day too. I have never seen a corpse flower in bloom, though I know there’s one in Sydney. Your cookies look great.