Welcome to the new cooking series in The Single Dad’s Guide to Life blog. I know that I have done a ton of cooking as a single dad. And as a single father I think it’s important to share recipes that I have done with other parents. But as I was thinking about doing this, I started to think about the fact that my daughter is such a big part of what I do when I cook.
In fact, when I have done my big meals (Thanksgiving being one of them), my daughter insists on being a major part of the meal preparation. This can mean peeling potatoes, mashing butter with rosemary and thyme, and basting the turkey with a special basting ingredient. (I’m holding on to that secret until Thanksgiving.) She is a huge part of everything that I do.
So I couldn’t do this without thinking about including her in this in some way. She likes to be there helping when I cook, as much as she can be, so I knew she would want to be included here somehow. So I decided instead of doing a series of just trying to cook things for her, it would be about cooking meals with her. This means a bi-weekly recipe series of our cooking adventures. They won’t all work out perfectly. We will explain what worked and what didn’t, but most important of all we will discuss the journey.
So without further ado, I am introducing the new cooking series for Single Dad’s Guide to Life, Cooking with B.
When sitting down to work on the first of the recipes we would do for the series, we got into Daddy daughter planning mode. So we immediately went to Applebee’s to talk about what we were going to make together. As inspiration, we took out Pinterest on the phone and started looking at the recipes that were out there for Easter.
But we didn’t just want to steal a recipe, we were looking for inspiration. We saw all sorts of different things. There were many amazing Easter recipes out there. We saw some Nutella chocolate filled eggs that looked amazing. There were some crazy bunny chow recipes that we thought were cute. But being honest, we wanted to find something that we actually wanted to eat when we were done with it all. I know food is supposed to look good but if it doesn’t taste good, it won’t be getting a repeat performance.
What we did end up getting inspired by was all of the different Easter baskets made with food. Then we saw a recipe for stuffing croissants. That made both our mouths water. But this recipe was a savory Easter recipe.
“It’s Easter so maybe something more sweet,” B said. “I’m think maybe doing more chocolate mousse.”
“But I’ve never made Chocolate mousse before,” I responded while looking at her quizzically.
“That’s never stopped you before,” she answered sounding confident.
She was right of course. But it’s at this point that I looked at her, wondering what we were making. She assured me that we were making rabbit holes. So what goes in a hole but dirt? There was a logic to that. We then were tasked with trying to have a rabbit for the hole. After some discussion about purchasing a candy Easter Bunny, we both thought that all of the bunny’s going face down into something were cute. But what would we use? My idea was to cut a Twinkie in half and place it face down. Then maybe we could squeeze some of the filling out the end to give it a white tail. She thought this was perfect.
Finally we both talked about little accessories to the bunny hole and decided that maybe little candies and Oreo crumbs would work for putting on and around the dirt. We talked about other accessories but that meant melting and shaping candy. Neither of us were in the mood for doing that. We looked at each other and we knew we were ready. So off to Target we went.
We were ready to go. And from there we went home and we got to work. What follows is the recipe. One last little thing. We did think about putting a bottom on the hole with the croissant shaping. The first go around did not work. Aside from the foil being hot coming out of the over, it was hard to take them off the foil when we made it pot shaped. So we just wound the croissant around the foil as it worked better. Also, squeezing filling out of the Twinkie was not a good idea. Whipped cream tail looked better. Maybe you find better ways but this was our final way. Here is our recipe for 8 Easter Rabbit holes:
Rabbit Hole Recipe-
1 Roll of 8 Pillsbury Crescents
4 Egg Yolks
2 1/2 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
1 cup of Sugar
8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
Egg shaped candies
4 quart saucepan
Mixer with metal bowl
1. Preheat the oven to 375
2. Shape aluminum into cylinders.
5. Crush the aluminum foil to help slide the croissant rolls off the foil.
6. Put egg yolks in mixing bowl and beat with wire attachment for 3 minutes. Slowly pour in sugar while mixing the eggs. They should take on a lemon color when finished.
7. Heat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream until it gets hot. Do not boil.
8. Pour just over half of the hot cream in the bowl. Mix with the egg mixture.
9. Pour that mixture back in with the rest of the cream. Heat on low for five minutes. Do not boil!!!
10. Slowly add in the chocolate chips and keep storing until completely melted.
11. Put in a bowl and cover. Put in refrigerator for two hours.
12. Whip up the other cup and a half of whipping cream.
13. Put one quarter of the whipping cream into the chocolate mixture. Mix well. Once incorporated, slowly fold in the rest of the whipping cream. Do not over mix. Just fold it in gently.
14. Spread a thin bit of chocolate over a plate. Place the croissant hole on the chocolate.
17. Cut the Twinkies in half. Place one half with the cream side into chocolate. Put a dollop of whipped cream onto the back of the Twinkie.
Hope you enjoyed the recipe that we came up with. And I hope you enjoy the continuation of the series with my daughter. She and I enjoyed putting it together for you.
Until next time, this is me signing off.
David Elliott, Single Dad’s Guide to Life