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Apr 13, 2007 12:22 PM

The Mushroom

I'm in a Iron Chef mood today and the ingredient of the day is the mushroom. I'm a vegetarian and am thinking up ideas for an appetizer, entree, and dessert. For the appetizer and entree I have a couple ideas but am open to suggestions. I'm completely stumped on a dessert. Does anyone know how to make a dessert with a mushroom?

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  1. If it was Iron Chef, they'd probably make mushroom ice cream. That seems to be the go too dessert. I guess if you add enough fat and sugar to anything you can make it taste like dessert,

    What kind of mushrooms do you have?

    1. Unless you used a strong-flavored dried mushroom like porcinis, you'd lose any noticeable mushroom flavor in an ice cream. (Which might be the best thing!) On the other hand...dried porcinis with something like rum-soaked raisins...maybe a hint of spice, like cardamom, nutmeg, and/or cinnamon...that might actually be a palatable ice cream after all!

      If you're not up to making ice cream, how about a spice cake using dried mushrooms, or an apple cake substituting fresh mushrooms for apples? Again in that last case I think you'd be using the theme ingredient but losing a noticeable flavor.

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      1. re: Allstonian

        I like the idea of a spice cake...

        1. Rough blitz dried mushrooms for use in a crumble.

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          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            to make it a final cheese course, serve a very excellent blue, drizzled with a lavendar and use Sam's crumbed dried mushrooms sprinkled on top, serve dainty, ightly toasted squares alongside, with a european butter.

          2. does using mushroom soya sauce count? a reduction of shroom soya sauce with balsamic and sugar over a poached pear would be good.