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Tuesday
Jan222008

Dessert Oasis: Fantastical Desserts and Recipes from Michael's Kitchen

 

Deep Dish Rice Krispie "Pizza"

Photo credit Michael’s Kitchen Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

Ever felt like dessert menus are becoming a bit...predictable? A chocolate cake of some sort, a fruit-based pastry, cheesecake or tiramisu, a pudding or flan, and an ice cream or sorbet. Yawn.

 

Fortunately, we recently came across a restauranteur who has not forgotten the childlike joy and simple pleasure that dessert can bring: chef Michael Blum, who recently opened Michael's Kitchen in Miami. He's bringing a bit of pomp and circumstance--as well as a needed dose of fun--back to the institution of dessert, serving up fanciful sweets like desserts like N'awlins style Bananas Foster, Twinkie Tiramisu, Over-the-Top Baked Alaska and the Milky Way Chocolate Malt, and our favorite, the Deep Dish Rice Krispie Dessert Pizza (what can we say, we're in a cereal state of mind lately!).

And while you're probably intrigued by these dessert offerings, perhaps you are wondering: why would Cakespy be so cruel as to spotlight a place so far away? Well, for those of you whose travel plans don't include a Florida getaway anytime soon, we're happy to report that after having written a gushing love note to the management, they were kind enough to donate not one but two recipes for their coveted desserts--Deep Dish Rice Krispie Pizza and Twinkie Tiramisu, which are both listed below. Sweet!
Finally, dessert's fun again; this is a trend we hope will catch on!
If you live in or have plans to visit the Miami Area, Michael's Kitchen is obviously a must-visit; they're located at 16701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. 

RECIPE 1: White Chocolate Raspberry or Strawberry Rice Krispie Deep Dish Pizza

 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) package regular marshmallows

- Or -

  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies®
  • White Chocolate Shavings to taste for garnish
  • Your choice of jam or preserves, to taste (we like a thicker layer, but this recipe calls for a thinner one)


Directions

 

1. Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly into 9 x 2-inch deep dish round pan coated with cooking spray.

4. When cool remove from pan by using a hot water bath. Put pan into water for about 30 seconds.

5. To decorate: Spread a thin layer of raspberry or strawberry jam into the center of the circle of the pizza, leaving the “crust” of the pizza bare. Then add white chocolate shavings for the cheese look and sliced strawberries as pepperoni and raspberries as other toppings. NOTE: feel free to use any kind of toppings that your heart desires, there a no limits to this dessert…. Be creative!!!! Best if served the same day.

Serving Size one 9 inch round

RECIPE 2: Twinkie Tiramisu

At Michael’s Kitchen we serve these as individual desserts in 2 inch by 2 inch square glass containers.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream (40% milk fat)
  • 5 oz granulated Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Espresso (plus a little bit more for dipping the lady fingers)
  • 1.5 pounds of Mascarpone cheese
  • 8 yolks
  • Lady Fingers (at least 36 cookies)
  • 1 box Twinkies

Directions:

 

1. Use an electric mixer with Wisk attachment and a cold bowl. Place heavy cream and 2 ozs of sugar in bowl and beat until stiff peaks, making whipped cream. This process takes about 3-4 minutes depending on strength of mixer.

2. Remove whipped cream from mixer and place it into the freezer while mixing the other ingredients.

3. Separate the yolks from the whites and place the yolks into a new cold bowl. Beat yolks and the remaining 3 ozs of sugar together. This process takes about 4 minutes. The mixture should look a pale yellow and about 4 times what the mixture started out as.

4. Add the mascarpone cheese until well incorporated and than add 3 Tablespoons of the espresso. Mix for about 20 seconds longer.

5. Remove this mixture from mixer and fold the cream into it. These two mixtures should be combined into one mixture leaving few streaks.

To Assemble:

1. Prepare espresso into a cup of coffee. Taking two ladyfingers break them in half and dip them into the warm espresso.

2. Place ladyfingers into the bottom of the ramekins.

3. Add the tiramisu cream to the top of the ramekin and take a knife across the top of it to clean off the edge.

4. Repeat this process until all cream is gone.

5. Cut the Twinkies in half on a bias and place one half on each tiramisu.

Note: best if refrigerated for a couple of hours but also can be served right after made.
Michael's Kitchen at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles Beach

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (43)

that looks so good! i wish i had any talent in the kitchen, but alas it will never be.

Thanks for the recipes! I might have to try one of these and put it on my blog!

January 22 | Unregistered CommenterAnticiPlate

This Deep Dish Rice Krispie Pizza is the coolest thing i ever seen. I looove the idea and the look!
Bravissimo Michael's Kitchen & Cakespy!

January 22 | Unregistered CommenterZen Chef

Those 2 desserts sound fabulous! I have the desire to make Twinkie Tiramisu, now.
Thanks for the recipes.

January 22 | Unregistered CommenterEmiline

That pizza? Divine!

(and super easy!)

January 22 | Unregistered CommenterGeggie

Wow, both of them are divine, yummy.

January 22 | Unregistered CommenterIvy

the rice crispie pizza is amazing! yumyumyum

January 23 | Unregistered Commenterbbaking

I am gobsmacked.

Rice crispies never looked so sexy.

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterEllie

wowsers.

January 23 | Unregistered Commentermoonrat

Wonderful! I'm loving that deep dish dessert pizza! Why have dessert if it's not fun (and delicious)?

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterCookie baker Lynn

Dinner and a show! Thanks for Michael's. What great fun...every now and then ya just have to shake it up again..rice krispie pie!!!I may have to put bananass in mine..yummmmmm.
All best, Jan

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterJanice C. Cartier

i'm LOVING the rice krispie pizza idea - i might have to give it a go this weekend! thanks for the recipe.

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I just posted more food porn...

January 23 | Unregistered Commentermustardseed

Love Love this article. What great recipes! Thanks for sharing! I of course love the rice krispie one! On that note, I just shipped my first batch of supergirl rice krispie treats. When I insured rice krispie treats for $50 the lady looked at me like I had three heads! It was priceless.

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterJen Vesper

What fun - and different - desserts!

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

What a gorgeous photo! I don't even like crispy treats but this looks so appealing!

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

i sort of think a deep dish Chicago style pizza (with the complete circular layer of Italian sausage of course) followed by a Rice Krispy pizza might be in order.

January 23 | Unregistered Commenterblognut

A chef who creates fun food and doesn't take himself waaayyyy too seriously?! Nicely done.

Erin

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterEB

Oh what creative ideas- I love it!

January 23 | Unregistered Commenterbittersweetblog

Very creative in deed. I wish I would have thought of those ideas.
It is all about having fun,isn't it?

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

we went to high school together???

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterALF

A rice crispy deep dish crust sounds like a great idea! It is also filled with the amazing white chocolate and raspberry...mmm...

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

How fun! Thanks for sharing the recipes. :)

January 23 | Unregistered Commentereatme_delicious

a deep dish dessert pizza, made out of rice krispies? THAT is impressive and creative!! it's nice to see some innovation!

and the bitchin' burrito kitchen you spoke of on my blog sounds excellent! your soy cheese quesadilla must have been really fabulous if after reading your shouts of praise... and i've always wanted to go to seattle (i'm an espresso queen, so i'm curious about the coffee quality in the supposed coffee capital of the world!!).

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterRuby Red Vegan

Practically Perfect: Luckily this one is not *too* hard (the top one anyway).

Anticiplate: Better yet, make it, call me, and then watch me eat it!

Zen Chef: Merci!

Emiline: Air mail us some?

Geggie: Yeah, it isn't too hard, isn't that nice?

Ivy: Yes! Fun and tasty! Win-win!

Bbaking: You said it!

Ellie: Yes, those rice krispies are damn sexy, aren't they?

Moonrat: Wowsers indeed.

Cookie Baker Lynn: I'll bet serving this and that Fluffernutter cake would be like pleasure overload!

Janice: Bet it would taste GREAT with banana!

Kelly: Oh, send pictures!

Mustardseed: Cool! Thank you!

Jen: Just visited, they look great! Wish I could nosh on one right now!

Deborah: exactly right!

Ann: Yes, they really raised it to "art object"!

Blognut: We could roll that way.

EB: right?? Nice to see someone who hasn't forgotten the joy of dessert!

Bittersweetblog: Yes, we loved them from the moment we heard about 'em!

Annie: You're so right! If it's not fun, why bother?

ALF: Yes, I think so--class of 99 in Wall Township. My maiden name is Jessie Moore.

Kevin: You should give it a try!

Eat Me Delicious: You're most welcome!

Ruby Red: Ohhh yes. Even as a non-vegan would never go back from that soy cheese. Once they were out and I ordered something else! Couldn't do it with dairy. If you come to Seattle I must show you my favorite coffee places!! It's ridiculous, there is so much coffee here.

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy
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