Sunday, July 27, 2008

Obsession of the week: sugar

Have you ever been in Jersey when a cover band does “Pour Some Sugar on Me”? It’s nuts. And borderline scary. But a great thing to be able to say you experienced.

It was a sugar-fueled weekend on the Jersey Shore — beyond the Def Leppard hysteria — so I wanted to pay my respects to the basic but beautiful ingredient that makes my world spin.

Of special note was the elephant ear we scored. Named for its enormous size, this regional specialty (alternately referred to as a pastry and cookie) is just a giant disk of pastry dough, sweetened and baked with cinnamon and white and brown sugar. It’s slightly chewy in texture (with some grit from the sugar), very flakey and messy to eat, and the perfect way to both pay tribute to and end an unhealthy weekend.

1 comment:

Corinne said...

Is that the same thing as a French palmette? (those are tiny though...)
But they sound yummy!