Well y’all this is my FINAL review of Joanna Gaines ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’. It has been a wild journey but it ended on a high note with this dreamy chocolate goodness! I mean, what a way to finish…with dessert! And that happened all by accident.
My favorite part about this recipe might just have been the ability to use one of my favorite cookies of all time. The ‘Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers’. I love to even just snack on them sometimes. I know they might be hard to find from time to time. My grocery store has moved them into a weird place that I would never look for them, but now that I know where they are I keep them stocked in my pantry on the regular. I searched for them online but I will save you the time a headache of looking through reviews and the disappointment of them all arriving completely broken from the way shipping packages are handled. Do you best to find them in a store, even though you will be crunching them into dust. I ended up writing Kroger and they actually started to carry them again at my request. The ones I was finding on
Once you find the cookies this recipe is an absolute dream. It is simple to make and it makes the most delicious and smooth mousse ever! I like that it starts out pretty smooth and wet so that you can get really clean crisp lines as you layer it up. It sets in the refrigerator almost the same as something made with gelatin would.
What is really fun is you can put this in any vessel that you like. So I broke out all of my pretty little glassware and started to fill them up. I like this because I also had options for those who just wanted a taste, they could have just a little, those who wanted to indulge could have a lot!
If you live in Texas and have H-E-B Grocery Stores or Central Market, this recipe made me think of a chocolate pudding that they carry under their brand name. The “Best. Chocolate. Ever. Belgian Chocolate Pudding”. The flavor is as good as that, but this is much more of a light mousse than a pudding, but the flavors just took me back to that. And that pudding really is The Best Ever!
I really have nothing bad to say about this one, it turned out flawlessly and I would make it again and again. It is something so good I could serve it in a restaurant, yet a stunner to break out at a dinner party that will have people thinking you spend hours in the kitchen preparing it!
I will be sharing a recap of the book in the next few days, I will be ranking some of my favorite recipes as well as sharing which ones were not my favorites. It has been a really fun journey and I learned so much more than I expected to. I found a new love for food, something I had lost some love for at the beginning of last year, and now know that I really enjoy doing it for fun! I hope you have enjoyed reading my reviews, the good and the bad, and that you discover new dishes to try and learn to enjoy the process more as you cook from this book. And a big THANK YOU to Joanna Gaines for creating something that has grown a community of people that WANT to cook for friends and family, and enjoy it!
Until next time, HAPPY COOKING!
I can’t wait to share what I have next with you all
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice ?
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the most soft in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen! ?
These are my FAV Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these. ?
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet setor 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen ? Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. ? But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
If you love Joanna Gaines as much as I do then the ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’ is a must in your kitchen, get a copy HERE!
Check out this great product for your mason jar, the Ergo Spout lets you turn any jar into a pourable pitcher. Get yours here! I love making my homemade salad dressing and keeping them this way in the refrigerator.