“Oh, honey, you baked. . .”
Do you remember this famous line from a certain 1995 classic film?
Where are my manners? Of course you do! How can anyone forget the movie Clueless staring Alicia Silverstone (Cher) and super cute Paul Rudd (Josh)? I was OBSESSED with that movie growing up. Wait. Who am I kidding? I still quote that movie even though I’m thirty! “I don’t like it when balls fly at my nose.” “Well, there goes your social life.” Classic.
I still remember going to the movie theater with a gaggle of my best friends, sneaking in a box of Milk Duds, and wanting to be Cher. I remember thinking, 1) I need to move to Beverly Hills ASAP, 2) I really need to drive a white Jeep Wrangler even though everywhere in Beverly Hills has valet parking, and 3) saying “whatever” emphasized with making the letter W out of your hand is totally not cool!
Back to the baking quote. I felt bad for Cher when she tried to “bake” for Christian. (By the way, I still think she was spot on for taking Polaroid pictures instead of using a mirror to decide on an outfit to wear. Mirrors really do add weird, funky shapes.) Cher puts a pre-made Pillsbury cookie log onto a baking sheet and burns it to a crisp. Yikes. Even though yours truly isn’t a baker, I still appreciated her enthusiasm to impress her date.
So, this got me thinking. What would be a fun full-proof dessert that would impress any boy? I admit, I gave the ol’ Pillsbury cookie log a long, hard thought. Nothing beats a Pillsbury sugar cookie. But what I had envisioned was something of the non-cookie family. Enter, the ze chocolate-y mousse. But not just any mousse, chocolate mousse topped with candied pistachios.
Friends, how I ever survived without candied pistachios before is beyond me. All you have to do is cover some pistachios in sugar, bake, and in a few minutes you the ultimate sweet/salty combo! Throw the candied pistachios onto some silky mousse and you have yourself a guaranteed date for life!