27 November 2011

Review: Candy Cap Mushrooms

Initially, Marx Foods approached me about participating in a Candy Cap Mushroom contest.  Through a series of unfortunate events including empty grocery shelves and the stomach flu, I was unable to meet the deadline, but I did want to review these mushrooms for you.  I ended up using them as a twist on my Thanksgiving dessert, and it worked out quite well!

When the mushrooms arrived, I wasn't quite sure what to do with them.  Reviews described them as tasting like maple syrup and being very sweet, but the smell was more of a smoky/sweet combination, and somewhat unusual.  What would they go well with?  I ended up doing something very simple, and it worked out very well.  Since dairy takes on flavor so effectively, I let a good handful of the dried mushrooms sit in a small bowl of heavy cream overnight.  When I whipped it, I added a couple of teaspoons of maple syrup, resulting in a great smoky/sweet topping for pumpkin pie.  My take?  Surprisingly good!  I'm not sure I could find many uses for these, but as a special treat, they're a fun and unusual accent to a recipe.