Thursday, November 8, 2007

Is the cake done Mommy??

The holiday baking and confectionery season is upon the Celtic Mommy household! Cookies, breads, cakes, pastries, scones, candy, truffles... pick a sweet or savory treat and it mostly is made here at some point between now and New Year's.

Yesterday's baking lesson was a Gale Gand recipe from an old Sweet Dreams episode. Basque Cake with Cherry Preserves... yummy! This is a rich but not overly sweet cake that you can make pretty quickly. I originally sought out this recipe after receiving an amazing sour cherry preserves gift... but any tart preserves would also work well if sour cherry is not to your taste.

Em helped me to sift the flour, fold in the butter and spoon the preserves into the center of the cake... and then waited patiently for the timer to go off! Here's a picture of him in his custom apron from Grandma.
After waiting for the cake to cool down (also known as eating dinner) we had lovely slices of cake with Vanilla Bean ice cream. Mmm, heavenly!

If you've never heard of Gale Gand, she has some scrumptios books out... my favorite of which is "Just a Bite" - a book on, what else, bite sized desserts. Link will take you to B&N and you can view a sample recipe there.