Tuesday, March 9, 2010
TWD - Thumbprints For Us Big Guys
First of all, thanks to everyone who sent kind words at the passing of my beloved dog. It means a great deal to know that I have warm friends out in cyberspace. Thank you.
This was a jewel of a cookie! Possibly my palate's perfect cookie. I've never been so glad to come home and find half my baking gone. I could easily have sat down and eaten the whole batch myself.
The main ingredients here are ground hazelnuts, butter, flour and jam. Ridiculously easy to put together. Hopelessly addictive. While photographing them I ate three (because you know you can't photograph the cracked ones, you must dispose of them) and was hooked on the crispy texture and the raspberry jam.
This week's recipe was chosen by the always funny Mike of the blog Ugly Food For an Ugly Dude. Please drop by his blog and grab the recipe.
ALSO --- It's my birthday!
It's been an incredibly rough two months, coming to a completely unexpected crashing end with Samson's death. So, I'm not really in the mood to celebrate. But in the middle of yesterday afternoon, I realized that I need cake and wouldn't have time to bake on Tuesday.
I thought I could multitask by using next week's Martha Stewart cupcake recipe and baking it in my cupcake cake pan. Well, not all recipes translate nicely from cupcake to cake. This was one of those.
This lemon cake is very moist and crumbly. I baked it an extra few minutes to firm up the sides. I thought I had it under control when, after cooling, I sliced into the bottom section to make two layers. The moment I placed that second layer onto the iced bottom, it cracked in half. I quickly continued icing and added the top layer. That's when the middle layer broke into four.
I never got to finish icing it. I just shouted for a candle, snapped a few photos and then removed the top. As my son said "It's a little cracked, just like Mommy."
We ate it straight from the plate.