Monday, January 11, 2010
TWD - holiday catch up
Well, not only have I been a slack blogger over the Christmas break, I have also been a slack baker! It has been a busy but relaxing Christmas period and I have been doing lots of reading and resting, quite focussed on the arrival of our wee one, and not so much baking.
I did do the last two TWD recipes. I made the low and luscious chocolate cheesecake for Christmas day. It made the perfect accompaniment to the other puddings I made which were individual pavlovas, red and green jellies, strawberry trifle and lots of fresh strawberries. The cheesecake was very rich and made a rather large cheesecake, but with 11 of us for Christmas, we ate the whole thing over a couple of days. I actually made the base with arnotts rice biscuits to make it gluten free so my Mum could eat it too.
I have to confess I only made the cocoa buttemilk birthday cake yesterday afternoon and my husband and I had a small piece each as a last holiday treat. The cake was baked for the second anniversary of TWD – we could choose between the cake and tarte tatin. Tarte tatin is not one of my favourite puddings, so I opted for the cake. I actually halved the recipe and made the cake in little oval tins. Half the recipe still made a rather substantial cake.
I didn’t fill the cake with the buttercream Dorie suggested, but simply filled it with whipped cream flavoured with icing sugar and vanilla. Dorie is right, this is a great cake! It’s denser than a sponge, but still light enough to taste fabulous with whipped cream. I will definitely be making this cake again.
You can see what the other TWDers thought of this recipe here.