Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Holiday Madness Begins

The baking began today.
I am making this cake

from this book to bring to my in-laws on Thursday. It is a triple-layer of Drambuie-soaked sponge cake sandwiched with a layer of chocolate mousse and a layer of caramel mousse. Better than a poke in the eye. Also on the docket: cloverleaf rolls from The Bread Bible (for Thursday), Dorie's Cranberry-Lime Galette (for Friday at my parents'), and this lovely entremet

from my class at the French Pastry School in Chicago (also for Friday). Juuuuust in case you're curious, what you're looking at, from bottom to top, is: shortbread, milk chocolate raspberry mousse, vanilla creme brulee (with sunken raspberries), chocolate biscuit, more mousse, and then a shiny milk chocolate glaze. There is a ring of raspberry macarons around the bottom edge of the cake (you can see on on the left of the photo); I may or may not get that far by Friday.
The recipes from our class were scaled pretty large -- I think the yield on this is about 6 seven-inch cakes. They do freeze well, though, so I'm thinking I'll cut the recipe in half-ish, make nine-inch cakes, and end up with 2 or 3 of them. I'll let you know when to be here with your fork...


Anonymous said...

Oh, my, why on earth did I decide to check in here BEFORE dinner? That looks soooo divine. I am drooling on the keyboard! I don't want dinner, I want to go right to dessert! Yum! Is that going to be served at your open house? No, no, don't tell me. I can't make it to that and I don't want to know that I what I'm going to be missing.



RuthWells said...

This is going to be served on Friday, at my mom's Thanksgiving meal. I will have an extra in the freezer, though, so you tell me when you can make it and we'll thaw it out special. : )

we_be_toys said...

unnnghhh! Chocolate and raspberries in just about any form are my personal ticket to nirvana! When is this being served? Who do I have to know? Should I bring wine?