Recently, I picked up a German cookbook from our region, and discovered, much to my delight, that the recipes were divided up by season. My hubby has recollected, many a time, about a plum cake he remembers eating as a child. And since it is plum season, I quickly turned to “September” in my new cookbook, in search of this Plum cake.
Low and behold, I found it, made it, and thoroughly enjoyed it!
My sister got me this cookbook when I was home last year, and the photo on the front cover has been tempting me ever since.
And since rhubarb is in season now, I thought I should give it a whirl.
(Oh boy, oh boy!!)
The dough is made up from a corn flour, flour, and corn meal base.
I made up the rhubarb/raspberry compote the day before, so it was all ready to be plopped in the center of the tarts. The original recipe doesn’t call for raspberries. It actually calls for dried hibiscus flowers. I didn’t have any handy, and thought raspberries sounded tastier. 😉
Ready to go in the oven… but first the freezer over night.
So when I was trying to think of a “special” birthday cake, I decided I should do a car theme.
Growing up, my mom would always make me a “special” birthday cake. Every year I was excited to see what she would come up with. It always had some sort of treat on it, like candy or a toy, and it would have a theme. My mom is super-creative (although, she would humbly disagree). I had her making me “special” birthday cakes all the way up to when I left for college. I guess I’m just a kid at heart. 🙂
And I love surprises. 🙂
Anyway, inspired by my mother’s genius, here is what I came up with. Enjoy!
I am all for and I do want to get into a regular habit of posting on my blog… it’s just, life keeps getting in my way. Or rather, other things have trump over my blog.
For the last 18 days, we have had sick children in our house. That means we are up in the night, leaving us less energy during the day light hours. But we are still functioning and hope that we are seeing the light at the end of this sick tunnel.
One of our boy’s classes had a special performance and coffee/cake time for the parents this last week. I unfortunately couldn’t go, because I had a sick baby at home, but sent my hubby with some banana bread and a camera to document this momentous event for me. He was our little tambourine man, and did awesome!! Right on the beat. 🙂
We also hosted an ‘open house’ for our church this Sunday. I baked throughout the week, and had cookies and 2 German cheese cakes and lots of other snacks for our guests. About 10 people came and we enjoyed the afternoon together chatting, eating cake and sipping coffee. (Love that part of German culture!!)
As I type, my sick baby is sleeping on the bed, with one of my boys “looking after” her. Sweetness.
Today really felt like fall to me. Not just because of the grey, misty morning we woke up to, or the colorful leaves that keep falling outside my kitchen window. No today felt like fall because I made my first pumpkin pie of the season. From scratch.
Mmmm… it feels good to say that. From scratch. It just seems a little more wholesome and homey to me when I bake and cook from basic ingredients. I know what I’m putting into the food that I soon will devour. Daintily. 😉
Today, my two little helpers aided me in our pie-ish endeavors. I wish I would have taken pictures of the whole process, except that I didn’t remember till we were done.
So I took a picture of the final product instead.
These two dumped the ingredients into the bowl, helped mix and stir, sniffed the spices, and sampled our delicacy. They were with me from A-Z, patiently and enthusiastically waiting for their pumpkin pie. (Of course I baked the pumpkin on Sunday, and then pureed it this morning before asking the boys if they wanted to help make the pie. So maybe they were with me from B or C-Z.)
M dubbed it “his Birthday pie,” even though his birthday isn’t until March. Just before serving it up this evening, the boys burst into a jubilant “Happy birthday.” My silly boys!
Here’s to many more Pumpkin Pies! (And my hubby says, “Amen!”)