Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We started the festivities early with a birthday dinner for Luke on Sunday. His annual birthday present from me: a spinach lasagna with a bechamel sauce which I only make once a year, and a cake-from-scratch of his choice. I love to bake a good cake, but find few reasons to do so, so I'm loving the birthdays in our family. They aren't the best looking cakes in the world, but they are yummy. This was one amazing German chocolate filling: not sweetened condensed milk, not corn syrup, but a custard of butter/egg yolks/sugar/heavy cream stirred constantly on the stove for half an hour until a thermometer reached 180 degrees, finished with a stir-in of pecans and coconut. Good merciful heavens yummy. We celebrated today with some bona fide Texas gelato (thank you Whole Foods). Check out that yummy pint-size container: half hazelnut and half chocolate. Wow!