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Light meal

Dear Birthday People -

G was in charged of dinner on Saturday, which means meat and potatoes. Dinner was a variety of sausages from Fischer Meats - chicken tarragon, lamb, and eye-talian. He grilled them simply and served with regular and deviled egg potato salad from the store. I also had some Chicken and Waffles Lays potatoes chips. The consensus was the lamb was real good. The limited editions Lays not so much, they lacked chicken flavor.

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After a light meal of tube meat and potatoes, we played one round of Settlers of Catan while we wait for the cake to warm up to room temperature.

Untitledwhat was I thinking?

Do you know that moment of regret when you realized you have screwed yourself in the first placements? I was so distracted by the 3:1 port and dodge-the-block from the blue people, that I failed to realize I only have two kinds of resources. Sigh. I deserved to fail.

Every year, I look forward to your birthdays.

By which, I mean I look forward to make birthday cakes for you and N. There was Red Velvet CakeBrulee Lemon Tart (that Chester enjoyed too), Boston Cream PieChocolate CharlotteEleven Layers cake, and Cinnobon cake ...

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This year, you gave me a couple of options and I chose Black Forest Cake. I rationalized black forest is a less adulterated chocolate cake plus booze, thus a good choice for people who prefers plain chocolate cake. Plus, a trip to the new big box liquor store? why yes. At the big box store, I picked up some Made in Germany Black Forest Kirschwasser. There was two kinds of cherries-in-a-jar. I inquired which the helpful sale person prefers, "these are ok, but if you are making a good martini, go with these." I didn't have the heart to tell him I am only making cake.

Even thought I've had black forest cake before, I never looked up the origin of the cake, until now. Curiously, according to wikipedia,

Traditionally,Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake, although other liquors are also used (such as rum, which is common in Austrian recipes). In the United States, Black Forest cake is most often prepared without alcohol. German statutory interpretation states Kirschwasser as a mandatory ingredient, otherwise the cake is legally not allowed to be marketed as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.

No wonder I never really liked the black forest cakes I've had. I search around and selected this Hubert Keller Black Forest Cake recipe. I started on Friday night with the cakes. I approached the cake recipe with trepidation. I have never been 100% satisfy with my genoise. This one deflated very rapidly when I was folding in flour and coco. Yikes. It turned out ok, on par with others I made, phew. I did the first assembly step Saturday morning, cake - syrup- whipped cream-cake-syrup-whipped cream. I wanted to give the flavors plenty of time to melt together. I also drained the cherries and macerated them in the kirsch for a few hours before topping the cake.

mosaicbd67c764e8b99c8c085e184c3bc577083c2eaf66starting at top right: folding in flour and coco, first whipped cream coat,
chocolate shavings, and cake

I was shocked the texture of the cake turned out good, I didn't expect that texture with that genoise and a cupe of syrup + kirsh. However,  I was sad how little the kirsh flavor showed up in the cake, ever thought I had double the kirsch quantity the recipe called for.  Hope you and N liked your light cake 🙂

Happy birthday again. And our best wishes.

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