December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!

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From my family to yours. (I don't put pictures of my husband on the blog. He takes the pictures. He looks like all three of them morphed into one person...)

Happy Little girls with twirly skirts and pink scooters (pronounced pink 'cooter, which... well, it has gotten more than a few eye brows raised) and even a Buzz Lightyear.

And happy big boys with gas cards, a new gear shift to a car, footballs, and jerseys.

How things have changed... when a face lights up at having received a gas card. Love that...

I tried my hand at a new dessert, a Dobos Torte. I found a fantastic website from a woman who was a professional baker, Pastry Pal. I loved that she took the torte and made it rectangular for I have not the patience to make lots of 9" round circle cakes.

I took the liberty of making one change and following her advice on two others. I did not make the caramel wheels and as she suggested to not, I put a liqueur on the sponge cakes before frosting which she thought of doing next time. I doubled the batch since I had so many for dinner and ended up making two six layer 12" by 6" cakes, instead of two 12 layer 6" by 6" cakes, as it would have been in doubling. I just wanted a longer cake. (Sidenote, she has pictures that are detailed. When you print out the recipe, she accidentally forgot to say when to add the vanilla. Do it when whipping the egg yolks.)

I've been perusing her site and may try some of the things she's put out. The cakes seems so far that they will be outstanding and it wasn't difficult, just time consuming.

I think some would think it crazy that I'd want to spend all day Christmas in the kitchen baking, but I enjoy it.

So from my home to yours, may you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas...


Posted by Boudicca at December 25, 2012 04:50 PM

Merry Christmas to you Bou!!! Sounds like it has been fantastic. Yay!

Posted by: Teresa at December 25, 2012 06:42 PM

It has been. That cake was really rich... holy crap.

Posted by: Bou at December 25, 2012 07:53 PM

Merry Christmas, O mistress of the Dobos Torte!

Guess who's doing dessert at the next Hysterics?

Posted by: Elisson at December 25, 2012 07:59 PM

Elisson- I could. I could. But I'm not sure I'll make THAT one. It took a long time, but more importantly, I'm not sure Eric has all the kitchen equipment I need. Bwhahahahahaha! I'd have to cart it all in... ;-)

Posted by: Bou at December 25, 2012 08:12 PM

that sounds delish
I'll request that when we show up unexpectedly on your doorstep someday :)

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at December 25, 2012 08:50 PM

And a Merry Christmas to you and your family, too.

The desserts sound great, but I think I've exceeded my quota by an exponential factor this evening. Maybe tomorrow...

Posted by: diamond dave at December 25, 2012 10:05 PM

And a merry Christmas to you and yours...

Posted by: Mrs. Who at December 25, 2012 10:22 PM

This is precious, this photo...

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Erica at December 25, 2012 10:28 PM

Holy cats, have you gotten short! ;)

Merry Christmas and all that stuff!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at December 26, 2012 07:41 AM

..... what a great photo!.... and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!......

Posted by: Eric at December 26, 2012 07:59 AM

Love the photo!! :-D

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: pam at December 26, 2012 08:26 AM

Merry Christmas (a day late) and I ADORE this picture. Sorry I didn't get a chance to call you back the other day, but you will never know how nice it was to chat with you. Enjoy this holiday season and let's not wait so long next time!!!

Posted by: Tammi at December 26, 2012 09:21 AM

Merry Christmas Bou!

And boy oh boy does your oldest look like his father! The younger two have more of your features. :)

And talk about apropos? Holy Hades! I just asked on FB this morning for a Genoise Cake I wanted to recreate an Italian Cheesecake dessert Tammi posted...and that torte is perfect (as a torte is the European version of a sponge cake!).
Of course, I plan to bake each separately, and use pear brandy to soak the cake with mascarpone cheese between each layer...

I love it when a plan comes together.

Posted by: Rave at December 26, 2012 10:43 AM