Good morning, my friends! I hope you didn't drink too much green beer yesterday. If you did, then you might have a hard time enjoying National Quilting Day. The only beer we had yesterday was included in the day's menu items, and so it doesn't really count as drinking. In any case, I'm celebrating National Quilting Day by going to the farmer's market with Erik and Mae. After that, I'll do some actual quilting.
Yesterday was an all-day-in-the-kitchen day. I was having fun because I like cooking and baking. Still, I was a tired pup after being on my feet all day. When I wasn't in the kitchen, I was making progress on the week's laundry.
So what was I cooking all day, you ask? (Or maybe you didn't, but I'm going to tell you anyway.) The morning started with this Chocolate Guinness Cake for Two. The recipe was only published in the New York Times yesterday morning. I hadn't yet decided what to do for dessert. When I realized I had all the ingredients to make it, it was as if I'd been struck with divine inspiration. The recipe was for the full-up cake, but cutting a cake recipe in half can make it a "for two" cake, although, this is actually a "for four" cake. Prior to frosting, it looked like this:
A loaf made with all-purpose flour produced a doughy, heavy bread with a thick crust. To soften the crumb, we added some cake flour to the mix, and this made a difference. With only the four basic ingredients of flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt, our soda bread recipe was lacking in flavor and still a little tough; we turned to sugar and butter. The sugar added flavor without making the bread sweet and the butter softened the dough just enough with out making it overly rich.