Birthday Sweet Tooth
This past Saturday was Adam's birthday. (Yay, happy birthday!) His birthday always gives me an opportunity to do some nice things for him, surprise him with presents, make him whatever food he wants. I love doing nice things for people I love. Is there really anything better?
We flipped through one of my cookbooks and he picked one out that sounded different and looked pretty darn tasty. Then we settled on dinner and drinks, and the menu was planned! I didn't take pictures of all the courses for you because I'm not neurotic and I like to actually enjoy everything rather than document every minute of it, but we got pictures of the important item!
I'll gloss over the Caesar salad I made, which was actually kinda fun because I used my vegetable peeler on a wedge of Parmesan to make fancy shavings. And I'll skip ahead past the lasagna too, even though it was glorious and made with a unique combination of Italian chicken sausage and cream cheese instead of ricotta.
No, let's jump right into the real main dish: Buttermilk Skillet Cake with Walnut Praline Topping:
It's called a skillet cake because the primary method for making it is in a cast iron skillet, though you can use other methods if you don't have one.
Look at those glistening walnuts as the caramel slowly drizzles down the sides of the cake .... mmm ...I can almost taste it again.
What's funny is that once the praline cools down completely, it sets into what I can only compare to a donut glaze. So while part of me wants to have a slice just out of the oven with oozy caramel, the other half of me wants to wait until the glaze sets because really, it's win-win.
I probably would not have chosen this cake for myself and, even a year or two ago, I might have wrinkled my nose at his choice because I've never been a huge walnut fan.
But I, too, can mature with time, have grown to appreciate walnuts more, and actually found this cake rather appealing.
Ah, birthdays. Thank goodness they're calorie-free!