Gilding the lily.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend.

All was good here, lots of playing in the park, a few good films watched and one day out visiting friends (and I will gloss over the number of hot cross buns eaten).   Other than briefly on Saturday morning to get directions for a visit to friends , I haven’t been online at all over the weekend and the break was nice.  That means that I am hopelessly behind on reading my favourite blogs. So if I normally comment on yours and haven’t yet it is because I have several days of blog reading to do so will catch up today and tomorrow.

As for ‘Gilding the lily’.  My go-to chocolate cake recipe is from my Mrs Beeton best of Cakes and Baking book and it says:

‘Serve this simple cake with a chocolate and hazelnut spread for those who like to gild the lily’.   Which always makes me smile (though I never do serve it with chocolate and hazelnut spread).

The recipe itself is simple:  175g plain flour, 50g cocoa, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp bicarb, 150g sugar, 2 eggs, 75g salted butter, 250ml milk.   We also add 1 large tablespoon of honey to make it extra sticky.

Now we usually ‘gild the lily’ for special occasions by making a ganache with equal quantities of melted milk and plain chocolate mixed with double cream.

For Easter Sunday we gilded it rather more – and it was cake heaven.    We decided to make it a sandwich cake with a jam and cream filling.  Simple enough but what a difference it made.  It seemed to take if from cake to pudding really.

I used homemade windfall jam (blackberry and apple) to which  I added a modest (!) glug of kirsch.  A generous layer of this, a generous layer of whipped double cream, then the top half of the cake and then the chocolate and cream ganache, and a few dark chocolate shavings.   This recipe (as recommended by the British Heart Foundation!) was so good.  Some photos:




Apologies that the last photo is a bit blurry.

Needless to say, with a cake this good we didn’t touch our Easter Egg chocolate so those treats are still to come!

I am not sure if Flo really believes in the Easter Bunny anymore but she played along with it and was happy to do an indoor (because of the rain) Easter Egg hunt and find her egg and packets of chocolate buttons (her favourite).

School holidays for the  next two weeks.  Some quiet days planned, some days out with friends and friends visiting from our old village for a couple of days next week.

I hope you all have a good week.

Until tomorrow…



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