Every year, K’s cousins do a Secret Santa exchange for Christmas. Some years there are themes. This past Christmas, the theme was homemade gifts. I slightly cheated by buying a few gifts for my person as well, but that was partially because she made a list. So, I got her a book she wanted, along with mugs that coordinated with the book. But I also picked the mugs since I decided to make her coffee soap.
A little while ago I shared that I had made a vanilla cake recipe from my favorite cake book to make cupcakes for the Fudgelet. I also used the same recipe to try out my new number/letter cake pan. Maybe not the best idea to use a new recipe and a new pan, but it worked pretty well. The cake pan had a little bit of a learning curve but nothing crazy and we liked the cakes we got. Basically, the letter pan is about the same amount of batter as an 8 inch cake, so I ended up having some batter left that I used for a round cake.
Today we are keeping things simple. A little bit of this and a little bit of that make for an interesting fish flavoring. I had extra honey butter from a pastry recipe linked below, and then decided to use it on fish. Add a little savory seasoning and it worked really well. I’ve also used a similar seasoning on salmon with good results. If you don’t have za’atar seasoning, you can certainly use a different spice mix. It’s just one of my favorites lately for fish.
Let’s say you’re in the mood for a more low-key recipe. And that cold weather makes you crave ice cream like a certain husband of mine. Well, I have a … “recipe” for you. Really, it’s just my normal vanilla ice cream with some add-ins. But we need something simple sometimes.
This is posting almost 3 months after the fact, and you might think peaches aren’t ideal in October…but here is K’s birthday cake from this summer. I am here to let you know that the peach in the cake is purely from a jelly, so you can make it anytime of year. He requested a peach cake. When I looked into cakes with peaches, I saw that usually they are more of a topping since that is the best way to enjoy peach (raw). I thought about making a strawberry shortcake type of peach cake, but then saw a mascarpone buttercream that I thought would be really yummy. I then decided a peach jelly would be good to connect the flavors. I ended up using a peach/mango flavor I found that K really liked.
It seems boring. Why should you make this treat with no chocolate? It also seems fussy at first glance. Again, do I have time for that with a kid around? Well, actually, it isn’t boring but deliciously buttery and vanilla-y, and it isn’t super fussy unless you want to make it that way.
I honestly can’t remember what made me think of this recipe. I remember vaguely being in the mood for something creamy, and also intrigued by making something new (panna cotta). I had a little heavy cream that needed to get used, and everything else on the list was a pantry item. So, it seemed like a good idea. Basically, I made it while feeding the Fudgelet dinner, and then K and I had it for dessert. It was fun to be all “oh, and look at this random treat from the refrigerator”.