Gâteau au chocolat Reine de Saba | Chocolate Almond Cake

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Andrew’s mom, Veronique, made us this gateau au chocolate while she was staying with us. It was so delicious! I’m not the biggest chocolate fan so the fact that I remade this cake right after she left is a very good sign. It’s very light unlike most flourless chocolate cakes. It has almond flour and whipped egg whites that create a very light and moist cake. This cake is named for the Queen of Sheba and this cake is definitely fit for a queen.

Gâteau au chocolat Reine de Saba
Ingredients:
200 grams semi-sweet chocolate (about 7 ounces)
200 grams unsalted butter (about 7 ounces)
120 grams sugar (about 4 1/2 ounces)
200 grams almond powder/meal/flour (about 7 ounces)
5 eggs

Directions:
Melt chocolate and butter. Add sugar and mix well. Add almond powder and mix well. Add 1 full egg plus 4 egg yolks and mix well. Beat 4 egg whites until firm. Carefully fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Butter a round baking pan. Bake cake for 25 minutes in a 350°F oven. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream (and berries if you like). Enjoy!


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Day Trip to Redlands & Oak Glen

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Over the weekend, my hubby and I did a day trip to visit my sister in Redlands.  She goes to University of Redlands and since she’s been away at college I’ve become quite fond of this small little town on the way to Palm Springs.  Like any good trip, it was completely planned around food.

The first stop on our food tour was Carolyn’s Cafe for their coffee cake.  As you can see in he picture below, the cake is topped with an ice cream size scoop of butter.  The butter gently melts down the warm coffee cake.  It is sweet, soft, crumbly and extremely buttery.  It is decadent goodness.

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After going into a food coma, we drove up in the hills to Oak Glen. It’s a quaint town just an hour and a half from Los Angeles, but feels a world away. It’s a 5 mile loop with dozens of shops and scenic views. There are apple orchards along the route and spots for apple picking. The small mom and pop shops offer tons of different apple varieties, most I’ve never even heard of.

Our on way up the mountain we stopped at Mom’s Country Orchard. It’s the cutest little shop that sells hundreds of jams, jellies, nut butters, fruit butters, BBQ sauces, mustard, and honeys. There are countless varieties and you can sample any flavor you like. I probably sampled 20 different preserves and they were all delicious. I am the biggest fan of samples–it’s the reason I go to Costco.

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After our sampling, we headed to the heart of Oak Glen.  We stopped at Snow Line Orchard for for mini. apple. cider. donuts. Each step of the donut making process is done right before your eyes.  After the mini donuts are fried, they are topped with a healthy dose of cinnamon sugar and handed to you still warm.  They are heaven in a teeny tiny mini bite. My sister and husband started looking at me funny after the noises I made after my first bite… They are slightly crisp on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.

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After all our sweet treats, we walked around the Oak Glen Preserve with our pups. The leaves were changing colors. It was absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. Andrew and I have been planning a trip to Yosemite soon, but walking around the nature preserve in Oak Glen felt like we were in Yosemite. It was cool and crisp and truly felt like fall. We don’t really get the feeling in Los Angeles so this was a treat.

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On our way back down the mountain to Redlands we saw four deer! It added to the magic of Oak Glen. Before heading home we had to have our favorite shredded beef tacos from Cucas. It was a fun filled (and delicious food filled) day in Redlands & Oak Glen with my hubs, pups, and sister.

Links to Make The Weekend Come Back Sooner

Andrew and I had a really nice weekend, but boy it flew by! How is it the work week already? We hung out with friends and family, and fixed up the house a little. We bought a new pot for my indoor plant and it made my day. It’s incredible how just spending 20 bucks (and on a pot of all things) can make me so happy! Hope you all had a great weekend. Happy Monday!

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1. I LOVE caramel apples. A twist on my favorite and just in time for the start of fall: Salted Caramel Apple Cake.

2. Enviable walk in closets from Pinterest.

3. The secret to making your favorite chocolate chip cookie.

4. Andrew and I often fall asleep to Friends. In honor of the 20 year anniversary of the premiere: Friends cast then and now.

5. Since pantyhose tend to be a single time use with me, I love these unusual uses for pantyhose.

6. Fall, fall, fall! That means winter squash recipes are about to take over.

The Little Things

IMG_8860 |a handmade bowl I bought at an outdoor market in Bordeaux, France|

This has been the craziest summer of my life. I haven’t had a weekend at home in 7 weeks. Andrew and I went to Denver, Maui, Bordeaux and then I did a girls trip with my family to New York. This is the summer that every other summer will be compared to. Now that I’m back from all my travels I couldn’t be happier or more excited to get back to normal life. I’m excited for quiet dinner at home with my husband and puppies and cuddling up to watch our favorite shows. Nothing sounds better. Hope you all have just as a relaxing weekend as I have planned.

IMG_8856 |book signed by Hillary Clinton|

IMG_3441.JPG |lopsided Birthday cake from Momofuku Milk Bar|

IMG_3506.PNG |facetiming with my boy while in NY|

IMG_3427.JPG |the best welcome home|

Lemon Raspberry Cake

Lemon Raspberry Cake Last week was our 1 year anniversary (our wedding: look, details, moments). To celebrate our anniversary I wanted to recreate our wedding cake. The day of the wedding I only had a bite or tow and had a little left over the next day, but wasn’t able to fully enjoy and devour the cake. Jana’s Creative Cakes made 2 cakes for our wedding. One was chocolate cake filled with caramel Swiss meringue buttercream and sliced almonds and topped with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. The cake that I recreated was a lemon cake filled with lemon curd and raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream and topped with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. Both were equally decadent and delicious. My mom planned on ordering our wedding cake for our first anniversary, but sadly Jana’s is closed until 2015. We were all heartbroken, but I knew I’d have to attempt the cake for myself.

I followed this Lemon Cake recipe (but not the frosting recipe). I made this Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe. I put a third into a bowl and added raspberry jam and fresh raspberries. After the cake cooled I sliced it in half and spread the insides of the cake with lemon curd. I spread the Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream over the lemon curd in between the cake rounds. I sandwiched the cake together and spread the plain Swiss Meringue Buttercream over the top and all around the cake. Finally I topped the cake with a ring of raspberries.

Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Raspberry Cake