I love teaching classes at our local Culinary Store, Life + Style, and last night my class was on Baked Gifts from Your Kitchen. For it is getting close to the Christmas giving season and there is nothing like a gift from your kitchen to make a person feel special.
And to make my students feel special, I baked each one of them a favorite cake of mine - - -
Pumpkin Cranberry Coffeecake.
A pumpkin cake full of fresh cranberries, glazed with an orange glaze and sprinkled with dried cranberries.
A small cake -- perfect for one or two!
And then at class, we made (and tasted) . . .
|The caramel/rosemary/salt glaze was a wonderful addition to a great tea bread.|
Apple and Rosemary are such great Christmas flavors.
An apple rosemary tea bread (from an old Martha Stewart Christmas book) It's a favorite of mine and I love it for Christmas teas and make it every year. We gilded the lily at class by adding a caramel glaze, fresh rosemary from my garden and a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt.
We also tasted . . .
|Chocolate and orange go so well together especially when the dish has a bit of spirit -- Grand Marnier both in the cake and in the glaze!|
An orange chocolate bread. It tastes like those chocolate oranges that are so prevalent at Christmas or like chocolate dipped candied orange peel. With an orange glaze (instead of the chocolate the recipe called for) and a sprinkle of chocolate chips, it would make a nice Christmas gift.
Of course, even though I baked for class yesterday, I also baked for us . . . . a bread to be enjoyed for breakfast on Friday morning . . or so I thought.
It seems, however, that Husband Jim had a midnight snack. Of course, he couldn't eat the whole cake . . .and he fell asleep and carelessly left the remainder on the coffee table . . .
I woke up to this --
On the dining room floor!!!
It seems that a wee Corgi forgot about the coffee table rule (Corgis do not take Human Food off of the coffee table -- corgi food is always on the floor) and not only did he eat a good portion of it, but he managed to peel the paper off of the cake! Clever dog!
It seems that his "midnight raid" last night was tiring . . . because today . . .
|There is nothing like a nap after a midnight raid. Once anything is one the floor, I figure it is mine!|
He is tired . . . too tired . . . and perhaps too full!
Oliver never does things like that! But I suspect that he has been communicating with his Facebook buddy. I also suspect that that Facebook buddy put ideas into his head . . . for that Facebook buddy is notorious for consuming Human Food. . .
|Me, your blaming me? I wasn't even there! Oliver did it all by himself, didn't you buddy . . . you did delete those messages didn't you?|
Dion, who lives at That Old House. Just ask Cass about the Human Food that Dion has eaten!