Tag Archive for 'children’s birthday'

Birthday Fare

I can’t believe I failed with my promise of a daily post this week already on the second day. I guess this means I need to write two today, including a “healthy” one to make up for what you’re about to discover below.

I spent most of yesterday in the kitchen, cooking and baking for my son Frederick’s 9th birthday. He had asked for meaty lasagna, a double layer chocolate cake with lots of frosting and sugar cookies to take to school. None of which should go on a blog about healthy food. I did however take a few pictures to share with you and will post the links in case you’re curious about the recipes. I didn’t take a picture of the lasagna – it was gone so quickly. But it was a typical, bolognese type sauce, layered with bechamel, Parmesan and store bought (albeit whole spelt) lasagna sheets. Thank goodness for the 12 hungry boys eating the cake. I really didn’t want it to sit in my fridge and tempt me every time I open the door. It contained 7 bars of dark chocolate to give you an idea…

Anyway, here are a few pictures and recipe links.

Dark Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache

I used 1.5 times the ingredients in the original recipe and a 9″ (22.5cm) spring form pan.

Link for the cake: http://www.marthastewart.com/281296/dark-chocolate-cake-with-ganache-frostin

Link for the ganache: http://www.marthastewart.com/281300/dark-chocolate-ganache

Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

http://www.marthastewart.com/338471/basic-sugar-cookies

I have used this dough recipe over and over again over the past decade. It works really well, even on hot days and cheap counter top surfaces. The dough doesn’t stick to the surface, like I experienced with so many other recipes. I have also used this recipe with whole wheat pastry flour and half white/half whole wheat before, and it worked. I use less sugar than the recipe asks for, decreasing the amount by about one third. They come out plenty sweet, especially with the sprinkles or any icing you might use. I egg wash the cookies (whisk together one egg yolk with 1 tablespoon milk and brush it on the cookies) before I put the sprinkles on. Then I refrigerate them on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before sticking them in the oven. This turns them into lovely and crisp cookies.  They keep in a tin in a cool place for a week (if you’re lucky).