Even if it was raining outside, I’ve maneged to have a short break on the balcony (my open air knitting room). I’ve cast on the first sock for my swap partner. It’s a secret, so enjoy a pic of the fucsia and one of the scented pelargionium I use against mosquitos – waiting a bat family to move to the bat house we have arranged for those voracious mosquito eaters.
Ok, here we are: ready to assemble the chess cake.
Cut the cakes in two and create a sweet tower while alternating the coloured rings with whatever cream you’ll use – I ended up with a plain chantilly.
Ta-daah. That’s all. Enjoy yourself and have fun playing with colours. Do you have a favourite team? Bake a flag! Play horizontal – why not?
Here we are for another birthday. Matija has turned 12 and 12 were ment to be the skulls flying around the big one. I have to admit that they turned out more like creeepy medusas, but I was trying to beat my record of baking-in-a-hurry… and this was the result.
Eating the cake was far more delightful. It was a three layer sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream. Mmhhh.
Let’s start the day with something sweet and a cup of tea. Not the caffelatte I’m used to drink when running from here to there, with so much work to do and far from having pairs of spare helping hands. Today they will complete the wooden contruction of our balcony, the kids are going back to school in Austria, so I’ll see them next Friday afternoon. Next Friday, hmmm, the royal wedding day in UK and… sorry for you Willi and Kate, my son Matija’s birthday. He will be 12 and I have to plan a real nice birthday cake for him.
I don’t mean to suggest how to prepare and serve the best Dampfnudeln. There is a wide german world out there that will really tell you how to do it. But “Dampfnudeln” – like Buchteln and the Dalken – are really my favourites.
The Dampfnudel are “a piece of cake” to prepare. trust me.
All you need is a really good flour (500 gr), fresh yeats (40 grams), half a liter of milk, 100 grams of sugar , 100 grams of butter at room temperature, and … time.
It’s the perfect pastry a knitting mom will serve for supper – while the dough is rising, you knit.
So – let’s start:
|It’s time you drop knitting for a while and part the dough into 10 or 12 small, tennis-like balls.
Let the yeats work for another 20 minutes. You may cast on a sock in the meantime.