APRIL BIRTHDAY IN PARIS

It was  early when I returned from shopping the market at the end of my street.  My basket was filled with two day old eggs (the best for baking), cream, chocolate and flowers.  Purple irises with deep golden throats.  The colours of spring.
The note was hanging from a red ribbon fastened to the door of my little house in Paris.
Place Émile-Goudeau,  11:59 p.m.  April 10th.  Bring cake.   (The Tin Man)

Tinny knows I spend April in Paris.  And that on April l0th I will be in my kitchen baking layers of delicate almond meringue in the La Cornue stove.    Filling the layers with espresso flavoured custard and topping the creation with chocolate ganache and pillows of whipped cream.

This creation  – this Dacquoise cake  must be started early in the day.   I whip the egg whites and sugar into shiny peaks then gently, every so gently fold in the crushed almonds.    While the layers are baking I make the  custard cream and tuck it into the refrigerator to thicken.  I will spread the custard cream carefully on the delicate meringue  layers . Next the ganache.   I chop dark chocolate into fine pieces and stir in the boiling cream.    It will rest, too.  It must be just the right thickness to enrobe the cake in all its magnificent glory.      The cake will rest  – until midnight.

Place Émile-Goudeau.  Trust The Tin Man to plan a birthday celebration in this unusual setting.   On Theadora’s favorite park bench. With her favorite cake,  and of course with our favorite tipple –  champagne.

Happy Birthday  darling Theadora.

 

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4 thoughts on “APRIL BIRTHDAY IN PARIS

    • There’s simply nothing more wonderful than baking a birthday cake – especially one of this magnitude. Dacqoise cakes require a quiet mind, gentle hands, and much patience. Cheers
      Virginia

  1. Merci, Virginia!! So gorgeous, from top to bottom. I am getting teary. (But not too weepy for another slice of cake!!) And I love the top shot of the courtyard. I think I spy I concierge keeping watch . . .)

    Big Hugs,
    Theadora

    • I am happiest working in my kitchen. And it is the very best i baking a birthday cake for the darling Theadora, Enormous wishes and a big hugs for the very best of days. XXXOOO Virginia

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