After all the craziness of the past several weeks, it was really nice to go out for dinner on Saturday. The daycare periodically does Parents Night Out, and we try to take advantage of it when we can. (We also spent part of our evening grocery shopping at Central Market once we were done, but it was nice to do it by ourselves.) We had a lovely meal, but as is usually the case after having an appetizer and entree, neither of us had room for dessert. Since we enjoyed the food so much, I'd love to see what the restaurant does with dessert sometime--of course J would point out that I say that all the time, but we never do it. =)
The whole thing got me thinking, though. One reason that I'd like to go out for dessert is to be inspired and get new ideas. On the other hand, my standards are pretty high these days--more often than not, I could probably make something at home that would be better. And why spend calories on something that isn't really worth it? I was reminded this weekend of how far my skills have improved over the past few years, when I made the French Strawberry Cake that was last week's pick for Tuesdays with Dorie. Once upon a time, I would have been rather intimidated by a cake like this one, but instead I just thought it would be fun.
First off, my apologies to Sophia and Allison, our hosts for this week, for being so tardy with my post. (Being out of town unexpectedly will do that to you.) But I'm glad I finally found the time to make this lovely seasonal cake. I admit to being a little crazy, though--I actually made the batter for the genoise totally by hand. Why? Just to see if I could. Besides, I figured I could burn off at least a few calories that way. =)
The verdict? I'm quite happy with how this cake turned out. It was a big hit with all of us. Brianna was quite disappointed this evening when she found out that we'd already eaten it all. Next time, though, I will probably use more strawberries. (I kind of guestimated the amount, since my container was measured in pounds, rather than dry pints.) I'm also curious how it would be with other fruit, so I'll have to make it again to try some variations.
If you'd like to try this lovely cake for yourself, you can find the recipe on Sophia's blog or Allison's blog. And be sure to check out the Links to see how the rest of the TWD bakers fared with their French Strawberry Cakes.