One of our daughter's hosted Thanksgiving..both girls and their families are sweet to have taken over many of the holidays.
Up until about 5 years ago.. we did the holidays..and then they stepped in..Christmas eve was first I think..Caro and Fred took over....Mimi and Alain did Easter and we did Christmas morning..we seem to have developed a nice routine..Birthdays are shared..here there..and there..
Last TG the boys were away..so we skipped it..
This year Mimi did it.. turkey and all the trimmings..from apps to desserts.
We each bring something.It's a great afternoon with the boys running wild the older ones starting to keep company with the adults much more..and it runs late into the night..
I know the brothers and cousins will always always remember these fun times..
Makes it all so worthwhile.
The adults will remember too:)
So I chose dessert..
I wanted different than this one..and this one..but what?
A roll? A Beeautiful one?Or the Pumpkin Pecan Praline cheesecake?
Or Linda's Pumpkin bars I love so much?
I have discovered I like decorarting cakes..with things that are pretty to start off w/ without a huge amount of icing..Seeing a whole lot of icing actually makes me not interested..Unless it's a cream cheese icing or the best buttercream ever..
But overly sweet lots of colors icings..nope..
I knew I wanted to add special to the dessert and chose Ferrero Rochers for the top.
It's not a FR cake thought..It's Fine Cooking's Triple Chocolate Cheesecake..My family loves chocolate and they don't get that from me..
The recipe is there on the link if you wish to make it..it is very good..It did not crack or break..it stayed perfect..not even baked in water.Gotta love that.
We like it chilled..I have to tell you even the small children ate it.I think I had 16 pieces one was left..mine.
Not sure if anyone ate it later as I know I was still picking at the turkey and stuffing around midnight.:)
So I baked this cake the day before..and chilled it..the next day I melted a bit of chocolate and added the FR..Previously I had baked tuiles..knowing I would add them as the final decoration.
The tuiles softened..I must say they were never totally crispy..Noah ate some leaves..don't know who else..But they are a very pretty way to decorate a cake..Use you own tuile recipe..
Reserve some of the tuile batter and add cocoa powder..Mix and place in a ziplock and cut a fine fine hole in the end..Make sure there are no lumps at all in your batter..Draw veins on the wet leaves..
I used my stencils..to form the leaves..
Make the shapes..with the white batter..then paint the veins..
And bake..drape over something round while warm for the curve..
You can find the recipe I used here..such pretty little cakes..I only did her leaves..Instructions are there also.
Again..I wish they would have been crispier..and I am certain it's my fault:)
Darling Max brought me a gift at Thanksgiving....His leaf collage in a frame..it's in my kitchen lookin' mighty nice♥
Another recipe I made ..two nights before..were Susan's Cauliflower steaks..can't believe it took me so long to make and enjoy..
I made two..One for Jacques and one for me..the only thing I did differently was to add roasted red peppers to my tomato sauce..and roasted red pepper oil to the relish as I had some..
I am happy with vegetables for dinner..Jacques had a mini- tourtiere on the side..Finishing up last years as we will be making new ones soon~
Susan..this is so pretty!And I loved the taste.
If you are really grateful..what do you do?You share..
~W Clement Stone
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