Happy fall! Yes, I think it's really and truly here. My air conditioning finally has pretty much stopped running and I'm about ready to switch it over to the heating part of central air. Nice. October is just a great month. Other than my hectic life at work, I can't think of a single thing I don't love about this last part of the year.
Heading into the weekend I noticed that I had picked up a bit of a cold, so I'm taking it easy and catching up on grading I have to finish before I leave for Michigan this next week. I'm also cooking up a nice pot of turkey and wild rice soup. Yum!
Speaking of cooking, I have been playing around with cake recipes after picking up an amazing cake cookbook called Cake Boy by Eric Lanlard and a bit of a gift from my mother, the cookbook Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson. Growing up, we always made our baked good from scratch. In fact, most of our recipes came from a little community cookbook of my grandmother's from the 1960s (which contained recipes from the early 1930s on). I cherish that cookbook, but I love looking at other recipes that redo classics or share an updated version.
Cake Boy is this amazing little cookbook that has a British/French flair. Most of his cakes are "sponges" and are smothered in frosting. There are amazing tart recipes, one of which is a wicked looking Bakewell Tart that I'm dying to try my hand at. There are cheesecakes, cookies, and madeleines, all with detailed recipes and quite a few glorious pictures to go with the recipes. In fact, last weekend I made a nice, chocolate sponge. It was very brownie-like in its depth of chocolate flavor, and simply amazing. Honestly, if I was going to recommend a cookbook, this would be the one. You really have to check this out. (Here is a link to Cake Boy boutique in London.)
The second cookbook I've tried out is Vintage Cakes, which I got as a gift. The pictures make "vintage" sound like it equates messy in some way, as some of the pictures feature cakes served on boards with frosting kind of running all over. In their defense, it was mainly the Texas Sheetcake recipe, but I thought it was a pretty messy looking picture that I didn't think represented "vintage" in the way I pictured. The recipes in this cookbook though are really nostalgic. The Honey Bee Cake was one that I remember and I really want to try out, along with the Harvey Wallbanger. There is a nice variety of cakes here and I really do love it. Just look at that sweet cover! Doesn't that speak for itself?
Weekend Cooking is a great, weekly post run by Beth Fish Reads. There are some really great food-related posts there. Stop by to check out other great posts from this weekend.