|Bottom Layer (baked without the pan bottom) has been Baked...Making a Great Texture that is Different from The Top (and no leaks!)|
|Top Layer Added and Ready for Baking...Due to Refrigeration, it is Not Smooth, but Will Even Out as it Warms in the Oven|
When it came time to get the cake out of the oven, it looked great and smelled delish. But then there was not a platter to place it on, and for baking we had to use foil instead of parchment paper under the baking ring...so the poor little cake got crammed into a pie plate that was a bit smaller that the cake which cracked it up...and the foil just got left on as we moved the cake from oven to pie plate....well, you get the picture...oh well, it was wonderful anyway. So moist and chocolatty and wonderful enough to make me want to bake it again for Valentine’s Day...for my Arizona crowd (and, of course, for my sweetheart!”)
Instead of coffee, I used watered down raspberry Italian soda flavoring which gave the cake just a delicious hint of raspberry. When I bake this recipe again I plan to garnish the cake with some chocolate dipped fresh raspberries...see, I already have plans for my next baking of this cake. I would also like to try it with hazelnut flavoring, and I’m dreaming about other toppings and presentations for this wonderful dessert.
I could not enter a timely post for this recipe as I was on the road...almost 3000 miles round trip. Just think, I could have driven to somewhere like New York City or Boston with all these miles. But instead, I followed my heart and spent precious time with my new baby grandson and family. Totally worth every long mile on the road!
Upon returning home I had lots of catching up to do...quarterly business taxes, W-2 forms and 1099's, etc...all that required office work that must be done before the end of this month. I stayed up all night and felt really great that I could then relax and do some fun things, like cooking projects, before payday on the 31st. But, time to relax never happens in my life. We had a break-in at our office building last night, so I was up all night again cleaning up broken glass, making police reports, taking inventory of stolen property and property damage...and now my brain is totally fried. I am worthless when it comes to real life stuff today...and I’m sure this post sounds quite tired too, so...I decided to cook. Baking and cooking are stress relievers for me, they bring joy, and bring family, and all this puts life back into perspective and energizes me. I got busy on the Chicken b’stilla.
|All Ingredients Added Together...Ready to Fill the Pie|
|Sprinkled With Cinnamon and Sugar this Pie is Ready for the Oven|
|See all the Layers...and This Pie Actually Holds its Shape Quite Well|
|Honey Wants More!|
I will get back to commenting on your posts...I have been reading them, but with holidays and a new baby and travel, I’ve not taken the time to enter my comments...but I’ve loved seeing your blogs and always enjoy your tips and experiences. Thanks! I will enjoy getting back to being more involved with all this FfwD...I’ll need lots of fun breaks as I work toward all my April 15th taxes, as I arrange office building repairs, and work hard on other gross assignments that are just part of life. Makes me very grateful for fun projects such as FFwD and for all of you who make this cooking experience so enjoyable.