Sunday, June 15, 2008

sunday night cake, on a saturday

Oh, what a week. I keep meaning to capture more moments with my camera, and finish a million fun projects, but life is just not letting me at the moment. Some changes are ahead for me at work, and although they are good for me, they were a surprise. And anything unexpected throws me into a loop these days. Especially because my sweet little guy started his first 'real' daycare last week.

Amidst all of the changes, I found myself day dreaming about this alternative life, where we pick up the kids and move to the country. Where I spend my mornings baking bread and hanging clean laundry on a clothes line. The kids are perfectly well behaved (yes, this is a dream) and we find adventures in the country every in ponds, climbing trees, exploring the woods. All the while, my small, yet charming country home is ultra chic, and I look fresh and stylish while sipping lemonade on the wrap around porch. Sounds nice, no?

Instead of putting a for sale sign on our front lawn, I decided to tackle some things at home that could not wait any longer. Laundry. Ironing. Bathroom scrubbing. Dusting, vacuuming. Pretty much everything I've been avoiding for weeks. And with all of this domestic success behind me, I felt some cake baking was required too. I turned to my absolute favorite book on baking: Richard Sax's Classic Home Desserts. I made my second attempt at Edna Lewis' Sunday Night Cake, but this time with a candy thermometer. It was a complete success! It's a plain white cake, with a burnt sugar topping that reminds me of fudge, or tablet. Exactly the type of old fashioned cake one would eat in my dreamland.Glen and I literally licked the bowl clean of that icing. We didn't even let the kids see it. I'd strongly recommend using a candy thermometer if you try it. Otherwise you may have a hard, brick like layer of burnt sugar that I had on my first attempt.

So with some successful baking behind me, and a somewhat tidy house, I think I can tackle this week with confidence. If not, at least I have the rest of that pan of cake.


Philigry said...

oh, that sounds yummy! You sound like you have such a great attitude about the changes at work. I always struggle with unexpected change.

Claudia said...

Lovely dream but you have a super good cake in the real world...much better!

a friend to knit with said...

oh! i have the SAME EXACT dream. only my life is far from that! and sadly, i don't think that dream will ever come true. :)
icing out of the bowl sounds perfect!

Ms O said...

Oh, how I love your day dream. It's good to have a gorgeous chocolate cake to fall back on.

Lea x

Norm said...

Mmmm! I love the idea of the fudge topping for this cake. It looks like 'real' (ie English!) fudge, the kind I grew up on.

Lisa said...

This looks SO good, Sandy!!

Bailey said...

Hello -
I am a filmmaker in Atlanta. I read your blog with the mention of Edna Lewis and her recipes.

I just wanted to let you know I produced a 21 minute documentary about Miss Edna Lewis and its viewable in its entirety on Internet at a Gourmet Magazine website:

and at a Georgia Public Broadcasting website:

My documentary is called Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie.

My website,

has more information about the film and the story of Miss Lewis.

Bailey Barash