When I was a girl, I had the complete collection of Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
There was a not a Barbie doll in my collection, but Strawberry Shortcake...I had Every. Single. One.
I don't really remember how that came to be; it just was.
Now, one of the dolls in that collection was "Lime Chiffon". At that tender age, I hardly knew what a lime was, much less a chiffon. It would be quite a few years before I figured out - like so many other things in life...
This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe takes us on a chiffon journey that veers in a somewhat different direction than that of my Strawberry Shortcake days. This time around, chiffon makes its appearance in the form of a vanilla chiffon cake, filled with a chocolate walnut mousse and finished off with candied walnuts.
Since I knew that this wasn't going to be a fast mover in my house, I decided to halve the recipe and bake the cake in a 1/4 sheet pan. (Now, I am sure that this is going to brand me as a weirdo or something, but I just can't get behind the whole chocolate mousse thing. I don't get the appeal. However, since The Dude is a fan, I kept the filling for his sake. That being said - I didn't think he needed a full cake all to himself... He agreed).
I don't know what to say beyond that. I baked. I moussed. I rolled. I candied. I served. He liked it. There were no significant kitchen episodes. The sky didn't fall. The earth didn't open and swallow us whole.
Maybe the lack of story is the real story? Something to think about. Hmmm.
On another note, I still have all those Strawberry Shortcake dolls hanging out in a box in my house somewhere. I wonder if their hair still smells?
Peace out. XO
This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. A link to the episode where Mary Bergin and Julia make the cake can be found here.