It's summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.
There is something about summer that just makes me happy.
Even though I am sitting in a hotel room in Houston typing up meeting reports and it's 90-something degrees outside.
It's all good.
There are no hurricanes on the way. I survived the I-610/I-45 Interchange parking lot (and caught up on some podcasts at the same time). I ate a good dinner by myself. The final book in Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy downloaded to my Kindle this morning. And I know that when I return home later this week, the temperatures will be 20 degrees cooler (but it won't be freezing!).
Yes, I'd probably rather be tucked away in my own house right now; but all in all, I can't complain.
Do you know what else makes me happy?
Cakes that give me the chance to pull out my bundt pan collection. Like this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection - Vanilla Pound Cake.
I have a bit of a bundt pan problem. Those new Nordic pan shapes that come out every so often reduce me to mush. Some women have a handbag or shoe obsession. I have a baking pan obsession. I try to convince The Dude that this obsession is far more wallet-friendly, but I don't think he's buying it. Sigh.
Since Flo Braker was the contributing baker on this recipe, I wasn't worried about the end result (her Baking for All Occasions is one of my top ten favorite baking books). We served this with peach brandy poached nectarines and Chambord whipped cream; but I am sure this cake would be a perfect showcase for any summer fruit you wished to pair with it.
Another thing that makes me happy...
A couple of weeks ago leaf-shaped fougasse was on the docket. The fougasse is essentially a shaped focaccia.
Focaccia makes me happy because it can be done in stages. Make the dough. Refrigerate it. Take it from the refrigerator a day or two later and shape it and bake it off. Any food that I can fit into my timetable is an automatic winner!
Life doesn't have to be perfect, but I think it helps to take your happy wherever you can get it...
I hope that your week is filled with things that make you happy!
This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. A blogged version of Craig Kominiak's fougasse can be found here. Several Flo Braker recipes can be found here on Leites Culinaria (I am drooling over the eggnog pound cake).