2015/01/27

The thoughts I left behind (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Brown Butter & Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake)

Lately, it seems as if I leave more thoughts behind than I keep with me.

I will wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea for a post or with a remembrance of a list of things that have to get done the following day. More often than not,  I will lay there for an hour stressing about remembering it - only to realize that I have totally forgotten what it was the next morning.

Sometimes, I will get up and write down those thoughts; however, my middle of the night handwriting isn't always legible friendly...



Thoughts pop up in random places. The grocery list for this weekend's dinner will formulate in the middle of a meeting. A list of house chores will line itself up during the drive to work.

All soon to become the thoughts I left behind.

The important things get written down. Somehow, those mental Olympics leave enough of an impression that some things do stay behind.


Fortunately, I was able to keep one good idea with me over the past couple of weeks - pairing Laurent's slow roasted pineapple with this week's brown butter and vanilla bean weekend cake.

Vanilla bean pound cake is delicious. Vanilla bean pound cake that was made with browned butter is beyond delicious. And when you top that with pineapple that has been roasted in the oven for a couple of hours in brandy, marmalade and spices, well...you'll just have to figure out how good that is on your own. 


Hoping that all of my East Coast friends are keeping safe with today's weather. I don't know about you, but my shovels are lined up against the back door ready to go :-) 

XO

This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie.

36 comments:

  1. Yum - love the idea of roasted pineapple on top of this cake.

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  2. Cher - stay safe and warm! Perhaps make some more of this! I love this idea - brava!

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  3. Wonderful idea to pair it with roasted pineapple! And very nice form on the cake too :-)

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  4. Looks great, love your cake mold. Stay safe!

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  5. You took it to another level with the pineapple! Well, for every thought you leave behind, you make up for it in other ways, like with the pineapple.

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  6. Well aren't those just the cutest little cakes going...and that whole topping idea makes it seem even cuter. I would love to try this at your place...you are inviting me next time, right?

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  7. I have the same problem…I can’t tell you how many times I have jotted down notes about blog posts, while trying to sleep! I’m glad to know I’m in good company!
    Not only does that cake look delicious, Cher…but the slow roasted pineapple looks heavenly! Great call!
    Making a note to give that one a try! Happy Tuesday!

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  8. Cher, that looks perfect. I loved the flavors in this, so delicious.

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  9. it must be a mid-life thing; suddenly I go everywhere with a notebook in hand or the memo app on my phone in use! when I baked my cake, I wanted to use a bundt pan but did not have one small enough for half the batter-I need to get a mini pan like yours-it makes beautiful little cakes!

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  10. Wow, having it with roasted pineapples and the cream looks really good! Yes, this cake is lovely!

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  11. What a terrific combo! And I love that you made mini-Bundts!

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  12. Roasted pineapple and vanilla brown butter cake! It's like a sophisticated version of the upside down cake.
    By the way, your photo is lovely. If it tasted half as good as the picture looks, I'd say you hit the jackpot!

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  13. What a good idea to make the pineapple to eat with the cake! And I love the molds you used to bake the cake in. Lovely indeed.

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  14. Wow, what is there to say? Your presentation is beautiful and the pineapple sounds out of this world. Bravo!

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  15. I love your little cakelet! I've made the roasted pineapple recipe....it would be fantastic with the cake.

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  16. Love that mold! (And the idea of adding slow-cooked pineapple!)

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  17. The combination of this cake and Laurent's slow roasted pineapple sounds excellent! Add a scoop of ice cream, and call it a day!

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  18. What a great idea teaming the pineapple (I'll take mine soaked in brandy, please) with this vanilla brown-butter cake. Mini-bundts, I have. I will totally copy this Cher-idea Thanks for chering. BTW, Martha Stewart keeps a pencil and pad by her bedside so she can jot her ideas down throughout the night. Then again, she sleeps with the light on also. (Remembering, she sleeps alone!)

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  19. I am a total list person or I will forget!! Love your cute cake and roasted pineapple idea :)

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  20. You have great ideas Cher and I'm glad you hung on to this one! Love your mini Bundts and flavor combo with the pineapple, yum!

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  21. What a wonderful combination! I would never have thought of it and so glad you did.
    I can commiserate with you about the thought process at all hours ;0)

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  22. Love the cute shape you made your cake into!

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  23. Very cute little cakes! I hate walking up in the morning and realizing I lost so many brilliant ideas that came to me at night. =) Happens to me all of the time.

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  24. that is an idea too good to forget-- pineapple is such a nice thing to have in the dreary winter...thoughts of Hawaii! hope you didn't wind up with too much snow. we were lucky here...NYC didn't get anywhere near what was predicted.

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  25. I do the same in the middle of the night, only to rack my brain in the morning trying to catch those thoughts. I'm positive many multi-million dollar business ideas are still floating around in dreamland. Thanks for reminding me about the cute loaf pan/mold thingy I have buried up in the closet ;-)

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  26. Love the cute little bundt tin you baked in - what a delicious cake :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  27. Your little bundts are so cute, and perfect with the fruit. Hope that you are staying safe and warm.

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  28. Holy moly! That looks amazing! Oven roasted pineapples!??! That's an awesome idea! And your bundt cake looks really fun to eat.

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  29. I wish I had some of your cake with roasted pineapple. I let my son have some cake with whipped cream and he seemed to like it. I am sure ice cream would have cured my dry cake:) I have similar night time thoughts. I write the best book reviews in my head in the middle of the night but they never seem to materialize in the morning. Oh well...

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  30. I think you need a SoCal vacation - we were 79 today, and have temps in the 80's next week.

    Love the idea of this with the roasted pineapple - it would be a perfect addition to this cake! Hope all is well in your corner of the world!

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  31. I have come up with ideas that were lost, all too often. I can't bring myself to write my thoughts down, while in bed. I don't want to disturb my husband, or the cat, by turning on a light (cell phone) and fumbling for my pen/paper/glasses...

    Your mini cakes are great! And the pineapple!! I love pineapple, especially grilled - I can only imagine how great your baked pineapple tasted.

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  32. You are not alone in the lost thoughts department! I'm glad you didn't lose this one, though. Between the prettiness of the mini-bundts and the luxuriousness of the pineapple, this must have been heavenly!

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  33. This is totally genius! The slow roasted pineapple with this cake would be perfection.

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