Destination: Daet Day 3. Baking duties

Today’s the day I get Kath to bake the coffee cake that I’d been pestering her for so long ūüėÄ But before we get to work on the coffee cake, I helped out in packaging the brownies and lemon squares Kath was preparing for their family gathering in Naga tomorrow.

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Woke up from another morning nap to find two layers of¬†coffee cake cooling on the dining table. The icing was prepared later in the afternoon. The thing with coffee cakes – at least the one I wanted – is that it should have an almost bitter coffee flavor otherwise, it’s going to be a mocha cake ūüėź Now, while I also like mocha cakes, it’s not what I’m after. I’m not going to waste the opportunity of having a cake request granted.

Kath wanted to add dark chocolate chips to decorate the cake. I suggested that we infuse coffee with her dark chocolate chips. She then suggested preparing a ganache. While melting butter on low heat, we added ground coffee and then later used a filter as we poured the hot butter with infused coffee into the bitter chocolate to make a ganache. We had to cool the mixture for a while before we could pour it on top of the iced cake.

For me, our experimental bitter chocolate-coffee ganache was what made the cake a real coffee cake.

Enjoying¬†the¬†cake at the end of dinner was a great way to cap this break in Daet.¬†My muscles¬†still ached from my failed surfing lessons but this vacation is one of the best ones I’ve taken ūüėÄ

 

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