Brief horse update: Luke and Dixie went for good long drives both days this past weekend. After a week of rain, it was nice to get out and do something constructive. They were great. Dixie was awesome by herself out on the road- until we had a deer cross the street in front of us. Oh yea. Fortunately, we got over that, and she trotted on like a good girl after a moment where she flipped out so bad, we were in the middle of the road and I had to get out of the cart and hand walk her. That’s the typical Dixie, but this was an extraneous event, so I won’t hold it against her.I added some distance on Luke’s drive, and think we went out for 4 1/4 miles this morning. It was relaxing, which I needed after the stress I’ve been under with Chewbacca learning to drive.
I took Chewbacca to a trainer’s barn on Wednesday. His training didn’t work out. He probably isn’t going to learn to drive. Period.
In other news… let’s talk about something more fun, and a little sweeter – cakes!
This Wednesday is my husband’s birthday. The other week we were talking about cakes and then I brought up about his birthday, and he mentioned a cake he had in Germany when he was a kid. Bienenstich. He said his mom’s made it over the years for him, too, and he hasn’t had it probably 15 years. So… I cracked out the google machine and put in “german almond cake” because I couldn’t remember how to spell Bienenstich 🙂 LOL. I found recipes, and thought it would be nice to make him this cake. I’m no Betty Croker, and the last time I tried to bake a cake was probably 5 years ago. I can’t even bake pre-made cookies. I just eat the dough since I always burn the cookies. 🙂
Bienenstich is a cream filled 2-layer cake with baked almonds on the top. I combined elements from 3 different recipes to make this, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it tastes OK. Instead of using custard for fill, I’m using a combination of pudding and almond paste. I’m not really sure what custard is exactly, and i couldn’t find it in the store, and had no intentions of trying to make it on my own! LOL.
But, determined to make Bienenstich –
Now, doesn’t that look yummy? And for good measure, since this is blowing apart our diets anyway, I added some brown sugar and extra honey to the topping.
Once the cakes were baked, I shoved them in the fridge to cool and once they were cool, I took out the bottom portion and spread on my pudding & almond paste mixture…
and then, I plopped the top portion on.
No icing required. Cake was done. Doesn’t that look good?
So, then I surprise my husband with the cake, only to find out, he asked his mom to make it for him! LOL. Now we’ll have 2 bienenstich. Considering his mom is straight off the boat German, came over here in 1944 when a few other bad things were going on in Germany, I guess we’ll just have to see who’s tastes better and how close my bienenstich comes to hers.
Ha! Bienenstich duels. And more cake than I’ve eaten in the last few years combined!