They say it’s your birthday!
Well, no – not my birthday but it was my dad’s birthday!
(Aw, look at baby Watson)
But yes, before we head into Easter egg nation, we needed to celebrate my padre’s birthday. My dad is an easy going guy, who has taught me everything I need to know about the Beatles. However, when it comes to gifts, he can be just as difficult as it is easy to purchase for. If you ask him what he wants, he says, “nothing, save your money!” Naturally, we default to the usual Beatles t-shirts, Miami Dolphins paraphernalia or a gag gift of sorts. This year, I wanted to do something different.
My dad is one of my many faithful taste-testers, often going for seconds or thirds and I am forced to chase him away with my spatula. More often than naught, he finds himself frustrated that I give all my treats away.
“I can’t have any of these?” is a question I normally hear every time I am baking.
For his birthday, I wanted my dad to have a baked treat of his very own. His request, after much deliberation, was a chocolate and banana walnut bundt cake.
Sounds easy enough, right? That’s what I thought as well; however, after following each step of the recipe, there was just one little problem: the cake would not come out of the pan!
According to my dad, the cake tasted great; the banana and chocolate flavors mixed quite nicely, and the cake was soft and moist. Maybe too moist, as crumbs desperately clung to the metal bundt pan. After much confusion, my mom had a possible theory: perhaps the chopped walnuts stuck to the pan.
When it comes to certain recipes, such as crumbles or cakes, it is often said that you need to flour your toppings before adding them to the recipe (to prevent them from sinking). I seemed to have forgotten this helpful hint. Luckily, my dad isn’t too picky. Knowing him, this will be a great excuse for him to dig into his cake spoon first (with a heaping scoop of ice cream on top).
Happy Birthday Dad!