We had our friends over for brunch on Saturday. We have decided that it is much better to have people over for brunch than for dinner. We get up at the break of day anyway, the kids can play the whole morning and you don;'t have to rush home for bed time or face the impeding doom if you don't. It is a perfectly lovely way to entertain.
I made 2 new recipes for the event. Don't ask me why I try new recipes out for guests, but I often do. Luckily it doesn't turn out too badly most of the time. This time I made a Belgian leek and goat cheese tart and it was delish. I could have eaten a bowl full of the leeks. They were sauteed in butter until they became soft and slightly sweet and oh so good. But combined with the eggs and goat cheese and heavy cream, it was wonderful. The crust needed work. But I am definitely adding this recipe to my go to list.
I also made this chocolate pound cake. It was fair. At the end of each piece was this dense, moist and very chocolaty bite or 2, but the closer you got to the outside edge, the drier it became. That is the very thing I am trying to avoid with cake baking. No one likes a dry cake.
So I'll give the recipe another go this weekend. I'll adjust the cooking time and perhaps even calibrate my oven to see it the temperature is what it claims to be. I've never done that, and I have a feeling that is what a good cake baker does.