There are some days when everything just goes so right. This was one of those days. I had my first piece printed in the local newspaper and although it doesn’t seem like much, it meant a lot to me.
It all came about when an acquaintance, Lorraine Eaton, wrote a cookbook titled “Tidewater Table.” She happens to work for the local paper. They came up with the idea that if anyone made a recipe from her cookbook and wrote about it they would publish the piece in the paper. Well, I certainly wasn’t going to turn down a chance at notoriety for a day, so of course I had to get the book out and figure out something to make!
There were many good ideas, but I made my decision when I saw the picture of the “Chocolate Temptation Cake.” Who doesn’t love chocolate? I for one could live on chocolate but what made this even better was the fact it had hazelnuts and raspberries in the cake. This recipe was from Williamsburg’s Marcel Desaulniers, the author of several chocolate-centric cookbooks, including “Death by Chocolate.” I had to try to make this, despite the fact it was a bit of a challenge.
It really wasn’t that hard to make, just time-consuming. The hardest part for me was skinning the hazelnuts, if you can believe that. Those skins just didn’t want to come off! The taste however, was well worth the time into it and would be a great ending to any dinner party you had.
Try this recipe, try the cake and buy the book. It will be a great addition to your collection!