I think I'm missing my weekly night away at symphony rehearsal (we're on break right now) because by the time Thursday night hits each week, I'm feeling like I need a break or some me-time. I actually kind of saved this recipe for Thursday night. I knew I didn't have anything going on and that hubby & I could put the kids to bed and enjoy some fresh-out-of-the-oven cake before bed last night.
We hurried home last night specifically to watch American Idol (I used to be a big fan, but haven't watched for several years now) because it was in PITTSBURGH last night and I'm a fan of all things Pittsburgh!! After we watched an hour of American Idol, hubby took the kids upstairs for the bedtime routine and by the time they came to find me for our nightly family prayers, my cake was done & in the oven. So thank you to Dorie for another recipe that was quick, easy, and uses ingredients we all keep on-hand. There were some options with the recipe ... I made mine with vanilla (probably about 2 tsp - I just poured) and I sprinkled a healthy tablespoon of brown sugar on top of the cake before it went into the oven.
Usually my oven bakes things on the quick side, but I ended up baking this cake for longer than the suggested time. After it cooled for about 20 minutes, it came right out of the pan and Hubby & I each enjoyed a barely warm piece with sliced strawberries.
I am usually of the thinking that if cake doesn't have chocolate, it's not worth my time or the calories. Not the case with the quarte-quarts!!! I loved it!!!
Loved the melted, crunchy brown sugar on top.
Loved the simple yet comforting taste & texture.
Delish! Will definitely make again to go with berries.
Think I'll make it in a square pan next time....
One more quick story.
The mama came down this morning to take photos of a yummy cake, and what did she find .... a little "mouse" had been into her cake!
She caught the culprit and he curled up on the counter-top to cry...
The mama felt bad for roaring like a lion at the little mouse, so she quickly grabbed one of his favorite foods out of the fridge ... strawberries.
The strawberries helped.