"A very happy birthday to yeh. Got summat fer yeh here - I mighta sat on it at some point, but it'll taste all right." From an inside pocket of his black overcoat he pulled a slightly squashed box. Harry opened it with trembling fingers. Inside was a large sticky chocolate cake with Happy Birthday Harry written on it in green icing.
Today, dude and I are jetting off to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where I will celebrate my last weekend as a 20-something. Drinking butterbeer, walking through Dumbledore's office, riding the Dragon Challenge - I'm excited for all of it. I'm beyond excited. I didn't think it was humanly or magically possible to reach this level of giddy. At least not for someone about to enter their 30th year.
I wanted to conjure up my own sticky chocolate cake to snack on while packing but, as everyone knows, food is one of the Principal Exceptions to Gamp's Law of Transfiguration. So I had to prepare one the old-fashioned muggle way.
I started by making one of my favorite recipes: a flourless chocolate cake that I shared in one of my very first blog posts. It's rich, decadent and the process is nearly fool-proof. For real.
For the "sticky" part, I found a recipe for a caramel fudge sauce but omitted the chocolate at the last minute. I had just washed my knife and cutting board and frankly, I didn't feel like dirtying them up again. You know how it goes.
Recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchens
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons water
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.
Let the mixture cook without stirring, 6-8 minutes. Give the pan a swirl, if necessary.
When the mixture is a rich, amber color, remove it from heat and slowly whisk in the butter and cream.
(Whoa-ohhh. Amber is the color of your caramel.)
Stir in the vanilla and salt.
The consistency of the caramel will be thin but thickens as it cools. I've never been one to exercise patience when it comes to sweets (okay, food in general) so I went ahead and drizzled some on while it was still warm.
Oh heck yes.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone. Have fun. Be safe. Watch out for dementors.