Sunday, October 17, 2010

for my best friend

hello all,

this past week has been an especially rough one. in addition to exams, challenging homeworks, and club meetings, my parents and i had to say goodbye to one very special member of our family.

candy was a little brown dog and she was always fat and happy. she loved sleeping on couches and anywhere she could find sun, and enjoyed stealing napkins and tissues at night (so mischievous!).
look at this mischievous little face!
though she sometimes got too excited she still loved going for walks, became restless during car rides, and whenever you walked through the door she greeted you like she hadn't seen you for years.. even when you went to the garage for only 5 minutes.
we enjoyed making her "speak" to show off to our friends. after they left candy was always around to give us company, even late into the night or early hours of the morning.
candy and the lucky frog
she loved eating from the table, "people food" and would beg and drool until she got what she wanted. sometimes, she took the matter of acquiring food into her own hands...
what a sneaky dog :)
she was dependable, faithful, gentle and always kind. she loved being outdoors and encouraged us all to join her and appreciate the simple joy of spending time outside.
sun basking
i would always harrass her when she was sleeping, waking her up to take silly pictures with her! she put up with this so many times. what a patient dog.
"why did you wake me up... for this...."
not only was she wonderfully kind, she was a beautiful dog. hazel eyes and brown coat, small in size but not in character. so pretty, see?

 in her memory i made a cake....

matcha roll cake w/ chocolate pawprints
  • ~ 2tbsp melted milk chocolate
  • 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 3 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 eggs, separated. @ room temp.
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
preheat oven to 400F.
pipe milk chocolate pawprints onto baking paper-lined jelly roll pan. let cool.
combine (sift) flour, matcha, and baking soda. set aside.
beat egg whites until stiff (but not dry). set aside.
beat egg yolks until light, then beat in sugar. slowly add dry ingredients and milk. combine.
add egg whites and gently fold. 
pour over pawprint-paper into pan, and bake for about 12 minutes.
let cool 10 minutes in pan, then remove paper and finish cooling on rack.

for whipped cream filling:
  • 1-2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger (or to taste)
beat cream until holds soft peaks. 
stir in honey and ginger.
spread over cooled cake, then roll up.

chill completed cake for at least 2 hours before serving.

yummy pawprints
i lined my jelly roll pan with wax paper, cut to size. used a ziploc bag with a cut corner to pipe my little doggie feet :)
this is how your egg whites should look
and this is how your egg yolks should look
here's the batter before folding in egg whites
when folding in egg whites, do so gently because the goal is to not kill all the bubbles. its what makes this sponge cake so light and consequently pliable enough to roll up.
final batter poured and ready for the oven!

not perfect, but the final result
yay pawprints!

love you, candy
though i think i overcooked the cake a bit (the baking paper stuck to the cake as you can tell) i am happy with my product. i chose matcha for the earthy flavour and green colour, much like our backyard grass. our little brown dog would always run and play on it. kinda like the chocolate pawprints. the ginger was balanced by the "egginess" of the cake, and everything played together create a distinct flavour. 

so that's my special cake for an unforgettable dog. they say all dogs go to heaven, and heaven is lucky to have candy. hopefully there's a big window like this so she can always look out and watch.

r.i.p. candy. we all love you and miss you so much. thank you for everything!!!!