The answer is chocolate cake and beer. Really good chocolate cake and beer. When Anne said she was coming to visit Chicago, a few of us knitters decided to do a little shawl swap. Lauren drew my name and knit me the most fabulous shawl. (Lots of good pictures and details here.) It was so fabulous that she almost didn’t want to give it up but fortunately I was able to ply her with a generous wedge of Sweet & Salty Cake (chocolate cake with fleur de sel caramel and whipped chocolate caramel ganache) that I baked in honor of Anne’s visit. I first made this cake a little over a year ago. I loved it then but using an extra dark cocoa and chocolate liked it even more this time around.
I’ll be back soon with some photos of the shawl I made for Anne. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and had a hard time giving it up too.