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  1. L-izzle

    Oh how lovely, happy birthday to your grandpa! Everything looks delicious, and recipes are always much appreciated. But WHERE OH WHERE are the pictures of these magical baked apples?! Oh man, i want them in my life. And in my belly. And in my pants. Wait….no. Just the first two.

  2. L-izzle

    Oh how lovely, happy birthday to your grandpa! Everything looks delicious, and recipes are always much appreciated. But WHERE OH WHERE are the pictures of these magical baked apples?! Oh man, i want them in my life. And in my belly. And in my pants. Wait….no. Just the first two.

  3. Fiona

    90!

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Aww that’s so sweet! And I always feel rather lucky when I get a lot of “bits” in a cake! 😀 Happy Birthday to your grandpa!

  5. Simply Life

    Oh what a great celebration!

  6. Johanna

    Wow that cake sounds fantastic – as does the star of the show – I always love any roasted pumpkin and this ones sounds great (did you use salt too or was the cumin enough to balance the sweetness of the honey) – I love honey so must try this I have never heard of brazil nuts in a cake before and now am wondering when I can get the opportunity to this this

    sounds like your grandfather is still going strong at 90 – and how nice that he could celebrate with his family – though sounds like your aunt is missed – but am fascinated to hear about your culinary heritage – hope we might hear more about your aunt in future

  7. Hannah

    L-Izzle: I must admit the apples went unphotographed. They were very soft, and lacked structural integrity, to put it mildly. But as a result, they would have fit very easily into your pants…

    Fiona: And my grandmas are (almost) 81 and 95!

    Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine! I’ll let him know he has internet well-wishes too 🙂

    Simply Life: And it was only the first of two!

    Johanna: Now that you mention it, I didn’t use any salt, but I’m sure that would only heighten its tastiness 🙂 Let me know if you try the Brazil Nut Cake – it definitely has a unique texture.

    And thank you for your last words – as of yesterday, I had the idea of going through and cooking recipes from my aunt’s published cookbooks on this blog. Maybe it could be a tribute to her? So it was really, really nice that you wrote of hoping to hear more about her and her recipes 🙂

  8. gmasydney

    As one of the guests I can only say it was a meal to remember as most meals at wayfaringchocolates/whisperinggums’ table always are. To say the apples lacked structural integrity is an understatement but the birthday boy likes them mushy so what can a wife do? Especially for a birthday. The cake was a lovely surprise.

  9. Hannah

    GmaSydney: I’m not sure you can call yourself a guest when you made a dessert and we had to kick you out of the house so that you wouldn’t start washing up! 😀 And the apples were delicious – I do hope you didn’t think I was putting a negative spin on them! They were scrumptious, particularly with the cloves wafting through 🙂 (Also, I’m glad there weren’t LESS OF them ;))

  10. Agnes

    AWW, happy birthday to your grandpa! And what was that about the star dish? The star dish that – oh YOU made? What was it again? The STAR dish of the entire evening? Well done, you!

  11. Hannah

    Agnes: I think you’re right – there was a star dish, wasn’t there? Which one was it? The one I cooked? Oh, stop, you’re making me blush… 😀

  12. gmasydney

    Of course I didn’t think you were being negative about the apples – you should know by now that, like baked apples, I have a thick skin. By the way, pianoaunt was envious commenting that her Mum used to make them ‘caramelly’: I’ll have to work on that!

  13. Hannah

    GmaSydney: As Golidlocks would say, I think your apples were juuuuuuust right. Pianoaunt wasn’t there to taste yours, but I think she’d have been pleasantly surprised!

  14. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Sorry Hannah, is that you standing over there? Only, it’s hard to see with that massive star shining in my eyes.

    Happy birthday to your Grandpa!

  15. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Sounds like such a lovely dinner! And happy b-day to your grandpa! The big 9-0 is an awesome milestone.

    Pumpkin AND honey AND cumin?! Oh my! I’m there.

    Not to mention Brazilnuts + cherries? Divine combo! I may have to try my hand at that cake when I get around to mail-ordering some Brazilnuts in bulk.

  16. Hannah

    Conor: I’m constantly being told that my incandescence is blinding. 😉

    Amber: What a shame you just finished your stash of pistachios! I’m sure they’d work as a substitute 🙂 (P.S. I wish you were here!)

  17. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Gah, you’re so right! Pistachio and cherry, hmm…
    PS—As do I!!

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