My Dad’s birthday was actually in October but he decided to have a joint party with a friend of his who’s 60th birthday is also coming up.
Therefore, the day after Thanksgiving, it was back on the baking and cleaning trail. Mom did most of the baking, putting in a heroic effort and making brownies, pear and almond slices, coconut bars and 2 cakes in the shape of a 6 and a 0. It also happened that the morning of the party was also the St. Christopher’s Christmas fete, because we weren’t busy enough! That being said we had fun both at the fete and at the party.
Lots of Daddy’s friends we able to come, including four of his friends that he lived with at University. It has been several years since he’d seen some of them and certainly a very long time since they had been together as a group so we were all really glad they could come, I know Dad was over the moon.
For food we served a buffet and learned that meat, pork pies and desserts go well but salad and carrot sticks do not. We had six bags of salad. We used less than one. Enough said.
The other birthday boy was Mike, who has been a friend of the family for as long as I can remember and who used to teach with Dad. His wife also brought a birthday cake as well as lots of food for the buffet, some chocolate mint cakes and some mini millionaire shortcakes. Since Mike also had a lot of people come to see him we had around 50-60 people in the house during the course of the party!
We all had a lot of fun but after Thanksgiving and a big party we are all completely worn out!
Pear and Almond Slices
I think the pear and almond slices were the best thing that was baked. They are moist and flavourful. And healthy *cough* well, more than chocolate anyways.
75g caster sugar
2 large eggs
50g ground almonds
175g self-raising flour
6 tbsp milk
A few generous drops of almond essence
411g of pears, sliced or 2-3 fresh pears pealed, sliced and turned in lemon
Almond flakes to decorate
Preheat oven to gas mark 4 and grease a baking tin 28cm by 17.5cm
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Beat the eggs and add to the mixture with ground almonds
Sift and fold in the flour
Add the milk and almond essence
Turn into tin and smooth the surface
Places the pear slices evenly into the mixture then sprinkle with almonds
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Leave in tin until almost cool then sift a little icing sugar over the top and slice.
Makes aprox. 16 slices.
We got this recipe from a really cute book called ‘Tea and Chat’
It’s full of cute quotes too:
Lastly…pretzels now come in flower shapes. How cool is that?