Hazelnut Torte for James Fraser

Happy Birthday JAMMF! (Hazelnut Torte)

"Happy Birthday," I said, softly.  "Taking stock?"  He let the hand fall on his chest, and turned his head to look at me, smiling.

"Aye, something of the sort.  Though I suppose I've a few hours left.  I was born at half-six; I willna have lived a full half-century until suppertime."

I laughed and rolled onto my side, kicking the blanket off.  The air was still delightfully cool, but it wouldn't last long.

"Do you expect to disintegrate much further before supper?" I asked, teasing.

"Oh, I dinna suppose anything is likely to fall off by then," he said, consideringly.  "As to the workings...aye, well..." He arched his back, stretching, and sank back with a gratified groan as my hand settled on him.

"It all seems to be in perfect working order," I assured him.  I gave a brief, experimental tug, making him yelp slightly.  "Not loose at all."

The Fiery Cross (Chapter 58 - Happy Birthday to You)

Happy Birthday, you red-heided Adonis!

Glad to hear everything is still fully operational.  Your legions of admires expect nothing less, even at the ripe-old age of 291.

No pressure though, really.

Hazelnut Torte

When I decided to bake our favourite protagonist a cake for his big day, I started by listing a few of the things he loves:

  • Brandy (a finer nose and palate would be hard to find)
  • Butter (especially when Claire's churning it)
  • Nuts (show me a man who doesn't -- eunuchs don't count)

Following my thought process along (proceed at your own risk), I remembered the crude hickory nut flour cake that Claire baked in in Drums of Autumn, just after they started their life on The Ridge.

brown-butter for Hazelnut Torte

I had intended to use pecans, which are a type of hickory, but somewhere along the line I concluded that a big occasion like this called for something beyond the ordinary...and when it comes to butter, browning it fills that bill.  Rich and nutty, brown butter takes pretty much everything from good to mind-blowing.

And since the French call this magical substance beurre noisette, or hazelnut butter, before I even knew what was happening, I was out buying hazelnuts instead of pecans.

It's always best in the kitchen to go with the flow and ride the current of inspiration...

Hazelnut Torte

"This is a morning my father never saw," Jamie said, still so softly that I heard it as much through the walls of his chest, as with my ears.  "The world and each day in it is a gift, mo chridhe -- no matter what tomorrow may be."

I sighed deeply and turned by head, to rest my cheek against his chest.  He reached over gently and wiped my nose with a fold of his shirt.

"And as for taking stock," he added practically, "I've all my teeth, none of my parts are missing, and my cock still stands up by itself in the morning.  It could be worse."

The Fiery Cross (Chapter 58 - Happy Birthday to You)

Hazelnut Torte

 

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01 May 2012 - 7:39am

rebecca adams


love your recipes. and they looh like something i can do! happy birthday to JAMMF!!

Diane


What a special celebration for Jamie Fraser's birthday! Love the recipes and the napkin rings! Slainte'

Lynn Meyer


Time to get back into the baking mode. Our college-age baseball players will be here for a summer baseball league and I always like to have something sweet on hand. This sounds like a winner to me!

01 May 2012 - 9:48am

Charlotta Jaakkola

Wow! I love your cake (and blog) <3

01 May 2012 - 10:06am

Beryl Belbin


Making me drool. Will be baking this for my hubby's 55th birthday!!!

01 May 2012 - 10:51am

Lisa Meredith

Mmmmm...Happy Birthday, Jamie!!!!

01 May 2012 - 11:00am

Jen C.


Love, love, love this scene! The quote Jamie makes at the end is one of my favorites from any of the books. "I've all my teeth...."nnThe cake looks pretty delicious too. :) Happy birthday Jamie!

01 May 2012 - 11:19am

Shana Jensen


NUMMMMMMMM. Nice job with the commentary - got a good laugh this morning! Is "prezzie" a Canadian word or just a TheresaWord? Just curious!

01 May 2012 - 11:22am

Kristy R


as always, thank you for your creativity! love his birthday cake! :)

01 May 2012 - 11:28am

marymac55


Happy Birthday, Jamie! We are so glad to know ye! and the recipe, Theresa, looks perfectly delightful!

01 May 2012 - 11:34am

Serena S.


Ooh, the cake looks lovely - though I might just have to blaspheme and use the no-brandy option if I manage to attempt it. (I say if only because I have yet to acquire a springform pan.) I completely agree with that kitchen mentality, too - always go with the flow and see where it takes you; it's usually somewhere delicious!nnLike all of Celtic Cowgirl's things, those are verra pretty.

01 May 2012 - 11:56am

Lesley


Hi Theresa.nYummy, got to try this cake, however I would have to eat it all myself, as no-one else is keen on nuts, what a hardship that would be lol.nnThe napkin rings are fab, I love celtic knots.nn-Shana- We say "prezzie" here as well in the UK.nn:-)

01 May 2012 - 12:07pm

Kelly D


The cake sounds fabulous! I love all the bits and pieces of the books you choose to interpret - just never know where you're going to go next!

01 May 2012 - 12:37pm

Marla Jo Wiske…

Happy Birthday to me!!!!!!

01 May 2012 - 12:38pm

Dorothy Gilbert

Dianna, as always so adddicting

01 May 2012 - 12:48pm

Karin Thomas


Wonderfully inspired birthday cake! I will be adding that recipe to my collection! Happy Birthday Jamie!

01 May 2012 - 12:57pm

Becky

Yummy!! Hazelnut is my favorite!! :0)

01 May 2012 - 12:58pm

Hannah Railey


You are just amazing! The recipes you present are intriguing and just beautiful to look at, and you stage your pictures so well and pair them with the perfect passages from Herself's collection. This is one of my *favorite* blogs to read and follow -- thank you for that, and for keeping us all connected to these wonderful characters and traditions :) nHappy Birthday Jamie !!

01 May 2012 - 12:59pm

Aaron Brown

Happy Birthday to Jamie!

01 May 2012 - 12:59pm

Maggie


The cake and the napkin rings are gorgeous! I have family visiting in a couple weeks--I think this cake may make an appearance!

01 May 2012 - 1:09pm

Gisela Giussi


That torrrrte looks wonderful! Jamie would be verra pleased with it! You did good today lassie! Outsantding! and Happy Birthday to you JAMMF, wherever you are! =)

01 May 2012 - 1:11pm

Mary Boyd


Beautiful food, as always. I'll be making this one!

01 May 2012 - 1:13pm

lauren


I run to my computer every morning to see what you have written about...thanks for the laughs...pictures...and most important the reciepes! nHappy Birthday Jamie!

01 May 2012 - 1:13pm

Paschendale


The torte looks absolutely delicious and the napkin rings are beautifully done.

01 May 2012 - 1:13pm

Tryphena R.


Looks absolutely delicious! A feast for my eyes on this rainy morning!

01 May 2012 - 1:17pm

Yvette Burtschell


LOVE your recipes, photos and the excerpts they've been inspired by - so much fun! Love Celtic Cowgirl too - in my neck of the woods!

01 May 2012 - 1:17pm

Susan


Yesterday when you mentioned that today was a special day I thought you were referring to Beltane! Which it also is :) more reason for cakeand yours sounds very good.

01 May 2012 - 1:19pm

Alyson


Please keep the recipes coming! As a new cook, they're helping me become better in the kitchen.

01 May 2012 - 1:20pm

Patti Annelle Patten


That is a truly amazing gift! Happy Beltane Birthday to Jamie! nI think I will have to make that cake--if it doesn't take too long to bake it! Okay now I am thinking of a song-----silly me!

01 May 2012 - 1:20pm

Susan Burrows


Cheers and Happy Birthday! Love the recipe and the napkin rings! Thanks for sharing.

01 May 2012 - 1:22pm

OutlanderFan


OMG the torte sounds heavenly! I absolutely LOVE hazelnut, and the napkin rings are beautiful!

01 May 2012 - 1:27pm

Maria M


Oh no! Yet another fab recipe to try out.... That leaves me with even less time for re-reading all the books waiting for the next one. ;-) nHappy B-day JAMMF!!!

01 May 2012 - 1:28pm

Dodie


Have to say how much I love this blog! It's so nice to know that there are others out there who know exactly what it means to be an "Outlander Addict!" Keep up the great work! and Thanks!! :)

01 May 2012 - 1:31pm

Sandy O


Those napkin rings are absolutely gorgeous! (And so is the cake! Happy Birthday, Jamie!)

01 May 2012 - 1:33pm

JAMIE heustess


Happy birthday Jamie! It's amazing how wonderfully you have aged....still the only man I consider to be worthy if I should leave my hubby ;-) ....will have yo try the torte cake, and thanks for the giveaway!

01 May 2012 - 1:38pm

Lorna


the cake look delicious! Happy Birthday Jamie...and Happy Anniversary yesterday to Jamie's most dedicated promoter!

01 May 2012 - 1:42pm

Joan Travers


Lovely cake for one of the sexiest "old men" I have the pleasure of knowing, even if he is fictional!

01 May 2012 - 1:47pm

Tiffany Shellman


The cake looks delicious! Thanks for bringing the books to life!

01 May 2012 - 1:48pm

Connie Barlow


What a wonderful Birthday cake. You've out done your self. Cant wait to make this!

01 May 2012 - 1:54pm

Sandi McLaren


Sounds just yummy! And I can just see the grin on his face for the first bite ;D

01 May 2012 - 2:01pm

cynthiadee


Beautiful rings.nSinful cake.nWhat a magical combination for Jamie's Birthday! :>

01 May 2012 - 2:04pm

Erin


Yummy the recipe looks delicious!!! And the napkin rings are gorgeous. I'd love to win them and then I can pretend that I have Claire's wedding ring :-)

01 May 2012 - 2:04pm

Jessica


The torte looks divine, and the napkin rings are gorgeous! Happy birthday Jamie!!

01 May 2012 - 2:05pm

Lisa Blauvelt


This recipe is going into my try this out file! It looks so good in that excellent photo (do you take the pictures for the blog?) I had been coming to your blog via Diana's Facebook posts but after this I will be adding you to my RSS reader.

01 May 2012 - 2:08pm

Carla Oliver R…


Happy Birthday, Jamie! I love your recipes and that cake looks delicious!

01 May 2012 - 2:08pm

Shari

That looks awesome, Theresa!!

01 May 2012 - 2:08pm

Debbie Peterson

Look yummy!! Happy Birthday Jamie!

01 May 2012 - 2:12pm

Michelle Benne…


That looks delicious! And the napkin rings are lovely!

01 May 2012 - 2:12pm

Catherine Lauzon


Yum, I can't wait to try this! And those napkin rings are absolutely gorgeous!

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