I like to think that one of the most wonderful things about blogging is the fabulous people you meet via this medium. Like minded people . . . good people . . . invisible friends. One of my favourite fabulous blogger invisible like minded friends is Monique from La Table De Nana. I think we have belonged to a mutual admiration society for at least five or six years now. You know how it goes . . . you follow a link, to a link, to a link . . . and before you know it you have discovered something very special and hearts and souls touch and it is as if you have always known these people. You become kindred spirit friends and you share things like e-mails, and snail mails, and . . . little pretties . . . and sometimes cakes.
As soon as I saw this cake on Monique's page the other day I knew I HAD to make it. Not only was it a really simple cake to make, but it was filled with Quebecoise sucre à la crème. Unless you have experienced this delight, you won't know what I am talking about. It's like a thick brown sugar caramel sauce that they love to eat in the Province of Quebec, and I am thinking it is even more prevalent in the Northern part of the province . . . but I could be wrong.
My father . . . mon pere, is from the Saguenay region of Quebec and I have very fond memories of visits to his home and sitting around my grandmaman's kitchen table eating flaky pastries dolloped with sucre à la crème and a thick thick spooning cream. The combination is the most delicious one on earth . . . trust me on this. Not so good for the heart or the waistline, but oh so good for the soul.
As soon as I saw Moniques Cake (and her's is much, MUCH prettier than mine) . . . I knew I had to have it and so within just a couple of days I had one made. In my eagerness I did managed to crack the cake a bit, but it still tasted heavenly. I am sure she will forgive me for showing and sharing with you. This is one of those things you can't help sharing. Do pop on over and tell her I sent you and thank her for this latest indulgence . . . because you know you are going to make it. It would be tres impossible to resist! C'est vraie!
Butter a 15 by 17 inch jelly roll pan. Line the bottom with baking paper. Butter the paper. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.