Today is what???…

A funny thing happened to me last Thursday, I realized it was Thursday. “Holy crap”, I told my husband, “it’s Thursday”. I believe I got some smart remark back about next week we would go over the months in the year, once I got this whole days of the week thing down. ;)
Which actually might not be a bad idea since I keep writing August on everything…yeah, it’s October next week. Which by the way, how on Earth is that possible? The point being in all of this though, is that in discovering it was Thursday meant that I completely spaced on Tuesday. Or more importantly, Tuesdays with Dorie.
Life has been extra unique as of late. LFB still battling her eye. CCS decided that she needed to compete with an illness of her own, going to the Vet herself for tummy and poopy issues (festive). And in all of this I am sick as well. I have that fun I don’t really seem sick until I lay down to sleep, then I cough like crazy and can’t sleep, no matter what. I even have a sexy side effect of broken blood vessels in my eye (I wanted to make LFB feel better ;) ). So with no sleep and a whole lot of stressing over my furbabies, I’m surprised I even realized it was Thursday. :P
So needless to say it was a small victory for me to get this week’s challenge done. I didn’t have plums but I had pluots in the fridge (which if you don’t know is a cross between an apricot and a plum). This weeks TWD recipe (chosen by Michelle of Bake-en) was Dimply Plum Cake, which looked good but seemed a tad on the boring side to me (aka, not fattening enough) so I felt the need to add a little toffee sauce to it. I made individual ones in muffin pans (yes, I cleaned the pans) because I thought it would showcase the pluot better, not sure that it did. Oh well, worth trying, eh? If you do make the muffin form, they take about 22 minutes to bake up.

P.S. If you want to read a little more about me, you can read my interview over at Simmer Till Done.

Pecan Toffee Sauce

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup whipping cream
1 TBSP vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Stir brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes.
Add cream and vanilla and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes and then add pecans.


  1. Funnily enough, I was thinking, “Hey, that plum cake isn’t as dry as the one I made before…” when I realized there was toffee sauce on it! That is genius.
    Hey, I hope the three of you recover soon. We can’t have LFB and CCS withdraw from the race!

  2. Yes, time passes fast! I can’t believe October’s soon here!

    This scrumptious dessert looks fantastic! A wonderful sauce!



  3. Sorry the health woes haven’t improved much and that your suffering too!

    As I was reading you saying its October next week, I’m thinking, no it can’t be, my birthday is next week. DUH. My birthday is on the 30th. ha ha. Its too damn early here for me to be thinking straight!

    Your version of the cake looks awesome!

  4. TOFFEE SAUCE. oh……As I wipe off the keyboard, I imagine that this would’ve saved my opinion of the cake. Peaches instead of plums and this sauce, and I have to remake this today. I hope you all feel better soon!

  5. Truly, you should have just taken the week off. Sometimes rest is the most important thing you can do [/end motherly speech].

    Nice work though – hope this food gives you the fortification to fight off those cold bugs!

  6. Delicious looking dessert. And time does fly by! It’s officialy fall already……

  7. Peabody, I commend you for even participating in this week’s TWD (not to mention the fact that your dessert looks HEAVENLY and perfect, as always :-) ).

    Please know that I have you, CCS, and LFB in my deepest thoughts and prayers – stay strong with everything that’s been going on!!

    Loved reading that interview!! My mom always made me Mickey Mouse toast instead of the pancakes :-D

  8. Hope you are feeling better soon, and the same goes for LFB and CCS. The toffee sauce looks like quite a tasty addition to the cake.

  9. I really like your twist…looks great! I hope you and your furbabies feel better soon!!! :)

  10. Isn’t it amazing how fast time goes by? We are already halfway through the first quarter at school. Some weeks go by slow, but then I stop and think that October is almost here, and it will be holiday season before we know it!

    I like your twist on this week’s recipe. Pluots are really tasty, although it’s been a long time since I’ve had one. The toffee sauce looks and sounds great too.

    Hope you feel better. I’ve been battling the same yucky stuff the past few days as well.

  11. Love the toffee sauce! What a clever idea and looks very tasty. Hope everyone feels better soon.

  12. Call me a dork but I didn’t know what a pluot was! Thanks for the fruit hybridization lesson! Hope you and the furbabies feel better soon.
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  13. When it rains it pours. I’m sure CCS was just jealous of all the extra lovin’ LFB was getting. And then of course your system is overloaded with all the lovin’ you’ve been passing around. Make sure to save some of it for yourself!

  14. Hope you are feeling better… Toffee sauce is new to me – Thanks for the introduction!! Hubby will love this.

  15. Mmm…that looks so cozy and fall-like. Glad you found the time to make it!

  16. Mmmm, pecan toffee sauce….NICE! This looks wonderful, Peabody!

  17. Oooh that looks so warm and comforting :)

    Hope you all feel a whole lot better soon.

  18. Sorry everyone is feeling “puny” over there. (I just had to throw in that very ancient Southern thang for kicks). Very creative and way to go on summoning all your baking resources to complete the TWD of the week.

  19. I love the idea of toffee sauce with this. You’re inspiring!

  20. You can’t go wrong with toffee sauce!! Hope everyone is feeling better!

  21. Very nicely done. Looks delicious!

  22. I’ve been sick too. My taste buds are messed up, so I couldn’t even really tell what my cake tasted like.

    I love the idea of individual portions. They look very cute. Also, the sauce looks pretty amazing. I know I’d love it, if I could taste it!

  23. i rarely know what day of the week it is and then all of a sudden i’ll remember i have class the next day and haven’t done the assignment. this recipe sounds so delicious–and i’m all about individual portions these days. somehow, it helps me to eat less of it (rendering my workouts at least somewhat effective).

    ps- love your blog!

  24. I hope everyone is feeling better. I am lucky if I remember my name half the time let alone what day, month or year we are in! Your individual portions look great! Feel better!

  25. I feel like I’m living in a time warp lately, no concept of days or months. It could already be November as far as I’m concerned.

  26. Santa will be here before we know it!
    Your pluot cake with toffee sauce looks SO good. Love what you’ve done with the Dorie recipe.

  27. Everything you bake is delicious, Pea, but I would never say “no” to toffee sauce! YUM!

  28. It looks great.

    I almost went with pulots myself.

  29. I bought some pluots at the farmers market this past weekend. I think I have to finally get out my Dorie book and make something! Wahoo!

  30. I’ve never had pluots, but will keep my eyes peeled for them at my farmers market!

  31. Don’t look boring to me. Caramel Pecan!!! OMG that sounds fantastic. Great job.

  32. the toffee sauce looks like a great addition!

  33. Forgetting the days of the week! Heck the only thing I’ve never forgotten is my name . . . well almost never ;0))
    I baked that plum cake when I first got the book and loved it. Now I think your individual ones with your Pecan Toffee Sauce would really take it over the moon.

  34. toffee sauce sounds perfect with this! hopefully you and the fluff ticket are all better soon!

  35. Hey Peabody, looks so delicious! Hope it warms the soul. Thanks again for joining me over at Simmer, it was fun having you. :)

  36. Great interview at Simmer Till Done!

  37. i’ll just take a bowl of that sauce please. :)

  38. Toffee sauce! You’re my new hero!!!

  39. I’m glad I read your interview so I can try that onion gorgonzola soup. Toffee sauce sounds like just the thing to take this cake up a notch.

  40. See, now I can get behind this cake with that sauce on it. YUM! Soooo sorry you have been feeling so lousy! I wish we lived close enough so I could bring you some chicken soup or something! Glad you were able to make it this week.

  41. Awww… hope you and the furbabies feel better soon. When it rains, it pours! What a great interview and hopefully I’ll find my way to Seattle to enjoy some of the foodie recs you’ve mentioned. As for your use of pluots and that heavenly pecan toffee sauce… looks like sweet heaven in a bowl. Yum.

  42. Oh that pecan toffee sauce looks amazing! I just joined TWD and I love your blog!

  43. i think the toffee sauce was a great idea – i found the cake to be too dry

  44. oh, and i am sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well and that CCS got sick on top of everything else too. sending well wishes to you all!

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