Mom's the bomb!
My mom is the person who inspired me to bake. We didn't grow up with much processed food despite my scrawny pleas for Lucky Charms or Coke on our trips to Jewel. Dinner was a healthy, home-cooked family affair that I may not have appreciated at the time, but I feel so fortunate to have had now that I'm grown. One little indulgence I could look forward to were my mom's fresh baked cookies, brownies, and bars.
My mom wasn't much of a cook when she met my dad, who grew up in a restaurant. But she could read a recipe and had enough creative spark to master some tasty treats. Now that I think of it, I'm sure it was slightly self-serving, because I inherited her enormous sweet tooth.
So for my first Mother's Day menu years ago, I created the Mom's Bombe as a tribute to my mother. I like alliteration and my mom likes chocolate. She's a bonafide chocoholic and proud of it.
The dessert has evolved over the years, but the prototype began with me wanting to kill it with chocolate as an homage to my Madre.
With this one I thought of my mom....and chocolate. But what else would I give my mom on Mother's Day?
Flowers! In a restaurant, clearly those would be edible flowers.
And what else likes flowers? Bees of course.
And what do bees make? Honey!
So add in some alliteration and you have the Mom's Bombe made of chocolate devil's food cake, Marshall Farms honey mousse, chocolate torte glaze, sabayon, crunchy cake crumbles and a garnish of honey droplets and flowers.
Mind you, this is close to a decade ago, so the plating has also evolved. But the sentiment remains...
"Mom, you're the bomb!" I love you! And your super-sized sweet tooth.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!