Mondays are my first day back to work after my weekend. I start at 3am and only work with one other person for the rest of my 8 hours. An older man who is our dishwasher whom does not speak english. I do not speak spanish.
Despite our great age difference and language barrier, he is one of my favorite people to work with. We communicate in our own little way. We always say the same thing to each other every time he starts his shift. Hello, how are you? Good, you? Good. In spanish. Then it all transitions to unspoken communication. We always joke with each other, he pretends like he is going to knock over whatever I am measuring, pretends to grab what I am measuring out, etc. It's always fun.
I always make him baked goods. Whenever there is extra of something I made or testing a new recipe I give him it first. Then joke to my other coworkers Don Jose got his pick, now you guys can have the rest.
On Mondays, there is always a crazy mess of dishes left over from the weekend, ones that would take a seasoned pro like him hours. Then he helps me scoop my hundreds of cookies.
So on Mondays I always make him something special to take home. There has been banana bread, cinnamon rolls, a few cookies, normally just what we already make for orders. But today I decided to make him something completely different. An old fashioned marble pound cake. It one of those recipes I would call old school and have never actually made. I found a recipe and it came out amazing. Dense and buttery with a really defined contrast of dark and light.
So after it came out of the oven and I was showing off to him how pretty it looked, I shoved it toward him and said It's for you!
For me? he answered questionably. Yes!
Then I set it down to cool but there is still always that communication barrier that always means we really don't understand what each other is saying. So once it was cool, I wrapped in up and wrote a label on it with his name.
So as he was leaving he said again, For me?
Oh thank you.
No, thank you.
Marble Pound Cake
via Martha Stewart
406g AP flour
1 tbsp salt
454g butter, soft
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
59g cocoa powder
6 tbsp hot water
325F Oven. Butter and flour two 5x9 loaf pans. Set aside.
Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl with a whisk until light and fluffy.
Add in vanilla then eggs one at a time.
Add in salt.
Gradually fold in flour with a spoon.
Divide batter into two.
Combine cocoa powder and hot water, whisk until smooth.
Add into one batter portion.
Divide vanilla batter into the two pans, only pouring into onto one side.
Add cocoa batter to each pan on the other side.
Using a skewer or knife, gently swirl the sides together.
Bake for about 1 hour, until center of the cake is set.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.