I know, I know ....... you wait an eternity for a blog post and 2 come along in the same day! What can I say - it'll probably be a few days until I have something interesting to write about again so I'm making the most of it! :)
It's a Sunday. The last day of the school Christmas holidays (for me anyway - Ms Stardust is off school tomorrow on an inset day) so a family day full of warmth was required. I've been LOVING a Facebook page called Baking Hot Christmas since it was launched, and bookmarked a recipe they featured from 'Pink Lemonade Bakery' called 'Toffee Apple Cinnamon Cake'. When I saw it my tummy immediately went 'Mmmmmmmmm', and I've been meaning to try it ever since. For reference, this is what it's *supposed* to look like .....
So I followed all the
instructions, put a paper liner in my new Pampered Chef loaf baker
(mmmmmm - I have to admit to having a bit of a PC obsession..... but I digress ..... ) and
tipped the mixture into the liner. I had to admit at this point
that I might have had too many apples. The recipe didn't
actually give a weight, it just said '2 cooking apples', and mine
looked like they might have come from the land of giants! But I
thought it would be ok ..... Hmmmmm ...... maybe not.
The recipe states to put
it in the oven for 1 hour. Well, an hour goes by and it's still
gooey in the middle, so it goes back in for another 20 minutes, then
another 10 minutes. The skewer is clear in parts and not so
clear in others, but I figure that it might be hitting apple so leave
it to cool. About 20 mins later I get it out of the stone, and
all of a sudden it starts making a bid for freedom - it's not
cooked!!! ARGH!! So I throw it back into the oven, but
forget about it *cue swearing* and don't get it out until 30 minutes
later. Needless to say it was somewhat toasty on the top.
But at least it kind of holds its' shape. Unfortunately when I
cut it, it's more like a pudding than a lovely cake. Oh well.
That's what custard is for !!
And yes, I will share the
evidence of my failure with you - why not! Answers on a
postcard as to what went so wrong are greatly appreciated!
Happy Baking :)