Over the weekend I had a second bash at some orange and poppyseed muffins; when I made them originally a few months ago I used high-quality marmalade and some white poppyseeds I’d found at a local Asian food market and they turned out quite bitter. This time, proper black poppyseeds and cheap golden shred from Tesco.
Much better results – although they feel like they could do with a bit more of an pronounced orange taste, perhaps putting some peel in with ingredients would help. They’re also a tight bake, only needing 10-12 minutes and I think they needed a couple more minutes than I gave them. Still, all part of the magical learning process.
I also got to test run SECRET BAKING PROJECT ALPHA, which will be revealed next month at some point. It could be amazing, or a fiasco and is certainly the most ambitious thing I’ve attempted cake-wise.
Sunday afternoons is one of my favourite times to bake, as the Huey Morgan show is on 6Music – he tends to play a relaxed pot pourri of music; a lot of old-school motown (the weekend featured the Reverend Al Green, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Aretha Franklin) some new artists (James Blake, Lana Del Ray) and some crazy stuff I’d never hear anywhere else. Brilliant stuff from the best radio station in the UK.