I’m sorry, I’ve been a little slack!
The previous weeks’ cooking class was cancelled due to industrial action, but our lovely tutor has given us an extra week so we can finish the course meaning this was the penultimate week, not the final one.
In between, I attempted to cook Meg’s recommended ginger cake (see the week 8 entry); and when I say ‘attempted’ I mean ‘Rich thinks he knows better that the recipe’. Once I’d mixed the ingredients together I started to add the water it was getting quite runny – far more so than usual sponge cakes – so I ended up using about half of the recommended amount. This was probably a mistake. My other mistake was leaving it in the oven a bit long, which resulted in it being burnt on top. I’m not sure the oven itself was helping, as there seems to be a lot of detritus built-up in it which is smoking heavily every time it’s used.
So I’ve cleaned the oven this morning and the word you’re looking for is MINGING.
At class I cooked a different ginger cake and this turned out a lot better, although it was a little dry. I got to use techniques I’ve not used before (dissolving the bicarbonate of soda in hot milk before adding it to the mixture) and it’s pretty yummy once covered in custard – but then again, that’s the rule for most desserts. I also made scones, which again I’ve not made before and were a lot simpler that I thought but I need to keep a better eye on my timing as they can burn pretty quickly.
Next week I’m making a Millefeuille slice, which should be challenging, and then I’m done with the course – which is a shame, but I will keep on blogging about what I’m making as it’s a rewarding (and somewhat cathartic!) hobby. Today I’m off to Chapter to see some other baking enthusiasts’ work and listen to the two Music Geek albums of the month – can’t argue with that for a brilliant afternoon!