This weekend I made a decision to bake. Partly because I have fond memories of winter weekend baking afternoons and partly because the wee boy is quite keen to make a rainbow cake – having watched a youTube video of it endless times – so feel I’d better get the practise in before attempting said cake. I have until February half term, which is when I have promised we will try it.
Meanwhile, I am still coming to terms with my ‘new to me’ oven. It seems that I have not quite mastered the time needed to warm an electric oven before putting in the food to be cooked, and am still over compensating. As a result edges are often cooked way before the middle has time to readjust itself to the heat, which can create surprising results.
For example, I recently cooked some roast white and sweet potatoes together and was taken aback when I popped my head in to have a look only to notice that the sweet potatoes had almost turned to charcoal. Undeterred I turned them over, kept a closer eye on them and, when serving, muttered something about being well done but probably edible. Imagine my surprise then, when they actually tasted delicious.
Similarly with mini cakes, I have not yet mastered the art of creating a mini cake that is happy to be peeled out of it’s case. The attempts I have made so far have all resulted in the cake clinging onto the case for dear life. However, not to be beaten, this time I resolved to create a distraction by turning the mini cakes into butterfly buns. After all, who focuses on buncase separation anxiety when there’s a glorious buttercream to devour? And of course, as we eat with our eyes first and foremost, creating a butterfly bun means that any flaws can be covered with a light dusting of icing sugar… but shhh, let’s keep that little gem between ourselves shall we…?
Butterfly buns aside, there are still a few truly simple but wondrous things in life that genuinely make me tingle inside, one of which is watching that first snowfall of the year. Yesterday, as the wee boy and I gazed out of the window at the silent white blanket covering the earth around us, he turned to me and whispered,
‘This is the most incredible thing ever’