December Bakes

Pudding: Chocolate and Caramel Self-Saucing Pudding
47681818_10215873721849032_3475868130155167744_nI used a bundt cake recipe and slightly modified it.
So many things went wrong with this bake, but somehow it was delicious.
What went wrong?
1. The caramel was too runny, so even after cooling and then freezing it, it melted quickly and threatened to bleed into the batter.
2. The batter wasn’t quite thick enough, so the caramel sank during the bake instead of staying suspended.
3. I didn’t cover the tops with foil halfway through the bake, so they caught just a tad.
4. The tops cracked, and I have no idea why.
However, the burning of the top didn’t taste burnt at all, and it added a slight crisp to the pudding. And the caramel slowly sinking to the bottom made it wonderfully moist throughout.

Bread: Olive Bread
48361563_10215945097033367_1028172246759243776_oI used a bread recipe I’ve been using for about a year now and just adapted it for this flavour and the added moisture.
This was probably my second best flavour of bread ever. The first was a lavender and rose loaf that I made back in the spring.
I used mixed Greek olives and added rosemary, turmeric, pepper, and thyme.
48336091_10215945097953390_704362408772108288_oI did have slight struggles with using the glass loaf pans and needing to raise the temperature while baking those loaves.

Pastry: Pumpkin Pie
48407806_10215986687553104_5456522698484088832_oI did this with a chocolate crust (modifying the recipe I used before). I actually tried some fancy decoration, and it was a really fun bake!
48406603_10215986687233096_2424669919476973568_oI would’ve like the crust to be a bit more chocolately. My baking downfalls were slightly over-baking the pie and having cracked tops and somehow having a bit of a soggy bottom despite blind baking the pie crust for the first pie and fully baking the crust for the second.

Cake: Une Bûche de Noël
49584159_10216049026951550_4797101865424650240_oI did a flourless sponge and filling so that I could surprise a coworker with celiac disease.
I love the combination of chocolate and spice, so I added cayenne, chili powder, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice to the filling and to the tempered chocolate bark.
49140309_10216049027831572_7333322878831558656_nThis is the first bake during which everything went smoothly. Nothing screwed up other than my forgetting to loosen the cake a little before turning it out. The cake was beautiful and absolutely scrumptious.


Published by A Boggus Life

I am an eclectic reader and editor who solves Rubik's cubes, writes, draws and paints, and longs to live in England and France.

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