Monday, October 29, 2007
Bostini Cream Pie Adventures
Five reasons not to make Chiffon Cake while watching The Health Channel Veria:
1- You will start talking weirdly and using terms you rarely use, like: metabolism, healing your body and macrobiotic diet.
2- You will feel guilty about baking chiffon cake and you will look for a way to make it “healthier” by adding whole-wheat pastry flour.
3- You will blame yourself for not excising in months when you see people walking and running outside, and you will take your anger on your egg whites by over whipping them.
4- You will convince your husband that a salad for lunch is all we will have while he wonders if he did something wrong.
5- You will forget to add sugar to the batter, and notice it after you put the cake in the oven. You over whip your cake for the second time.
Yes, this is what happens when you watch Veria. Needless to say that my experience with chiffon cake was one to remember.
I waited until yesterday to make the cake thinking it’s an easy challenge and I will have no bumps along the road. Oh how I was wrong!
My first mistake was to replace white cake flour by a whole-wheat one. It gave me a lumpy and thick batter that I had to strain before baking it.
My second mistake, as mentioned earlier was to forget the sugar. Picture this: I put my batter in my tiny ring molds. I put them in the oven and when I turn back to start cleaning the mess I made, here it is. My sugar is still on the scale wondering: “ Where do I come in? Isn’t my turn yet?”
I had to quickly take my molds out of the oven, invert them into my mixing bowl and “gently” fold in the sugar. Although the dough has already been beaten and strained and badly treated.
Surprisingly the cake turned out not as bad as I imagined it would be, but obviously not as moist as a chiffon cake should be.
Oh! And did I mention I forgot to add half the juice? I didn’t? (Sigh!) No wonder it was a bit dry. I went out for some fresh air after this.
Thankfully there was the custard and the melted chocolate on top to save the day; otherwise I would be crying and blaming it on everything but myself. Like blaming it on... a TV Channel!
Thanks Mary for a challenge that made me feel like the real daring baker sketched on our logo. It was fun.
Don’t forget to hop over to her blog for more details on this fabulous Bostini cream Pie. And be sure to check out other daring bakers Chefs-d’oeuvres.
Happy week everyone!