|Some of the sixteen pieces|
I could go on and on and on about this book. Anyone who mentions baking to me now is told to go and buy a copy of it. It's so wonderful, it's in Amazon's top 100 this week and personally I think it should hit the top ten.
And I'm not just saying it because the lovely Dan replied to one of my tweets earlier when I said I was going to write a blog about the cake. The book is a bit like Cuprinol. It does what it says on the tin. It's short. And sweet. Well the recipes are. The book is a delightful romp of so many recipes that I'm thinking of taking myself off to a hotel for a week for peace and quiet to read it from cover to cover.
|Ready for the oven. Parchment cutting skills fail me|
So with a Bakewell to make today, I wanted something quick, easy and unusual to add to the pile. I've been eyeing up the Marbled Chocolate Crumb Cake ever since the book came. A quick scan of the recipe made it look pretty easy and I figured I could fit it in to the couple of hours when the husband was supposed to be at the studio and the child was asleep.
And I almost made it in time. Except the husband arrived back just as the cake was about to go into the oven and in my haste to pretend I was tidying the kitchen, I forgot to do the marbley bit. See the husband hates me baking.
I'm not a tidy baker. I wish I could be one of those organised people with little dishes full of carefully measured ingredients. But that takes too long and would generate far too much washing up (not ideal when your dishwasher's just blown up). So instead, I pull packets and jars out as I need them and then spend the rest of the time trying to jiggle things around so I have some work space and to not fall over the dog who loves to sit right under the counter, hoping I'll push one thing and the ensuing chain reaction will tip something tasty into his waiting paws.
The cake went into the oven and 30 seconds before the first timer, the child woke up and insisted she wanted to help put the crumble topping on. Luckily most of it made it into the pan and there's only a half-inch or so to clean off the top of the hob.
Once the cake had cooled, it cut beautifully and it is honestly the lightest and airiest tray bake I've seen in I can't remember how long. I'm absolutely desperate to try a bit. But I had to make do with a little bit of crumb that fell off whilst I was cutting and even that was divine.
It's now packed and waiting to be taken to work for the hungry hoardes tomorrow. I doubt it will hang around long. And I'll definitely be making this one again.
Thanks again Dan. Can't wait to try out more!
|Someone didn't marble it very well....|
|Close up of the cake|