Well, not quite normal:
You’ll have to take my word that it was 32C just before I took that picture; it was beautiful at the weekend when summer made a late but heartfelt appearance. It was also a brief appearance, sadly, and apparently we’re in for a “soggy” bank holiday weekend.
That’s much more what we’re used to. Also more in the normal run of things was this lot:
6oz self-raising flour (I used Doves Farm gluten-free SR blend)
6oz caster sugar
6oz butter, softened
3 medium eggs
2tbsp cocoa powder, mixed with 4tbsp hot water
1tsp baking powder.
It’s so easy. Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line two loose-bottomed sandwich tins then… chuck everything in a bowl and attack with an electric mixer till smooth and delicious-looking. Pour into the tins, level the tops and bake for 20 minutes, till the cakes are starting to shrink from the edges of the tins and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
I filled it with vanilla buttercream and topped with this icing and it went down well. I did make about £18 profit from the boot fair but as I was there from 9am-ish until 1pm-ish, it ain’t exactly a great rate of pay :-)
I also made these, that weekend:
My friend and I had a bet, agreeing that if I lost, I’d make her some flapjacks and if she lost, she’d give me a lunge lesson on her horse (very good for seat and leg position). We then decided just to do both anyway – and making flapjacks is no punishment, after all :-)
Plus one more thing.
My colleague Adam is leaving and as he’s off this week and I’m off next, it was my last day working with him last Friday. He was one of the loudest in praise of the cornflake cakes I took in a while ago; his only complaint being that they were too small. He jokingly suggested using a whole box-worth of cornflakes at once and as my lovely mum had seen my previous post on the subject and bought me a 400g bar of Dairy Milk, which I can’t eat as it’s a “may contain gluten”…
I used the whole thing and although it wasn’t quite a box-worth, it was a serious slab of chocolatey cornflakey joy… he loved it and all I can say is, it’s a good thing I couldn’t eat it, as I don’t think he’d have had much of it otherwise.
Cake and chocolate – definitely back to normal!