I baked today…in my own kitchen….by myself. I couldn’t help it. No Frills had butter on special and it was raining. What else would I do?
First I baked a pumpkin crunch cake. I followed the recipe….sort of. I added more spices to the pumpkin base, changed the sugar to dark brown and added some molasses. I doubled the amount of pecans in the topping and I decided to candy them prior to chopping them and sprinkling them on top. This gave the topping more crunch and flavour. Since the newlyweds are coming for dinner tomorrow, I divided the ingredients to make two cakes instead of one larger individual cake. I’ll offer the second cake to Beverley as a peace-offering! The cakes look pretty good and they sure smell yummy. Believe it or not, I haven’t had a taste yet….at least not a baked taste! I’ll let you know the verdict tomorrow after I’ve served the cake with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel. I don’t know what I’m serving for dinner, but who cares when you’ve got a dessert like this!
Next I baked a pumpkin roll. Bev wasn’t too keen when I mentioned a pumpkin roll to her this week, so I went behind her back and baked it anyway. Sorry Beverley….not really! I lined my jelly roll pan with foil and then greased it well. After baking, I used this foil (and icing sugar) instead of a tea towel to roll up the cake. It worked well with no cracking. Watch your fingers, though. The foil is hot! I filled it with a traditional cream cheese frosting flavoured with a couple of tablespoons of dark rum. Now, I’m not usually a fan of rum….it’s my husband’s potion of choice, but it sure adds good flavour to baked goods. I had a taste of this one, and I could’ve had much more than just a taste. It’s delicious, but I may have to share this with Beverley just to make my point!
This is just the beginning of our fall baking. I have so many new recipes that I want to try. I may have to keep cheating on Beverley!