Monday, 31 October 2016

Cake Monday - November

We race (electronically) and the loser has to bake a cake to feed the office. 
Why? Because we like cake.
Who? Everyone in the office. No one gets out of it. When? 1st Monday of the month. The rules: you make the cake yourself, without any help. You can't 'repeat' a cake. Your cake will be judged on presentation, difficulty and taste, and marked out of 10 by each colleague. When you have baked 3 cakes, you are out of the competition for 1 year.

Pecan Pie by Callum

November's Cake Monday was delivered early (in October) and a tart was delivered rather than a cake, but since a homemade pastry before 9.30am on a Monday morning is always a good thing so no one complained. 

Callum borrowed Greg's recipe book for his Cake Monday selection. Knowing how complicated Greg's cakes have been, we thought this was a bold move for novice baker Callum. 

This bake involved pastry-making. He mixed butter, flour and salt til it looked like "sand". It then chilled in the fridge for a bit. Then he added water to it, mixing it up to form a block of dough. Back into the fridge it went (I know! I'm sure he read that wrong on the recipe too). Next he formed the dough into a disc shape and rolled it out with a lemonade bottle (he couldn't find the rolling pin). Into the tin it went, with baking parchment and beans for a 'blind bake'. For the filling which consisted of golden syrup, double cream and sugar, he whisked it all up in a bowl. Vanilla extract was meant to go in at this point, but he didn't have any (well, he did, but it was dated 1994 or something). Pecans were scattered over the cooked pastry followed by his liquid syrup mixture poured over the top to fill the tin. It was baked in the oven for 30 minutes and was meant to be served with cream (another missing ingredient). Callum was concerned as he cut into it that the ratio of filling to pastry looked a bit too equal...

The Verdict:
Greg's book is amazing. It tasted good. Adam didn't know what a pecan pie was meant to taste like, but said it tasted like a lot of pastry. We generally all really liked the taste of the pastry, which was very buttery and delicious, but it was a bit thick and it probably wasn't totally cooked through because of its density. That said, this didn't appear to deter people's opinion of it too much - it was a very good solid effort from Callum. Greg, Katie and George all said that Callum's pecan pie was much tastier than the one regularly consumed from Simmons Bakery in town!! Katie and George couldn't fault it and awarded 10s! Callum is now out for a year with his highest score yet!

Pecan Pie Average Score: 8.8

Next time: Elusive-Sue we call her - 2 years and desperate to bake for Cake Monday, but no, once again, her dreams can't be fulfilled. Dom lost the race and bakes for December. 

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