Saturday, 14 May 2011
Thanks for all your kind comments on my last post - I should have been clear, the reason I'm NOT indulging in comfort reading is because all of my books have gone ahead of me to the new house
I have, whilst not keeping up with blogging about them, still been doing a lot of baking. K, who is working hard on the house, needs cake, as do I for my 10km swim (please do sponsor me if you can - I've raised over £700 now but there's still a way to go if I'm going to reach £2000, and the two charities I'm supporting are excellent). I've finally learnt to make GOOD homemade gluten free cake. I used to say that it wasn't worth trying to make gluten free cake because the supermarkets did it so much better; I was wrong, and I am finally enjoying cakes very similar to ones that I used to. The secret seems to be firstly a decent gluten free flour blend, and the Dove's Farm Self Raising Flour is wonderful - a mix of grains with baking powder and xanthum gum, and then extra liquid - you seem to need a very sloppy batter, so a good amount of milk should be added. I have had much success with puddings so tasty that K didn't even realise that they were gluten free until I had some (after he had finished his!).
Anyway, I have a colleague coming to help me with some painting on Saturday afternoon, and I promised her cake in return (along with my now obsolete bread machine). We spotted these rather delightful confetti cakes, and in the spirit of baking from the cupboards, I decided to make them as I had an enormous number of tubs of sprinkles in the cupboard. I just used my regular gf fairy cake recipe and then added LOTS of sprinkles.
Sadly mine weren't so pretty. But they are rather tasty...
[This is posted belatedly as blogger crashed when I tried to upload the photo - cakes were appreciated and painting was done - more to do next weekend though]