So I haven’t been in the kitchen in the way that I am most passionate about being in there–baking–in a while. I have done some things, but nothing like what I used to do when I had more time to do it. So today I made it a kitchen day. I had planned to start my farmhouse bread, but I didn’t have enough flour to make the sponge starter so I have to run to the store once everybody leaves–which won’t be until much later so I still won’t get to kick tomorrow morning off with getting the dough together for it’s multiple risings. Oh well…such is life.
I did decide to bake a cake. I have wanted to try this cake since before we moved. It’s a basic cake, but with a filling, which I haven’t done before so I did it this time. Lemon coconut cake with a lemon custard filling.
Okay, clearly I am tough on myself and very few things that I do is ever really good enough for me. However if you need a personal cheerleader in your corner I’m the woman for the job. It’s just me that I find myself not really giving myself credit for the good that I have done. That being said…the cake was ugly and nasty. That’s my opinion of course because my mom thought it was okay even though it was “tangy” she was able to eat it without hating it. It’s not the same as she made it years ago and we discussed some things I could do differently…i.e., don’t follow the recipe. I rarely follow recipes and then when I do it’s like, “what the heck!?” So I am not going to bar lemon coconut cake with lemon custard filing from my backing list. I am going to try it again one day and I am going to make it not be an ounce of tangy. Cakes, in my opinion, should not be tangy.
Tonight’s baking will include cookies, getting the bread started and I want to make some candy…okay, not much baking for the candy, but there is a little cooking involved.
So that’s my Wednesday that was definitely art filled even if I do hate the result of the cake. If 1. I weren’t so hard on myself, 2. I liked tangy instead of sweet, and 3. I allowed myself to not think my culinary pastry chef capabilities should always deliver fabulously awesome results, maybe I could look at today as a moderate success. If nothing else, it’s a learning experience. Less lemon next time–no matter what the recipe calls for.
Have a wonderful Wednesday you all .