My daughter bought me the Great British Bake Off Everyday baking book for Christmas and I was determined to not let it be the one gift I would never use. You see, I’m not a cook, I don’t enjoy cooking but I do love cake! I always used to bake when I was younger, nothing very spectacular beyond the odd fairy cake, jam tart or lemon meringue pie from a kit but as I now live on my own if I bake I’ll end up eating it all myself which is not good for the waistline so I rarely do now.
So for my book club meeting this month (which was actually last night) and as I was hosting, I attempted the first bake in the book which is the Blackberry Buttermilk Sponge!
Here are the ingredients:
After much effort to find the blackberries (tried 5 supermarkets and finally got some in Aldi) the baking commenced. The recipe was fairly straight forward for a novice, the only thing I struggled with was the weight measurements on the scales (oh dear I hear you see)! But it all turned out ok and made it into the oven.
I had a bit of an issue with the timings on one of the cakes, the recipe advised to skewer the cake to check it was cooked after the required cooking time of 35-40 minutes. However one of the cakes took nearly 50 minutes to cook. I guess these things come with practice.
Can’t wait to have a go at the next recipe!