Oh, my

I’m baking cake today (the yeast is all  gone). I am tackling the somewhat extravagant Poppy Seed Torte from the Guardian’s 10 best Seed Recipes.

The thing is, I am not feeling too god and am really not on top of things today, and have ended up making the cake all wrong.

It was the eggs – loads of eggs (6) added to loads of butter (200g) and very little sugar (60g icing sugar). It just wasn’t mixing together properly.

After I had added (working down the list of ingredients)

Juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
4 tsp rum
½ tsp vanilla extract
280g poppy seeds, crushed
120g hazelnuts, ground

I came to

125g caster sugar


Then I spotted  the fact that I should have used only the yolks up front and now needed to whip the whites and the sugar.

(Head>Keyboard proximity moment)

Why? Why, why oh why did I not read the recipe through first?

Because my back bloody hurts, that’s why.

Is it not true that if you are going to balls up a recipe, it is always going to be an expensive one? Not just a Victoria Sandwich.

I shall probably incinerate the fillet steak too. It’s turning into that kind of a day.

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  1. April 16, 2013

    If that’s the same torte that you gave me for the spinners this morning, it was very much appreciated – and the rump of it was going home for the Doctor! 🙂

    • April 16, 2013

      That’s the one. I guess Julia liked it then

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