I am the most determined person I know. This is not always a good thing as very often my determination is ill-advised (a few examples: getting numerous failed piercings, highlighting my hair myself, putting up a gallery wall with so-called ‘industrial’ strength double-sided tape…all stories for another day). Even though I am a hopeless baker, I was determined to succeed and set about making the ambitious-yet-delicious French Toast Streusel Cupcakes. The experience was stressful from the start, I didn’t have the right equipment (or temperament for that matter), I kept putting things down and then forgetting where I put them, the kitchen was covered in a fine layer of icing sugar and butter, I realised too late that all the measurements were American, I discovered our icing sugar went off in 2008 and had to go buy more… which I then left next to the till at Tesco and had to send my wonderful, kind, hard-done-by fiancé back to retrieve it (during the Rugby). The result was delicious, but it was a hollow victory - I can’t show you the finished iced cupcakes because you will laugh until you fall off your chair. I think I am pretty much done with baking for a while.
How do you feel about baking? Are you a master? Is it something you can learn or are you born with it?
It’s not all bad news though, I managed to bake a cauliflower, bacon and cheese quiche that was so delicious it brought tears to my eyes. If you trust me after my disastrous cupcake story and want to try my quiche, I used this recipe and tweaked it slightly (I used half cream, half milk and added sautéed onions for some sweetness).
All images via Wishful Thinking