These baking challenges
and this blog are turning out to be the reason why I have to hit the gym at 5 a.m. daily. Seriously.
But does the guilt stop me from at least
wholly consuming everything I make? Nah. You already knew that, didn't you?
This weeks' recipe was chosen by Susi of Susi's Kochen Und Backen Adventures & we're joined this week by two new bloggers who have joined our baking group.
I made these short cakes in a hurry this morning & was glad that it wasn't an elaborate dessert that I would have had to labor over.
I've never made shortcakes before, so I was a little perplexed over the dough which looked too crumbly and didn't come together as well as I had expected it to. I didn't want to overwork it, but had no idea if this was even what it was supposed to look like.
So, I just took the plunge and baked a batch of 4 to begin with. And guess what happened: burnt the bottoms. I had better luck with the second batch which came out looking great and was only slightly scorched on the bottom.
Now handling these cakes was tough - they were crumbly and using a serrated knife to slice them just didn't work. So I did what Dorie alternatively suggests: pricked with a fork all around and then just lifted the top off with a spatula & layered it back on after spreading the bottom halves with fruit & whipped cream.
For the fruit, I chose to use chopped mangoes with a squirt of lime (as suggested by Dorie on page 425) . Her original recipe asks for berries, but I used mangoes because they are my favorite fruit and it's hard to resist them now, with the beginning of mango season here.
I also played around with the dough & took up one of Dorie's suggestions of adding powdered as well as candied ginger into the dough. And for me, the blend of flavors from the lime, mango and ginger were a real treat.
All the shortcakes then needed, was some simple whipped cream.
Please go over to Susi's blog for the recipe, and the blogroll here to check out the other BWD bakers versions.
Our next recipe, due on June 7, is the Lemon Cup Custard (page 387). If you'd like to join the challenge, please drop me an email at needfulthings at ymail dot com.