The weather is truly awful, it’s raining and has been for about 3 days straight. So what do you do when you can’t leave the house? Bake. It’s a sure-fire way to occupy an incredible amount of time and test your patience (therapeutic baking has eluded me thus far). It annoys the hell out of me when I hear the likes of Paul Hollywood talk about how he gets his kids to help out in the kitchen and they’re great a knocking out a “simple” Neapolitan pizza dough. Being bested by a 7-year-old is a certainty to knock your confidence especially when you’re trying so damn hard, as I do when I attempt to bake. Rather than take it easy on myself and tackle something simple like a vanilla cupcake I decided I’d bake a cheesecake ripple chocolate cake (adapted from a recipe in Baked Elements) as it sounded rather impressive and tasty, that’s the most important thing after all. Success would pave the way for sourdough breads, rich southern layer cakes, buttery French pastries and gooey chocolate fondants. Continue reading
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