I’m not sure if we are supposed to write about our last week working on our Independent Projects or not, so I’m being safe and writing it! This week I tried my biggest challenge yet: A homemade angel food cake! Before you get all excited or impressed, let me just tell you that it failed. Badly.
I had high hopes for myself and my cake. I did research throughout the week. I found an article that really got into the scientific parts of making an angel food. I had always heard not to use rubber spatulas with it, but this article said it was okay to use. (Maybe I can blame my flop on that!) If you like science and/or baking, check it out!
I then found what I thought was a simple and basic recipe for the cake itself. I let the eggs get to room temperature (a very odd feeling, working with warm eggs) and followed the instructions to a t. I put it in the pan and felt very excited because everything had gone fairly well.
I baked it at the appropriate temperature for the correct amount of time. (A little extra actually since I like it more golden on top!) Unfortunately, it was under-baked. I flipped it over to cool and the cake slipped right out. And then it proceeded to flatten. (It is currently even worse than the picture shows, but I have some pride left so I’m not showing it!
Looking back, I’m thinking that my oven could be screwy (remember the cookies that also were under-baked?) and not baking correctly. Perhaps I didn’t whip the egg whites enough, or I went too long. Maybe I didn’t fold in the flour/sugar well enough. There are so many variables! I will try it again, in a different oven hopefully!
I have learned that I enjoy baking, but when something goes wrong I really hate it! It makes me wonder what happened: Did I do something? Were my ingredients wrong? Is my oven messed up? Someday I hope to have a gorgeous kitchen with a high-grade stove!
Baking and cooking seriously are SO scientific. Recipes mean it when they ask for a specific amount of something. Always measure flour carefully! If a recipe calls for room temperature eggs, then set them out!
There is so much that I still hope to and need to learn about this. I’m left with questions and curiosity about the subject! I have enjoyed the opportunity to work on what I enjoy with the excuse of calling it homework!