Friday, July 23, 2010

Cookbooking: Small Batch Baking

One of the things that I really like about cake decorating is that you can't eat the cake. You have to decorate and give away the whole cake- if the cake is missing a slice that is pretty obvious. Other than some batter licking and cake top, I don't eat any of it. The JC in me really likes that. The cakeater does not.

Then, cue the heavenly music, I found Small-Batch Baking at the Library. I have tried, unsuccessfully, reducing my basic cake recipe before. I could never get the formula right. Baking= Math= Fractions. Hooray for Debby Maugans Nakos for doing the math for me!

After reading it cover to cover, I decided on the corn meal cobbler since we had recently gone to Costco and I had the mother lode of strawberries and blueberries in the fridge. The recipe called for 2 small containers but I made it in a single Pyrex and at it in 2 portions.

I really liked the addition of the cornmeal in the top crust rather than all flour. Gave a fun crunchiness.

Other recipies include cheesecakes, cakes, cookies (3!) all in batches for one or two. I am buying the book.

This book was also a good excuse to go to Gourmet Warehouse to buy small cake pans.

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