Friday, 15 April 2011

Culinary Mishap

You might be under the illusion that when it comes to all things culinary that life in the "Fan My Flame" household is pretty fine and dandy... but you would be mistaken. Tonight is our Embroiderer's Guild "Spring Fling" - we've got Angie Hughes coming to talk to us and a delicious supper provided by committee members. I'm making the cheesecake...


Looks pretty good you might think... but again you would be mistaken because despite very carefully wrapping the tin with foil before inserting it in a bain marie there was leakage. When the cheesecake was removed from the oven the tin was sitting in water and as a result there was a very soggy bottom (the cheesecake's, not mine you understand). Which is a shame because the top looks pretty darn good.

So there was an early morning dash to the supermarket and cheesecake no. 2 was whipped up and this time surrounded with a triple layer of foil just to be safe.

And this one came out much better...

Not the least bit soggy in its nether regions and so I can go to the Guild with my head held high.

Of course the men in my house didn't mind this culinary disaster one little bit. After beating them off with wooden spoons last night with cries " Hands off... it's not for you lot it's for the lovely E.G. ladies..." they are now laughing because they have a cheesecake all of their own. Even if it does mean scraping the topping off the base! Although apparently the base tastes fine (if a little damp) and I didn't need to make a second one at all!

It's not only cooking that's proving tricky but I've a problem with photography too. You may notice the little soft focus areas in all the pictures... that would be the cheesecake I managed to smear on the lens!

23 comments:

  1. Argh - I was thinking of this for a lunch we're hosting on Easter Monday, but the prospect of leakage is not one I fancy dealing with. Did you do the Hummingbird one?

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  2. Hi Gina

    Many Thanks for leaving a note on my blog.

    That cheescake looks SO good. You see this is why you are good at what you do. I wouldn't have made another. I would have gone to M&S! If at first I don't succeed I give up.

    Have a great weekend. I will be back.

    Sue x

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  3. Ui, I don't know which I love more, the cake or the dish with the lovely roses.

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  4. They BOTH look delicious, soggy bottom or not! I too could do with some soft focus - where do I need to smear cheesecake?

    Please send a slice forthwith.

    x

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  5. I know I'm normally a complete wimp where heat plus clingfilm is concerned, but cheesecake is the one place I make an exception - I do what Nigella does in her apple cheesecake from Feast and wrap the tin in a couple of layers of clingfilm before the double layer of foil. I've ruined too many cheesecakes with foil only ...

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  6. I was thinking as I read this post that I bet it tastes fine even if it does have a soggy bottom. But when you are cooking for others to eat, everything has to be right - I would have made another one too. Both look delicious and I bet your menfolk hope something goes wrong another time!

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  7. Oh, that looks delicious - soggy bottom or otherwise! Yum. I do love a good cheesecake.

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  8. I love cheesecake - sadly have been on a diet for last month so not eaten any, but I can dream! And that looks good enough to dream about!

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  9. are you quite sure about the provenance of the soggy bottom? I only ask because it's an issue that confronts me everytime I try on new trousers...

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  10. i've never booked a baked cheesecake that way Gina - interesting. looks gorgeous though. lucky you having Angie Hughes coming to see you all. you'll have a very interesting meeting.

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  11. Ah yes, the soggy bottom. A problem I come across on a daily basis.......

    Looks rather delicious, it has to be said..

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  12. Hope you had a good evening. I would have made another one too, a girls got a reputation to keep! When I read the title of this post I thought oh no she's tried my recipe....

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  13. It was really yummy, the only trouble was I was too late for seconds, it had all disappeared. Thanks Gina.

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  14. Well that cheesecake does look goog Gina!
    Why is it though when you really, really want something to turn out perfect, that's the day when something will go wrong!
    Vivienne x

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  15. Your culinary disasters no doubt taste divine as your boys probably told you. How brave of you to admit it to us all!
    Happy weekend Gina!

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  16. I mean 'good' obviously, not 'goog', whatever that is!!!!!
    Vivienne

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  17. Gina, you are funny...did you actually make two cheesecakes this week? Wow. I am amazed, but do understand how you'd want all to be good, cake-wise, for the embroiderers' guild.

    Lucky men folk round your homeplace to inherit the original cake. I'm pretty sure that it was delish!

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  18. Gina your cheesecake looks delicious, and I bet there isn't much left of the first one! Hope the ladies enjoy the second one too. Jane x

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  19. oh boy that looks sublime!!!

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  20. That cheesecake looks lovely - lucky lads getting to have the prototype!

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  21. I think we've all been there LOL. Your cheesecake(S) look delicious!

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  22. Glad you didn't waste the first one! Although I'd always have a home for it if it were to travel. You could say the soggy bottom was a special feature and it's quite a difficult thing to achieve...

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