Monday, 2 March 2015

I Baked a Brick!

I had all sorts of ideas for using up the passion fruit curd... Swirling it through ice cream, using it to top a cheesecake or maybe a lemon tart... But I opted for cake. I was going to make a tried and tested almond sponge and sandwich it together with a marscapone cream and the curd. But in looking for different ideas I came across a recipe for passion fruit cake. A buttery batter swirled though with the curd before baking. Sounded just what I was looking for.

 
Maybe I baked it too long because it didn't seem cooked after the allotted time so I gave it an extra 10 minutes... But it came out very dense, heavy and rather dry. A bit like a round brick really. Not one of my better efforts! So in the end I cut it in half and sandwiched it with the cream and curd anyway it an attempt to moisten it. 

 
It looks a lot better than it tasted!
 

Actually, to be fair the taste was okay... Mostly because the curd tastes so good, but the texture left a lot to be desired. Not that there is much left... With the three eldest boys all home plus my Mum here for lunch on Saturday, they didn't leave much. In fact it's gone... every last little crumb!
 
 
But I wish I'd stuck to my original idea... Or better still, made the cheesecake. But I'll know next time.


At least the cookies that I made to take with us on a visit to my youngest son on Sunday were a success! And it has been good to have a weekend of family time.

14 comments:

  1. Well they do say the proof of the pudding is in the eating and if it's all gone ......well!!! :)
    V x

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  2. Gina, baking experiments can have surprising results. However, it does seem that your gathered family did enjoy that cake! it certainly looked elegant before the first slice was made.

    I'm sure the cookies were a fine success!

    With all our winter weather, it seems as if I should be doing some of my own baking. xo

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  3. Sorry it was a brick! It must have been good though if it was all eaten! xx

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  4. I feel your pain, especially when it seemed such a good idea at the time. I suppose we should just be grateful for non-fussy eaters that demolish our failures without a murmur and yet are still able to appreciate our successes :)

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  5. Isn't it disappointing when that happens. Glad it didn't go to waste and it looked perfect.

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  6. Just a pack of the biscuits for me please :-).

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  7. It's so disappointing when that happens but it does look good and clearly your family enjoyed polishing it off.

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  8. I like to dunk cake in coffee... a brick would be just perfect. Your cake does look delicious, brick or not brick, and I would eat it in a moment. xx

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  9. It is disappointing when a recipe doesn't turn out as you hoped. Looks delicious though!

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  10. It does look yummy, and I'll bet the filling helped disguise the texture. Obviously, the rest of your family thought it delicious if it's all gone! I'll bet the baking of it was fun regardless.
    Wendy

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  11. Gina, your baking is always inspirational and you always seem to find the most exotic and exciting recipes. It's great too that you share the ones that you're not so pleased with because if the recipe hasn't worked out in your hands then I know that there will be no point in me giving it a go, it does look delicious though. Glad your family time weekend was well timed xx

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  12. What a shame that the cake was not the way you wanted it to be, but at least it was eaten. Good to share with family.

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  13. Popped back to say I baked an enormous cake (vegan choc and orange) this morning and have just hoyed it into the bin. To say it was yuk is being kind!

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  14. Ah, that's hard when a recipe doesn't live up to expectations. At least you had the curd to save the day! The older I get, I find myself returning to tried and true favorites -- it staves off disappointment I suppose!

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