Thursday, December 16, 2010

...just too many types of flour!

I’ll admit it… there are just too many types of flour to choose when baking. There’s all-purpose flour, bread flour, buckwheat flour, cake flour, gluten flour, instant flour pastry flour, rice flour, self-rising flour, semolina flour, splet flour, teff flour, whole-wheat flour, soy flour, quinoa flour, organic bread flour and even gluten-free flour to name a few. 

Now, I am a casual baker, so all- purpose flour has always proven to be my best option. It’s versatile enough for everything from cakes to breads; and, most importantly, it is the cheapest and most common flour found in my local grocery store. Besides, if a recipe calls for a special type of flour and all I have is all purpose flour (which is always the case), I simply add two (2) tablespoons more per cup when baking breads to increase the amount of protein and subtract two (2) tablespoons less per cup when baking cakes and cookies to decrease the amount of protein.

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Okay...100 Days and 100 Cakes

Okay… I am going to attempt the impossible. I am going to make 100 different cakes in 100 days. You got it… during the next 100 days; I am going to make a different cake from scratch (homemade) each day using one or more of the following as the “key” ingredient: chocolate, butter and/or bacon. Each day, I’ll post a picture of the cake along with its recipe for your personal enjoyment.


If you have any suggestions, ideas and/or recipes, please share them. Wish me luck!

  • Day One

  • December 17, 2010

  • Dark-Chocolate Cake with Ganache Frosting

Maybe it was a crazy idea gone badly!

Last night I unveiled my Chocolate Bacon Pound Cake to my Bible study group. And, as I sat there anticipating whether they would like it or not, I was overwhelmingly surprised by their hesitation to try it.  For many, the idea of making a cake with bacon was outrageous, ridiculous and just stupid. I over-heard someone saying, “It’s definitely a different look!”

I was flabbergasted to say the least. Could it be that a week of researching for the perfect combination of ingredients was all in vain? Maybe I added to much of this and not enough of that, or maybe it was a crazy idea gone badly, I reasoned.

Well, my fears were quickly erased when I witness my companions overcoming their initial hesitations and smiling with joy as they ate and ate and ate my Chocolate Bacon Pound Cake.  

It was a hit!!!

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