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Saturday, November 12, 2005

WCB 23: Look but don't touch!

So, the idea was to make something to welcome Clare Eats of Eat Stuff back from the hospital after she suffered a nasty infection from some bites that she received from Kiri following a scare from their friendly neighborhood dog. The question was what to bake? I made sardine puffs for Kiri's birthday a couple of weeks back so I was intent on baking something sweet this time.

I remembered a recipe for Maxence's grandmother's Gateau au Yaort that recently appeared on Chocolate and Zucchini. The recipe seemed to be pretty strightforward but it looked like one of those cakes that you crave when you want something delicious and not overly creamy to have with a cup of tea (like a madeira cake). I looked back on Clotilde's posts until I found the ingredient list and easy instructions for this cake. I had some plain yoghurt on hand that I wanted to use up and I also had some eggs in the fridge that were crying out to be drowned in cake batter. But I didn't want it to just be a plain yoghurt cake. I wanted something a little more comforting...say something like an apple teacake. After all, didn't Ruth Reichl name her book 'Comfort Me with Apples' for a reason? Yes, I really liked this idea of filling the kitchen with the aroma of sugar and cinnamon - mmmm. So, I decided that I would just place some slices of Granny Smith on top of the yoghurt cake batter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

I placed all the ingredients I needed for this recipe on the countertop and proceeded to measure out the ingredients using the yoghurt tub. The idea with this recipe is that you can use the yoghurt tub to measure out all your ingredients. The problem was that my yoghurt was sitting in a 500ml tub - way too large for this recipe. So, I used a 200ml tub that held just a tablespoon of leftover sourcream. Seeing as there was only a smidgeon of sourcream left, I decided to include it in the batter. After pouring the yoghurt-sourcream mix into a large bowl, I started adding the sugar and flour. Halfway through this, I realised that somehow I had gotten confused and started measuring out double the amount of all the ingredients after the yoghurt step! What was I going to do seeing as I had no yoghurt left? Well, there was an unopened tub of sourcream in the fridge and that was going to have to do. I continued with the recipe by adding oil, baking powder and vanilla extract. I skipped the rum because I didn't have any. Fortunately, everything seemed to go smoothly after that. I poured the batter into the cake tin and placed it in the oven to bake at 180C for 45 min. Of course, I ended up having to bake it for about 90 min instead because I had doubled the recipe. Well, it just meant we would have more cake to go around anyway and that can't be bad, right?

The cake came out of the oven looking pretty good, so I left it on the counter to cool. Being a thoroughly impatient type of gal, I didn't leave it to cool for much before cutting a slice to look at the inside. I could tell something was wrong immediately. Initially, the cake did not appear to be fully baked on the inside but upon closer inspection, I realised that it was cooked through but it had a definite sheen from the oil. I wondered where I had gone wrong with such a simple recipe - sigh. How disappointed I was! I had wasted all these ingredients for naught, and I didn't even get to use up my eggs in this recipe...hang on, didn't I read something about eggs before? I quickly looked at the recipe again. Horror! I was meant to have added two eggs at the start. Actually, seeing as I had doubled the recipe by mistake, that should have been four eggs! ARGGHHHH. (Of course, the sharp-eyed reader will notice that the eggs are missing in the above photo, which is supposed to show all the ingredients). Well, you gotta laugh, right? :-) I tried and it's the thought that counts (sheepish grin), and the cake doesn't look so bad, does it? Cheers, Clare, and we hope that you are recovering well.

Here is Tasha, who knows that she looks great against A's new red toy car pajama pants from Peter Alexander!

This week, WCB is being hosted by Boo-licious at Masak-masak again this week:

Check out Amy's lovely flowers and get well message at Beauty Joy Food;
Check out the cute
Babaganoosh with his good wishes at passionatenonchalance;
Check out Kalyn's
beautiful snapdragons which are beckoning Clare and Kiri to get well soon at Kalyn's Kitchen;
Check out
Squirt's life story and well wishes at ...slowly she turned... ;
Check out
Tasha, cake (yum!), flowers and get well wishes at A Few of my Favourite Things;
Check out
Flotsa in a Berkeley window at Middle-Fork;
Check out the kitties,
Fridolin and Maruschka at Rosa's Yummy Yums;
Check out the Cat who is sad but has lovely flowers for Clare and Kiri at Belly-Timber;
Check out
Flotsa who is sending Clare and Kiri some virtual ice-cream at Far Cartouche;
Check out
Earl and Toejam looking so cute they will definitely cheer up Clare and Kiri at So Cal Foodie;
Check out the sweetie,
Tigger who looks like he can give lots of loving to Clare and Kiri at Shelli's Sentiments;
Check out
Phoebe and Trina giving cute winks to Clare and Kiri asking them to get well quickly at Indy Foodie;
Check out the
adorable kitty antics which will bring a smile to Clare and Kiri's faces at Tigers & Strawberries;
Check out
Macroom who is sleeping away on a very cute chair (my Mum's favourite cartoon character!) at Dispensing Happiness;
Check out
Gigolo Kitty who is trying to negotiate better terms with Santa this year over at Gigolokitty!;
Check out
River who is making sure there are no stray doggies around for Clare and Kiri at kitchenmage;
Check out
Lixue who offers furry cuddles to cheer up Clare and Kiri (extra ones for Kiri as she loves him - I am so jealous but I understand as Kiri is such a hunky cat) at Look Hunny, I Cooked;
Check out
Aggie who sent a hug, chocolate cake and flowers to Clare and Kiri at kayaksoup;
Check out the most adorable
kitten fight ever plus candy for Clare and Kiri at Anne's Food;
Check out
Leo who sends his best wishes at my little kitchen;
Check out darling
Molly Doodlebug with beautiful heart cookies and a lovely message for Clare and Kiri at Farmgirl Fare;
Check out
Tanuki who wanted to post himself to Sydney to see Clare and Kiri at A Cat in the Kitchen;
Check out
Marlin sprucing himself up as he brings S'more Treats to Clare and Kiri to cheer them up at Heather's Space;
Check out
Maggie sitting in a sink and offering lots of wishes to Clare and Kiri to get well soon at Love and Cooking;
Check out
Miss Kitty with a lovely get well message and flowers for Clare and Kiri at Culinary in the Desert;
Check out
Maggie and Wellington offering to go Down Under to see Clare and Kiri at Modern Girls Kitchen;
Check out at the
kitties from France who bring flowers for Clare and Kiri at Lali et Cie
Check out Princess LouLou who sends her royal wishes to Clare and Kiri at Stalking the Waiter;
Check out
Alicat's former kitties and Spanks with lots of good wishes to Clare and Kiri to get well at Something So Clever;
Check out
Billy Lee, the cyber kitty who is up to tricks at The food pornographer;
Check out
Jack and Charlotte who both sent lots and lots of hugs to Clare and Kiri (I want one too!) at My Adventures in the Breadbox;
Check out
Tyson who will beat up that doggie which tried to hurt Kiri at Food Chronicles (I'm sad about Meggiecat's loss too!);
Check out
Dale who sends his love and hugs to Clare and Kiri plus apologies for his species at One Hot Stove;
Check out
Miss Domino who is looking for Clare and Kiri at Farmgirl Fare;
Check out
Dusty who is concentrating very hard to be worried at bakingsheet;
Check out speedy
Trixie who offers good wishes to Clare and Kiri at greengirlart;
Check out
Snoopy who is joining us for the first time at everybody likes sandwiches;
Check out
Red-Boy who wishes Clare and Kiri well at bunnyfoot;
Check out
Lyle who offers Kiri a safe place to play at Basic Juice;
Alisha and
Mattie sends Clare and Kiri well wishes at Playin' Whaley;
Check out
Shishi, Mel and Spot who all offer well wishes plus good advice to Clare and Kiri at s'kat and the food;


  • hahaha i have those baking flipouts too...its like you can't fight the urge to add something and it just snowballs from there! oh, and tasha is so regal, so beautiful:)

    By Anonymous aria, at Sat. Nov. 12, 06:56:00 pm AEDT  

  • Auntie Cin

    I'm sorry about the cake, I don't bake much as mum don't let us kitties touch the oven but it does look yummy and perfect to cheer Auntie Clare and Kiri with.

    Lots of love

    Boo the cat

    By Blogger boo_licious, at Sun. Nov. 13, 12:36:00 am AEDT  

  • I posted about clam bisque last week, and realized later that I never put the clams in. You're not alone out there in the la-la kitchen, LOL!

    But, it looks mah-velous!

    By Blogger Laurie, at Sun. Nov. 13, 02:13:00 pm AEDT  

  • Aria & Laurie: thanks for making me feel better about being such an airhead! :-)

    Boo: Bell & Tasha don't get to bake cakes either. Yes, I thought the cake LOOKED okay too.

    By Blogger cin, at Sun. Nov. 13, 05:58:00 pm AEDT  

  • aww hes so cute! looks like Kiri too, maybe Lixue will fall in love again ;)

    By Blogger Catesa, at Sun. Nov. 13, 08:15:00 pm AEDT  

  • Catesa: Unfortunately, Bella & Tasha are both very much feminine feline creatures! Although Lixue is very beautiful, they are more likely to fall in love with Kiri :-)

    By Blogger cin, at Mon. Nov. 14, 02:05:00 pm AEDT  

  • Cin - it looks great and we'd never have known otherwise if you didn't tell us!!

    By Blogger plum, at Tue. Nov. 15, 11:53:00 pm AEDT  

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