Sunday, 17 November 2013
lemon drizzle cake
I won't lie to you guys. I burnt this cake. There is no recipe post here because a) I literally just followed this BBC Good Food recipe verbatim, and b) the aforementioned burning. Last week I went home for a few days because I had to attend an assessment centre for a marketing job at Brightsource, and so on Wedneasday - the day before the assessment centre - I decided to just chill out & bake a cake. But obviously, being at home, I totally forgot that we have a fan oven unlike my standard oven at uni so essentially blackened the entire top of the cake; but it was easily sorted out by slicing off the top and anyway, since it was only feeding my family (by which I of course mean me) it didn't matter too much. And this is a delicious lemon drizzle cake - perfectly moist, deliciously light, with the lovely crisp sugar topping which is integral to a decent drizzle. I can't recommend the recipe enough.
Baking was the perfect way to chill out before a 9-5 day of interviews, group tasks, creative projects & presentations. I absolutely adore cooking & generally think of myself as being far more adept at cooking than I am at baking, because I'm inherently messy and lazy and haphazard, so the specific and scientific nature of baking hasn't always appealed. But lately - and perhaps we have Bake Off to blame/thank here - I've really enjoyed the process of baking. Taking the time to apply that level of discipline to yourself, and to really concentrate on things like gram measurements and specific oven temperatures, with the success of a baked good often resting on a 1-2 minute interval of how long you cook it, really gets you out of your own head & into the kitchen in a way that cooking doesn't always. And also, I thoroughly enjoy the process of eating baked goods, obviously, so that helps.
Anyway, so it was a nice way to prepare myself mentally for a long and gruelling day - for which I was so nervous, and so on edge, & so keen, because it's basically my dreams job. And, well, I guess I did something right - because I got it!
And, as I have always suspected would be the cause of most happiness in my life, I have cake to thank.