Thursday, August 02, 2007

B is for... Baking

Most folk get their baking skills at the knee of their mother (or grandmother), but that's not the case with me. I come from a family of non-bakers, whose desserts consist mainly of fruit, with the occasional yogurt or ice-cream for variety.

In a bid to carve my own niche, the first thing I cooked without supervision, age 10 or so, was a baked pudding. A banana and chocolate thing which consisted of slitting the banana, skin and all, slipping in squares of chocolate, wrapping in foil and baking. I was so proud, putting the little parcels on the plates of my expectant family.

My father unwrapped his, hooted with laughter and said 'Look, my banana's done a poo'. It's a miracle I ever went back in the kitchen quite frankly.
But in spite of the emotional scars(!) I really enjoy baking.

It's a kind of alchemy - from variations on the basic flour, butter, sugar, egg combination appear all manner of fanciful treats.

Today was a vanilla cupcake basic batter, with blackberry jam swirled through it and a fluffy meringue frosting.

And I got to fiddle about with the twiddly bits of decoration too. Joy!

And at least from my offspring, I get the lip licking seal of approval for my baking.

22 comments:

Angel Jem said...

Mmmm Mummy, this food is yummy!
Lucky you... I did risotto today & got "DO we have to have rice with everything?"
I should have made the yummy cupcakes and seen what they said, but I don't think they're on my Rosemary Conley diet sheets!

French Knots said...

LOVE your Dad's comment on your banana dessert. Good job it didn't put you off for life as those muffins look delish!

Sarah said...

Ooo... those look really yummy! I love the twiddly decoration!

capello said...

oooooo... yum!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

those loko great. i'll try that with some blackberries i have growing in my front yard

jennifer :: make london said...

I'd definitely eat them!! :)

Megan said...

B is for bloody brilliant. Yummy yum yum.

Allison said...

Dad's think they are soooooooo funny.

Allison said...

Oooops, completely incorrect grammar...that should read DADS think they are soooooooo funny

odd dotty said...

LOL! What your dad said? That sounds like something my husband would say! Seriously, I am laughing so hard right now.

But, seriously...those cupcakes look divine! If it's even possible, they are making me hungrier than I already am.

Zoe said...

Yummmm eeeeee

Lisa said...

Oh yum! Your boys are sooo lucky.

Dads are so embarrassing they always know how to show everyone (including themselves) up...

kat said...

Your dad's comment was so funny!
That made me laugh :)

The cuppie cakes look soo good.

June said...

Your cupcakes looks so delicious! I love the berry sitting on the top--so perfect for this time of year.

Joanna Butchart said...

Hiya was about to tell you you have been tagged here http://joannabags.blogspot.com/ But you have already found it. HAve a good weekend

Angel Jem said...

Tagged twice in the same day, how lucky are you? Actually, I was tagged by the lady that tagged you so I probably have to look for someone else to tag, unless I feign ignorance and just let it ride in which case I have time to wash my hair & shower before my night out with my hubby so, if you don't mind, Ali, for the good of a friends marriage, you have been tagged by me. Have a good wekend!

Good + Happy Day... said...

This all looks delicious! Patricia

velcro said...

That cupcake looks very yummy. Did baking with the FB and nextdoor neighbour boy today - chocolate cake! Very yummy

Amy said...

Hey - Hope all the flooding is receding. I like this idea of a Alphabet blog meme. I may have to steal it later too to get my blogging juices flowing again. Well, that is a pretty funny, if traumatic, story. It seems you're creations have come a long way. No potty jokes found lurking in these gorgeous photos!

And re: last post on anxiety. Um yeah - I know.

dee said...

yummy!

and B is for Boy... that handsome one's going to be a heartbreaker!

dottycookie said...

Awww yum - fabby idea. I wish I'd made those instead of the soggy disasters I produced tonight :-(

samantha said...

that just made me laugh out loud - parents, sheesh! your welcome to come here and bake anytime.