Successful baking was a collection of cards that used to come weekly and contained around 3-5 recipes. I was around 12-14 when my nan started collecting them, so they have been somewhat treasured at home. I have made the occasional bake from my successful baking folders and had some success.
I set up some new years resolutions to improve my baking skills. These aims have loosely been based upon the format of the Great British Bake Off. I thought one week I could have a chocolate bake, pudding bake, show stopper bake (for the right reasons) and an easy bake. I also thought I could apple this same level of forward planing to bread bakes (e.g complex bread, easy bread, sweet bread etc).
I haven't stuck my new years resolution, but have started experimenting with other bakes besides chocolate cake.
|I don't think you can buy these anymore but my childhood consisted of these bakes.|
Next my crunchy apple tart, required some jam. Luckily for me I have some jams that I made over the summer (using Nigella's jumbleberry jam recipe from her kitchen book), and thought it would be a good idea to use some of my homemade jam.
The only thing with my homemade jam is that it is very sweet, still, I can't complain, as the jam turned out pretty well, considering I'm a novice at making jams/chutneys. I think it's far easy making a mixed berry jam, compared to making a strawberry jam (my strawberry jam NEVER sets!)
When I saw the pastry case come out of the oven, my first thoughts were "Is this going to work?". I instantly remembered that Lorraine Pascale stated to reduce the levels of puff in the pastry, the pastry needs to be beaten (with a rolling pin). I forgot to do this prior to baking, but managed to reduce the level of puffiness by patting down the pastry. Next time, if there is a next time, I will be using shortcrust pastry.
I also came across another mishap, I started to dice a cooking apple to put on the topping, but my nan informed me that cooking apples are not sweet and I may have to add sugar. So heres a picture of a lovely diced apple with lots of sugar to sweeten it.
|Tart cut into slices.|
Above is the finished result "crunchy apple tart". It made a very nice change to a chocolate dish. I probably will not make it again, as I want to work my way through my nan's three folders. Just glad it was enjoyed by my family.