This week’s class was spent taking our piping skills to the next level and piping animals and objects out of royal icing using a plain nozzle. From the pictures you can see the teachers duck and swan look very elegant. I was getting the hang of the ducks, but my swan just looked like a creature from another world – a swan with fangs! It all comes down to practice something I need to start doing at home.
Apart from the class which went well the rest of the weekend was a bit of a baking disaster.
Don’t ask me why but I got it into my head that I was going to have a go at making jam. Let’s just say Martha Stewart I’m not! I think I overworked the jam it’s become hard and more like boiled sweets and not the traditional jammy consistency. It did taste nice before I put it into the jar and became a rock, my next task will be to get it out of the jar!
I experimented with making apple and cinnamon muffins. Tasted ok, bit dry and crumbly. The chocolate muffins, a recipe I found online, well they looked a bit pitiful and the chocolate chips sunk to the bottom but tasted really good. I don’t think my oven was hot enough hence a concave look. I’ve found a new recipe for the apple and cinnamon muffins and will give the chocolate muffin recipe another try.
I normally use the usual self raising and plain flour but one of the girls I work with has a gluten free diet, so I usually have gluten free products lying around. If it wasn’t for the fact that gluten free flour is so much more expensive than normal flour I would probably cook with it all the time. It would make life easier.
I thinking that Mondays are going to be ‘Muffin Mondays’. It would be something to look forward to, if I can get the muffins right. 😉