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Sunday, 11 April 2010

52 Weeks of Baking - Week One

I’ve always wanted to do a yearlong challenge so as a little project for me this year; I’m going to be doing a 52 Weeks Baking Challenge. I joined this challenge over on swapbot.com.
It starts off in April (although I already did a few practise runs but will start posting in April)
The rules -
1) A little paragraph about the day of the baking and the experience gained that day.
2) A photo of the result
3) A link to the recipe if found on line or state where it is found, and a review of it – e.g.: if it’s good or not or if any modifications were made
4) and you can bake any day of the week of your choice.
5) You can bake anything; sweet or savoury but it must be baked in an oven!.

I will have to swap with at least 2 partners exchanging emails on Tuesdays. My personal goal is to stay the entire challenge so to keep myself motivated, I decided to choose a different ingredient each week and find a recipe or two to bake it with.

Each month I will be giving away a few super yummy items. All you have to do to be in the chance of winning is suggest a recipe that contains one of my ingredients, if your recipe gets chosen you will win a prize.
 
There are the ingredients for this month
Week 1 – Oreos
Week 2 – Polenta
Week 3 – Mars
Week 4 – Toffee


Week One – Let the Baking Begin!!!!
I had a dream, of Oreos and cakes so I decided to try this idea for my first week of the 52 weeks of baking challenge.
Line a cake tin with crush Oreos, pour in cake mixture and bake. 
Sounded simply enough, not quite! since it’s a made up recipe, there were a few issues to consider.
The measurements for the ingredients and most importantly the oven temperature.
Nevertheless I decided to forge ahead. The thing is, once I get an idea in my head, I wouldn't be able to concentrate on anything else until I've got it out of my system. I am sure most people will relate.

I figure I would need the same items for a basic cake mix and of course Oreos. But I wanted to add a twist add colouring to the cake mix.
There's what I did

Oreo Cake Pie 

I packet  Oreo cookie, crumbled 
3 tbs. unsalted butter
1 cup milk
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup sugar
2  egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter
Egg whites whipped to soft peaks
Food colouring

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.

For the crust:
Mix the chocolate cookie crumbs and the melted butter thoroughly. Press into cake pans (the kind with removable bottoms). Set aside
 ~ I made the mistake of mixing too much milk with the crumbs, the result was a gooey mess. Initially, it seemed too dry and won’t stick to the sides of the cake pan but I had to use it like that as it was the last packet of Oreos





For the filling:
Cream butter and sugar together till pale, Whisk in the milk, egg yolks and flour, alternatively until well combined.

Add the whisked egg whites and fold [but don't whisk!] till mixed well.


I decided to divide the mixture and add different colours.


Pour the cake mix into the pie crust and  bake till toothpick comes out clean. 

The cake didn’t rise with a dome top as I tampered with the oven temp and it got too hot but I was surprised that the cake rose to twice the size of the cake tin. It also took almost 40minutes to cook as well!
The cake was moist and the Oreo crust was nice and chewy! I will definitely bake this cake again just need to work out the minor problems.
Besides the kids really love it even Zyon who is the fussiest eater ever ;D





Looking forward to Week Two, till then Cheerio and God bless. 

4 comments:

  1. what a terrific challenge for yourself. i am looking forward to following your blog and cheering you on!

    this is faizazarin from swap-bot.

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  2. Hi, I am scraphappy55 form swap bot I am following your blog my blog is JUST SCRAPIN'.
    WOW!! 52 weeks of baking, I bake two times a year. Love your doily bowl will be back I have to give them a try them

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  3. good luck with your 52 weeks of baking! yours kids will love you for that! lucky testers!
    - memtree from swapbot

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  4. What a cool idea! Thats a lot of treats - I bet you'll make some friends!

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