And it is indeed Daring Bakers' posting time again.
This is possibly the most pathetic DB post I've done in a long time. In an attempt to be lenient on myself, I'm giving myself quite a few points for effort. I baked my challenge recipe almost as soon as it was released way back at the start of December. I took a photo of it too… and then it went downhill.
Can I find the photo - nope! Can I find the scrap of paper that I jotted down my modifications on - nope!
So we have a challenge post with neither a photo or a recipe - and for that I apologise profusely!
"For the month of December, Andrea from 4pure took us on a trip to the Netherlands. She challenged us to take our tastebuds on a joyride through the land of sugar and spice by baking three different types of Dutch sweet bread."
Of the three recipes given in the challenge, I chose to make the first recipe: 'Peperkoek' cake, as it didn't need any modification to make it dairy-free.
It called for 1 tbps cane sugar syrup, and I wasn't sure what that was, so I used treacle - given the spices involved and the dark colour of the cake, it seemed the right sort of thing - admittedly unlikely to be 100% authentic. I was also a bit scant in my spice mix, and went without cardamom, coriander and anise as I didn't have them in the spice rack. I did have cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, white pepper, mace and ginger and I chucked in a pinch of allspice too.
I also had no whole-wheat flour - so I used 200g plain white and 50g rye.
The cake smelled fantastic whilst cooking and infused the house with the scent of Christmas which was a lovely way to start off December.
It tasted pretty good too, and was very easy - yum - I'm glad to be able to add this one to my baking repertoire :-)
So my personal challenge for January is to go for the triple - bake, photograph and blog… wish me luck!
And so - to finish off, I shall leave you with a picture of my sous-chef Mini-M preparing another festive treat… magic reindeer food on Christmas Eve (aka carrots, glitter and crushed cereal!).