I love bakes and I also love to bake…although I can’t say that I have’nt had the odd fiasco!! I think sometimes one tends to be overconfident and just when you want things to turn up their best, the recipe seems to conspire against you , probably to bring us back to the ground reality again. Well, I should know better…that was exactly what happened to me today…
I baked these vanilla-date muffins yesterday, and there were just a few of them left over. Seeing that Rengoni’s friend was coming over, I decided to bake another batch…But glancing at the time I realised that the kids needed to be fetched from school. I hurriedly prepared the batter and dashed off, planning to bake the muffins later. Since it usually takes only a mere twenty minutes in the oven, it would be nice to serve them fresh out of the oven.
But …you guessed it…disaster struck!!! The “mere” twenty minutes had to be stretched to forty(the muffins simply refused to cook) and the final product resembled something like coals…dark and hard… fit only for the bin. Instead of the tempting flavours wafting through the house, there was the horrid smell of burnt food. So much for wishing to produce something with a flourish…
Moral of the story…be prepared for the worst…things go wrong when you least expect and want them to!!!
Tragedy aside, before I mope around some more, here’s the recipe for the simple vanilla-date muffins... don’t worry, these are from the batch that had turned out really well…
1C plain flour
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C butter
1 tsp baking powder
a few drops of vanilla essence
a handful of dates, stoned and chopped
Cream the butter and sugar.Whisk the eggs and add to it.
Add the flour and baking powder and mix well.
Add the vanilla and dates and mix.
Line a muffin tray with baking cases and drop spoonfuls of the batter to each (ideally, three-fourths of the cases should be filled).
Place the tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven and bake for approximately twenty minutes at 180 degreesC.
Cool on wire racks and