Friday, June 27, 2008

Baking with Zachary

The Victoria Sponge
(remember, all kitchen steps to be completed with a running commentary for Z's amusement!)

Grease and bottom line 2 8" tins

Pre-heat oven to gas 4 (180c)

Gather bowl and wooden spoon

Measure out 175g caster sugar

Measure out 175g butter whilst listening to Z filling his nappy VERY noisily

Change Zachary

Soften butter slightly then add to sugar and cream together

Half-way through creaming, stop to feed Zachary. Allow a good 45 minutes to include a nap on your lap while you look for birthday presents for husband on the interwebs.

Complete creaming butter and sugar.

Add 3 eggs. Be overjoyed when you discover the final egg is a double-yolker. Scream this piece of information up the stairs to your husband who's on a conference call for work.

Add 175g self-raising flour and 1 tsp baking powder.


Divide mixture equally between the tins and bake for about 25 minutes.

Use those 25 minutes to make a drink, wash up, have fantastic tummy time with Z (he's so strong now), change Z again and empty washing machine.

Make sure that at the exact moment the cakes need to come out of the oven, you're feeding your screaming child again, meaning you have to stop feeding whilst racing for the oven so the cakes don't burn.

Pacify crying Z.

Cool cakes for a few minutes in the tins then turn out and decorate.

Type up blog entry one-handed. (Photo to follow!)

Think about a lovely relaxing cup of tea...

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