it's what I do, OK?
We all know I can't go for more than a week without baking something, especially with all the nice fruit around at this time of year. Baking isn't even my favourite kind of cooking, but it's so easy, you know? Follow the recipe and it'll most likely turn out, just like in chemistry class. After a while you get really good at it and can make some variations, but if you fiddle with the basic formula too much, you're going to have a big mess on your hands. I always have to smile when a recipe somewhere on the internet gets a hundred or so rave reviews and one solitary "There must be something WRONG with this recipe! I subsituted sweet potatoes for the cherries, halved the sugar, left out the eggs and baked it at 700°F for 15 minutes instead of 350°F for 30 minutes because I ran out of time and had to go pick up the kids and it turned out AWFUL. I'll NEVER make this again!"
So yeah, I baked some stuff over the past couple of weeks and nothing exploded.
cornmeal berry muffins using a frozen berry medley of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and red currants
plum upside down cake
The boys and Mr. M went for a swim in the pond near the in-laws' Schrebergarten (Allotment garden)on Monday and came back with some little tiny mirabelle plums from the neighbours. I used them to make a plum clafouti, a kind of fruity custard-like French dessert.
halved mirabelle plums living it up in my baking dish
the finished product goes great with ice cream or vanilla sauce
What else am I doing besides baking? Well, on the weekend, God willing and the trains don't strike, I'm going to party it up with the lovely and talented Claire. And then on Monday, again assuming that DB is running, the entire Mausi family will be traveling by train to Autostadt Wolfsburg to pick up a new Volkswagen for the in-laws.
What are YOU doing these days?