Flower & Flour | Bicostal Kitchen (the baking challenge)

WEEK THREE / RECIPE THREE+ FOUR

#HOTANDHORNBY

 

This week Joe and I decided to do two bakes. Jane Hornby's buttermilk pound cake and peanut butter cookies.

Since we have two recipes to discuss let's jump right into the first one - pound cake. This was the first recipe that Joe and I did not alter... well Joe did add blueberries but that was it! We followed Hornby's recipe and step - by - step instructions for this bake. The result? It was a C-A-T-A-S-T-R-O-P-H-E! I'm not sure where we went wrong but we both had the same exact results. The result although edible, was not a dense and buttery pound cake. Instead it was a light, airy and crumby cake. I had put mine in mini loaf tins and Joe put his in a bundt pan and due to the crumby texture... was horrible to get out. It broke all over the place.

While we were baking we did not have our usual conversation, instead we had a lot of questions. A little peak into our conversation below (be warned, we did say un-pretty words and we were in all caps for at least two episodes of SATC - which was playing in the background):

sexandthecity_baking
Joe - HOLY SH*T
CATASTROPHE
I'M GOING TO PULL THIS SH*T SHIP TO SHORE
IT'S STILL NOT DONE! IT BROKE!
HORNBYYYY
Me - HOW THE F**K DO I GET THIS OFF THE MOLDS
WHY IS IT FALLING APART
WHY IS IT CRUMBY
WHY IS IT NOT DENSE?
HORNBYYYY

 

 

nachos

I get really grumpy when a bake goes wrong. AND this is the first time in an extremely LONG time that I've had a bake end up in a disaster. #dramatic! Not sure if it were the ratios, the temp, the time or if this is suppose to be a British pound cake that I'm not aware of...but something was off. Not to brag, but us whisk takers can tackle any bake...but apparently this pound cake is not one of them. So, to help lick our wounds we turned to nachos (it's okay to eat your feelings every once in awhile :-)  and talked about how bad SJP's hair was in certain seasons on SATC. #friendship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is Jane Hornby's recipe with my edited steps. If anyone does try this recipe and comes out with much success please let us know.

Week 3 - "Buttermilk Poundcake" - by Jane hornby - Recipe 3

Recipe:
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter (plus more for greasing)
  • 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 eggs - room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 / 2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar (optional)
Steps:
  1. Grease pan + preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Beat butter + sugar until creamy and pale
  3. Crack eggs into a measuring cup and beat with fork. Pour 2 tablespoons of egg into butter mixture, beat until incorporated. Repeat until all of the eggs have been worked in. Beat in vanilla.
  4. Stir dry ingredients (flour, baking soda + powder, salt) fold in half. Fold in buttermilk and then remaining flour mixture.
  5. Bake for 30 mins and then turn down oven to 325 and bake for another 20 - 25 mins until it passes the toothpick test.

Below are mine and Joe's pound cakes. I did not alter the recipe or add anything. Joe did add blueberries + drizzled and topped with more berries at the end.

Photo by Shanel Marie - Buttermilk Pound Cake

Photo by Shanel Marie - Buttermilk Pound Cake

Photo by Joe Amella Jr - Buttermilk Pound Cake with drizzle + berries

Photo by Joe Amella Jr - Buttermilk Pound Cake with drizzle + berries

On to the next bake - Peanut Butter Cookies!

To be honest, I was disheartened from the pound cake disaster AND I didn't want to waste anymore precious butter... so I altered Hornby's recipe and technique. Joe a little more optimistic than I, stuck to her recipe only changing the ratio of butter, pb and eggs.

The results? FANTASTIC. I mean, can we talk about emotional roller coaster here?  Who says baking isn't fun? :-)

Joe jazzed up his cookies by making them into ice cream sandwiches! #yum ! Who needs nachos now!? I think Hornby's pb cookies were meant for ice cream! It's gritty (crumbly) texture and nutty flavor compliments the deliciousness that is ice cream.

I jazzed mine by adding chocolate chips + marshamallows. Soft and chewy in the middle, crunchy on the outsides...the taste is similar to that of a peanut butter s'more. #yass

 

Week 3 - "Peanut Butter Cookies" - by Jane hornby - RECIPE 4

Photo & Adaptation by Shanel Marie - Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Photo & Adaptation by Shanel Marie - Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Recipe:
  • 1 cup whole unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups AP flour
  •  1/ 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 sticks of butter
  • 1 / 3 cup peanut butter
  •  1 egg (room temp)
  • 2 tbsp honey
Steps - refer to Jane Hornby's "What to bake and How to bake it"

Joe's Adaptation - All stayed the same with the exception of butter + pb. 3/4 stick of butter, 3/4 cup pb + 2 eggs were used.

Shanel's Adaptation

Recipe:
  • Half stick of butter (room temp)
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (room temp)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 light brown sugar
  • 1/3 sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Chocolate Chips + Mini Marshmallows to your liking.
Steps:
  1. Cream butter + sugar
  2. Beat in peanut butter, when properly incorporated add egg and beat
  3. In a separate bowl mix flour + baking powder and slowly mix into the butter / pb mixture.
  4. Stir until incorporated fold in marshmallows + chocolate chips (careful to not over mix)
  5. Roll about a tablespoon into ball and press down in a criss-cross with fork. Chill in fridge for 10 mins
  6. Bake for 10-12 mins at 350 degrees, allow to cool on pan for 5 mins before transferring to cooling rack. .
Photo and Adaptation by Shanel Marie - Peanut Butter Fluff Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Photo and Adaptation by Shanel Marie - Peanut Butter Fluff Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Photo and Adaptation by Joe Amella Jr - Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Photo and Adaptation by Joe Amella Jr - Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Till Next time!

xo - SM&JA