According to Wikipedia, Test cricket is generally considered the ultimate test of playing ability and endurance in the sport. I suppose testing a recipe first thing on a Saturday morning, with three children and a husband to breakfast and get out in time for Cricket could be considered the ultimate test of my recipe and endurance too – So a fitting blog title for my 100mph Batter cake.
Did it work? Well yes and no. The 100mph bit did work. I literally threw it together.
The main problem was the reduction of 14 plums, bought especially, to just 2 overnight. It’s difficult to get cross when I have an open fruit bowl policy in the house, and the culprits are no doubt evenly distributed. So I had to add in emergency rhubarb. This mix worked.
Arriving early in the morning with homemade cake inevitably elicits an oooh or an ahh which makes me feel like a fraud. Each time these appreciative noises are cast my way I have to explain that it is not actually impressive to throw a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, wiz then bake. Believe me this is not simply your classic British modest self depreciating response. It really is that straightforward.
I was warmly greeted this morning with expectant enthusiasm from two non breakfasted chaps. It’s just the sort of motivation I need. I am unable to resist feeding hungry people. Well not just hungry people.. anyone willing to eat really. I realise that I get as much pleasure from watching someone enjoy food as I do cooking it. Good job really... the alternative image of a mardy cook unwilling to share the grub is somewhat worrying.
So the batter cake needs retesting.
I wonder if the cricketers would mind eating some more next week?