A Pear Cake Saved by PineappleWednesday, March 16, 2016
Intriguing title? Let me explain..
An unexpected negative situation can paralyse your thinking ability so much that you can easily over look the options. But some times you need to give it some time as Time heals everything and so sleep through and wake up to a new beginning which can help you have a different perceptions or even more to say a perfect solution. Too much? simply put, I saved a cake from being discarded. lol!
I can fail in the art of stove-top baking. After I made the cherry cake, which was a hit, I wanted to try a cake with a fruit like apple or pear... I also bought a can of pineapple slices weeks ago to try my hands on baking an upside down cake on stove-top. Well I did bake one, but that is another story for another day!
As I bake mostly on Thursdays to have something to munch-on during the weekend, I start planning on list of possible baking projects and bookmark a few recipes, make notes and finalize a recipe by Wednesday. Planned on making a pear cake on a Thursday afternoon. I should have blindly followed the recipe, instead I promoted myself to experimenting both with the ingredients and stove-top baking method. I went on to caramelize the pear slices, added less sugar and entirely used wheat flour.
Mind it, I haven't tasted it yet! Figured I could still do with some photo-shoot practice. Captured in so many different angles and then finally took a bite - a huge one. It tasted very weird, I guess the burnt bottom has caused it a smoky taste and not sweet enough - something was missing. I knew it is a flop even by taste. :-( I cannot serve this to F. So much of effort and with zero result - sunk, burnt, tasteless! F arrived and I didn't mention a word. I told him to have the cake (I ran off to the washroom. :-P) Got back and I dare not ask him how it is.. Nor he said a word.
A makeover is giving the cake a second chance. It may or may not work well but I was willing to take that risk. If it turns out bad, I am losing on just whipped cream and some nuts and yeah my nutella! Well.. I took the plunge and made layers of cake, whipped cream, nuts, a dash of nutella, and then poured PINEAPPLE syrup that came in the can of sliced pineapples. Fingers crossed.
An hour later on Saturday afternoon, I served it and believe me when I say - we devoured it to the tiniest bits in the glass. I am sure whipped cream and nuts would take any dessert up a notch but here I believe its the Pineapple syrup from the can that gave it a totally beautiful texture and taste! Imagine a soaked cake... So soft and creamy.