I've had a hard time thinking of topics to write about. My muse is faltering, and at some point the daily dramas of the frozen north aren't even interesting to me anymore. Inspiration, however, has perhaps struck.
Back in February I set out to achieve a lifelong ambition - to take a cake decorating class. At the very first class I laid eyes on it... "The Cake Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum. An illustrated guide ranging from basic pound cake to tiered towers of magnificent fondant, it not only addresses recipes but also the chemistry of baking. I'm already captivated by the book. (After all, who other than a fanatic reads a cookbook cover-to-cover?) Maybe, I contemplated, I have a new ambition: bake my way through "The Cake Bible".
This will not just be about cakes; I figure I can weave some fandom into it. Canon is filled with food after all. And, of all the characters I can see undertaking this effort, Hermione seems the most likely to meticulously make her way through a book dedicated to the science of baking. So, this will be the Hermione/Rose Project.
In my first installment, I have dubbed the Cordon Rose Banana Cake the Weasleys' Favorite Banana Cake. Requiring just basic ingredients, including overripe bananas destined for the compost heap, this baked up quickly with a perfect brown crust. Lightly sweet and almost fluffy on the inside, Beranbaum is dead on when she says this cake doesn't require frosting. While the Weasleys would probably scarf through at least 2 or 3 of these 9" round cakes, they could do so without taxing Molly's time or budget. In fact, given that Beranbaum throws out the time honored tradition of creaming butter & sugar in favor of throwing ingredients in the mixer (in a specific order), this recipe could probably even be tackled by the boys. If they wanted to. Or they could just wait for Molly to do it.
Note: Please email me if you would like the recipe for any cake you see. While I would encourage you to buy a copy of "The Cake Bible" for your library, recipes are not copyrighted material, and I will happily send you the easier ones. (In other words, I am not sending out instructions on how to assemble three tiered wedding cakes.)