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lentil dhal, upside down pinapple cake

October 28, 2005

There's good news and bad.

The lentil and onion type dhal thing was not very good. After being doctored at the end with oodles of coriander, salt, lime juice, and extra chilli, it wasn't bad, but it still wasn't good. Using the rice cooker worked out well though.. But, overall, a disappointment! I tried to take a photo but the camera batteries were dead, ho hum.

However the pineapple upside down cake came out brilliantly. Fantastically. It is one hell of a keeper of a recipe in fact. I charged the camera batteries and took a photo the following morning, which I'll upload and post on the weekend. The recipe was a bit of an effort but still fun, heaps of ingredients.. I even remembered when making the recipe that being a US recipe the tablespoon measures were 15ml not 20ml as I'm used to, and modified accordingly.

When the cake came out of the tin to cool, it looked perfect.. just like the picture on Simply Recipes. I was so excited about how good it looked and then started to feel paranoid about could it's taste live up to its excellent looks. But it did. It is hard to describe, it was sweet but not too sweet, had a mild citrusy taste, the almond and vanilla combination was delicious, the texture was lovely (I had been worried it would be too dense), the only change I would make was to serve a dollop of cream on the side!

The birthday boy was surprised and really liked it, I was pleased with myself all day. I am not much of a cake baker so this is easily my best effort yet and tempts me to keep trying.. I received a women's weekly celebration cakes cookbook free with another cook book some time ago and am quite keen to try one of their "professional" type cakes.. Maybe the carrot cake.

Posted by lee_taylor at October 28, 2005 08:59 AM