When testing a new recipe, I always follow the recipe to the letter. From there, you can start changing it. A recipe may take a few goes before you get the best results.
This Orange and Almond Cake, on the first attempt, everyone on the TTT (Taste Testing Team) felt that the orange peel on top was too messy and made it difficult to cut. But the flavour of the cake won them over. Comments on the taste were very positive:
"Love the almondy flavour"
"Soooo delicious, my favourite orange cake I've ever had"
"Loves the orange flavour"
"Really love the orange flavour from the peel, I liked that it wasn't too sweet. Loved the zest inside the cake. Pretty sure it will be even better on day 2"
On the second attempt, I decided to only do one layer of orange slices on top. These were cut slightly thicker in order for them to hold their shape. There was also the addition of toasted almonds on top. Cooking times were also adjusted, along with when the syrup and topping were applied. Here's what the TTT had to say now:
"It's not as orangy as last time, but looks beautiful"
"Really nice, really moist and tasty. I liked the presentation of the orange, but I'm not that keen on the almonds but not sure what would be better"
"A lot tastier than last week, fluffy, moist, great cake, liked the almonds"
"Liked the crunchy almonds and the orange. Much better than last week. Moistness right through the cake, loved the taste of the cake"
"Delicious cake very moist and yummy, a big fan"
See next week's letter for the final attempt!
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Cheese & Bacon
Muffins Strong cheese & bacon flavour - an ideal savoury snack. These are delicious! The most popular muffin of all! 12 regular muffins =
Blueberry Crumble Cake A light batter – scattered with blueberries and topped with a crunchy almond crumble.
Fantastic for tea or dessert! 23cm round =
Afghan Biscuits Crunchy cornflakes in a traditional chocolate biscuit topped with chocolate icing. 20 biscuits =
$30 (with walnuts)
$26 (without walnuts)
Almond Banana Loaf A nutritious sugar free loaf Ideal for the health conscious.Can be made gluten free 9 x 19cm =
$28 or GF $30
Gluten Free Afghan Biscuits This is a gluten free version of a traditional favourite that everyone loves. 20 biscuits =
$32 (with walnuts)
$28 (without nuts)
Oaty Squares This crisp and chewy oat and coconut slice is a winner with the whole family
– this is still one of the favourite slices of my tall teenager! 23 x 33cm =
THIS WEEK'S BONUS Oaty Caramel Slice The slice that everyone goes bonkers over! Made with oats and coconut, it has a wonderful layer of caramel in the middle. 20cms x 24cms = $28