Flat Chocolate Bread

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Totally flat and not tasty Chocolate Bread
Batch #1 of 2

Batch #2 of 2. Again, flat as a board.
Note the photo from the cookbook in the back. Tall, Tall! Risen, Risen!

Coming off my rugelach disaster, I thought I would go back to cakes. I like cakes. Cakes have been good to me.

I decided to go back to the bible. No, not the Jesus bible, but the Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. She is the guru of cakes and I needed a guide.

Started out with some yummy ingredients...butter, CAKE flour, and a mixture of Dutch-processed cocoa, water, eggs and vanilla.

Okay. Actually, I am writing this entry while praying. (Praying to the both the Jesus Bible and the Cake Bible!) After work, I make the first batch of Chocolate Bread...and totally messed up. (No shock there!)

I used all-purpose flour instead of cake flour. The cake ended up totally flat!!

So, right now, a second batch of Chocolate Bread is in the oven. However, on both of them, I'm not sure things are going to turn out like the really pretty photo in the book. The recipe says the batter should fill the pan up to 1/2" of the top. But I ended up (on both batches) with batter that left 2" remaining in the pan.

Beep. Beep. Timer's up.


The second batch came out of the oven. Flat as my chest.
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