Sunday, December 27, 2009

I sacrifice for science

posted Fri, 04 Feb 2005

I learned something important about my oven and baking last night.

Just because two of the three cake layers appear to be done – they pass the toothpick test – does not mean the third layer is done. Even if you have rotated the pans halfway through the baking period to account for hot spots in the oven and airflow differences.

This is not immediately obvious, of course. You don’t notice it until you have taken the cake layers out of the pans, let them cool, then tried to wrap them in plastic wrap.

Then is when the one layer breaks apart.

This is not a complete tragedy. What happens is that it breaks into two large pieces with a middle chunk of gooey, mostly-cooked, dense, fudgy chocolate left over.

That part had to be sacrificed.

It was the only way.

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