Sunday, 14 July 2013

When we were little the whole family got together for Christmas at my grandmother's house. This meant four families would travel to Jeffrey's Bay and overindulge in one another's company. The greatest part of going was playing the game of who could spot the ocean first. The second greatest was Dirkie. Dirkie were tubes of flavoured condensed milk that we could suck on for the hours and hours that it would take to get to the sea from Pretoria. Oh Dirkie. And then, suddenly, Dirkie was gone from the shelves.

Today my mom came home, and in memory of Dirkie I baked a condensed milk cake. I am not sure of this cake. It is very dense and tastes ok, but it didn't feel airy enough, or light enough. However, I think that maybe the appeal of this cake. If you prefer plain, simple cakes that lean more to the dry side then this is the one for you. If you like your cakes moist and fudgy, don't try this one. I kind of felt like the cake was a waste of a good can of condensed milk. And I cut myself with the tin's lid, so it might have been smarter to simply punch a whole in the tin and suckle on condensed milk for a week than to try change it into something baked.

Here is the recipe if you want to try it yourself, via Dr Ola:

Ingredients: (8 pieces)

1 can condensed, sweetened milk (400 gm)
4 Eggs
1 cup Flour (150 gm)
1/2 Teaspoon Baking powder
50 gm melted Butter + 1 Tablespoon for brushing the Cake form.


Preheat the oven to 175°C
Prepare your 22 cm Cake pan ( better a ring form ) by brushing it with 1 table spoon butter & spreading flour.
With an electric mixer, mix all ingredients (milk, eggs,flour,baking powder & melted Butter) till smooth then add them to the cake pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes (or less according to the Cake thickness).
Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top & serve with fruit sauce or fresh fruits.

This is another link to a condensed milk cake, but it is basically just double the one above. And 8 eggs sounds like a sh*tload.


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