Food experiments

For me it’s food experiments in the time of … not a complete lock down due to Covid but we are very much encouraged not to go out unless absolutely necessary.

Buying food is not too much of an issue as most things are one the shelves, though there were a couple of weeks there where people went nuts on their groceries. There are a few price hikes for us but we are coming from a very bad bush fire season that burnt crops to be followed by floods in other areas to take out crops.

For me I had enough stock to tide me over until people settled down, mostly.

One of my experiments came the other night as I had a tin of pineapple with a few sliced left and wanted to use it up. Pineapple upside down cake I thought, nice for dessert but I only had a few slices and there is only the 2 of us to make it for.

So I decided that hey a cake mix is basically self raising flour, egg, milk and sugar, I don’t need to look up a recipe for such a small mix.

By hand I beat a couple of tablespoons of butter and sugar together added vanilla and an egg. Looks ok to me so then I folded in half a cup of SR flour, added a dash of milk and them more flour until I had the consistency I thought felt right for a cake batter.

Sprinkled some brown sugar and a bit of melted butter at the bottom of my small dish, laid on my bits of broken pineapple and topped with my batter.

Baked for about 15ish minutes in my air fryer on 165*C. Turned out onto a dish when cooked then halved for serving bowls.

For someone who usually follows a recipe for cakes my guess work here turned out pretty good I thought. I didn’t quite get my butter sugar ratio correct for the bottom of the dish so it wasn’t as caramelly as it could have been, but it didn’t stick to the bottom of the dish either and of course ice cream on top fixed everything.

Ps … My air fryer is not a big fancy one it just has one mesh basket that drops in from the top and slides into a drawer section. I found a small round cake tin that fits in and I line that with baking paper. If I want a square dish I have a glass one I picked up from Ikea a long time ago that fits in but with the glass and the full dish it’s heavy to pull out of the basket when it’s hot and a tad awkward, but I make do. Love my little cheap air fryer.




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