For the month of November, we get to select the order in which we make our FFwD recipes. I decided to start with cake! I think that's probably a metaphor for my life. When I saw this recipe in Dorie's book, I was excited to try it, as I'm a closet Cream of Wheat lover. Growing up, my mom made Fried Mush for breakfast on weekends. If you've never had Fried Mush, you actually haven't lived.
It's easy to make. Friday night, cook a pot of cream of wheat and then pour it into a rectangular buttered pan and put it in the fridge overnight. Saturday morning, slice the now firm cream of wheat into 3 inch squares and remove from pan. Dip each piece in an egg wash and then in flour. Fry in a skillet with oil and/or butter until golden brown on each side. Serve slathered in butter and syrup. Prepare to be kissed by whoever you have served it to.
Dorie's cake is a little more sophisticated than my mom's Fried Mush, and it's every bit as yummy. You just make the cake batter, make caramel...put them together in a baking pan and bake. If you want the full recipe (which you do, trust me)...buy Dorie's book!
Making caramel turned out not to be as hard as I thought it would be. Just let the water, sugar and lemon boil for a few minutes. When it starts to turn color, you want to watch it closely. It only takes a few moments and then it's ready!
|Cake batter ready for the oven|
|Baking, starting to rise|
|Waiting to be flipped|
|Isn't that lovely!|
|Up close, and oh so personal!|
Wondering what everyone else at FFwD made this week? Check them out here.