Jaffas, did someone say Jaffas?
Oh, Jaffa Cakes, I die and go to my happy place with each and every bite! If I am truly honest, I spend quite a large amount of money solely on Jaffa Cakes each month. Misteright says I need to cut down on my Jaffa intake, I say I just needed to make my own. So that is what I did…
…I set about searching for the perfect Jaffa Cake recipe and after looking through search results and finding oversized Jaffas, value Jaffas and metre long sticks of Jaffas, I came across the perfect home made jaffa cake recipe on Baking Mad. I do love the Baking Mad website, when The Boy wants to bake, I can set him up with my iPad in the kitchen and he is able to create many of the sweet treats he loves from there. You know he’ll be cooking me up some treats for Mothers Day!
We, or should I say I followed the recipe, the first part was easy apart from my arm felt like it may actually fall off whilst I was whisking the sugar and the eggs. I don’t have a hand mixer at the moment, I think it may have been best! The batter was light and fluffy and they baked really well and even though my fan assisted oven didn’t get them as golden brown as I would have liked, they actually resembled the base of a jaffa cake. Now, anyone who has ever eaten a jaffa will know that they have that yummy bit of machine inserted jelly placed in the exact centre of the cakey-biscuity base with a thick layer of delicious chocolate that you just have to nibble off first. That bit must be done with a machine. That caused food blogger fail number two. You see, I don’t have a special machine for cutting jelly into neat little circles, nor do I have some magical conveyor belt that seems to hold everything in place so that it all turns out perfect. I have a small scone cutter and a glass chopping board…
…So, it turns out that trying to cut jelly with a scone cutter isn’t a good idea, neither is trying to use a metal biscuit cutter, a knife or even a wooden skewer. Jelly doesn’t like being cut. It has a tendency to fall apart. It seems that jelly can be rather stubborn when you’re trying to make it do something it doesn’t want to be part of. The jelly clearly didn’t want to be a part of any of this. so the step about cutting your jelly into lovely neat 1cm rounds went totally out of the window. In the end, I cheated and bought a ready made pot of orange jelly and cut that into rounds instead. Even this jelly conspired against me and my jaffas.
I melted the chocolate and left it to cool down a little so the jelly wouldn’t melt and then I started to pour it over each one with a spoon. I had done a couple and then I noticed that the jelly didn’t seem to get covered by the chocolate, it was all poking out. So I just poured a bit more chocolate on. This was a fatal error. See, the jelly had slipped a bit when I’d been smothering it with chocolate and then the chocolate had dripped over the sides of each jaffa and the end result looked nothing at all like the recipe in their picture. They definitely tasted like jaffas though, even if they looked slightly more kaka than jaffa. They had the cakey/biscuity goodness that I know and love. The jelly inside was actually just the right amount and the chocolate topping was plentiful. Even if there was way more than the recipe called for. They didn’t last very long so it’s good to know that something good came from something that looked bad. Misteright didin’t even get a look in so, I suppose you should never judge a jaffa by it’s topping.
This was an epic food blogger fail, you see even we food bloggers get it wrong sometimes! Even with a recipe marked easy. We can’t all do everything right all the time. That would just be stupid, so I guess that on this occasion, the jaffas need to be added to the concrete bread that broke a fork. On that small pile of food blogger fails…
…you know, the ones we’re not supposed to talk about.
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