Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cake (Fail) Wednesday

Nothing like the idea of a cosy winter afternoon whipping up a batch of warm, cinnamony scrolls to enjoy with a steaming cuppa. Nothing like the whiff of "burnt!" wafting through the kitchen to shatter your comforting Nigella-illusions.  They turned out more like rock cakes without so much cake in it *sad face* . But as consolation, the dough was delicious (use cinnamon and choc chips as the comments suggest) and I'm going to try again tomorrow, on a slightly lower heat. Or, I might just make the dough again and eat that.

Apple & Sultana Scrolls

(quite obviously, that is not my picture)

Melted butter, to grease
300g (2 cups) self-raising flour
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
1/4 tsp mixed spice (cinnamon!)
60g chilled butter, cubed
125ml (1/2 cup) milk
65g (1/3 cup) sultanas (or a handful of choc chips)
Plain flour, to dust
1 large (about 200g) granny smith apple, peeled, cored, coarsely grated

chocolate icing
45g (1/4 cup) icing sugar mixture
1 tbs cocoa powder
1 tbs milk


Preheat oven to 200°C (nooo! don't! remember the oven gets over-excited and doesn't need to be so hot!). Brush a baking tray with melted butter to lightly grease.

Place flour, sugar and mixed spice in a large bowl. Use your fingers to rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre and add the milk and sultanas. Use a round-bladed knife in a cutting motion to mix until evenly incorporated and the mixture just comes together. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead for 2 minutes or until smooth.

Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out dough into a 25 x 30cm rectangle. Sprinkle with apple. Starting from the long side, firmly roll dough into a log. Trim the ends (and eat them. Yummm). Cut crossways into twelve 2cm thick slices. Arrange scrolls cut-side up, side by side on prepared tray.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.

Meanwhile, to make the chocolate icing, combine the icing sugar and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Add the milk and stir until combined and smooth.

Drizzle scrolls with chocolate icing and serve immediately.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's results. If it's a fail, I'm sticking to failsafe apple muffins and nothing else.

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