Sunday, November 27, 2011

November Daring Bakers: Sans Rival

Catherine of Munchie Musings was our November Daring Bakers’ host and she challenged us to make a traditional Filipino dessert – the delicious Sans Rival cake! And for those of us who wanted to try an additional Filipino dessert, Catherine also gave us a bonus recipe for Bibingka which comes from her friend Jun of Jun-blog.
Hello, my name is Kat, and I'm a prodigal blogger.
Actually, I heard on the radio today, but haven't otherwise verified it yet, that prodigal means to be welcomed back. If they don't take you back with a feast of fatted pig or lamb or whatever, you're not prodigal, you're just back.
We moved.
The internets came on just last night.
My job, after the move was complete, was decreased by 75%.
Things are, shall we say, up in the air?
Oh, and we got a dog.
So tonight, I thought I could just eke out the November challenge. I did the October challenge, and I'll post about that later. I couldn't at the time because all my internet accounts were hacked. That was fun. Don't use one password, no matter how strong, for multiple (or all) your accounts. One site gets hacked, evil people get your password, and they have fun playing with all your other accounts.
I thought I could just eke out the November challenge tonight after a full day's worth of moving. And an oven that doesn't work. I had my ten eggs, I had my almonds, I had a couple of hours before I could justify crashing into bed...
I whipped up my meringue to perfection. Then I added the nuts. Instead of folding the nuts into my beautiful bowl of my last ten eggwhites, I spaced out and turned the mixer back on. Faster than you can say "oh heck," or something similar, the entire bowl deflated into a puddle of liquid.
Did I mention our new house is out in the country? Yeah. No way to convince my little hens to squeeze out another ten eggs, and no way to get back into town to buy any to repeat the challenge.
I poured the slop into a greased cake pan, instead of spreading fluffy layers of meringue onto my carefully drawn circles on parchment paper. I threw it in the oven and walked away. About an hour and a half later, Mr. Boom appeared and asked about the cake.
The cake?
Oh heck! The cake!
(again, the word heck may have been replaced by another, stronger, and perhaps whole string of other words)
I took it out of the oven, tipped it over a cooling rack, and out thumped something that looked surprisingly tasty, if not that pretty.
I added some leftover cranberry sauce (homemade, of course) and called it a dessert.
People, it may be a wreck, but it's tasty.
Hopefully, this wreck of a house and my wrecked job will be at least as tasty. Or whatever.
Oh. To see what a Sans Rival is supposed to look like, and to get the wonderful recipe for yourself, go here.


  1. You have a very eventful life these past months and looks like the DB challenge also followed suit.
    Guess it will take some settling in to get everything back to routine. Good luck.
    A tasty wreck is always better than a complete disaster. :)

  2. I think anyone who has baked has learned that baking waits for no one and is a demanding beast that doesn't like to share your attention with other things. The important point is that it was tasty & you enjoyed it :)

  3. Uuuuphf! Sounds buuusy & I know how that feels when on top of it all you just wanna bake something and then it turns out bleh, hehe. Next time!
    At least the cake was tasty & not a total waste :D

  4. Oh My! It's all happening for you. And not happening for you also. So do you shift the hives and how is that done? I think you have another post coming on...

  5. I love this post, and I love your ordeal. Next time will be a charm!!

  6. I love what you did, you didn't give up on your deflated eggs and still baked it into another dessert equally delicious. Hats off to you, Kat!