If you have read my blog over the past couple of months, you will know all about my disastrous baking skills. I can’t bake, I hate baking and really, I shouldn’t be allowed to bake – but all in the name my office Ultimate Bake Off, I had to try. So over the past couple of months, I have trial baked streusel cupcakes that were so dry you needed a glass of water to eat them, angel cake that tasted suspiciously like an omelette and lemon slices that were so tart they gave you a temporary facelift. It was clear that I needed to reassess my skills and keep it familiar and simple with a tried-and-tested winner, something I grew up with – South African milktart (if you have never tried it, it’s a delicate vanilla and cinnamon flavoured custard tart, it’s pretty much foolproof). I am relieved to say that minimal tantrums were thrown in the kitchen and it ended up being a great hit at work! If you are a skilled baker, you could do this with your hands tied behind your back, if like me, you are reluctant and rubbish with a flour sift, then you will find this a complete doddle, but either way, the results are delicious!
Do you have traditional family recipes?