Friday, June 8, 2012

The Trouble With Foreign Languages and Poor Eyesight.

My youngest sister is famous for her Strawberry Cake.  In the spring of the year,  we are often treated to this wonderful dessert when at her house.

This Sunday, I have dinner guests coming and this being strawberry season, I emailed 'Sis' to get her recipe.  It is this one.

Recipe in hand I headed to the grocery store.  Cake mix - only a bit of a language problem.  Does  520grams equal 18 1/4 ounces?  Close enough I thought.

The second ingredient gave me more of an issue.  The recipe calls for  - or I thought it did - a 3 oz package of sugar-free strawberry gelatin.

At my small, rural, grocery store, there was one variety only of sugar-free gelatin.  It came in a  10 gram package.  Rural folks are not big on sugar-free.

I dug deep to find my grade school math and came up with
        3 ounces is almost 4 ounces. 
        4 ounces is 1/4 of 16 ounces. 
       16 ounces is one pound. 
       One pound equals 454 grams -one of the few bilingual measurements I know.

So the recipe is looking for a sugar-free gelatin mix of about 112 grams.  That's a far cry from the 10g package on the shelf.

The closest I could get was regular gelatin in an   85gram package,  sugar and all.  85 is closer to 112 and so it would  have to do.  Home I came to bake the cake.  Cake baked and cooling, it occurred to me that it was a bit of a funny story and might make an interesting blog post.

 Recipe in hand I sat down to type.  What did I see?  A dot.  A decimal.  A period.  Call it what you will, it was sitting  smartly in front of the three.  The recipe calls not for  a three ounce package, but a 'point' three ounce package.  What would you like to bet that is close to  ten grams?

Sunday dinner will tell the tale.    It looks like  cake,
but it jiggles like jello.    'Cakello' most likely. 

I intend to smother it in fresh berries.  That should cover my foreign language, poor eyesight cake issues.


Stephanie said...

Oh, that's a great story! As a baker, I'd have thought that 100g of pectin is far far too much... but you don't get that experience without getting used to baking and the correct ratios of one ingredient to the next.

Anonymous said...

That is a good one! Glad to hear things like that don't just happen to me. Bet it will be very tasty as well as having the entertaining jiggle factor!

Paying close attention now to where I sign in to post in the comments section, and I see no mention of not permitting a reply. Funny, eh? Perhaps it's in the settings area of the blogger dashboard?

Hope the group made it to Philosophers and back without incident! Fun times, that yarn shopping - and lunching!


Yarn and Ivories said...

We expect the presentation of the cake and comments from the guests. I wouldn't let on and claim the recipe all my own! But I'm like that. Hope it was delish, of course with fresh strawberries, you can't go wrong.