Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TWD: Swedish Visiting Cake

If you read last week's post about my oven. You heard my tale of woes. I won't bore you again with the details except to tell you I want to bake in the worst way. As luck would have it (and with my strong desire to bake) the buzz about this cake all week on Twitter and our P&Q was that this cake was easy and fabulous. I was disappointed to say the least.

When I opened my Google reader this morning it was filled with posts about the Swedish Visiting Cake and how wonderful and easy it was to make. One of the first ones I read was my friend Clara, IHeartFood4Thought. Even though being sick she was able to whip up a few MINI Swedish Visiting TARTS! And the light bulb went off. My toaster oven has a bake setting. Certainly my cast iron skillet wouldn't fit inside (actually, its home is on top!) but I could fit a mini tart pan in my toaster oven!

To say I was determined was an understatement. I went to work thinking about nothing except my plan. I couldn't wait to get home. And as luck would have that, I had a very short day at the account closest to my house.

I think this may be my most memorable TWD, The One With the Toaster Oven! And of course my friends on twitter did not disappoint. This cake was super easy to whip up. To quote our hostess this week, "If you can stir with a spoon, you've got this cake made."

Our hostess this week is Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs. You can find the full recipe on her blog. Thanks, Nancy, for a great selection to help me find the motivation I needed this week!

Edit: I was so excited to post this and tell everyone about my great experience I left out a few details. I made a 1/2 recipe and got 3 4.5" tarts. On the bake setting on my toaster oven I still baked them at 350 but only for 20 minutes since they were mini. And if you are on the fence at all about making this let me just tell you from start to finish, including taking pictures and writing this post, I think I used a total of an hour and a half of my day. And it tastes fantastic!


CB said...

Omg. Talk about determination baking! Love that you made mini tarts in your toaster oven. They turned out golden brown and beautiful. Did you make the full recipe? Just curious how many tarts you got? What size was your tart pan? I got 3-4inch tarts with 1/2 the recipe.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

You DID IT!!! I'm so impressed that you made this work, and how fast you baked, took pix, and wrote the post. Clearly I need to take lessons from you. And get a toaster oven. Those things come in handy! Great job, I'm glad you were able to bake along with me this week.

Flourchild said...

Yipeee for Swedish cake..I loved it. The only thing I have had Swedish is the candy Swedish fish! Your cake looks so good!

Charli said...

I love your determination. Never let a little thing like lack of an oven keep a TWDer from baking ;) I'm so glad for you that it worked out!!!

Susan said...

I have been thinking about getting a toaster oven, but wasn't sure it would bake right. You have put those fears to rest. Your minis look fabulous!

mike said...

The magic of toaster ovens.. brilliant! They look fantastic - truly! So glad you made them and enjoyed them - and tarts.... that's equally as brilliant! nIcely done!

Tia said...

wow, where there's a will there's a way!

Pamela said...

Beautiful job! Impressive work with the toaster oven, too!

TeaLady said...

Toaster Oven!! What a great idea. Especially with summer coming on. Maybe I need to pull mine out of storage.

Love that you made minis.