Successful Baking Lesson For Zero Cook Husband

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Lovely brownies

Lovely brownies

Ever thought of teaching a zero cook to bake? Especially if he is your husband!!! Definitely not in my entire world! I have always heard people said that you should never teach your own spouse to learn something. You may risk ending up in the divorce court! A friend of mine has been pestering her husband to bring her for more driving practices but without success. Her husband told her that it is too high a risk to take! He would rather pay the driving instructor to give his wife more lessons. Smart man….hmmm.

‘YES’ Or ‘NO’

Well, my husband has been pestering me over the weeks to teach him how to bake. BUT….teaching an engineer how to bake??? Someone who doesn’t cook??? I would be out of my mind to say ‘yes’. My patience will be put to the BIGGEST test!! He has been much inspired by my blog that I actually wonder whether he is finally interested to learn how to cook and bake. If that’s the case, it’s all worth it. So, there it went and I swallowed hard and said, ‘YES’!

Self-inflicted Nightmare

Instantly, my self-inflicted nightmare began. Is he going to ask too many silly questions? Is he going to follow instructions? What cake am I going to teach him? Will he stomp off half way? Will he forget to check the time? Is he going to argue with me? Are we going to end up quarrelling…etc etc? But he had given me a lot of assurances to be a very good student. How sweet! But can I believe? Finally I decided to stay cool and calm and just trust that everything will turn out fine. It’s a risk worth taking. I’ve always been a risk-taker. Just another time.

Love And Patience

After dinner and watched some news, the baking lesson started….at about 10pm. By the time he lined the tin, his watch showed about 10.05pm. I chose my easiest, moist, brownie which is also his favourite. This is going to be a make or break baking lesson for him and for me. If this cake doesn’t turn out successful, then I guess it’s probably going to be the last baking lesson for him. I kept reminding myself to exercise my utmost patience. That’s what love is all about…..patience and endurance….haha.

First of all, he has to set the oven at 200 degress Celsius to heat up first. Then he has to line the lamington tin with baking paper.

line the lamington tin with baking paper

line the lamington tin with baking paper

Ingredients A (to melt)
250g butter
240g dark chocolate (break it up into pieces)
1C brown sugar

Put chocolate, butter and sugar into a pot to melt

Put chocolate, butter and sugar into a pot to melt

Put Ingredients A into a medium cooking pot and melt it under slow fire. Stir every now and then. While doing this, proceed to beat up Ingredients B.

Ingredients B (to beat)
5 eggs
1C sugar
1/4t salt
1t vanilla

Put everything into a bowl and beat with a whisk until combined. Add to the mixture above.

Ingredients C
1c flour

Add flour to chocolate mixture

Add flour to chocolate mixture

Finally add the flour to the chocolate mixture and stir to mix well. Pour into the lamington tin and bake for about 15-20 minutes. It is cooked if a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool it down before cutting.

beautifully bakes brownies

beautifully baked brownies

Was it a success? It was!!! Just look at the picture. It was not overbaked at all. There were some holes but that’s perfectly fine for a first timer. It’s due to the way he stirred when he added the flour. I think the holes made the cake looked special. My husband was SO HAPPY that he finally made a cake and couldn’t wait to bring to office the next day to share with his friends. He is already asking to make his second favourite cake….banana cake!!

What a HUGE relief for me! I’m extremely happy too. I had such an awesome student! It really made my day. We had so much fun making it together. This cake is a very good one for first timer. The cake was out of the oven by 10.35pm. So, from beginning to end, it only took about 30 minutes. That’s fast.

My greatest joy…..I can now pass the dessert item to my husband each time we invite friends over for a meal. I am now convinced that it is possible to teach a zero cook to bake.

Do you like to eat cakes? Do you bake? Have you taught someone how to bake? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Quote of the day……

‘It’s not what the situation is, it’s what we make of the situation.’

Zig Ziglar


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10 Comments

Divina  on October 4th, 2009

The greatest evidence of love is sacrifice. :) You’ve been patient and you showed your love to your husband by teaching him how to bake. Now, he has something to contribute to potluck parties. I haven’t really taught someone how to bake. I guess teaching my nephew how to make a banana cake is considered teaching. I would actually love to teach students but in a small group only.

Yes, I bake. I love a chocolate ganache cake or white chocolate cheesecake. Anything with chocolate. At buffet, there’s always room for desserts. :)

claire  on October 4th, 2009

hi Mary.. teaching a zero cook to cook is easier than teaching a minus zero cook like me… lol… i really dont have a “baking talent”…at least your husband have u as a teacher.. i guess i have to pay for my own cooking classes.. lol…

TasteHongKong  on October 4th, 2009

I was just about to move away from my computer, but this post had enticed me to stay. You both are great.

The Cooking Ninja  on October 4th, 2009

I love cakes and I love baking. :) My hubby is my biggest fan and he bakes only 1 cake that he loves. I’m teaching my 3 year old to bake. :) She’s having lots of fun and yes lots of patience with her too.

Blackswan  on October 4th, 2009

Most of my friends don’t cook so I get a lot of silly questions & funny incidents from them. But it’s fun & I enjoy the challenges. Thks for the interesting story :)

Mary  on October 4th, 2009

@Divina - You are very right, my hubby can now contribute to pot-luck, house dinners or any other functions….haha. Really nice to hear that you would love to teach others. I’m sure you can as you know how to cook and you have already taught your nephew how to bake banana cake. You will have fun. Many people will appreciate what you do.

@Claire - is there a minus zero cook….lol. Come…I’ll teach you & prove to you that there’s no minus zero cook…haha. You will surprise yourself.

Mary  on October 4th, 2009

@TasteHongKong - Thanks for comment. I hope you enjoyed the article and try out the cake.

@TheCookingNinja - Great to know your husband loves your cakes and bakes too. That’s so sweet! And wow….teaching a 3 yr old to bake? That’s just amazing. I must tell my friends who have little kids to start teaching them how to bake. A good time for bonding.

@Blackswan - Hey, you must be very popular among your friends since they don’t cook. It’s really lovely to know you enjoy cooking. Agree with you that cooking is fun. I love it too.

Jeena  on October 5th, 2009

He did a great job! :-)

kristy  on October 6th, 2009

Hey Mary, your husband is good! My husband too an engineer, he can cook but he can’t bake. By the way, he is too busy to do so and I don’t feel like teaching him any baking lesson either. Absolutely NO! Later, what happen if he wanted to take over my little kitchen and make a mess out of it….OH NO!!! ha ha ha

Mary  on October 6th, 2009

@kristy - Thanks so much for sharing. I’m utterly amused when you mentioned that he may take over the kitchen!! It didn’t cross my mind…haha. Time for me to lay down some kitchen rules…hehe.

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