It’s true. The Dedes are slowly getting over flour and water and are dreaming of mashed potatoes and dumplings and croquettes. Mouse has already allocated a corner of the garden for the potato patch. But she also has a list of recipes she wants to include in the Artist Survival Cookbook, and there are only three more recipes left to try. Today they decided they will forgo the puff for cream puffs as they are mainly made from egg, with only a little flour and water. So that brings it down to two recipes still to go. Yorkshire pudding and crumb cake. But then they got a recipe from Tony last night for Challah bread and that sounds interesting. So the final count puts it back on three again. That’s how it goes, a never-ending story :).
The weekend is the right time to bake a cake, but when Clown handed his recipe to Mouse they had to discuss whether crumb cake is actually an eligible recipe as it doesn’t contain water but milk. In the end they decided that yes, it could go in the book as it is a very cheap cake to satisfy a sweet tooth. Clown has a lot of experience making it and the crumbs are so delicious that he often picks them off the cake to eat and feeds the base to the chickens. Psst, please don’t tell Mouse as it isn’t the right way to eat the cake. It is very dry though. Clown often adds moisture by chopping a few apples to put on the base under the crumbs. It also goes well with a dollop of ice cream, or just simply cream, and it certainly fills you up.
2.5 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of dry yeast, 200ml of lukewarm milk, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 50 grams of butter.
Crumbs: 1 cup of flour, 3/4 cup of sugar and 100 to 150 grams of butter. Cinnamon (optional)
Pour flour in a bowl. Make a well in the middle, pour in the lukewarm milk and add the yeast and sugar. Let rest until the yeast is foamy. Melt the butter and let cool. When the yeast has developed a foam add the butter and knead everything to a soft dough. Knead well on a flat surface and then put back in the bowl to rest until the dough has doubled in size.
To make the crumbs mix all the ingredients for the crumbs together and knead until they form little balls.
Preheat the oven to 2100C
Once the dough has risen, knead again and roll out to the thickness of a finger. Place on a greased baking tray and sprinkle the crumbs on top. Allow to rise again.
Bake for 15 minutes.