Saturday, February 18, 2017

Chook update

In 2016 we added 2 black Araucana bantams to our flock. At least they are both supposed to Araucanas, but only one lays green eggs and has the rose comb of the breed. The other lays white eggs and has a pointy comb, so she must be a mutt. The one with the pointy crown is (Queen) Elsa, and her sister is Anna (naturally)).

On Cup Day 2016 (1 November, or the first Tues in November, our first hatched chicken joined the flock. We got some fertile eggs so our broody Wyandotte Caramel and Anna could hatch them. Fortunately the one Red Ancona that made it turned out to be a girl. Her name is Bing Bunny chicken.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pavlova quest part III

The quest continues! Here's the outcome of the Christmas 2016 bake, using the quantities and method described in part II, but tweaking the cook times.

134g egg whites
X1.65 = 220g caster sugar

Beat egg whites and pinch sugar to soft peaks
Add sugar gradually on speed 6
3-4 mins

Increase speed to 10 and beat 5-6 mins

Preheat oven to 130
Shelf = position 4 (second from bottom)
Turn down to 110 and set to bottom element only
After 45 mins turn down to 90
Bake 90 min

Pretty good, cracking minimal, but still large air gap at top so still baked too long
See photo, but this was taken after I pushed the top in to fill it with cream