I have now lived in Malta for three months. Three months in a shared apartment with a very basic equipped kitchen. Three months without any fancy cooking or baking.
To be honest, I was pretty fine with that. But then, out of a littlebit of boredom, I got into Pinterest again. I started to look for recipes. And my fingers started to itch – I just needed to at least get into very basic baking again.
Back at home, my kitchen is equipped nearly to the max. So it is actually not a bad thing to downsize things a littlebit.
Today I spoiled myself and went shopping: I got myself a mixer.
I bought a mixer! I am so excited!
This coming from a woman who prides herself having and heavily using her super-multiple-purpose kitchen machine.
To start off my Maltese baking career, I chose a carrot cake.
A couple of reasons spoke for this choice:
- A carrot cake stays moist and lovely for quite a while.
- My flatmate and boss Ian hates bananas. A banana bread would have been my first choice. But that would have not been nice.
- My second flatmate Joe adores carrot cakes. So I could be sure that somebody would eat it.
So I decided on a cake and I got my mixer. Next challenge: Shopping for baking ingredients in a foreign country.
That does not sound very hard? Well, it is. I have NEVER heard of self-raising flour before. It still landet in my cart as I couldn’t find baking soda. And I have never ever used vanilla extract, only (real) vanilla sugar.
Weird stuff. But hey, you gotta try it!
However, my carrot cake turned out to be pretty good. Very moist, yummie. It’s easy to make and doesn’t take a long time. Give it a go, you will love it!