New Year, New Skills
Calum M
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The new year is an excellent time to try something new. With that thought in mind I'd like to share a skill I have with you guys, in the hope of helping someone out

Do you guys have any skills you can pass on to me? Please, feel free to share.
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Bake a Victoria Sponge:

This is the easiest cake to bake. If you don't know how to bake, give this a go.

- Take a cake tin (around 7 inches in diameter will do)

- Take 2 eggs and weigh them in their shells. Note down this weight.

- Weigh out the same weight of self-raising flour, sugar and butter as the egg.

- Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and mix together, until it's all fully mixed and creamy. You don't need any special equipment to do this, you can do it with a fork.

- Crack your eggs into another container and add, a bit at a time, to the butter/sugar mixture, mixing in as you go.

- Mix in the flour.

- Use a bit of extra butter to grease round all of the inside of your cake tin. If you can be bothered it's also worth cutting a piece of greaseproof paper to cover the bottom of the cake tin - stick the paper down onto the butter at the bottom and then grease the top of the paper as well. If you do this, make sure the paper doesn't go up the sides at all.

- Scoop your cake mixture into the tin, spread it out ans smooth it down a little.

- Place the cake tin into the centre of an oven preheated to 180C (350F) and keep the oven door closed for 20 minutes.

- After this time check your cake, stick a skewer of some kind into it (a knife or chopstick will do). If it comes out clean, the cake is ready, if it comes out with cake on it, stick it back in the oven for another 5 or 10 minutes.


And that's it. The wonderful thing about this is that you don't even have to follow the instructions that strictly. If you mix the ingredients together in the wrong order or in the wrong way it will probably still work.

The only hard and fast rules are:

- Make sure everything's mixed together properly
- Don't open the oven door for 20 minutes after the cake has been put in.

Now, I know that kitchens in the USA often don't have scales as recipes tend to be by volume rather than weight with you guys. Does anyone have a simple cake recipe they could share that works for people without scales?

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