Hello there, cooking challenge fans! We're the newbies and we're totally excited that our first post is fictional food! We started out looking in the Dr. Seuss Cookbook I was given for inspiration. We got an idea and we're diving right in! But this is our first time, so please excuse us if our first post is a little SCHLOPPY!
Granola schlopp definitely gets points for looking a great de
al like the one in the book, given the funny sideways shape of it and all, and I appreciate the cookbook's attempt to get kids eatin
g healthy. But really...granola is far from the gooey goodness that seems to slosh in the bowl. So we got to searching to really make it our own. And we came up with something zany and whimsical that is sure to make Dr. Seuss (and the rest
of us) happy. Ah, but first! The cake! (It does have to cool after all. And the hour is late.)
We're using the Better Homes and Gardens recipe for Yellow Cake. We've never made this one before, but I love their chocolate cake, so here it goes!
Ingredients (from left to right):
3/4 butter, 3 eggs, 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1-3/4 cups sugar, 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1-1/4 cups milk
We'll leave out all the boring instructions on how to mix the cake, (though it goes without saying that actually mixing the cake is not boring...) so we'll skip to everyone's favorite part. You wish you were here with us right now.
It seems a little thicker than Aldi box cake, but we remain hopeful. Homemade is supposed to
be better, after all.
Alright. Now on to the SCHLOPP! Now, the illustration looks like pure whipped cream. But that's not very inventive. And people don't sit and eat just whipped cream for dessert. (Though perhaps it could be argued that you should....) We wanted something to carry a similar texture that sounded more "schloppy." Maybe light, fluffy, and...gooey? After much searching online, we decided on banana marshmallow fluff. There are no reliable pictures of banana marshmallow fluff a la schlopp online, so we are gonna go ahead and claim to be the first. (Hopefully there is not a void of pictures for some good reason.)
Here are the ingredients, again, from left to right: 32 large marshmallows (1/2 lb.). 1/2 cup evaporated milk, 1/4 cup water, 1 diced banana, 2/3 cup whipping cream, 2 tbsp. lemon juice
Call it intuition, call it mis-reading the ingredient list
(and I'm only realizing this as I'm telling you about it),
but we went with a full pound of marshmallows and well-blended banana. Oh, well. I'm pretty happy that the recipe calls for whipped cream as an ingredient, since I've never made it before. (I'm a late-bloomer, alright?) Turns out it's insultingly easy. Turn on blender; turn off blender. I'm excited, anyway.
Pat says cooking the marshmallow mixture down will take FOREVER. As we're doing it, though, I'd say it's taking about 5 minutes. Not bad. Here are before, during, and after pictures of the marshmallow-cooking. Gooey? Yes!
The instructions say to chill this mixture "until set." We have no idea what the "chilled" version will look like and intend to use the extra whipping cream (since it's going so well) to add definition to our final schlopp shape. But I'm still curious if I can completely out-do the granola version and want to see about getting it into that strange shape on its own. Letting it chill in a plastic or rubber glove sounds like a good idea, but we realize we don't own any. Pat says he'll make a trip out for it, but I want to MacGuyver it. "I'll make something myself," I say, and grab a ziplock bag, scissors, and the sealer. Turns out, the sealer is too hot for ziplock bags. Wrong kind of gooey. Bummer.
So we set out to just get a good base shape that would fit in the container we went out and bought for the occasion. Perhaps it's because we accidentally doubled the main ingredient, but we have a LOT of fluff for experimentation! These three containers seemed able to fit down in the dish and yet stick out above it. (You have no idea how many failed attempts preceded these!) Quick! Take a poll in your house. Which container do you think we'll choose?
We're storing them lop-sided in the fridge to try to get the lop-sided shape in the picture. With that, Pat's retiring to the couch to wait, apparently. But look! He's falling asleep even as I'm writing about it! I guess it's time for everyone and everything to just chill. You can take a nap, too, if you want. We'll finish this up tomorrow.