Thinking about testing always makes me think of one of Tom Hanks's many SNL appearances, the one in which he played Wayne's cousin Barry, who was a roadie for Aerosmith, and gave a demonstration of his job by doing a mic check ("check, check, sibilance, sibilance"). I digress.
This week's cookbook challenge is another Isa and Terry week. I spent all of my new-recipe-making energy on Terry testing, so I'm cheating and saying I did them for the challenge. Let's be honest, the only Isa/Terry book I haven't already made loads from is the cookie book (well, and the pie book, but that just came out), and I really don't need to make a bunch of different cookies (especially after my week-long cookie-fest in which I made 3 types of chocolate chip cookies).
I ended up making five testers this week:
For dessert, we both got caramel hot chocolate, which was delicious, and I got the gingerbread. I was really excited to eat it based on my previous experience, but they've already changed it. This one came out floating in a puddle of really thin custard with no chocolate sauce. It was still good, but not mouthgasmic like the last time (and the presentation, which I usually don't care about, was sub-par). The custard wasn't as flavourful, the cake was flatter and seemed less fresh (which isn't surprising since the last time I know they'd just baked it), and it didn't come together as well without the chocolate. I'll maybe skip this if we're not having it as a post-dinner dessert - I'm hoping that they just didn't try as hard because it was a lunchtime thing.
I'll be doing more testing next week, and I'll also be attempting Irn Bru cookies. Let's hope they work better than the cupcakes.