I’m still catching up on pictures that I took and meant to turn into blog posts. This episode dates to early December, when I wanted to bake mini loaves of applesauce cake for each of the remaining coworkers in my department. (When you go from 9 coworkers to 4 in one year, you can make them nicer Christmas treats.) For some reason, I always think there’s a set of mini loaf pans somewhere in my kitchen, but there never actually is. I scrounged up one smallish glass pan that would work, but my smallish metal pan was still just a little too large. And I didn’t want to make full-size loaves for everyone, since it would have seemed a bit excessive, given my department customs.
So I got some tinfoil, crumpled it up, then wrapped it in more tinfoil to make a smooth block to fill in one end of the pan.
I poured the batter in, and baked. While baking, it looked OK.
However, when I removed the block, I realized the block had floated up a bit as batter seeped under it, so the loaf had a small funky side bit.
Although I was able to trim the side bit off, and it looked reasonably OK.
So for the second loaf I baked, this time I wrapped some tinfoil over the top of the block and around the edges of the pan to make sure it couldn’t float up.
This time it worked out with almost no seepage, and the amount I had to trim off the side was so minimal, that the loaf looked really good. You’ll just have to trust me on this though; somehow I forgot to take a final picture.