We all have a recipe – even more than one, actually – that we keep on baking over and over again. To experiment is good, but when you have short time and people demanding a cake for breakfast, you want to go for something that won’t fail.
That is the exact situation I was experiencing few days ago, when I was at my mom’s home and the whole family (dogs included) was claming for some cake for breakfast. I had many things to do, as I came back just for few days, but I still wanted to satisfy their sweet tooth. Therefore I started thinking about something quick, breakfast-friendly (aka not too heavy) and…reliable! But I was dithering: to bake exactly the same cake without changing a thing is like going on a trip to see always the same place. You might get bored! That’s why I thought to make a “variation on the theme” of a trusted cake I already had posted months and months ago (Apple, Cranberry and Pine Nut Loaf, find recipe here).
I thought it would have been nice to have a kind of mono-portion, but bigger than a regular muffin tin (when my family has breakfast, they take it seriously and a regular slice of cake is usually a king size one!). Thearfore I thought about baking some mini cakes into few some cast-iron casseroles or cocottes, à la francais! I used three of them and made two with apples, following exactly my previous recipe and for the last one I used pears and chocolate chips.
It was a success and the pear and choco version was really much appreciated! But more important, no one thought it was ‘the same old recipe’…it is true then: we do eat with our eyes! 🙂