In Week 2 I selected to try the Elizabethan cook-along recipe for Jumbals.
Here are my Jumbals (which turned out to be a fail btw)
The dough came together well.
Forming the knots, didn’t go so well for me, the dough was very soft and kept breaking so I just made them cross overs.
Putting into boiling water was not overly successful, they were disintegrating rapidly!
A mess went into the oven and a mess came out of the oven. I didn’t cook them as long as the recipe said because I could see that it wasn’t going to make a difference so took them out when the tops were sort of dry so I could have a taste.
Not a success. Didn’t even give them to the dogs.
A friend asked me if I would try again and the answer is no.
I made the pastry by using a pre-packaged pastry mix that all I had to do was add the water to combine. Saved rubbing butter into flour!
I used Ricotta, cheddar and cottage cheese for the filling and while the recipe called for pounding it with a mortar and pestle I again took the easy way and used a stick blender to ‘pound’ the cheeses into a paste. I used an Australian mountain pepper mix for the spices.
A bit of fancy decoration and the pie goes into the oven.
I was very surprised at how it rose in the cooking process. It smelt wonderful coming out of the oven.
It looked great when cut it and I can see that the ‘rise’ was all air.
The pie tasted great and was even better the next day as a cold slice.
I was very impressed with the simplicity of making the pie and the great taste that resulted.
Take 12 photos on the 12th day of the month. This is my day on 12th February 2011. Today is a Saturday and I have no plans or need to go anywhere today. I visited with my neighbours Trevor and Audrey, did some cooking and gave a gnome a ride home