Estimation Nation, baking by guesswork!
How good are you at guesswork? Let’s see. Could you cut a cake into equal slices? Of course. Buy enough apples for a family sized apple crumble? Almost certainly. Bake cupcakes or scones with just a list of ingredients and no scales or measuring cups? Not on your Nelly!
That was the challenge set by Smart Energy GB for a kitchen full of food and parenting bloggers recently. Just a little background for you, to set the scene.
Smart Energy are championing Smart Meters. No one would stand for estimated bills from the supermarket, so why have we put up with estimation of bills from energy companies for so long?
- Near real time information, in pounds and pence, showing you what you are spending on gas and electricity.
- Accurate bills – no more estimates. You can be confident that you are only paying for what you have actually used.
- Improved visibility around gas and electricity use so you can reap instant rewards from energy-saving changes in your home, or choose to keep the heating on when you need to, without the fear of an unknown bill.
So how did we fare with our Estimation Nation challenge? Set by Ian Cumming (from THAT baking competition) we had to bake a set of chocolate and raspberry cupcakes complete with cream cheese icing and a batch of cheese scones.
With the support of my partner for the challenge, Pretty Edible Stylist we managed to produce plates of food that were both edible and pretty. Whilst we didn’t win “Best in show”, we didn’t get the wooden spoon either. It just goes to show that you can get close with an estimate but accuracy is better for all.
I’ll be posting the recipes we made by estimation as well as a more accurate version later in the week, along with the video from my GoPro too!
Photos are either mine or from O’Connor Photography as stated.