Ben Mackay tells us a bit about baking with the guys at the house.
We have not looked back since then. Whenever I visit the house on the Monday rota I get there earlier so as to make a start and try not to disrupt the work schedule or, if possible, the cooking of the evening meal.
I had expected that chocolate versions would be welcomed (my own choice) but cakes with fruit and sponges seem to be favoured. We have had the odd mishap. The ovens are temperamental and there seems to be variation in local knowledge of how they should be used. As a result a couple have had more than their fair share of carbon topping.
Mostly, the results have been very satisfying, as proven by the determination to cut into them as soon as possible after taking them out of the oven. The idea of cooling-off is not popular so the cakes tend to cut less easily. Within ten minutes they have usually despaired.