The other day, to celebrate the fact that we had made it through the first year of University relatively unscathed, a group of us commandeered Pizza Express. A few of our number were particularly adventurous and chose something called a Calzone. This is essentially a normal pizza that has been folded over so it looks like a giant Cornish pasty.
I decided to try to replicate this with cake.
What is the somewhat dubiously named "fried drop-cake"?
- 4 tablespoons of self raising flour
- 4 tablespoons of caster sugar
- A large chunk of butter (probably about 1.5oz)
- An egg
- 4 chunks of chocolate, broken into little bits
An aside: Before I go any further, I feel that it is important to say that Tesco's currently sells 100g normal milk chocolate for 30p. I only discovered this today and I think it is going to transform my life. Love it.
This is super easy to make. Make your standard cake mix (all the flour, sugar, butter - whiz for a bit - add the egg - whiz for a bit more - add the chocolate chunks - stir in).
Then "drop" the cake mix onto a hot, buttered frying pan. It should sizzle.
Leave it for a bit then flip it. The cake should be a nice brown colour (see below).
Having successfully managed the "fried drop-cake", I had the aforementioned epiphany.
The "Calzone Effect" (a new technical term I have just coined) is achieved by dropping the cake on to the pan - make sure you add plenty of butter so that it doesn't stick - and then, after it has browned on one side, folding it over itself.
This is great because the middle remains gooey and lovely whilst the outside it well cooked. Thus, it is different from a pancake because it is super moist inside (one might even say damp/wet!).
The chocolate made it more interesting. It might be an idea to add some orange juice to the mix as well...