Today is a great day for baking. The sun is shining and there is a gentle
breeze. It will be a perfect afternoon for tea with friends. Mrs Docker heats
the oven up and starts to rummage through her refrigerator to look for all the
ingredients for her cake.
She takes a few eggs, some self-raising flour, some
butter, and a box of mixed fruits. She also arms herself with a packet of sugar
and some chopped nuts.
Mrs Docker begins to hum a tune as she puts on an apron. Then she breaks a
few eggs into a bowl and adds some flour into it. The eggs and flour form a
sticky batter. Then, she adds some butter. The batter
becomes really creamy. Mrs Docker uses her index finger and samples some of the
sticky batter. It tastes nice and creamy. Then she adds the mixed fruits. She
tastes it again. Mrs Docker enjoys tasting the cake batter!
Then Mrs Docker puts her batter aside. Next, she heats up a pan. She is going
to make some caramel. Mrs Docker gently puts the sugar into the warm pan. Soon,
the sugar starts to melt.
Mrs Docker stirs the sugar carefully so that it will not be burnt. As she
stirs, she pops some chopped nuts into her mouth.
Stir... stir... stir...
Chew... chew... chew...
Mrs Docker's hands are busy stirring while her mouth is busy chewing.
Soon, the sugar starts to melt and begins to bubble at the edge. It is also
nicely browned. Quickly, she turns off the pan and immediately pours the caramel
into her batter. Her batter sizzles and turns brown.
Now, it no longer looks yellowish, but takes on a nice brown hue.
The smell of caramel wafts throughout the kitchen. Mrs Docker gives a gasp.
She has forgotten all about the chopped nuts! Oh well! She pops the rest of the
remaining nuts into her mouth. She is not going to let any go to waste!
Once the batter is nice and evenly browned, Mrs Docker puts it into a baking
tin and places it in the oven. Now, all she needs to do is to wait for it to
bake nicely. Meanwhile, she can now call up all her friends for tea.
At four o'clock, Mrs Docker's friends arrive. They are really hungry. Mrs
Docker cuts generous slices of cakes for her friends. She has also prepared a
huge pot of tea.
"Aren't you having a slice of your yummy cake, Shirley?" asks her friend, who
is busily tucking into her enormous slice of cake.
"No, thank you. I am feeling rather full. I am not sure why as I haven't had
my lunch. Even then, I seem not to be able to lose weight!" she complains.
Even her friends are puzzled. They continue to enjoy their cake while Mrs
Docker looks on enviously.