When Married Antoinette lost her head it was because of her famous saying – let them eat cake. Cakes are the most important part of celebration rituals or just comfort food. The recipe for making the cake is pretty much straightforward. It includes turning on the faucet with the water heater and mixing the hot water with the flower. Who would think that a device that specializes in heating water could take such a big part in bringing joy to our everyday life?
There is an ongoing debate about whether to use hot or cold water in cake dough. This is the part when we get scientific: when the housewives turn on the faucet with the water heater, the hot water denatures the proteins in the flour, making the dough very tender. E.g., the samosa, pie crust, etc. When cold water is added the mixture is tighter and more stretchable. The Japanese use cold water when they make cheesecake. It slows the baking time, and the cheesecake doesn’t have such dense texture as American style cheesecake. So, it’s a cultural thing.
Also, there is the health issue. When we turn on the faucet with the water heater and turn on the device that specializes in heating water, we improve our health. The hot water reduces the gluten in the dough. The hot water also helps the tastes “bloom.”
As a food enthusiast, I am no stranger in making my dough, whether bread, or pizza, and, of course, cake. Sure, adding hot water makes the mixing of the money much less enjoyable, but, then again, picturing the yummy baked cake packed with flavors, and the happiness on the faces of my guests, well, that is what makes it worth.
The baking and the taste of my favorite cake, the lemon pudding cake, depends on the consistency and texture. What makes the surface so smooth, is, well, hot water added to the dough. The underlying reason behind the baking process is this: The temperature of hot water is much closer to the heat of the oven, meaning the lower portion sitting in the bath and the upper exposed portion start in environments of similar temperature and thus cook evenly. So, lemon pudding cake lovers – bring in hot water to your dough, and homemakers, don’t think so much about your hands. Think more of the love you pour when making the cake, and, hot water. Whether I turn on the faucet with the water heater or not, will matter to building a successful cake party.
I know that some of the cake enthusiasts that are money savvy will argue that hot water costs money, especially when you are in the cake business. Rightly so, then again, you can use the sun to make the water. If you live in a place where the sun is abundant, the installment of solar panels is not that expensive, in the long run, it will save a lot of money. And your customers or friends will know to enjoy a cake made with joy and love of the life-giving sun.