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Old 06-29-2016, 06:04 PM   #1
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What did I do wrong?

This is long, but I really have no idea what I did incorrectly. ** If this is the in-correct thread, please let me know and I will repost.**So, Here goes:
It is a standard coffee cake recipe found in the B, H & G cookbook. It requires sifting the flour, adding baking powder, soured milk, etc. All of that went fine. Now, the recipe doesn’t call for fruit, but a neighbor made this adding about 2 cups of stewed fruit. It was terrific.
However, when I tried , it has the consistency more like Yorkshire pudding or pumpkin pie, rather than a coffee cake. It did not rise at all. Also, instead of putting it in to (2) 8x8 pans, as it calls for, I put it in to one 13 x 7”. I have no idea what I should have done to make it work. More flour, to make up for the liquid from the stewed fruit? * Can baking powder become old*? Did I put too much fruit in? I am at a loss. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks for reading this


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Old 06-29-2016, 06:12 PM   #2
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The pan was a problem

Did you drain the fruit?

Did you ask your neighbor about how he/she made it with the added fruit?

Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:15 PM   #3
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I stewed the fruit, like she did. I had several cups of fresh apricots. I put them in a pan, covered with water and added about 1/4 cup of corn starch.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:20 PM   #4
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Yes, baking powder expires and becomes less effective. Check the expiration date on the container.

You didn't say whether you drained the fruit. Adding a liquidy ingredient will make it more runny. I would ask your neighbor if she made any other changes to the recipe, like reducing other liquid or adding flour.
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