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Pound cakes are very interesting

home.rond

Words / Jas Tse
Photography / home.rond
Translation / Iris Heung

擺盤中摻雜著很多對古道具的愛,搭配著不同口味的蛋糕,就像只是我偷看到別人家裡的日常風景,譬如早晨的餐桌、或深夜的沙發。

home.rond,英文的home、法文的rond,組成了一人工作室「家圓」。選用天然食材,不添加泡打粉等化學膨脹劑,製作著單純美味的磅蛋糕。就如家裡的料理,不花巧卻讓人想念的味道。不添加泡打粉的意思,是捨棄了便利而花上更多時間,去鑽研如何做到咬下去的鬆軟,可能不像我們從小慣吃的口感,但是她利用將空氣攪打進雞蛋中的做法,讓蛋糕蓬鬆,自然的。

The plate presentation is a clear demonstration of the love for antiques. Matched with various types of cake, it could be a mundane scenario of everyday life found in any family, like their breakfast tables or their midnight sofas.

home.rond is the brand name of a cake shop run by one person. Using the English word “home” and “rond”, the French word for round, the brand endeavors to bake homey pound cakes that are made using all-natural ingredients without chemical additives like baking powder. Their cakes are simple yet indulging. Insisting on not using baking powder, the brand has given up a convenient way of making the cake fluffy. Although the texture is slightly different from those that we are used to, her technique of beating eggs into a foamy state still gives the pound cake a naturally fluffy texture.

「磅蛋糕有趣的是,同樣的食材比例,用不同的方式製作時,會呈現出不一樣的口感,甚至是風味。」她愛小農出產的作物,用來研發時令口味,譬如沒農藥的屏東里港無毒檸檬、或家人種的桑葚和南瓜,也選用動福蛋而非一般籠飼雞蛋來做蛋糕。成本更高、花的心機更多,然而每個選擇背後,是讓土地、動物和人類都健康的小心願。「真心相信,友善對待土地,土地也會用最真誠、單純的回應,來讓我們感受到作物與環境的美好。」

在參與市集時,為了減少販售蛋糕而用到的大量塑膠袋子,於是也自己造起來,用烘焙紙車縫成盛著蛋糕的小袋,縫線尾巴溢出來的樣子,這些手工溫感,看起來簡單卻美好的,大概都由身後的堅持承載著。

那圓了口腹,也圓了我們的心。

“Pound cakes are very interesting. Even if you bake with the exact amount of the same sorts of ingredients, you can still achieve different texture or even taste by adopting diverse ways of making.” She is a fan of produce from small farms, and she is keen on experimenting with seasonal flavors. She obtained chemical-free lemon from the Ligang Township in Pingtung, blackberries, and pumpkins from her family’s farm, and cruelty-free eggs as ingredients for her cakes. While it is true that this would increase the cost and effort in making the cakes, every choice of hers clearly conveys her care for the land, animals, and the health of all humans. “I genuinely believe that by being kind to Mother Earth, we will receive her most sincere response by getting to know the beauty of farm produce and the natural habitat.”

She also started to make her own packaging when seeing the need to reduce the use of plastic bags when selling cakes in markets. What she did was to sew small bags with baking paper and let the end of the thread run loose like a little tail. These are all simple yet heartfelt traces of products handmade by someone who is dedicated to her beliefs.

The cakes do not only warm our body but also warm our souls.