Archive of ‘Baking’ category

Yellow Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Yellow vanilla cake with chocolate ganache frosting - moist, tender yellow vanilla sheet cake with whipped chocolate ganache and M&M's.

I’m heading off to Bloodstock festival tomorrow; I go to at least one festival every year and am usually very well prepared way in advance. This year however it seems like time has gone by much quicker than usual and I am utterly unprepared, so today is going to be spent in a mad rush trying to get everything packed and sorted. I haven’t even cleaned our tent after last years camping so that is going to be a grim job! (more…)

Classic Victoria Sponge Cake

Classic Victoria sponge cake (Victoria sandwich) - the perfect tea time treat!

Classic Victoria sponge cake (Victoria sandwich) - the perfect tea time treat!

After several years of complaining about my oven burning everything I put in it, resulting in much swearing, frustration and strategic placement of icing/fruit/chocolate/props to hide the burnt bits, I finally have a lovely new oven! A range cooker in fact, so I have loads of space for baking and cooking and it looks pretty sexy! (more…)

Coconut And Berry Fruit Tarts

Coconut and berry fruit tarts - crisp coconut pastry with coconut pastry cream and fresh berries.

Coconut and berry fruit tarts - crisp coconut pastry with coconut pastry cream and fresh berries.

I have been eating so many berries recently, I’ve always got a stash of them both in the fridge and in the freezer, I can’t get enough! I want to make the most of them while they are still in season as soon enough they will be gone for the Winter. Although most of them just get eaten straight from the tub, I have managed to set a few aside for baking with; these coconut and berry fruit tarts are a wonderful way to serve them and would be perfect for afternoon tea or a garden party, or just because it’s Tuesday. (more…)

Chocolate Berry Granola

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

Chocolate berry granola - a healthy way to eat chocolate for breakfast!

We are currently renovating our kitchen so cooking and baking is pretty much impossible at the moment (though I did somehow manage to make jam in the study yesterday!). So far I have learned how to plaster and next up is woodwork and tiling! It will be at least a couple of weeks yet before we are finished but hopefully the kitchen will be usable again in about a week once we put the sink in and actually have water downstairs! I will keep you updated on our progress and fingers crossed we will have a much nicer kitchen than the ugly, outdated one that we ripped out once we are done. (more…)

Nutella Swirled Banana Yeast Bread

nutella swirled banana yeast bread - soft yeasted banana bread with a generous swirl of nutella.

nutella swirled banana yeast bread - soft yeasted banana bread with a generous swirl of nutella.

We all love banana bread (well, all of us apart from Damian who for some inexplicable reason doesn’t like it. More for me I guess.), and I’m sure that we can all agree that banana bread with nutella is food of the gods. But how many of you have tried a yeasted banana bread? More specifically, one that is swirled with gooey nutella? Probably not very many. But that needs to change because this nutella swirled banana yeast bread is incredible and a totally different way of using up those over-ripe bananas. (more…)

Little Cherry Almond Cakes

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Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

Little cherry almond cakes - easy to make and perfect for picnics!

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is the family picnics we used to have throughout the Summer. My parents would pack us three children, two dogs and a veritable feast into the car and we would head off to a spot by the river where we could play in the water and the accompanying fields before stuffing our faces. I don’t go on very many picnics anymore now that I am an adult, which is something that I need to fix as they are one of the most enjoyable parts of Summer. (more…)

My Favourite Chocolate Layer Cake

The best chocolate layer cake - three layers of moist chocolate cake filled with smooth chocolate ganache, perfect for any celebration!

Everyone needs a go-to chocolate cake recipe, one that is guaranteed to work every time and is perfect for any celebration, this one is mine. Three layers of rich, moist, intensely chocolaty cake smothered with smooth chocolate ganache. Obviously what constitutes the ‘ultimate’ chocolate cake is fairly subjective and not everyone will agree; but I think that this one is pretty perfect.

The best chocolate layer cake - three layers of moist chocolate cake filled with smooth chocolate ganache, perfect for any celebration!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon poppy seed muffins - easy to make and great for breakfast or lunchboxes.

Lemon poppy seed muffins - easy to make and great for breakfast or lunchboxes.

I love a good muffin but don’t seem to make them very often. When I do get round to baking them I like to make a big batch and store them in the freezer so that I’ve got them on hand for a quick breakfast or snack when needed. It is difficult to pick a favourite flavour, but if I had to I think I would go for lemon poppy seed muffins; their fresh flavour never disappoints and they are so quick and easy to make. (more…)

Asparagus, Pea And Feta Cheese Tart

Asparagus, pea and feta cheese tart (quiche).

Asparagus, pea and feta cheese tart (quiche).

I made this tart some time ago now but have only just gotten round to posting it; I say tart, but quiche may be a more accurate name given that it has an egg filling. Opinions seem to be vague and varied on the exact definition of each; a quiche must have an egg filling, a tart can have an egg filling but doesn’t have to seems to be the bottom line. Either way and whatever you want to call it, this tart/quiche is absolutely delicious and incredibly beautiful. (more…)

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