Archive of ‘Baking’ category

Apple Cinnamon Brioche & VonShef Stand Mixer Review

Apple cinnamon brioche – a soft, sweet brioche bread braid filled with juicy cinnamon apples. Post sponsored by VonShef.

Apple cinnamon brioche bread braid - the perfect Autumn breakfast.

Apple cinnamon brioche bread braid - the perfect Autumn breakfast.

The apple tree in my garden has yielded a decent crop this year. The apples are a little too sharp to eat as they are however so I need to do lots of baking to use them up. I haven’t decided exactly what to make with them all, but I started by baking this apple cinnamon brioche which used up four of them and was very tasty too. (more…)

Halloween Haunted Pavlova (AKA The Haunting Of Anna Pavlova)

Halloween haunted pavlova – a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Halloween haunted pavlova - a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Haunted Halloween pavlova - a spooky, impressive centerpiece with meringue ghosts and bones, Oreo soil and berry coulis blood; it is easier to make than you might think!

Now that we are firmly into October I figured that I should probably start sharing some Halloween bakes. I really enjoyed making (and eating!) this Halloween haunted pavlova, also known as ‘The Haunting Of Anna Pavlova’ – props to my cousin Maddy for coming up with that one! (more…)

Nutty Bourbon Brownies

Nutty bourbon brownies – gooey, fudgy brownies with a boozy kick and plenty of crunchy nuts.

Nutty bourbon brownies – gooey, fudgy brownies with a boozy kick and plenty of crunchy nuts.

Nutty bourbon brownies – gooey, fudgy brownies with a boozy kick and plenty of crunchy nuts.

It has been a long time since I shared a brownie recipe on here; I am making up for that though with these nutty bourbon brownies as they are very, very good! I actually made the recipe a while ago but hadn’t gotten round to sharing it here, looking at the pictures again is making me think that I will have to bake another batch! (more…)

Apple Bundt Cake With Spiced Caramel

A moist, lightly spiced apple bundt cake topped with a luscious spiced caramel glaze. Post sponsored by Appletiser.

Apple bundt cake with spiced caramel - a deliciously moist, spiced apple bundt cake topped with a luscious spiced caramel sauce.

Apple bundt cake with spiced caramel - a deliciously moist, spiced apple bundt cake topped with a luscious spiced caramel sauce.

We are firmly into Autumn now, and while I can’t say that I am enjoying the sudden drop in temperature and the persistent rain, it is not all bad I suppose. Autumn does bring with it some of the best foods – pumpkins, apples, pears and plums to name a few; it is my favourite time of year for baking, and I do like drinking lots of hot drinks and wearing cosy jumpers. (Although I do have a penchant for a somewhat post-apocalyptic style which means that all of my jumpers have THE MOST impracticable sleeves…). Oh, and it is also my favourite holiday – Halloween! (more…)

Plum And Poppy Seed Traybake And Wild Honey & Rye Review

A light poppy seed sponge cake with juicy fresh plums and a review of ‘Wild Honey & Rye’ by Ren Behan.

Plum and poppy seed traybake - a light vanilla poppy seed sponge filled with juicy fresh plums (dairy-free)

How much do you know about Polish food? Probably not a huge amount; it seems to be somewhat of a ‘lesser known’ cuisine and beyond pierogi I have very little knowledge of what Polish food actually involves. Ren Behan aims to change that with her new cookbook, ‘Wild Honey & Rye’, which was released today. (more…)

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…)

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