So apparently this week is #NationalPieWeek (or #BritishPieWeek, I don’t know which is the official one); there are so many national food days/weeks that I rarely know that they are happening until it’s too late and I’m not particularly interested in them anyway (except pancake day – that’s different), but it had been a very long time since I last made a pie so I took it as an excuse to bake one. (more…)
It had been a while since I last made a layer cake, there certainly hasn’t been any shortage of cakes, but they have mostly just been simple, one layer ones or bundt cakes, so I thought it was high time I made something a bit more spectacular. Enter this chocolate coffee cardamom layer cake. (more…)
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’ve got a last-minute post for you in the form of Persian love cake. The story behind this cake goes that there was a Persian woman who was madly in love with a prince so she baked him a cake to make him fall in love with her; because what better way is there to win someone over than with cake?! There are multiple versions of the story floating around, some ending happily, some definitely not. It is extremely unlikely to actually be true and is most likely a fairly modern invention; but I do like food with a story!
Even though my fiance and I don’t bother celebrating Valentine’s Day, I will still take the opportunity to do some themed baking and use my neglected set of heart shaped biscuit cutters. Not that these Linzer biscuits should be solely reserved for Valentine’s Day of course, they are far too delicious for that! Obviously you don’t have to use a heart shaped cutter, as long as you have one larger cutter and a small one for the cut-out (it doesn’t even need to be the same shape) then you are sorted so they are suitable for any time of year. (more…)
I was craving cake so badly at the weekend that I just had to give in and bake one, there was no point resisting! Besides, I spent a good portion of my weekend re-organising the kitchen (no small task!) so I think that cake was well deserved. To make a bit of space in the cupboard I decided to use up one of my jars of clementine marmalade and make a marmalade and ginger cake. This is a beautifully soft and moist cake with a lovely orange flavour and a hint of warm ginger.
Christmas may be over and we may be in the throes of the usual January healthy eating resolutions, but I think that there is still place for cake (there is always place for cake); particularly one that uses up leftovers. I had a jar of my homemade mincemeat left over from Christmas; it would probably have kept till next year but I don’t have much storage space so wanted to use it up quickly. I had already made mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns and had bought a new bundt tin in the sales that had yet to be used so mincemeat bundt cake it was. (more…)
You’ve probably all decorated your Christmas cakes (if you have one) already, what with it being Christmas eve eve today (already! How?!); but on the off chance that you haven’t yet gotten round to it, I thought I would share how I’ve chosen to decorate mine this year. (more…)
After making my own mincemeat recently I found myself with rather a lot of it! There are only so many mince pies a girl can eat (though that number may be quite high), so I tried to think of some other ways to use some of it up. The best way I came up with was these mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns, which also helpfully used up the marzipan leftover from covering my Christmas cake. (more…)
These chocolate dipped Lebkuchen are really easy to make, keep well and embody all the flavours of Christmas. Lebkuchen are a traditional German festive biscuit, similar to gingerbread but are softer and more cakey. They are made with honey, ground almonds and lots of spices and are topped with a sweet glaze as well as often being dipped in chocolate. (more…)
This is your NINE DAYS till Christmas warning! I hope you are all more prepared than I am, I’ve only bought one gift so far! I’m never usually quite this disorganised… The last minute rush to get everything sorted is on! If you are also unprepared and didn’t get round to baking a fruitcake yet (or just don’t like fruitcake), then this red velvet bundt cake with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese glaze makes a great festive alternative as it doesn’t need to be baked in advance. (more…)