This berry lime bundt cake is a moist, buttery cake with a hint of lime and bursts of tangy mixed berries; topped with a delicious white chocolate lime ganache. It is equally good as a mid morning snack with a cup of tea as it is served with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. (more…)
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…)
A marvelous thing happened the other day – I was able to go outside without a coat! Since then there have been a few days where it has been warm enough to venture out without one (though certainly not every day!), the sun has been making a regular, much welcomed appearance, and last night it was still just about light at 8pm. All of this has left me in quite a cheery mood and very much ready for summer, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with a suitably cheerful cake? This berry cider cake is exactly that; although it may be a little early for berries I just couldn’t resist buying some, more for their beautiful, bright colour than anything else! (more…)
When I was given the opportunity to review Bake In Black, the new music inspired cookbook by Eve O’Sullivan, the well-known food writer, and David O’ Sullivan, I jumped at the chance; I had heard quite a lot about the book already (it was reviewed in Metal Hammer after all) and I was intrigued. The premise of the book is to take the title of a song or album from the world of rock and heavy metal and bake something inspired by it, resulting in recipes such as “God Save The Cream” angel cake (Sex Pistols), “Sweet Tooth O’ Mine” honey, molasses and maple cake (Guns N’ Roses), “Them Buns” white chocolate, apricot and orange swirl buns (Alice In Chains) and “Killer Queen Of Puddings” (Queen). There are a lot of recipes packed into Bake In Black, all of them delicious looking; the photos are all inspired by the band the bake is based on, making the book visually interesting as well as humorous. (more…)
For the June daring bakers challenge Rebecca from BakeNQuilt.com challenged us to make Charlotte Royale and Charlotte Russe from scratch. Savory or sweet Charlottes were definitely tasty showstopper
I think that this months Daring Bakers challenge has got to be my favourite one yet; we were challenged to make either a Charlotte Royale or a Charlotte Russe. For those of you who don’t know what those are, a Charlotte Royale is a dome shaped dessert made up of slices of jam filled swiss roll on the outside, filled with Bavarian cream; it looks somewhat brain-like… which is why I chose to make the Charlotte Russe, which is a ring of sponge fingers filled with Bavarian cream or mousse. I made my own sponge fingers, though you can use shop bought if you prefer. I was originally going to make a pear and caramel one, but then decided that there is so much beautiful fresh fruit around at the moment that it would be a shame not to use it, so went for mixed summer berry instead. It was so good though that I will definitely be making another at some point so will make pear and caramel next time. (more…)
It can be difficult baking cakes when there are just two of you to eat it…you either end up eating way more cake than is healthy, or it ends up in the freezer. I try to bake larger cakes and batches of cupcakes only when there is a party to take them to, or when we have people visiting. But sometimes there is no occasion to bake for and you just really want cake…. And that’s where these mini cakes are perfect. The recipe makes exactly two portions of cake, and you don’t even need to buy any special cake tins as they are baked in regular (clean, empty) food tins, the kind that tinned tomatoes, baked beans, soup etc come in. (I used 400g ones – the most common tin size)
I don’t really buy into the idea of Valentines day, I’m not keen on the idea of forced romance…I prefer a little more spontaneity when it comes to that kind of thing. I do however enjoy playing with food colouring and given that at this time of year it is practically mandatory to dye everything pink or red I might as well make the most of it!