Hazelnut praline ice cream – rich and creamy vanilla ice cream filled with pieces of delectable hazelnut praline. Delicious all year round!
I actually made this hazelnut praline ice cream before Christmas and was so busy at the time that I didn’t get round to posting the recipe. I came across the photos while I was having a laptop clean-up and figured that I really should get round to sharing the recipe for it! (more…)
Monochrome cake – a stylish black and white stripy chocolate and vanilla cake which is perfect for a classy Halloween party.
I’ve had the idea for this cake in mind since last year and have been collecting black and white sweets for it for months so I figured i should probably get round to turning my ideas into reality. The reality did not disappoint, the cake turned out exactly as I had imagined and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is quite the looker! (more…)
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…)
Viennese biscuits have to be one of my absolute favourites, they are incredibly delicate and buttery, with an extremely short texture which just melts in the mouth; and dipping them in chocolate just takes them to another level of deliciousness. They can be piped into pretty shapes, and on top of all that they are super quick and easy to make. (more…)
Vanilla is a flavour that is quite often overlooked, overshadowed by it’s bigger, bolder brother chocolate, it is most often used to enhance other ingredients rather than allowed to shine on it’s own. But when used well, vanilla is a beautiful stand-alone flavour, sweet, complex and comforting. I decided to bake a cake flavoured only with vanilla to highlight just how delicious it can be. (more…)
I think that brioche has got to be just about my favourite thing to come out of France…I’m not talking about the mass-produced stuff that you get in supermarkets that has the texture (and flavour…) of cotton wool; I’m talking about proper brioche, heavily enriched with butter and eggs and yet seemingly impossibly light. (more…)
Fellow bloggers, do you ever have those days where you can’t for the life of you think of anything to write…? I’m having one of those…I sat for at least an hour trying to come up with something to say but instead just ended up procrastinating on Pinterest (on which I spend FAR too much time) and didn’t write a single word… So now I’m just writing about having nothing to write and I apologise for the short post! (more…)
For the May challenge Marcellina from Marcellina in Cucina dared us to make Lamingtons. An Australian delicacy that is as tasty as it is elegant
This was the first time I had ever tried a lamington, I had heard of them of course, but never thought to try making them. Which is one reason why I enjoy being part of the Daring Bakers – it encourages me to try things that I wouldn’t think to (or have heard of) on my own, most of which I end up loving. For those of you who haven’t heard of lamingtons, they are a very popular Australian treat consisting of squares of vanilla sponge cake dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in desiccated coconut, sometimes with a jam filling. (more…)
I have been on something of an ice cream bender recently; not all of them have made it as far as the blog though for the simple reason that they got eaten before I took any photos… I made sure that I photographed this one in time though (before it got devoured…) as it is exceedingly good… (more…)
This post is part of Nielsen-Massey and Baking Mad’s Easter baking campaign, where they asked baking bloggers to try one of their twenty four delicious vanilla based recipes. They asked me if I would like to take part and I jumped at the chance as I love Nielsen-Massey vanilla so was very happy to be sent some for free! (more…)