Sea Salt & Rosemary Focaccia

For the month of April Rachael of pizzarossa and Sawsan of Chef in Disguise took us on a trip to Italy. They challenged us to try our hands at making focaccia from scratch

sea salt and rosemary focacciaThis months Daring Bakers challenge was an easy one for me – focaccia, which is one of my favourite breads and one I have made many times. Focaccia is a traditional Italian flatbread made with olive oil; it should be tender and chewy with a crisp crust and an open crumb – lots of little holes inside. It is infinitely customiseable, you can top it with pretty much whatever you want – olives, cheese, tomatoes, onions, nuts, herbs, grapes, roasted peppers etc. but I prefer it with a simple topping of herbs and sea salt. I like to serve it with a selection of dips and antipasti, it also makes fantastic sandwiches, mozzarella and avocado being my favourite. (more…)

Tahini Biscuits

tahini biscuitsI’ve had a couple of jars of tahini sitting in the back of my cupboard for at least a year now; beyond making houmous I’m not too sure what to do with it as I don’t really like it by itself, if anyone has any suggestions as to what can be done with it please let me know! I figured that I could use it in the same way as peanut butter, so used some up making this sesame take on the classic peanut butter biscuit. I think i may like the result even more than the original! They are perfectly crisp and melt in the mouth with a delicate sesame flavour. (more…)

Lime Ice Cream

lime ice creamI had a load of limes left over from making mini lime yoghurt loaf cakes – I had needed lots of the zest but not the juice; so seeing as the weather has been quite warm and sunny recently I decided to put them to good use in some ice cream. I’ve also been given a new (secondhand, slightly battered…) ice cream maker – one of the ones where you don’t need to pre-freeze the bowl, so now I can have ice cream on a whim, without having to remember to put the bowl in the freezer the day beforehand! (more…)

Mini Lime Yoghurt Loaf Cakes

mini lime yoghurt loaf cakesI find something very appealing about small, individually portioned baked goods; they are more delicate and dainty than full sized versions, and easier to serve. Not that I take the individually portioned bit seriously…if anything,their small size makes it easier to scoff down more than I would if I were eating a slice from a single, large cake… Especially when they are as light, moist, and fresh tasting as these little loaves are. (more…)

Spaghetti With Kale Pesto, Mushrooms And Pangrattato

spaghetti with kale pesto, mushrooms and pangrattato If you can believe it, I didn’t eat a single piece of chocolate this Easter…not one mini egg….shocking and disgraceful I know…I did however consume quite a lot of cake and chocolate strawberry tart to make up for that fact, so I’ve been feeling the need for something a little healthier, a little more green…maybe even some (gasp!) kale…Kale blitzed up with pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese into pesto that is. (more…)

Chocolate Strawberry Tart

chocolate strawberry tartWe were visiting some friends over the weekend and I was charged with bringing dessert (what a surprise!); despite the fact that I was already taking the remnants of two cakes with us (carrot and cookie dough brownie), I couldn’t resist making something else to take…(I’m good at overkill…).  I figured that two cakes was probably enough cake (just…!) so for my third dessert I went with a tart. (more…)

Cookie Dough Chocolate Brownie Layer Cake (AKA Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked Inspired Cake)

chocolate chip cookie dough brownie cakeThis cake is a beast… When I mentally planned it (over the course of about a month…) I didn’t envision it being quite so tall…I purposefully used my smallest cake tins so that it didn’t turn out too large…I failed. So you know, maybe save this one to make when you have more than just four people to eat it… (more…)

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