Cinnamon Honey Cornmeal Pancakes With Lemon Honey Cinnamon Syrup & Roasted Plums

Honey cinnamon cornmeal pancakes with lemon honey cinnamon syrup & roasted plums - Domestic GothessWhen I was sent an OXO Good Grips non stick frying pan (£50 from Lakeland) to review I knew exactly what to make in it to test it – pancakes! they are one of the best (and tastiest) ways to test just how non stick a pan is, if you can flip a pancake cleanly then it’s a goodun. The Good Grips frying pan was perfect for pancakes – I only had to use the teeniest smidge of butter to cook them in and they didn’t stick at all. It felt very solidly made, with the kind of non-stick coating that isn’t just going to flake off after a couple of uses (I’ve bought some very cheap and crappy cookware in the past…always a false economy) and I was impressed by the addition of a silicone handle in place of the usual plastic which means that the pans are oven-proof up to 200°C, a bonus for me as I didn’t actually own a single frying pan that could go in the oven… And if you are lucky enough to own a dishwasher, it is dishwasher safe and suitable for use on induction hobs. (more…)

Lemon And Ginger Drizzle Cake

Lemon and ginger drizzle loaf cake - Domestic GothessAs much as I love an impressive, multi-layered, over the top cake; for general every day cake eating you can’t beat a simple lemon drizzle loaf cake. It is fairly plain, but gloriously so, damp and sticky yet light, with a sharp lemon tang and a slightly crunchy crust. I added a bit of a ginger kick to mine – not too much, the lemon should be the predominant flavour, but enough to take it beyond the standard lemon drizzle and add a subtle warmth and depth of flavour. (more…)

Plantain Chips & Encona Peruvian Amarillo Chilli Sauce Review

Crispy fried plantain chips - Domestic GothessI have a bit of a thing for South American food, I lived in Colombia for a few years as a child so have fond memories of buttery, charred maíz, crispy plantain patacones and cassava chips, giant avocados and creamy arequipe (dulce de leche). I also have some not so fond food memories…in Colombia, being vegetarian means that you just don’t eat beef… lamb and chicken are perfectly fine for vegetarians to eat… therefore finding actual vegetarian food could be tricky, and my school lunches often consisted of a bowl of rice and a piece of cheese as the cooks just had no idea what to feed me…I grew accustomed to not being too fussy about it, began eating fish, and would pick the chicken out of bowls of ajiaco (chicken and potato soup). (more…)

Hokkaido Milk Bread

Hokkaido milk bread, the softest, fluffiest bread you will ever eat - Domestic GothessYou know how I said in my last bread post that I’d found a new favourite bread? I was wrong. Or at least, I’ve found a new new favourite bread. This, this is the bread to end all other breads, the kind of bread that dreams are made of…Hokkaido milk bread is quite simply the fluffiest, softest, lightest, most pillowy cloud of deliciousness I have ever eaten. It’s better than brioche…there, I said it. I’m not going to kid you, it’s not the easiest or the quickest bread to make (that’s not to say it’s difficult), but boy is it worth the effort; in fact, I thoroughly recommend that you double the recipe and make two loaves in one go, it’s not really that much extra work and you Will. Not. Regret. It. (more…)

Yafawi Sfeeha – Palestinian Cheese Buns

The July Daring Bakers’ Challenge was brought to us by Manal from Manal’s Bites. She introduced us to an authentic Palestinian dish from Jaffa that is served as a main meal along with a bowl of soup or a salad. The “Yafawi Sfeeha” or also known as “Milwayeh” which means twisted, is crispy yet tender and full of flavor.

Yafawi sfeeha - Palestinian halloumi cheese buns - Domestic GothessI have had a truly terrible week, and am in somewhat of a foul mood at the moment, so I apologise if I don’t really feel like talking about food today and this post gets a bit ranty… Skip straight to the recipe if you like! We were supposed to be going on holiday today to Wacken festival in Germany, everything was booked and paid for (and non-refundable…); but we are unable to go because the British passport office are the biggest bunch of unhelpful incompetents I have ever encountered. (more…)

Plum And Amaretto Jam

Plum and amaretto jam - Domestic GothessSummer is the perfect time to stock up on jam and preserves; yes jam may not be the first thing that comes to mind when there is so much beautiful fresh fruit around that is delicious just as it is, but if you happen to have some that is a little less than perfect or past it’s best then making jam is one of the best ways to use it up and make the most of it.  (more…)

Muesli Bread

Muesli bread, the perfect healthy, filling breakfast - Domestic GothessI think I may have found a new favourite bread; this muesli bread is hearty, satisfying, delicious and it’s healthy! It is also a great way to use up some of that half eaten packet of muesli forgotten about at the back of the cupboard for 6+ months… (just me?). It stays soft for a good few days in a airtight container and makes fantastic toast; I’ve been enjoying it for breakfast slathered with butter and jam. The flavour is slightly sweet from the dried fruit and a little maple syrup and there’s a hint of warm cinnamon. Because it is full of oats, fruit and nuts it is very filling, so it makes a great breakfast or snack. (more…)

Very Vanilla Layer Cake

Very vanilla cake - Domestic GothessVanilla 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…)

Mango, Coconut & Passion Fruit Mousse Verrines & A Giveaway

Mango, coconut & passion fruit mousse verrinesOne of the worst parts of being a regular home cook and baker is the mountains of washing up that I produce…and seeing as I am not lucky enough to own a dishwasher I have to do it all by hand, which I hate…It is staggering how much washing up builds up so quickly when you have people round for dinner, and the last thing that you want to do after an enjoyable dinner party is piles of washing up. So for those of you who are luckier than me and own a dishwasher, Finish are giving away a bundle of dishwasher products worth £25 to help keep your dishwasher in tip top condition especially in hard water areas; simply complete the Gleam widget at the bottom of this post to win. (more…)

Nectarine & Marzipan Galette

Nectarine & marzipan galette - Domestic GothessGalettes, also known as free-form pies or crostata, have to be just about one of the easiest things to make, it is in their nature to be rustic, so there’s no need to worry about trying to make it look neat and pretty; when it comes to a galette it is all about the flavour. They lend themselves well to pretty much any kind of fruit, so are the kind of thing that can be baked all year round; but are particularly good in Summer when there is an abundance of stone fruits and fresh berries. I opted to use nectarines, though peaches or plums would work just as well; and I couldn’t resist adding a bit of marzipan to the topping as almonds pair so well with stone fruits. I like to use cornmeal pastry for my galette crusts, as it adds a nice bit of extra crunch and deals better with the juice from the fruit. A perfectly crisp, golden crust, filled with juicy, sweet nectarines topped with marzipan crumble – heavenly. (more…)

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