Chocolate, Ginger & Almond Biscotti

almond, chocolate, ginger biscotti

I bake biscotti every Christmas (and a few times throughout the year as well) as they are so good to give as gifts – they keep for ages, aren’t too delicate so they travel well and are really versatile and adaptable, you can chuck whatever flavourings you like in there. Biscotti translates as twice baked, the dough is first shaped into a log and baked at a moderate temperature until it is risen and firm; the oven is then turned down to a low temperature and the log cut into slices which are spread out on a baking sheet and baked again until crisp. (more…)

Stollen Plait

stollen plait

Baking stollen is one of the very few Christmas traditions that I have and I make it in some form or another every year. I don’t think I have ever baked the exact same recipe twice, I like to play around with it and try new recipes, I have tried many variations ranging from a very traditional German recipe to cinnamon roll style stollen buns. The one constant is that it must contain marzipan; I LOVE marzipan and will happily eat chunks of it out of the packet as I bake, although I try to control myself so that I have enough left for whatever it is that I am baking… (more…)

Maple Ice Cream With Maple Caramel Swirl

male syrup ice cream

Who says ice cream is just for summer? To me, maple syrup is very much a warm, caramel-like autumn/winter flavour and this creamy maple ice cream with maple caramel swirl is one of my favourite ice cream flavours. Plus it makes an amazing replacement for vanilla ice cream with hot desserts such as apple pie or crumble and is perfect with pancakes or waffles for breakfast, maybe drizzled with a little extra maple caramel… (more…)

Mini Panettone With Cranberry And Ginger

mini panettone with ginger and cranberry

I spent the day yesterday moving domesticgothess.com from wordpress.com to self hosted wordpress.org. I say I moved it…but really I spent the day watching over his shoulder as my fiance did it for me and asking stupid questions…It took a while, there were a few confusing moments and the site had a bit of downtime but we (he) got there eventually. I wanted to move to self hosted so I could use plugins and customise the site a little more so I will be having a play around and making a few changes over the coming weeks. (more…)

Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake

salted caramel chocolate fudge cake

This cake turned out beautifully but boy did it give me some hassle! Firstly, the cakes were meant to take 35 minutes to bake but ended up taking nearly an hour…then I had MAJOR swiss meringue buttercream issues – it curdled, which is normal, but even after over half an hour of whisking (which makes my lack of stand mixer all the more annoying) it was still curdled…I saved it in the end by microwaving a small bowl of the mixture for 10 seconds then pouring it back in to the rest of the mix while whisking, a couple more minutes of whisking later it came together into silky smooth buttercream, phew! (this is a very handy tip). Finally, once it was all assembled and looked fantastic, with its luscious drizzle of salted caramel, when I came to photograph it, it was the most grey, miserable, dark day imaginable, so even right next to the window in the early afternoon there was no light. So unfortunately I didn’t manage to take any photos that do this impressive cake justice. (I went back a couple of days later when it was sunny and took some better photos of a slice of it). (more…)

Butternut Squash And Goat’s Cheese Pies

butternut squash goats cheese pesto pies

I like the idea of winter, but am less than enamored with the reality. I like the idea of going for a dog walk on a crisp, frosty winter morning, until I get outside and my fingers go numb, my nose starts streaming and it hurts to breathe…I like the idea of snow (and do enjoy it for about an hour) but then it gets trodden into brown slush and the pavements turn into sheets of ice. The one instance in which the reality is as satisfying as the idea when it comes to winter, is the food and drink – mulled wine, gingerbread, stollen, mince pies, eggnog, christmas pudding, panettone, yule logs, crumble, christmas cake…and pies. There is something inherently comforting about wrapping food in pastry on a cold, miserable day. (more…)

Mini Paris Brest

The November Daring Baker’s challenge took us for a ride! Luisa from Rise of the Sourdough Preacher challenged us to make Paris-Brest, a beautiful pastry celebrating the Paris-Brest bicycle race.

paris brest with praline creme legere

So I decided to join the Daring Bakers, a monthly baking challenge, as I thought that it would encourage me to try baking things that I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. I was right! My first challenge was Paris Brest, a choux pastry dessert filled with a praline cream. It was invented to commemorate the Paris-Brest bicycle race and the circular shape, made with pâte à choux, is meant to resemble a bicycle wheel. I would have thought to make other choux pastry desserts, but most likely eclairs or profiteroles, not Paris Brest, so this was a good challenge for me. (more…)

Chestnut Chocolate Bread Wreath

chocolate chestnut bread wreath

Sweet breads are my weakness, when I bake a cake I can eat a slice and not go back for seconds, but with sweet, filled breads I just can’t stop myself from going back and slicing off another piece, and another, until I’ve eaten the whole lot…. this chocolate chestnut bread wreath is no exception….I ate nearly half the loaf in a day…Maybe it’s because the idea of bread is wholesome, so even though it’s got butter, sugar and chocolate in it, it doesn’t feel that indulgent… (more…)

Barbadian Coconut Sweet Bread

barbadian coconut sweet bread

I was having a rifle through my (slightly overflowing) cupboard of baking supplies and came across a packet of desiccated coconut that had been in there for goodness knows how long and was about to go out of date; so today’s recipe is borne out of a need to use it up. I dread to think what other packets of expired ingredients are lurking at the back of the cupboard…I really should have a clear-out before it gets stocked up with Christmas baking supplies…although it feels far too early to be thinking about Christmas! (more…)

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls With White Chocolate Cream Cheese Glaze

white chocolate pumpkin cinnamon rolls

Following the success of my cranberry pumpkin bread the other day (it was sooo good!), I had some leftover pumpkin puree sitting in the fridge. For a while I was at a loss as what to make with it, there are just too many tempting options – pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin cake, pumpkin muffins…are just some of the things that crossed my mind (while I salivated), but then I thought of something that I hadn’t baked in far too long – cinnamon rolls! (more…)

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