Pain A La Crème – Double Cream Bread Rolls

Pain au crème - double cream bread rolls - Domestic Gothess I had a bit of leftover cream sitting in the fridge about to pass it’s use by date and couldn’t for the life of me think what to do with it; I had been planning on baking some pain au lait and then I had a thought – why not use cream in place of the milk? I wasn’t entirely sure how well it would work, whether the cream would make the bread too heavy, but I gave it a go regardless and was incredibly pleased by the result. (more…)

Mini Chocolate Stuffed Vanilla Bean Brioche À Tête

Mini chocolate stuffed vanilla bean brioche a tete - Domestic Gothess 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…)

Chocolate Coffee Cardamom Biscuits

Chocolate coffee and cardamom biscuits (cookies) - Domestic GothessI’ve been feeling really old the last few days…I’ll be 29 later on this month, which yes, I know is not really very old at all. But I went out clubbing (to a rock club, of course) for the first time in over six months on Saturday, spent most of the night dancing and had a brilliant time; aaand it’s taken me four days to recover from it… I woke up the morning after and everything hurt! I like to think that I’m fairly fit, I walk at least six miles every day (dogs are brilliant for fitness), and do kettlebell/bodyweight workouts three times a week (how else do you think I get away with baking so much…?!); and yet a bit of dancing has completely done me in! Not to mention the bit where I didn’t get to bed till nearly 4am, that left me zombified for two days; I dread to think how awful I would have felt if I’d had a hangover as well… (more…)

Marzipan Cherry Scones

marzipan cherry scones - Domestic Gothess 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…)

Cherry Lamingtons

 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

Jam lamingtons - squares of vanilla sponge cake filled with cherry jam, coated in chocolate and coconut - Domestic GothessThis 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…)

Passion Fruit, White Chocolate & Coconut Layer Cake

Passion fruit, white chocolate and coconut layer cake It seems I have a bit of a thing for three layer cakes; if you use 15cm/6in pans they turn out perfectly proportioned, tall enough to look impressive, but not so huge that they are impossible to eat. In fact I use my 15cm tins far more often than any others I own (and I own quite a few…), as they are such a convenient size if you don’t have loads of people to feed; I also want to get some really diddy 10cm ones to make tiny towering cakes with! (more…)

Camomile Tea & Lemon Shortbread

Camomile tea and lemon shortbread biscuits - Domestic Gothess I have been meaning for quite some time to try baking with tea, I mean I love to drink it, so why not eat it too? Admittedly I mostly just drink standard black tea (English Breakfast, with milk, no sugar, about four cups a day; in case you were interested.), and although I have a cupboard full of herbal teas I rarely stray away from my usual; although I am partial to the occasional cup of Earl Grey or chai. I tried to like green tea because I know it’s good for me, but I just couldn’t do it; even the flavoured ones had to be forced down… I do try and refrain from drinking caffeine after about 5pm though, so if I fancy a hot drink in the evening I go for camomile tea (or hot chocolate or hot spiced milk). (more…)

Strawberry, Elderflower & Almond Layer Cake

Strawberry, elderflower and almond layer cakeI think this may be one of the prettiest cakes i have ever made…it is certainly a good deal more attractive than my last post! It is the perfect cake for spring, delicately flavoured with fragrant elderflower and sweet strawberries. I love elderflower, I remember when I was little helping my parents pick elderflowers to make wine; we had an elderflower tree in our garden and the scent was glorious; unfortunately now, living in inner Birmingham, elderflower trees are rather more difficult to find, and despite much searching while out dog walking I haven’t come across any. (more…)

Red Wine Poached Pear & Chocolate Frangipane Tarts

Spiced red wine poached pear & chocolate frangipane tarts with chocolate pastryI debated for a while as to whether I should actually publish this post or not…I just wasn’t entirely happy with the appearance of the tarts, I couldn’t help but feel that the pears turned out looking somewhat slug-like…In the end though taste won out. What they lack in looks they make up for in flavour. Sweet pears poached in a spiced red wine syrup are baked with rich chocolate frangipane in a crisp chocolate pastry crust. When topped with a dollop of ice cream and an extra drizzle of spiced red wine syrup they are heavenly. (more…)

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