Sunday, 25 September 2016

A Delicious Duo of Danish Pastries

These delicious homemade Danish Pastries see the laminated dough shaped and flavoured two ways:  Fig, Goats' Cheese & Honey and Blackberry & Apple, both equally delicious!

 Homemade Danish Pastries

Danish Pastries, with their layer upon layer of rich butter pastry which flakes, crumbles and almost melts whilst it's enjoyed are perfect for those indulgent breakfasts, lazy brunches and tantalising teatime treats.

These butter rich, cholesterol boosting, cardiac inducing Danish Pastries are a first for me, having never made them before.  But knowing how delicious they are with that wonderful flaky pastry and having watched the home-bakers attempt them in the GBBO tent this past week I knew that I wanted to challenge myself in making them, along with the classic Bakewell Tart.  


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Cherry & Chocolate Bakewell Tart

A classic British tart containing almond frangipane, a layer of morello cherry jam and decorated with a chocolate feathering through the simple water icing.

The Bakewell Tart is a classic British tea-time treat.  This one sees morello cherry jam beneath the frangipane base and has a chocolate feather patter through the icing to decorate.

Bakewell Tarts, as Jane from the GBBO's tent said, are classic and classy.  They've certainly stood the test of time, and seem to have their origins in the Bakewell Pudding which was first made in the late 18th or early 19th century.  Of course, whatever their history, there's a very good reason for their longevity and put simply it's because they're down right delicious.

Who could not defy the enticing, simple charms of a Bakewell Tart?   Crisp sweet pastry.  Fruity flavoursome jam.  Moreish almondy frangipane.  Simple water icing.  Finished with a pretty coloured feathering.

The Bakewell Tart is a classic British tea-time treat.  This one sees morello cherry jam beneath the frangipane base and has a chocolate feather patter through the icing to decorate.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Beer Cake with Stoodley Stout

Perfect for the coming colder months, this easy to make beer cake is low in fat & packed with flavour courtesy of the dates, walnuts, spices and stout.   

Beer cake made with date, walnuts, spices and stout

It's now becoming noticeable that the days are shortening.  Only a few weeks ago the sun shone from high in the sky at a time only known to the milkman, and now when we awaken from our slumber to the sound of the bedroom alarm the sun is struggling to climb above the horizon.  Even the artificial sun of the streetlights, which the moths waltz and tango around, are being switched on earlier.

The change of season to the darker, colder months often sees us crave rib-sticking stews, slow cooked casseroles and fruity crumbles draped with custard.  Not to mention moist, flavoursome, and filling rich fruit cakes.


Friday, 16 September 2016

Savoury & Sweet Filled Yorkshire Puddings

Inspired by GBBO, these Yorkshire Puddings are filled two ways.  Firstly a savoury ratatouille style filling which is full of flavour, followed by macerated berries and chantilly cream which makes a lovely change to this usually savoury batter.

Yorkshire Puddings filled with macerated berries and chantilly cream

GBBO has seen some quite eventful changes this past week, but parking my personal thoughts aside let's focus on what's important.....the baking!

This week was a first for GBBO seeing the remaining bakers challenged with making three different batters.  The signature bake was to make 24 savoury filled Yorkshire Puddings.  Twelve lace pancakes were made in the technical challenge, and these were followed by the showstopper bake where they were challenged with making 36 churros.

Yorkshire Puddings filled with a delicious savoury rataouille mixture.

Being a Yorkshire lass, living in Yorkshire, it seemed fitting that I tackled Yorkshire Puddings for my Blogger's Bake-Off bake!  I absolutely LOVE Yorkshire Puddings, whether they're served at family gathering like Sunday lunch or during the Christmas festivities, or simply as a mid week meal with toad-in-the-hole, they're just so delicious.  Not only that, they're easy to make using just a handful of store cupboard ingredients.


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Chocolate & Pepsi Cupcakes

These delicious cupcakes are easy to make and result in a soft & light sponge which is packed with chocolate flavour and a background hint of Pepsi.

These Chocolate & Pepsi Cupcakes are easy to make using the melting method and result in a bake which is light and full of flavour.
There's no beating around the bush with these Chocolate and Pepsi Cupcakes. We absolutely loved them.  Not only were they delicious with their hit of chocolate and background notes of Pepsi, they were also light, super soft and a doddle to make.  Rather than being made with the classic techniques of creaming and folding, these delicious cupcakes were made with a simple melting method, which even Mr E, a self professed non-baker, would manage to rustle up!

These Chocolate & Pepsi Cupcakes are easy to make using the melting method and result in a bake which is light and full of flavour.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Springtime Gingerbread Scene

Inspired by springtime, this gingerbread scene features birds, hares, and blossom trees alongside a house, people and a cat!

A 3D gingerbread scene inspired by GBBO and Springtime.

It seems as though I blinked and suddenly week 2 of GBBO arrived, biscuit week.  The 11 bakers were challenged with making a batch of decorated iced biscuits in the signature challenge, Vienesse Whirls (or swirls as I seem to call them) in the technical bake, and a 3D Gingerbread Story in the showstopper challenge.

For some years now I've been drawn to gingerbread houses during the festive period, but have never taken the plunge to make one myself.  So although the Vienesse Swirls looked enticing, my bake, to continue with my efforts in the Great Bloggers Bake Off, hosted by Jenny at Mummy Mishaps, is a Gingerbread Story.

A 3D gingerbread scene inspired by GBBO and Springtime.

Our gingerbread scene leaves behind the depths of winter, with its dark short days, frosts and snow and embraces my favourite season, springtime.


Saturday, 27 August 2016

Lime Jaffa Cakes

These GBBO inspired vegetarian lime jaffa cakes make a lovely change to the usual orange flavour.  With their light sponge, dark chocolate and clear lime flavour from the jelly and chocolate elements, these small cakes are prefect enjoyed with a pot of tea.

Homemade Vegetarian Lime Jaffa Cakes inspired by GBBO

Three cheers for the return of GBBO!

This year's opening episode saw the 12 new bakers face a signature bake of Drizzle Cake, a technical from Mary of Jaffa Cakes and a showstopper of a Mirror Glaze Cake.  Judging by the results of the first week's bakes it looks like we're in for a battle royal for the covetted GBBO crown.

Mr E & I instantly decided to make a batch of jaffa cakes for our blogger bake-along.  They're one of our favourite cakes with their beautifully soft fat-free sponge base, jelly disc and topped with a coat of delicious chocolate.  Plus it gave us the opportunity to play 'full moon, half moon, total eclipse', or was that just me?! ;-)


Thursday, 25 August 2016

The New GBBO Recipe Book GIVEAWAY!

This is your opportunity to win the new Great British Bake Off book, At Home, which accompanies series 7. (NOW CLOSED.)
Win GBBOs new recipe book, At Home

After much teasing and tension building GBBO finally returned to our screens last night with a new series.  Over the years I've managed to watch every episode since the distant days when Edd Kimber won the coveted title.  This year will be no different.  Every Wednesday evening I shall be snuggled up on the sofa with a pot of tea at 8PM sharp ready for the bakers to walk through the gardens, down the steps, and into the tent ready for Mel and Sue to shout 'BAAAAKE!'


Sunday, 21 August 2016

GBBO Rewind & Fast Forward

In anticipation of the new series of the Great British Bake Off, here I recall my baking efforts of the challenges set last year.
GBBO 2015 bakes

In three sleeps time much of the nation will be about to sit down to watch the seventh series of the Great British Bake Off with 12 home bakers facing the steely stare of Paul Hollywood and the comforting comments of Mary Berry.  And let's not forget the doublenetendre quips from Mel and Sue.  I'll certainly be there with my fresh pot of tea, in awe of the creations they whip up.

It's become such an institution with many of the bakes lingering in the memories of baking fans.  Amongst those which I recall are Paul's lion bread complete with almond nails, Nadia's blue peacock in chocolate week and Frances Quinn's giant matchstick bread sticks.  Having already seen a few trailers for GBBO 2016, the excitement is already mounting wondering what feats of baked engineering they are challenged with whilst looking forward to 'meeting' the characters.