It’s Easter weekend! The weather is gorgeous and it’s time for a few days to relax with lots of food and drink. As the holiday revolves around chocolate, it would be rude not to bake something gooey and chocolatey. This bake was an idea sent to me by my friend, what better way to catch up than baking a proper treat!
This weekend I made another tier to my brother’s wedding cake. This is a traditional fruit cake however, unlike most traditional wedding cakes the other tiers are different flavours. Although many people aren’t fans of fruit cake this light version is one which is easily enjoyable. It has pops of colours from the pistachios, glace cherries as well as packing lots of flavour from orange and lemon zest as well as stem ginger. This cake can be used for many other occasions such as a Christmas fruit cake or just to be enjoyed for an afternoon tea.
Even amongst a very busy week, I managed to fit in a quick bake to be used as a birthday cake this weekend. It was my sister in law’s hen do, but, it was also her and one of the hens’ birthday. Of course, you can’t have a birthday without any birthday cake! I manage to bake this within an hour and a bit on a Thursday night- which goes to show how easy this recipe is! With a few finishing touches and decorations this cake turns from something which looks super simple, to something which looks gorgeous!
Finally, January is over! Like most people, I jumped on the health bandwagon after eating my bodyweight over Christmas. Unfortunately, that did mean putting a pause on my hobby and blog for a while whilst I threw myself into healthy eating. But, you’ve got to treat yourself sometimes! What better way to kick start the year than with chocolate! In keeping with the wellbeing theme too, these Chocolate Mousse pots are still reasonable in terms of calories and sugar- it’s a win, win! Perfect for a weekend treat or Valentines!
It’s Christmas time! My favourite time of the year. The tree is up, the house is decorating, I’m now just waiting to finish work and enjoy the relaxation! One of the best things about Christmas is not just the excuse to drink an extra gin but also to eat yummy food which only comes around this time of year! I wanted to get baking some festive foods and try something different from what I’ve done before. Stollen Muffins sounded like a delicious, easy, weekend bake to get into the Christmas mood!
As I’ve probably mentioned before- I love custard! It’s possibly one of my favourite flavours/ingredient in baking. It is far more versatile than people believe it to be as well. From Creme Anglaise (Egg Custard) to the delicate Creme Patissiere, to your Gran’s thick homemade custard for Sunday dessert. You just can’t beat any of them. This week’s bake is Pasteis De Nata, which translated to small Portuguese Custard Tarts which uses egg custard. They’re little bites of joy which no one can turn down…
Day by day I am feeling more and more Autumnal. Days are feeling shorter and leaves will soon be falling. If I’m honest, I am a little excited from a cooking/baking point of view for the change in the seasons. I find it a lot easier to get inspiration for baking when the weather isn’t scorching hot. As we have seen in Bake Off this year as well, it makes baking a lot easier when the weather is cooler. Either way, I am excited to share some winter warmers with you. For now, this week’s delicious bake is a moist, chocolatey cookie, with chunks of Malteaser and white chocolate chips thrown in for good measure…