I don’t know about anyone else but food is the one thing which I use to mark the weekend. Especially during this pandemic it’s important to find a way to seperate the 2 and still feel as though you have a few days to recooperate and enjoy free time. This weekend’s treat was a Sunday Brunch of treats. I put on bacon sarnies and two different types of pastries. For me, there’s nothing better than a breakfast pastry and a coffee. I think because it reminds me of being on holiday as it’s usually what I go for when we go to hotels/away. I did Pecan Pinwheels and Apricot and Custard Danish pastries. Both of which were actually really easy to make and tasted so good!
One of my favourite things to eat growing up was always a Bakewell Tart. Me and my best friend would buy a whole box of them and demolish them together. In particular I remember buying a giant one and thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread. For me it’s the almond flavour which does it. I love anything almondy and the sweetness of the jam and icing make for a delicious combo! I finally got round to making my own, and although messy, they turned out great! Continue reading “Cherry Bakewell Tarts”
To follow on from my last post I thought I’d post another recipe anyone can try whilst we’re social distancing. I’ve seen loads of posts on banana bread on social media so thought I’d jump on the hype and give it a go as well! The recipe is great if you’ve got over-ripe bananas left to use up, and avoids them going to waste! The loaf can be made all in one bowl making it so quick and easy to make. It makes for a nice little pick-me-up with a cup of tea!
With Autumn in full spring I really wanted to do another bake with Apples this year. I did do one a couple of years ago when I first started this blog for an Apple Crumble Cake. If you fancy trying that here’s the link! Anyway, I found this recipe for a really simple cake which just requires a quick mix of ingredients and a 30 min bake. The cake is a vanilla sponge with apple pieces finished with a sugary cinnamon syrup for the top.
Sometimes you can’t beat a classic. Throughout all the years I’ve baked I’ve actually never made a classic Victoria Sponge so it was about time I gave it a go. It’s a great recipe if you’re looking for somewhere to start with baking. It’s so easy, simple and made from simple ingredients which won’t build up too much of an expense. It’s also a fantastic addition to a cup of tea or a glass of fizz!
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.
As Easter is fast approaching one of my favourite baked goods is back on the shelves- Hot Cross Buns. Hot Cross Buns mix some of my favourite flavours together into one delicious bun. I have always bought them thinking I need to try to make them myself one day. Year after year I get put off by the thought of having to make a bread dough. It isn’t something I’m very confident with. However, this recipe proved that sometimes just putting your mind and trying something different can lead to surprising results!
This year I’ve been cramming in practice wedding cakes wherever I can. I have been asked to do my brother’s wedding cake for the big day in April, which I am both excited and nervous to do! I’ve never done anything like it so have been trying my best to ensure I am ready, and fully equipped to pull it off! This week I made one of the cake tiers for a birthday cake. It was the perfect opportunity to try nail the cake, and in particular, try to get my skills using fondant up to scratch. The cake was a success and the recipe I have been using gives you fantastic results. A gorgeous, tangy lemon cake with a lemon curd buttercream finished with fondant icing for decor. If you’ve got a celebration coming up this recipe will guide you in making the perfect cake!
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!
With the British summertime surprising us all this year with the glorious weather. BBQs have been part of the weekend for nearly everyone I know. It’s a great excuse to get people round and eat your body weight in food, and an even better excuse to make a dessert. This White Chocolate Cheesecake is a big winner and has the best mix of a creamy, rich, chocolatey dessert with the addition of sweet summer berries.