Snickerdoodles

Hello all!

Introducing a biscuit with the most bizarre name… the Snickerdoodle! Before joining the baking blogging scene, I had never heard of these tasty little treats. In the last 17 months (!) I’ve seen recipes for these pop up in my WordPress reader now and again.

I knew they were biscuits, but that was about as far as it went. Despite the crazy name, my curiosity was not sufficiently peaked. Americans have all sorts of foodstuffs with weird names that are not amazing,¬†why should these be any different? Continue reading “Snickerdoodles”

Chocolate & Prune Cake

For most of my life, there has been one thing, and one thing only, that I associate with prunes. Can you guess what it is?! ūüėČ

Fibre. Yep, prunes have always been strongly associated in my mind with the gut, and getting things moving. So when I noticed that two of my newest cookbooks contained recipes for Chocolate Prune Cakes, I was intrigued. Could I really eat prunes without it being for dietary reasons? Continue reading “Chocolate & Prune Cake”

Mix & Match Ricotta Cake

I recently discovered a recipe that I loved so much, I made it twice within the space of three days! I found it in my newest cookbook, Honey & Co: The Baking Book. The moment I laid eyes on that glossy, glorious, fruit and nut-laden cake, I knew I had to give it a go. I’m not the hugest fan of heavily iced cakes, so¬†cakes that are stunning without icing really appeal to me.

The book delightfully compares this recipe to a game of¬†Chinese whispers, in that it changes with every person who it passes through. Continue reading “Mix & Match Ricotta Cake”

It’s that time of year again!

Hello!

Yes, it is that time of year again: Easter! My birthday! Autumn! Impending doom!

Easter!

Which, when it comes to baking and sweet treats, means Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs. I’ve just pulled a tray of Chocolate Hot Cross Buns out of the oven, and boy are they delicious! Continue reading “It’s that time of year again!”

In praise of the humble banana loaf

Until yesterday, I never quite realised just how important banana loaf was to me. You see, it has always been a part of my life, something familiar and comforting, but something to which I never really paid a lot of attention.¬†You see, banana loaf isn’t really anything special, but it has always been there in the background of life. Continue reading “In praise of the humble banana loaf”

Recipe Challenge: Ruske Kape (Russian Hats)

Hullo and velcome to my blog! (I hope you read that in a Russian accent)

Today’s post is my entry into Lina’s recipe challenge for February, which was cakes from around the world. What a fun¬†idea! I picked Ruske Kape, or Russian Hats, which are adorable little individual cakes, which kind of resemble (surprise surprise) Russian fur hats. According to Wikipedia, they are from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia. They consist of two layers of spongey chocolate cake, sandwiched together with buttercream, decorated on the sides with coconut and topped with chocolate. Yum!

Now, I have to admit, this WAS indeed a challenge. Continue reading “Recipe Challenge: Ruske Kape (Russian Hats)”

Gingernuts

Hello friends,

Welcome back! I’ve been doing some work on my website, which I think makes the site easier to read and navigate. I hope you’ll have a little look around and let me know what you think!

Despite two long weekends in a row (bliss!), I haven’t done much baking for the blog, so I thought I’d better whip something up. I always forget how great biscuit making is.¬†They’re easy and fast to make, bake and cool quickly due to their small size, and they don’t require any decoration, so you get to taste them almost straight out of the oven. Also, as a bonus, if you use baking paper, washing up is a breeze. You might be seeing more biscuits on the blog, I think.¬† Continue reading “Gingernuts”