Well, it seems that I’m on a bit of an American kick with my baking lately. Possibly because I’m off to San Francisco in a couple of weeks for a conference. I can’t wait!!!
Limes are normally so expensive, so when I saw a big bag of them at the Chinese supermarket for $4, I couldn’t resist! The aroma of lime brings to mind so many fond memories, largely involving cocktails! 😀 I decided it was high time I made my first Key Lime Pie. Continue reading “My first ‘Key’ Lime Pie”
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”
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?! 😉
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”
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”
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”
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)”
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”