It’s been a very busy, but quite exciting, couple of weeks. Not only did I go on a week’s trip to Madrid & Barcelona (which I’ll be getting into soon on the blog), but I popped up to Leeds for the 2017 Bloggers Blog Awards, where I was shortlisted for ‘Best Food Blog’. After winning last year, and having some incredibly strong competition, I was incredibly humbled to discover I’d won. Thank you so, so much to everyone who voted for me. You have no idea how much it means to think that people like my ramblings about cheese and cinnamon enough for me to have won an award once, let along twice. It was also wonderful to see so many old faces on the night, as well as meeting a bunch of new ones. These events have all gotten in the way of actually doing the blogging though, so it’s time for another Bake Off Bake Along; Marmite Caramel Millionaire’s Shortbread.
I don’t read enough food magazines. When I went to the states earlier in the year I bought a copy of Olive Magazine for the flight. it had a couple of recipes in it which jumped out and, after I got back, I gave some a go. One of these was this particular recipe. It’s one from the Boy Who Bakes and is indulgent on many different levels. If you’re not a fan of sesame then you’re going to have to stop now, because there’s sesame in every single aspect of it, from the cake itself through to the glaze and the brittle, which also makes it a mouthful to say; Tahini & Chocolate Cake with Tahini Frosting and Sesame Brittle may not roll off the tongue, but boy does it taste good.
In case you haven’t noticed, summer is here. In England right now it’s hit the kind of temperatures we spend the whole year complaining we don’t get, and then the few days it does we say things along the lines of; ‘can’t function’ and ‘I’m not built for this kind of heat’ while we sit in the shade in a beer garden or lay on top of the covers at night. I decided to bake on what was the hottest day of the year so far, so all of these things were uttered in the first 5 minutes. In all fairness, I baked this cake at about 8am, when the full heat of day hadn’t hit, but the oven was happily sat there making up the difference as it pre-heated. I had decided to make something fit for summer and baked a White Chocolate & Raspberry Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream and Pistachios.
I’m almost 3 weeks into Vegan May and so far, so good. Yeah, OK, I miss cheese a little bit, but having gone to Club Mexicana last weekend and eaten some of their Vegan Cheese Fries the craving was satiated slightly. We hosted some friends over the weekend for Eurovision and I decided to try and bake something for us all to share after we’d had a little bit too much to drink. Having tackled vegan cinnamon buns I wanted to do something else which usually relies pretty heavily on dairy, a Vegan Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tart. Caramel usually has stacks of cream and butter, a ganache filling is filled with cream and pastry, almost by definition, is crammed full of butter. Read more
Last year I was given the Mast Brother’s recipe book and I’ve not made enough from it. I decided to right that and bake one of the more unusual recipes from the book. This came in the form of a Chocolate Blueberry Pie. I love blueberry pies and I’ve put one up on the blog before. Adding chocolate, both to the filling and the pastry, makes this a much heavier and richer pie, but it’s something ideal for a cold winters evenings. Cover it with cream, or have it with some ice cream and you’re on to a winner.