21 Jun 10

Happy Fathers Day!

I hope you all had a great day with your Dads. My Dad and I went to Hexham Races, it was ladies day and the hottest of the summer I’ve experienced yet. Dad didn’t win anything but I came up trumps for the first race of the day winning £20.

I also got my Dad a couple of small gifts some beer soap from The Beer Soap Company and the great dad songs card by Konnie Kapow!

When we got home it was time to make tea. I’d been working on this lasagna for about 4 days stewing the Bolognese sauce, it might surprise you to know that I’d never made it before. Multiple cookings of the sauce help to develop its flavour before layering it up.

Because I’m on a continual diet I made a ‘skinny’ lasagna made with Philadelphia extra light. For some reason once it’d baked it tasted like crumbly goats cheese.

However I’m pretty sure you’re here to see dessert. I made this chocolate and hazelnut cake, the original recipe for this is in the ‘Hummingbird Bakery Book’. Its actually supposed to be a cupcake but I doubled the mixture and turned it into a cake.

It turned out really nice with a soft crumb and sweet nutty flavour, the only thing I didn’t increase to exactly double was the sugar. If I’d done that it would have included 280 grams of sugar, yikes! So instead I went with 200 grams and even then it was slightly on the sweet side.

The other thing I came back to was this post on the storque about my Dad and I. So thrilled to be featured on there thanks Amity! You can also read an interview with me on the Creativity Speaks blog where I talk about process and marketing.

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