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.

Raspberry Marshmallows

I’d seen a lot of blog posts out there on the internet about making marshmallows, for some reason I never thought you’d be able to make them. I’ve never actually made sweets before.

As part of prep for this I went out and bought myself a candy thermometer, I don’t think I would have been as happy making these if I didn’t have them. I learnt a lot making these and I hope that it’ll help my sweet making ventures in the future.  Continue reading

Green tea and chocolate cake

I’ve been a fan of bakerella site for a while now but until recently all I’ve been able to do is admire the pretty pictures. Last weekend I bought some American style measuring cups from John Lewis.

I was really eager to try them out! So for my first project I decided to make the green tea and chocolate cake from bakerella.

Hopefully as I get a bit more experienced with using cups my technique will improve a little I did end up spilling some of the ingredients around the kitchen a little. What I was really impressed by was the speed at which I was able to put this cake together. Cups are quicker than scales. Continue reading

Happy Easter! – Simnel Muffins

This coming weekend is Easter. I was in a baking mood and looking for something Easter related to make, I’m not much of a fruit cake fan so simnel cake was pretty much out. However I came across a recipe on the BBC good food website for simnel muffins.

I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter until it came to the marzipan. Since I’d bought a whole pack of marzipan and it doesn’t often get used in our house I decided I’d go crazy and use the whole thing. Unfortunately it was a bit too much.

I think if I was to use the recipe again I’d replace the marzipan with chocolate just because I love chocolate and in a way its kinda Easter related isn’t it?  Continue reading

Chocolate and Apricot Crispy Cake

This last week I’ve been working on a variety of mugs, I’ve been hoping to have a whole kiln load of mugs. They’ll probably end up getting glazed in blue, white and black. They’ll eventually make their way on to the little wren pottery shop if you’d like one!

A few weeks ago I got a craving for some rice crispy squares, now I used to buy these at the supermarket. The last time I got one I found it horribly unsatisfying and so I decided after trawling the internet for a recipe I’d make my own.
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