Although they are great together earl grey tea and lemon aren’t necessarily flavours you would associate with caramel. But as with my wasabi blondies I decided to give them a go and took the Dr. Pepper attitude of ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’. Fortunately this attitude paid off! While the decision was in some ways last minute on the whole they turned out pretty well. The smoothness of the tea works well with the caramel and the hint of lemon helps cut through some of the sugar. The earl grey flavour makes it a perfect tea time snack for anyone with a sweet tooth, but even if you don’t a small piece never hurt anyone! Continue reading “Lemon and Earl Grey Caramel Shortbread”
I will admit that I fully understand any scepticism towards this recipe. My decision to order a chocolate and wasabi cake to curb my sweet tooth in Wagamamas a few years ago was met with the same reserve. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t normally put these flavours together.However providing you are careful with the amount of wasabi you use, I think it works quite well.
Even though butternut squash is probably one of my favourite vegetables, it is very rare that I can actually be bothered to prepare it myself. So even though they aren’t in season, the decision to make this cake was slightly opportunistic: some ready prepped cubes leftover from dinner gave me the perfect cheat’s way out. However, the cake is still pretty good! Although it is slightly heavier, it is incredibly moist and not as dense as you might think. I have tried experimenting with vegetables in baking before (and I can guarantee this won’t be the last time they make an appearance in some form) but this is definitely the most successful of my bakes so far. Continue reading “Butternut Squash and Orange Cake”