Even after the chocolate and marshmallow birthday cake I posted for Lauren’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, I am taking the risk of being repetitive and posting yet another chocolate cake. But this time, it’s covered in Brownie (cue the drool).
Although you may find this hard to believe, I am a little bit obsessed with baking. Therefore, it goes without saying that when it comes to birthdays I get a little bit carried in terms of cake. For the last few years I have always treated my closest friends with cake in some form, and for my friend Lauren it was no exception! I already mentioned in my post for Charlie’s Leaving Cake that she is one of the three musketeers, so naturally I felt I should do something pretty special for her 23rd. Her decision to do a Vegas themed party meant I had my work cut out for me. Hence the ‘Cookies and Cream Loz Vegas cake’ (couldn’t resist the pun). Continue reading “Cookies and Cream Las Vegas Birthday Cake”
Although I have been trying to get into the habit of posting on a Sunday, there are two main reasons for my spontaneous midweek blog post. Firstly, it’s Halloween so I have to post something naughty after my slightly healthier offering of Pumpkin and Coconut Granola. Secondly, I barely made a dint in my roasted pumpkin (and I only prepped half) so why not use it as an excuse for extra baking! Continue reading “Oaty Pumpkin Cookies”
If you can’t tell by veggie baking theme I seem to have adopted over the last couple of weeks, the attempt to be slightly healthier continues. Since my chilli beetroot brownies provided a very, very slightly skinnier version of the treat that contributes to probably about 20% of the reason I even have a gym membership, I decided to take it a step further. And what better and more original way to do this at Halloween than with pumpkins. Having read that about 90% of pumpkins are used for carvings, I decided to try and pay them the credit they were due as an ingredient. Besides, I am terrible at pumpkin carving so I this seemed like the next best, although inadvertent, way to celebrate. Continue reading “Pumpkin and Coconut Granola”
After gorging on the extra dark chocolate left over from my last post for apple, pecan and dark chocolate biscotti, it occurred to me that I haven’t done anything really chocolatey yet! I decided this needed to be rectified as soon as possible and another realisation quickly followed: while I have made blondies, I have never made brownies! It’s safe to say you can’t go wrong with brownies. Whether they are soft, gooey, thick or thin, everyone loves them and you should treat anyone who doesn’t with a degree of caution. Continue reading “Chilli Beetroot Brownies”
Now it is safe to say we are firmly in Autumn, I feel it is finally acceptable for me to post something using our very own home grown apples. I know what you’re thinking, especially if you’re Miranda Priestley: Apples, in autumn? Groundbreaking. But, The Devil Wears Prada references aside, I have had my beady eye on those apples since they appeared. So now they’re finally ripe enough and the nagging from my dad to do something with them before the birds do has begun, I feel like the day has finally come. Continue reading “Apple, Pecan and Dark Chocolate Biscotti”
Since I haven’t done anything wholly savoury on my blog since it started, I thought I should probably broaden my horizons slightly when it comes to savoury flavours. I therefore decided to give making bread another go, partially as a result of bread week on the bake off, but also because it is an area of baking I don’t explore enough. Apart from anything else, no one is going to complain to a freshly baked loaf of bread, so I took the ‘what’s the worst that could happen’ attitude and turned to Paul Hollywood yet again. Continue reading “Chilli and Ginger Olive Ciabatta”