While the Florentine flapjacks and the ‘healthy’ pear and almond loaf were pretty tasty, I have to admit that they weren’t the most demanding bakes I have ever attempted. Therefore I decided to try something a little more complex this week and remind myself yet again that I do have some baking skill.
So after a winter in working in France I am finally back in the UK, and while it’s safe to say it has been an amazing 5 months I am ready for a detox, a really good sleep and a break from alpine carbs. While I would be quite happy never to see tartiflette or beef bourginon again in my life, I have certainly missed my kitchen and actually being able to bake with any ingredients I want. So, 3 days back in after my friend Jess’s birthday, I have my first post of the Summer for you which has to be the height of originality: chocolate and vanilla birthday cake.
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).
After my post for ghostie macarons on Wednesday, I thought I would pay homage to this autumnal time of year through my dark chocolate and apple babka. Anyone who knows me knows I get slightly excited over the apple tree in our garden, but a slightly too liberal trimming last year meant not a lot of the stuff this year. However, this didn’t stop me from salvaging the few that I could, nor will it stop me from recycling old photos as a slightly sad and lame form of nostalgic reminiscing.
Although the severe neglect I have shown my blog in the past few weeks seems to be getting worse, I promise you I am about to (fingers crossed) make an attempt at some sort of redemption. Since I was too busy selling cheese this bank holiday weekend, which gave me the perfect opportunity to bask in the unusually warm British sunshine, I didn’t manage to get a post out. But, yet again, I’m sure you’ll forgive me, mainly because you don’t have much choice! I therefore offer you the first of not one, but two posts this week; you can’t say I don’t spoil you!
So after stating in last weeks post that I was going to try and do something a little more adventurous this week, I bottled in and, instead, have opted for this cherry and pistachio loaf. Since it is my sister’s last week before she jets off to New Zealand for a year, I decided to take a little break from what was my constant baking and spend some time with her. So, yet again, sorry not sorry! However, I feel like this will still be a pretty delicious recipe, purely because it is based on a foolproof one I use by the Primrose Bakery, so hopefully you’ll be able to forgive me once again.
From Jaffa Cakes to Nutella, it’s safe to say I am piling the sugar in for these blog posts and, even though my jeans might disagree, not a single part of my is even slightly sorry. While this recipe in particular is definitely geared towards those with a sweet tooth and could fall into the borderline health risk category, it is absolutely delicious and I would modestly recommend it.