It’s been a busy couple of weeks for us. There’s been so much going on I’ve neglected this blog but I guess that’s what happens when you’re busy.
I still found time to do a little baking but there hasn’t been anything exciting happening on the cooking side of things – hubby was working continuous late shifts, I was working five days a week instead of my usual three plus taking the kids to their after school activities meant that the boys and I were getting home pretty late in the evening. In their tired state all they wanted to eat for dinner was soup and toasted cheese sandwiches which I was happy to oblige them with!
So here is what else I’ve been up to in the kitchen lately…..
I made these Lotus (or, as it’s also known, Biscoff) caramelised spread cupcakes from Picky Palate to take into my last day at work on Friday. While we’re on the subject, what the heck do they put in that spread??? it’s so addictive! I used the crunchy spread in these cupcakes as it was all I had in the cupboard – in hindsight though it’s a bit of a waste of time using the crunchy stuff in the actual sponge recipe because the tiny biscuit pieces are lost in the final product. They were lovely in the buttercream – but made it difficult to pipe because the crunchy pieces kept getting clogged in the nozzle! You live and learn!
I also took in a lemon drizzle traybake which I’m told went down very well!
I’ve been baking a fair bit from Ruby Tandoh’s new book “Crumb”. I wasn’t actually intending to buy this book (or any cookery books for that matter – I’m trying to be good and save money) but after flicking through it in Waterstones I was completely sold. It’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve seen this year. It is packed full of gorgeous achievable recipes and Ruby goes into to detail about how to avoid common pitfalls in baking and how to achieve best results.
My sourdough James is still going strong – I treated him to some lovely organic rye flour and he seemed to love it! Expect to see a very long post dedicated to James and all the baking he has produced later on in the month.
This weekend I made Salted Millionaires shortbread from Jane Hornby’s new book What to bake and how to bake it. Whenever I make Millionaires shortbread it disappears very quickly – everyone seems to love it. I don’t have this book (yet!) but the recipe is available here – it’s in American cup measurements though.
I always seem to have overripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter. If they get too past it I can’t bear to look at them and end up chucking them so I’m always looking for ways to use them up. This is one of my favourite banana bread recipes by Nigella from How to be a Domestic Goddess. I changed it up like Nigella suggests in the book by adding 25g cocoa powder in place of some flour and adding a chopped up bar of chocolate. I used a bar of Green & Blacks butterscotch chocolate which I found lying in the back of my cupboard like a little hidden gem 🙂 You’ll find the original banana bread recipe right here.
So that’s what I’ve been up to in the past couple of weeks – no new recipes but I’ve got a few on the backburner I’ll be sharing with you this month so watch this space. You can also expect to see a few reviews this month, a few companies have asked me to work alongside them for a few posts which I’m really excited about 🙂
So I’m signing off for now – as I type this I’m sitting in my new work uniform all ready to leave for my first day at my new full time job. I’m feeling very nervous and excited – Wish me luck! I’ll be back soon lovely readers x