My grand plan was to have this post up for you on the morning of the 28th – so you were all set for Pancake Day – but a sick kitty foiled my plans. Howevever, I now bring you something to do with all of those left over crepes you have lying around (yeah, right!) and my cat Enzo seems to be on the mend. It’s all good!
I was asked to create a recipe using a crepe maker for AO.com, which got me thinking….other than the perfect crepe recipe, which a brain much brighter than mine has already created, what on earth can I do. After some Pinterest seaching (where would we be without it!), I stumbled across the world of crepe cakes. (more…)
Macarons are turning in to one of my favourite things to bake. Once you get the technique down they are really quite easy and they always look so adorable and eye-catching! These Neapolitan (it’s ridiculous how often I misspell that word!) Macarons are the epitome of cute food. They would be great for a girlie get together or afternoon tea and the classic Italian flavour work great together.
I was curious about the whole Neapolitan thing so I turned to Google and Wikipedia (…where else?) for some information. Neapolitan mean ‘of or pertaining to Naples’, which makes sense, and it seems that it was brought to the USA by Italian immigrants in the mid 1800s. I must confess I’m not crazy about the traditional ice cream variety but last year I baked a strawberry, vanilla and chocolate layer cake for my second cousins Christening and it really did taste delicious. (more…)
Currently, my favourite thing to bake is French macarons. After lots and lots of practice I’ve finally mastered the technique so not I get to focus on flavours and making them all kinds of pretty colours. (check out my Facebook page to see my latest Valentines Day designs).
For macaron inspiration Pintrest is great. There are some bloggers who are killing the macaron game too, my personal favourite it Raspberri Cupcakes, she’s a macaron queen! This particular recipe was inspired by some Lindtt orange chocolate I was gifted a while back. It was tasty, but I felt like it could be put to better use than my passing sweet tooth cravings. Also, macaron making always leads to leftover egg yolks which usually leads to curd for a filling! Orange curd is a great twist on the lime and cranberry versions I’ve posted before. It doesn’t have the tartness of the other and is sweet and creamy. Perfect when paired with a dark chocolate ganache like we have here. (more…)
The cookies I made this year come from the Top with Cinnamon cookbook, but with a little spin on the recipe, of course. I adore malt flavoured things, especially biscuits – those really plain Malted Milk biscuits are one of my favourites – so I opted to add a little malt powder and I didn’t bother browning the butter because a) I’m a little lazy and b) I didn’t want to distract from the malt and the chocolate by over complicating things.
A little side note about the chocolate is that I picked up a bag of chocolate chips from a local Chocolatier, based here in Inverness town centre. The Chocolate Place is a lovely little shop at the end of Academy Street with some delicious looking chocolate gifts, perfect for stocking fillers! Take a look at their website as they have an online shop which delivers throughout the country. The chocolate chips were great, I always go for dark chocolate in baking and these had a deep flavour with that hint of bitterness that you need. (more…)
Is everyone excited to have a long weekend? It’s a lovely sunny day here in Inverness so fingers crossed that it lasts right through until Monday. As I am currently unemployed/building my empire a Monday holiday doesn’t quite have the significance it used to but still, when there are other people off it means I’ve got people to hang out with, go me!
So when I’m all alone and everyone else is being normal at work, I bake…and design my bakery website and advertising, photograph things, blog…I’m quite busy, honestly! It’s true that I have to remind myself to be busy at all times though. As a person who lives for a routine, living without one is tough. So I try and set myself some rules about when to get up, what to achieve per day, always remember to leave the house at least once! Lists. They are the way forward when you’re trying to keep a routine going.
But back to the baking. I was recently asked by Baking Mad to try out one of their recipes, and if I liked it, share it with my readers. I wasn’t aware of the Baking Mad website prior to the email but it’s really a great new resource for recipes. It’s especially good for the beginner as everything is explained clearly and simply. My favourite feature is the ‘Bake Mode’ option, which takes the recipe full screen with one step per page, with a note of the ingredients required for that step. Very handy. (more…)