Baked & Delicious Easter Special & a Competition
When asked if I’d like to review a copy of the Baked & Delicious Spring Special, I was more than a little surprised. Last I heard, Baked & Delicioius had ceased publication after issue #5. I had a note to this effect accompanying this issue, which is one of four that I won last spring. However, whatever happened last year, they are now back in business. I’m a complete sucker for any baking magazines and also a fan of silicone bakeware, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity of getting hold of a copy and finding out what the “extra special” silicone surprise was going to be.
The copy duly arrived and with it two chocolate moulds for varying sizes of chicks, rabbits and little Easter eggs. Despite my ongoing issues with tempering chocolate, I was really pleased with these moulds. One day I will master tempering and then there will be no stopping me and everyone will be getting chocolate Easter eggs – Easter or no Easter.
The chocolate Easter cake on the front cover looked most enticing and I very nearly made it straight away. But I had a fridge full of apple and lemon curd which needed using up, so I ended up making an apple and lemon curd cake instead. I did, however, use the moulds to make little white chocolate chicks to decorate the cake with. They weren’t an unalloyed success as I had my usual problem melting the chocolate successfully, so I couldn’t pour or drizzle the chocolate into the moulds as directed in the B&D issue. I sort of pressed it in using a spoon and palette knife. I was then too impatient to wait for the chocolate to set properly, so the first few I pressed out were not, err, very well defined.
Other Easter goodies to bake include Greek Easter bread, Russian kulich, Polish peanut & chocolate mazurek and baked chocolate creams. I was rather taken by Torta alla Pasqualina, a spectacular looking Italian vegetarian pie containing spinach, ricotta and whole eggs baked in pastry.
The recipes are interesting, the instructions are clear and the photographs are good, but at £8.99 for eight recipes, it does seem a trifle expensive; I guess it just depends how much you want those Easter chocolate moulds!
Baked & Delicious are running an Easter baking competition on their facebook page. The prize of a professional cupcake and chocolate martini making masterclass sounds quite enticing, but as it is based in London, it won’t be suitable for everyone.