I’ve been following Karen Burns-Booth fabulous food blog, Lavender & Lovage, pretty much since its inception. Now, we have the cookbook, newly published this month, Lavender & Lovage: a culinary notebook of memories & recipes from home & abroad. Read on for my review and a recipe for Earl Grey fruit cake with orange icing.
I’ve had the most horrible cold and it’s gone on for nearly two weeks now. As a result, my body has been craving healing foods. Ginger is a wonderful spice for alleviating soar throats and general bunged upness. Earlier this week, with Bonfire Night fast approaching, my thoughts inevitably turned to gingerbread. The result of my deliberations were these little sticky ginger apple cakes. Oh my days, they are good – super sticky and gloriously gingery.
This wholemeal upside-down apple cake is super easy to make and and the results are better than satisfactory – a lot better. It’s quick to prepare and tastes delicious. The slightly caramelised apple pairs well with the subtle tones of cardamom and cider.
My spinach cake with lemon is a super simple version of le gâteau vert or green cake and it tastes delicious too. I was inspired after seeing this week’s episode of Great British Bake Off. I’ve made it with wholemeal spelt, but you can use whatever flour you prefer. The batter is made with spinach puree and the icing is coloured with spinach too. I’ve filled it with lemon ricotta and topped it with pistachios.
One of my favourite ways to bake a cake these days is using my silicone bundt mould. With very little fuss, I can make an outstandingly tasty cake that looks as though a lot more work went into it, than actually has. When my uncle turned up to help us clear the garden a couple of months ago, I made him this double delight bundt cake. Cunningly, it’s two cakes swirled together to make one: chocolate rum & raisin and coconut & lime. When I say ‘him’, I clearly mean that we all got to indulge in a slice or two.
Triple trouble, these dark, rich and fudgy triple chocolate almond brownies are way too tempting for anyone supposedly interested in a wholesome diet. Even I can’t kid myself that they are in any way healthy. They are, however, bl**dy delicious and being naturally gluten-free, they’re inclusive too.
The leaves are turning, the mornings are misty and the season of mellow fruitfulness has definitely arrived. There are apples aplenty here in the New Forest and apple cake is an autumnal essential bake. For Bonfire Night last year, I reckon I created my best ever. It’s a toffee apple hazelnut cake and is just perfect for this time of year.
Everyone loves a Victoria Sandwich, it’s the nation’s favourite cake. But I have a confession to make. In all my years of baking I’d never made one before – until my farewell party that is.
This cinnamon coconut chocolate crunch traybake is a real crowd pleaser. It’s ideal for parties where both children and adults will love it. It has less sugar than similar bakes, but its nutty crunchiness will have you coming back for more. It’s quick and easy to make; the hardest part is waiting for the chocolate crunch to cool and set.
Kale may not be the most obvious thing to put in a cake, but as many of you will know, I’m all for adding nutritious ingredients to my bakes. Flavour and texture are massively important, but I do derive quite a bit of pleasure from a naturally colourful cake. This kale apple cake with apple icing hits the spot on all counts.