13 Oct 2016

Lemon Drizzle Muffins

Hello, is it the weekend already? Good! I was looking through my stats the other day and was reminded how popular my post on Lemon Drizzle Cake is. At the moment we have an unexpected collection of lemons in our fridge, probably due to the fact we forget we already have some and keep buying more in Morrisons.

So, I thought, let me make muffins, especially as a reader had once asked me if the Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe converts nicely into cupcakes/ muffins. And yes, it does convert well, the proof is definitely in the pudding.

I had some unused tulip muffin cases that I'd once purchased from Sainsbury's and basically put together the original Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe with some small alterations, that nobody would probably notice. I don't often make cupcakes, so it was a nice change from the normal recipes I bake.

30 Sep 2016

Heating-On weather Recipes

Today marks the first day after the summer that my central heating went back on. I was at my computer and felt a nip in the air and decided, it's time. To be fair, I have waited long enough and we are on October's doorstep. I think I have done well, all things considering!

So, to celebrate, here are my favourite Heating-On weather bakes.

• Number One, has to be Apple Crumble. There is no negotiation on this one. Apple Crumble is where my baking began and may it continue. No doubt I would have drawn out this recipe and executed many times before Christmas.

perfect Apple Crumble | www.bakeandthecity.co.uk

• Autumn or Fall, marks pecan harvesting season in the USA and I do tend to notice better deals on packs of pecans around this time over here, so we must not forget my Pecan Pie Bars recipe.

Baked Cheesecake for its dense nature and hint of warming nutmeg, will leave you pretty satisfied after one slice.

Baked Cheesecake | www.bakeandthecity.co.uk

Thin Pear Tart just because it looks so elegant. One to bring along to those cold autumn evening dinners.

Pear Tart | www.bakeandthecity.co.uk

• And, finally, the list is topped off with an honourable all-rounder 'whatever the weather'. Banana Cake. As this is a recipe that I bake so often, I can't help feeling like an expert, here are some tips you may find useful.

Banana Cake | www.bakeandthecity.co.uk

That's all folks. Hopefully we will be set for a warmer winter this year.

7 Sep 2016

Honey Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Honey_Oatmeal_raisin_cookie | www.bakeandthecity.co.uk

When I find a new favorite thing, I keep going back to it. New favourite shoes will get worn everyday; favourite nail polish, will get worn to death; a new lunch inspiration will eaten every lunch-time until I tire of the taste. You get the point.

So when I find a new cookie recipe, that is chewy with a bit of nutty-ness and oaty goodness and is quick to make, it will get baked repetitively. They are a bit more healthier than most too. I've made these twice this week already. The last time I felt this passionate about a cookie was with my White Chocolate and Lime cookies, they are brilliant too.

Don't forget to take you butter out of the fridge beforehand, so it's near room temperature, or you can choose one of my quick methods to softening butter. And the best thing about cookies in general is that they only take minutes in the oven!
Behold my Honey Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

11 Aug 2016

Hints & Tips

To prevent the knife from sticking or tearing when cutting cakes, pies and tray bakes, simply dip your knife in a glass of warm water after each slice and dry both sides of the blade with a firm wipe of a clean towel.

26 Jul 2016

Strawberry Banana Popsicle Ice lollies

strawberry ice lollies popsicle

This is not cake?
I know. But you need these in your life. This recipe will break the internet, hopefully. These are super simple to make and taste heavenly in this heat-wave we seem to be having in the UK at the moment.

Do you have strawberries? A banana? A few dates, maybe? Good. You could probably even skip the dates if they're too fancy, but don't skip the ice lolly/ popsicle moulds. You will need those.
Please note that I said: "heat-wave". So we will be back to cake with cold weather in no time, right?
Good old English Weather.

Strawberry Banana Popsicle Ice lollies
1 ripe banana
7 strawberries
2 Tbsp of coconut milk (I used tinned)
2 Tbsp of water
3 dates
an ice lolly mould (with 4-5 sections)

Makes about 5 ice lollies/ Popsicles

Peel the banana, hull and cut the strawberries into quarters. Remove any stones from the dates and add all the ingredients to a blender or similar Nutribullet type device. Blend to a smooth consistency and pour neatly into your moulds. Freeze for a minimum of 5 hours or overnight.

Bee's Notes: We use the term ice-lolly more frequently than popsicle, here in the UK. But I believe they are the same thing. And I also bought a bargain mould from Robert Dyas, it did the job at only £1.99. But next time, I should fill the mould all the way to the top with the mixture, to avoid that gap between the lolly and the stick. Or these mini icepop ones were cute.

strawberry ice lolly popsicle