It’s hip to be square. Some great things in life are square – vinyl record covers, the IKEA Kallax system, floppy disks, the Monopoly board, and of course brownies.
When you want to be sure of portions, a square traybake works a lot better than a circular cake. I make a lot of traybakes in my 8 inch square brownie tin, especially for toddler group and bible studies at church. First off today is this apple and almond cake adapted from a Mary Berry recipe. Continue reading “Apple and almond traybake”
I really need a new kitchen. The cupboard doors are falling off, the worktops slope down so that water runs into the corner and pools there behind the tea and coffee canisters. The tiles are so retro, they’re almost fashionable again. But mostly, I need a new kitchen so that I can take instaworthy pictures of my baking. For now, you’ll have to do with pictures taken in the fridge/on top of a biscuit tin/disguised with tea towels. But trust me, this fridge cake tastes better than the photos can do justice!
Continue reading “Gooey chocolate fridge cake”
There’s something so delightfully British about a Sunday high tea. Imagine the scene: you’ve had a huge dinner at Grandma’s house, with roast lamb and overcooked vegetables. Then you’ve had a bit of a snooze, followed by a lazy game of cricket in the garden. Before you know it, half-past 4 has rolled around, and it’s time to tuck into the spread of sweet food laid out for Sunday Tea. Scones, bread and butter, teacakes, crumpets, muffins, and a slice of light fruit cake! Nobody does excess better!
Continue reading “Afternoon tea cake”
I wonder if you’re in the same position as us? Every autumn, the cookingfanatic household receives a large number of apples. Mr Cookingfanatic would happily eat apple crumble for three meals a day, but I incline more to variety. So I’ve put together some of our favourite apple recipes. Hope it gives you some ideas. Feel free to share your favourites in the comments. Continue reading “A Collection of Apple Recipes”
For various reasons this week I haven’t had to cook many meals. So it made me feel more able to try something new. I’ve been meaning to cook some more Lorraine Pascale recipes from her first book “Baking Made Easy”.
Continue reading “Chicken Pastilla”
It’s Mr Cookingfanatic’s birthday and babycookingfanatic’s half birthday (yes, we do all the frivolous celebrations in this household!). And I’ve been meaning to make this hidden battenberg cake for ages. Scroll down to the end to see the finished product.
Continue reading “Peekaboo chocolate battenburg”
I have a craft book which confidently asserts, “Easter is all about the eggs.” It’s not. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Easter as big as it is this year in the supermarkets. There’s Easter bonnets to decorate, Easter cards (honestly, who sends these?), Easter trees, Easter bunny headbands, Easter bunny bubble wands and more! The goodfood magazine is full of “Easter weekend traditions.” The message seems to be that Easter was a good old pagan tradition before those pesky Christians tried to appropriate it for themselves. Continue reading “Easter – all about the eggs?”
Before baby cookingfanatic, I used to like recipes you could make from scratch in less than 15 minutes. Now I like recipes I can prepare ages in advance, which don’t involve standing over a pan in a panic at the end while baby cooking fanatic hangs off my trousers demanding food. Continue reading “Mango chicken and rice bake”
In our house, Sunday lunch has to be something that’s easy to fit around church and isn’t too expensive. It’s ideal if it can work for having guests over too. Here’s an interesting variation on toad in the hole – it’s more classy than sausages, but it’s also pretty cheap. Continue reading “Root veg Toad in the Hole”
So after my gruelling 2012 Lorraine Pascale challenge, I decided I needed a break for a while. So I took 4 days off, and here I am, back with another Lorraine cake. Continue reading “Dulce & banana cake”