Saturday, 29 October 2011


First off, sorry for the lack of posts recently, me and technology haven't been getting on too well. But, we're friends again now (Touchwood) and there's been lots of cooking going on that can now go on here.

Being a big fan of The Great British Bake Off and of Italian food, I had to have a go at the focaccia technical bake.

I must admit, I didn't use all the water but I did use most of it and manage to make a lot of mess in out kitchen with the dough but I was really pleased with the result. I made two loaves, one was traditionally topped with sea salt and rosemary, the other with the addition of sliced cherry tomatoes. It had a good, crispy crust and the air holes look pretty irregular. Not quite star baker material maybe but  I don't think I would have come last in the technical bake!

Everyone enjoyed it, I've made it again since and I'm sure I'll be making it again soon!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Swiss Roll

Having started my GCSE's this year, I've been loving my cooking lessons. Our third practical of the year was swiss roll which I had never made before.

Of course, being me, I couldn't go down the standard jam route, I had to put cream in too. I got my cake out of the oven and rolled it without any problems (apart from dropping and breaking the electric whisk I was using for the cream-Sorry Miss!), I put greaseproof paper in the middle so I could unroll it and add the cream once it had cooled and wouldn't melt it. Then it went in the fridge to cool down.

I added my cream and jam, re-rolled it and it was all done. Once I got it home, it was gone the next day so that has to be a good sign right?


Sunday, 9 October 2011

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

First and foremost, sorry for the lack of posts recently, apparently technology doesn't like me.

But here I am now, last weekend we had someone come to stay with us so it gave me an excuse to try out another recipe from my new Humming Bird Bakery book. After looking through the book, I decided on Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes and making the most of the short-lived heatwave, I walked to the shops and got my ingredients.

They have a layer of strawberries, then a vanilla sponge, topped with cream cheese icing and finished with crushed digestive biscuit and chopped strawberries.

They went down really well and we all agreed that they really did taste like strawberry cheesecakes! I'll definitely be making them again...

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Mocha Cake

It's taken me a little while to get round to posting this one but I think it was worth the wait. I've wanted 'The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook' for ages and I finally got it for my Birthday a couple of weeks ago. Once I had in in my hands, the tough decision of what to make first came so after going through looking at each recipe about a million times, I settled on the coffee cake with chocolate icing, a mocha cake.

It went down really well and was finished in a few days. I can safely it was the best chocolate icing I've ever tasted too.