This last week witnessed my epic battle with a Swedish Princess cake, totally worthwhile for a little trip to cake heaven floating on soft spongy creamy layers with homemade jam and marzipan. The recipe will be with you shortly but you can already find my easy raspberry jam page here. Then an enthusiastic baking reader, Kate from Cornwall, sent me the most wonderful recipe which led to a delicious black and blue berry nice summer tart with a hint of mint.
Of course old recipes are often revisited. But though I’d made lovely spelt croissants in Barcelona, the first batch created in the UK for mum just didn’t stay puffed enough. Was it the butter? Was it the coarser white spelt flour? In my quest to solve the mystery I produced a second batch this week using standard unsalted President butter and half spelt flour, half 00 flour. Not perfect but much better with puffing, flaking and honeycomb structure.
Why were the second batch better? Maybe the inclusion of 00 flour, the change in butter or paying more attention and adapting the recipe for the less humid environment of London. These were my discoveries: a ‘drier atmosphere’ means you should cover your croissants loosely with clingfilm when they’re proving so they don’t ‘crust up’. Since it’s also colder the proving (rising) time is longer – I waited 3 hours instead of two for the croissants to double in size and eventually placed them near a warm oven, which helped. So flexibility is the name of the game with breads and viennoiserie, adapting to your own particular variations in flour, butter, humidity and temperature. Eek.Bliss and energy
Finally, I felt the need for extra oomph so threw together some super healthy spirulina bliss balls which turned out to contain no spirulina! Oops, that green powder I’d been handed wasn’t spirulina but a new superfood called Moringa Tree. Which explains why our bliss balls tasted blissfully delicious. Moringa Tree – yum! Plus dates, goldenberries, dried cherries, pecans and cocoa nibs. Again, yum! Looking forward to being healthy and more alert (I live in hope) with these tasty bites! 🙂
‘Stuff you guys made from the blog’ gallery
There were a couple of awesome new additions to the gallery. Kate from Cornwall (yes, she’s a busy baker!) posted a photo of her lovely coffee Gateau Moka on the facebook fan page. It’s beautiful, with such impressively pretty piping and Kate later wrote the cake was ‘delish’.
Then Annette from New Zealand sent in a shot of her Lamingtons and confirmed they were delicious and moist. They look very yummy and tempting!
It’s always lovely to see the cakes you make from the blog so please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the facebook fanpage.
Exciting cookbook discoveries!
Also can’t wait to explore new recipes in three books I’ve recently discovered browsing in bookshops and on mum’s shelf. I’m sharing them here as you might love them too! 🙂
- The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure – brilliant savoury recipes from the Far East and some amazing innovative fusion desserts! A very exciting cookbook!
- Patisserie made simple: from macaron to millefeuille and more – by Edd Kimber (winner of the first Great British Bake Off series). Wow! It’s beautiful, with many classics but also some twists.
- Deliciously Ella, Awesome ingredients, incredible food that your body will love – a healthy cookbook to inspire me. Though not as exciting for me as the other two books, I did spot some amazing healthy cakes in there!
Always nice to see and hear from you sweet reader. Wishing you a wonderful fun weekend exploring, adapting and innovating in the kitchen and in life! 🙂 x