Salted caramel and milk chocolate mousse tart

Week (28) of cakes and the Gràcia festival winners

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Yet another week of cakes and stuff.  Well not exactly cakes but tarts, chocolates and a superfood bread!  Yes, variety is the spice of life.  I had fun experimenting with the healthier blueberry and pine nut tart making a low-gluten buttery pastry for it and going refined sugar-free.  Then came a Salted caramel and milk chocolate mousse tart to continue tweaking the low-gluten pastry in a slightly less healthy combo!  Another heavenly treat so I volunteer to do more testing before posting the recipe.  Tee hee.Week 28 of cakes and stuff and gracia

I’m so pleased readers liked the Special chocolate mendiants and declared themselves inspired to make their own.  Yay!  Just think, if we practise now and test them out thoroughly (lol), when Christmas comes we can go into mass production to give them as super little presents.  Life is sweet… and chocolatey.

PlanningAnd finally, for something totally different there was a gluten-free superfood seeds and nut bread.  A wonderful loaf to eat between cakes.  Ahem.  I love my bread, especially with Marmite on it.  Love Marmite.  Okay, even without Marmite.  🙂

Superfood seed and nut bread recipe

Gràcia festival winners

I included some festival photos in last week’s roundup post, week (27) of cakes, and promised to let you know the winners with the best street decorations.  First place went to Carrer Verdi with their Japanese theme.  Pretty effective isn’t it?  Apparently someone on that street used to work in theatre stage design.  The cherry tree is stunning.JapanSecond place went to Carrer Fraternitat with their man-eating plants in Wiguonia – sorry, but I didn’t get photos.  I don’t watch horror movies and didn’t think to take photos of scary papier maché plants as I walked through rapidly.  Lol.  But I was so pleased my nearest street, Travessia Sant Antoni came Third with their Paris.  You can see photos of it being constructed in my Ispahan scones post but here’s a photocollage.  Apparently people were very impressed with their Eiffel Tower.  Rightly so.

Paris in BarcelonaNow a bit of festival gossip.  When they announced the winner in one of Gracia’s main squares, la plaça del Sol, there were whistles, catcalls of disapproval and people shouting ‘Tongo‘ (it’s a fix).  Why?  Because Carrer Verdi has now won this annual event 8 times in the last 11 years!  It seems a bit unfair and this time Carrer Fraternitat only had 9 votes less than them.  So close.

I actually really enjoyed the wackier streets with a play on words like Carrer Perill, which means danger. PerillThere were some cute streets for kids.  With Medieval legoland.Medieval streetAnd fifth place went to the amusement park.  Amusement parkIt was a lovely festival with live music in the squares in the evenings.  Apparently two million people wandered through Gràcia to gaze and revel.  All quiet now… till the next festival!  🙂  Hope you enjoyed this one.  Do you have any favourite streets?

Well it’s goodbye for now sweet reader!  Have a wonderful weekend of fun, fun, fun!!!  With some baking and eating naturellement! 🙂 x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making cakes with my French mother on Sundays was an important part of my childhood. As an adult I then experimented with baking books and internet recipes and did a great patisserie course in Le Cordon Bleu Paris. I'm still trying out new recipes and creating some of my own cakes with influences from all around the world, adding some healthy ones to the repertoire. Yes, I love cakes!!! :)

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