Last week Halloween and Christmas collided in the kitchen. Preparing for my French cousin’s visit I rustled up spelt croissants, superfood bread, a torta di verdura and a second batch of sweet potato, cranberry and walnut cupcakes. The adults and children who’ve helped test them all love the cupcakes with and without the orange, green or white mascarpone frosting. For hiking, teatime, dessert, anytime! Versatile, with a surprising hit of harmonious flavours and textures in every bite. And it’s a healthier cupcake (yay!) with unrefined muscovado sugar and lots of low-calorie superfood sweet potato! Some nice little treats for Halloween or la Castanyada. Or for a group of tourists hiking on Barcelona’s highest mountain, Tibidabo. Here are my cousin’s son and niece discovering a ‘wild’ boar and its two offspring.
So cute. The mum actually looks like she’s smiling!
Anyway, continuing with the cakes. There was a second Christmas fruitcake with ginger since I’d started ‘testing’ the first one. Ahem. Let’s all agree there’s no need to wait for Christmas and apparently I’m not alone in testing various prototypes before the festive season. 🙂
My spelt croissants seem to be improving and just need a centre that’s a little more open and honeycombed. The bad news is my French cousin, her little boy and her niece don’t actually eat croissants or particularly like them. Oops. So there you go – not all the French eat croissants? Looking at the bright side: more yummy croissants for me! 🙂 Sometimes you realise with baking you can’t win them all. One man’s delicious cake (or croissant) is another man’s not so delicious cake.
Wandering around the mountains and streets of Barcelona and showing guests around is lovely. But there isn’t much time for baking and posting recipes. I’ve noticed a lot of apples around so I thought I’d
russet rustle up some past apple recipes in case you’re interested. Like the healthy Tarte normande which comes with a little illustrated story.
Another sugar-free recipe, Apple tarte tatin with Chinese five spices and tamarind!
Or how about a healthy apple and courgette cake with optional Chinese five spices?
Anyway, I’m off to be a tourist with my French relatives now, to the old town and beach. My cousin would like to instill a little culture in the kids so the Picasso museum is first on the list. Brilliant museum.
Wishing you a lovely continuing autumn (or Spring if you’re upside-down) sweet reader! And a cheerful week with more lovely anticipation of the coming festivities! Happy baking and eating! 🙂 x