I have been neglecting my little blog of late due to crazy times at work. Last weekend was finally going to be my weekend of catching up and baking up some wonders in the kitchen. The weather then decided to be lovely so the last thing I wanted to do was haul myself in a baking hot kitchen, so once again me little blog was abandoned. I did however have some time to whip up this recipe for our lazy Sunday morning brunch, I had some rhubarb from our veg box and had always wanted to give French toast a try.
This week has been one of those weeks, work has dominated a lot of it and the rest has been taken up with general boring life admin. I’ve not had much time to bake so when my best friend invited Dale and I around for tea, I had no excuse but to bake a lovely pudding. As time has been precious I decided on a cheesecake as it’s simple and doesn’t require hours of beating, sifting or baking in the oven.
I’m feeling optimistic that summer is just around the corner but until it arrives I have been craving for some good old comfort flavours, this time in the form of a lovely thick milkshake. I first tasted this flavour combination at Home Sweet Home in Manchester after visiting the Cake and Bake Show last weekend. As soon as I stated to drink it I knew that I wanted to try this at home!
On Thursday I attended my first Clandestine Cake Club, the theme for this event was to make a cake on a budget (£4 to be exact). It was a tough theme as I’ve never really considered the exact cost of the cakes I bake, this was an eye opener! I knew I wanted to give this recipe a try and the challenge was to try and make it work with the budget, after some tweaking and changing my usual brands for the supermarket own, it worked!
The cake was actually really nice to make and easy too! It tasted lovely and rich with the added mascarpone between the layers. I’ve never baked with poppy seeds before but I will again, they gave a nice earthiness against the tart lemon curd.
Last week I had a lovely surprise to find out that I had won 2 tickets for the Cake and Bake Show in Manchester courtesy of Jen from Blue Kitchen Bake, so I called my friends and we arranged a foodie gathering! One of my friends has recently moved to York so it was the perfect event to meet and catch up.
We arrived early afternoon amongst a sea of excited cake fans, the show was so huge we didn’t know where to begin! One of our first stops was the Gingerbread village, the gingerbread house competition was amazing and it has given me so many ideas for my Christmas gingerbread house project (yes that’s right I’ve already started thinking about Christmas). The show was full of stands demonstrating of sugar craft techniques, baking tutorials and recipe challenges with the Great British Bake Off contestants.