27 Aug 2014

Perfect Flapjacks (oat bars?)

Here is a recipe I am going to file under 'instant gratification'. With only five key ingredients this was in my belly after 55 minutes of me mixing the last ingredient. For me this will be a chewy flapjack recipe I will be using again and again. Adding the hazelnuts, ginger and lemon zest really sets this apart from your ordinary flapjack. And it's a great use of porridge oats! I don't know about you, but I don't think I've ever had porridge oats for breakfast. I'm more of a cereal girl, like Cornflakes, Alpen, Shreddies, that type of stuff.

So here we are, Perfect Flapjacks!

13 Aug 2014

Not quite Dehlia's Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon drizzle loaf www.bakeandthecity.blogspot.co.uk

Lemon drizzle loaf www.bakeandthecity.blogspot.co.uk

If you haven't baked Lemon Drizzle cake yet, what are you waiting for? Here is a more rustic version I've created. Or in other words – the messy icing and crumbs everywhere version. It's far from a beautifully crafted Dehlia Smith version (we love you Dehlia), but who cares – as most importantly it tasted so good, so I'm okay with that ...and looks aren't everything!

You will need a loaf tin, sorry. It's so annoying when a recipe calls for equipment you don't have, isn't it? But if you are fortunate to have this piece of kit... continue. The recipe calls for the zest of one lemon. Yes, use all of one lemon, don't worry, it's not too lemony.

12 Aug 2014

Great British Bake Off

I can't say that I watch a lot of telly, I'm usually one that tunes in to watch something specific and occasionally begins some sort of programme fetish. A few months ago it was The Good Wife, now its The Great British Bake Off on the BBC! The fifth Series has started and last week I tuned in to watch the first episode. Not only do I love to see the GBBO contestants' creations, but I get a buzz from learning the inside tips and tricks to get your cake right – "to prevent your cherries from falling to the bottom when making cherry cake, halve them, then dust them in flour before adding them to batter"  – brilliant!

Whilst watching #GBBO last week, I couldn't help notice that one of the contestants in particular is in need of a strong hairband. No names mentioned, but your strands of overhanging hair are distracting me from what you're baking, please tie all of that hair back properly before Mary Berry finds an extra ingredient in your cake!

30 Jul 2014

Brownies II (the one that was perfect)

best Brownies recipe from www.bakeandthecity.blogspot.co.uk

I just had to get these the way I wanted. So I found another recipe. I am pleased! This is the one. It tastes as if it could be shop bought and its got a slight crust surface on top and dense middle! For me, this is the perfect brownie! Some may prefer my previous one which was more 'cakey', but hey – some like Pepsi, some like Coke!

16 Jul 2014

Apple and Raspberry Hand Pies

apple hand pie

All good things come to those who wait... and I sure waited for these! Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I've recently had my wisdom tooth removed and it has prevented me from eating properly. Which is great if I wanted to shed a couple of pounds, but not when I've been all organised and had my ingredients waiting to bake these lovely hand pies. If you saw my last post, about getting an in-house recipe eater, I got these baked just in time for a visit from my other-half's cousin who happily polished off a few and took some home. He just thought he had good timing! But little did he know, I was waiting to be his feeder! (Enter evil laugh) Ha ha HaaH!

apple hand pie