Cardamom Buns

I’ve been craving a cardamom bun for weeks. I found a gorgeous Swedish cafe on the harbour arm in Margate and on a very rare week day off I decided to celebrate with a bike ride, iced coffee and cardamom bun (with a book of course), safe in the knowledge that the cafe served them. Sadly though, not that day. Since then I have been looking in every bakery and cafe window for cardamom buns but it seems I am in the wrong country (or city, the best cardamom roll I’ve had in my life was from Fabrique bakery , London but I have yet to venture to any Scandinavian countries (since I was a small child)). This story actually goes way back through to my work buddy Edd, and his very lovely Swedish girlfriend; on one of his many visits to Sweden I asked him to find me a Swedish baking book, given the country’s affinity with baked goods and ‘fika’.

DSC_0022-1

Continue reading

Peanut Butter Brownies

O.M.G these brownies are the total bomb. I’ve been meaning to share them with you guys (hi, yep, you AND you, both of you) for ages and ages but my gosh life has been busy. Anyway, the other day (weeks ago!) I asked James what he wanted me to bake and he said “brownies….with peanut butter”. Okay! Challenge accepted! Well, since then I’ve made them twice, taken them into my old work (twice! they were very popular) and eaten my body weight in them (which coincidentally increases every time you eat them).

DSC_0037

Continue reading

Mocha Banana Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle (Dairy Free)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have been meaning to share this for a few weeks, but like Gingerbread Jenn, who shared the recipe on her exquisite blog, life has been chaotic and I haven’t been able to post anywhere near as often as I’d like. But on this day of love, I am here for you with an absolutely delicious brownie style cake which is a comforting combination of all of my favourite things. Valentine or Galentine, let’s do this!

mocha-banana-cake

It might not look too pretty in photos but it is what’s on the inside that counts!

Continue reading

Dairy Free Victoria Sandwich

I wanted to bake a cake to take into work on Friday but the particular group had a couple of lactose intolerant members so it had to be dairy free. I had limited time so couldn’t do anything too creative and decided on a tradiational Victoria Sandwich. I was nervous about cooking with dairy free margarine but luckily it came out passable. I didn’t much fancy making buttercream with marge so opted to buy diary free ready made buttercream instead. I did make the jam in the middle though (strawberry and basil) so I didn’t cheat completely. The fruit on the top was intentionally representing the vertical angles theorem (don’t ask) and I hoped some fresh fruit would hide the lack of real butter somehow.

afterlight

Continue reading

Rose and Pistachio Victoria Sandwich

What a crazy summer it has been, Clinical Scientist training finished and today I registered at yet another uni to begin my PGCE. It’s been quiet on the blogging front (and even in the kitchen I am sad to say) due to finishing one training, undertaking a 3 month course ready for my next training alongside and all the fun summer brings. One particularly glorious summer’s day was spent undertaking a morning run with a friend and then guilt free brunch, endless tea and cake and lots of puppy cuddles. This was the cake I made and it was a big hit. I’d been dreaming this up in my head for some time and it was the perfect occasion. I based it on Mary Berry’s traditional Victoria sandwich recipe.

dsc_0324_1

Continue reading