banana thyme honey cake with brown sugar frosting and blonde chocolate drizzle

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

I am always looking for new ways to use bananas in my recipes and this one has to be one of the best I have baked so far.
I added some thyme infused honey into the cake with some brown sugar to give it extra flavour.
I love honey it is one of my favourite things to cook with I have loads of jars of different varieties, like blossom, lavender and acacia.
I added brown sugar into the frosting it gave it such a great flavour I highly recommend it.
I apologise for the long post but I took some photos from my day out visiting a apiary and thought I would share them.

roasted spiced plums with dulce de leche coffee no churn icecream

Saturday, 27 June 2015

I am obsessed with dulce de leche, who isn't? its incredible, I think it goes really well with coffee (which I don't like, weird I know) I made this super simple soft ice cream with just a tin of dulce de leche some cream and I little brewed coffee. even though I don't like drinking coffee I loved it in this.
I whipped the cream coffee and dulce de leche until thick then froze it, no need for an ice cream machine and it was the smoothest ice cream I have ever tried.
I think that dulce de leche doesn't freeze that well in my experience so it made the ice cream easy to scoop and was really smooth.

gooseberry elderflower fool with lemon almond shortbread

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

These gooseberry fools were so yummy,  i was worried I was not going to like them as I have never tried gooseberries before but I cooked them in a pan with some sugar and elderflower cordial and they were really good 
The fool part is easy to make too I just used yogurt and cream with some sugar and whipped it then stirred through the gooseberry compote.

elderflower drizzle cake with honey sweetened greeek yogurt filling and peaches

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

 The smell of elderflowers in the woods where I walk my dog was so inviting, it was late afternoon and the sun was hazy it was such a beautiful end to the day.
I picked a bag full of them (from high up and not dog level as if you have a dog you will know how they like to pee on every thing lol) and made this drizzle cake. I had watched a cooking program the day before and they showed a lemon drizzle cake and it stuck In my mind so i made this one. I tried to cut down on the amount of extra sugar in the filling and syrup by using honey so there Is only sugar in the cake its self 
I made my normal fatless sponge as i love how light and airy it is with out butter then brushed on a soaking syrup and served it with honey sweetened greek yogurt and dougnut peaches.

blueberry muffin loaf with cut comb honey

Sunday, 14 June 2015

 I love blueberry muffins but I thought I would make a loaf with the cake batter instead as i was dying to have a slice of cake slathered in honey with  a big chunk of cut comb honey on sprinkled with salt and I didn't think a Muffin would cut it.
It was so tasty with the crumb top with pearl sugar sprinkled on.

pear blueberry elderflower scones with almond amaretti crumb

Thursday, 11 June 2015

i love scones, they are great as a mid morning snack, i used almonds, blueberries and pears in the scone dough with a little elderflower cordial and i made a amaretti almond crumb to go on the top.
im a sucker for a crumb top on cakes so i couldnt resist putting it on my scones.

apricot honey and pistachio cake with jasmin honey syrup

Sunday, 7 June 2015

I sweetened this cake with honey rather than sugar so it's a bit healthier. 
I made a Jasmin honey syrup to soak the cake with and it was full of flavour.
I love apricots they go really well with pistachios and honey.
I visited a rescue centre that had geese and the owner gave me some goose eggs so i used them in this cake rather than 4 hens eggs i used two goose eggs.

strawberry cherry coconut macaroon cake

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

the thing i love most about this cake is that it is so easy to make, all you need is a food processor.
i love the combination of strawberries and coconut but you could change the fruit for anything really like blueberries or peaches.
if you love the gooey centre and crispy shell on a coconut macaroon you should like this.

lily vanillis beetroot cake with blackberry honey creme fraiche

Monday, 1 June 2015

 I love using beetroot in cakes, i usually do a beetroot and chocolate cake so when I saw this recipe in lily vanillis book sweet tooth I bookmarked it instantly. But I forgot all about it until i was in a fruit and veg shop the other day and saw a big bundle of fresh beets.
I decided to fill it with creme fraiche folded onto whipped cream and sweetened with honey and chunks of blackberries.

salty honey banana bread with lavender sugar hazelnut crumble

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

I know your probably thinking "really" do I need another banana bread recipe? And the answer is yes you do!.
 This banana bread was so good still warm and slathered in honey.

mini raspberry and sesame cake with tahini frosting

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Don't you just love mini cakes?.
Even though this one was made with the two smallest tins I own it still managed to feed the whole family (it served 7 easily)
I was Inspired to try tahini in a cake after seeing some of molly yeh's recipes from my name is yeh so i added it to the frosting and added some sesame seeds into the sponge as well as some freeze dried raspberries.

earl grey and lemon verticle roll cake with lilacs

Friday, 15 May 2015

 I love vertical roll cakes they are so easy to make!. (Trust me) It's nice to have a cake that can be baked and put together with out too much fuss if you want a cake in a hurry.

strawberry rhubarb and rose eton mess cake and rhubarb apple and pistachio tart

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

I made this Eton mess cake for a collaboration with felicity from she travelled down from Dorset and we did a little photo shoot I learnt so many new things from her that I didn't know about my camera, her photography skills are amazing, so i cant wait to use all my new knowledge and take loads more photos. I really need to learn more about using the camera outside as i found it difficult to get the shutter speed right. It was really fun getting together with another blogger for the afternoon, I'm a bit if a recluse normally so it was great to get out and meet someone with the same interests. We met at my mums house as my house looks like a bomb has hit it at the moment as I'm waiting for my kitchen to get replastered and have new work tops fitted (I'm pretty sure I'm going to be waiting forever). I was glad to go to my mums as her home is beautiful and has so much national light.

rhubarb and rose charlotte

Thursday, 7 May 2015

I thought it would be fun to create this Charlotte cake in celebration of the birth of princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
I love having a royal family and I am quite patriotic (not in a stalker way, I wouldn't camp outside the hospital to catch a glimpse of the royal baby lol but I did go to the golden and diamond jubilee. I can't think of any one I would camp on the street for can you?) I love having a royal family and I think the Duke and duchess of Cambridge are great.  
I thought the rhubarb and rose flavours echoed great British flavours too.

muscat grape honey and nut sourdough rolls

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

i love the sweet honey flavour of muscat grapes, i used them to make a compote to go in these sourdough buns, i added some honey, pecans and rosemary too.
they were really nice and it was great to have something a bit different from the normal cinnamon buns which i would usually make.

earl grey pistachio meringue tower with blueberries and figs and edible flowers

Monday, 4 May 2015

these meringues have chunks of pistachios in and they are flavoured with earl grey.
i added blueberry puree into the cream as well as pouring it over the meringue tower.
the beautiful flowers were supplied by jan from maddocks farm oraganics.

strawberry milk tres leches cake

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

i love tres leches cake, and i thought it would be fun to try it with strawberry milk, tres leches cake is a Mexican cake and tres leches means three milks (which the cake is soaked in usually whole milk, consendensed milk and evaporated milk) I thought it would be nice for cinch de mayo next week.  I also added fresh strawberries into the sponge and between the layers.
i always think of strawberries as a summer fruit but they seem to be every where at the moment, all the market stalls and fruit and veg shops are selling them really cheaply,
 i got a large punnet for only £1.
i hadn't planned to buy any for my self i went to get some for my brother who has fruit with his porridge but seeing a stall full of them it inspired me.

blossom honey victoria sponge wih rose petal jam and stories of france

Sunday, 26 April 2015

I love blossom honey it has such a wonderful floral flavour, so that's why i decided to use rose petal jam to fill this cake to enhance the floral flavour of the honey. i also added some rosewater and orange blossom water into the sponge.
i decided to use the honey as a sugar substitute and used half the amount of sugar i usually would and then used honey to make up for the other half. i also used honey in the cream rather than icing sugar so i like to think this cake is a little bit better for you, (any excuse to eat cake hey).
i went to visit my dad in France last weekend with my younger brother.
my dad lives in morlaix which is in Brittany.

sorghum flour stem ginger rhubarb and orange cake

Saturday, 25 April 2015

 I adapted a recipe from the flavour flours book, it's a wonderful book full of recipes for alternative flours to the normal wheat varieties like buckwheat, teff and chestnut flour.
I used sorghum flour for this cake and added fresh stem ginger rhubarb and orange to it.

duck egg apple muffins with almonds and marzipan chunks

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

I went to the shop to buy an organic apple as I was making my own sourdough starter but they only had them in bags of 4 for i used one of the left overs for these muffins.
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