Best of the Bake Off

If you’ve been reading for a while you might know that I’ve been getting involved with The Great Blogger Bake Off – basically an excuse for myself and some other bloggers to share a recipe in line with the GBBO theme each Wednesday. As if baking something new every weekend for the last 10 weeks hasn’t been sugar-coma-inducing enough, I now have a list as long as my arm of new things to try after ogling everyone else’s recipes! Here are a few of my favourites from the last ten weeks…14897750141_84518bdae7_o-533x800Jaclyn’s Dark Chocolate & Orange Viennese Whirls
I’m a sucker for chocolate orange anything. I almost cried with joy the first time I tried chocolate orange ice cream (I’ll share the recipe for that soon!), so you can imagine my delight when this popped up on my bloglovin’ feed a few week’s ago. Not only do these sound wonderful, but Jaclyn’s photographs are stunning and basically make me want these in my face. right. now.

miniature damson gin cakesHannah’s Miniature Damson Gin Cakes
Gin and cake – need I say any more!? It’s practically a scientifically proven fact that anything in miniature form is instantly ten times cuter. When it comes to cake it also means you can get away with eating 5 in one go – that’s a win-win situation if ever I heard of one! Hannah’s also got recipes coming up for the other mini bakes in the photo above, including chai, chilli and chocolate cakes. YUM.haunted cake 12Laura’s Haunted Halloween Cake
The whole Great Blogger Bake Off thing was Laura’s idea so I’ve got her to blame thank for the frankly stupid amount of cake I’ve consumed since August. All of her bakes have been fantastically creative but this halloween one is my absolute favourite. Just look at those cute little meringue ghosts!!

caramel butternut squash pie 2Megan’s Caramel Butternut Squash Pie
I have to be honest, butternut squash isn’t something I’d automatically think to pair with caramel, but this pie both looks and sounds so inviting. The little pastry stars are super cute and I think when i work up the courage to attempt pastry again I’ll be following Megan’s shortcrust recipe.

key lime pie - the great blogger bake off

Charlotte’s Key Lime Pie
Anyone who knows me will know that chocolate is the key to my heart, but now and then something a little lighter is called for. In those moments, key lime pie is up there! I’ve always imagined it to be a really tricky dessert to make but Charlotte’s recipe looks pretty straightforward – always a bonus!
Step-by-step-recipe-for-GBBO-schichttorte-4Cassie’s Chocolate Amaretto Schichttorte
This was one of my favourite recipes on GBBO, purely because the finished cake looks so impressive! I’m sure even Paul would be chuffed with Cassie’s bake – I know I’ll certainly be pleased if I end up with one that looks anything like this!

Hopefully that’s plenty of bakes to keep you going for a while! You can see the rest of my bake off recipes here, or check out the rest of the Great Blogger Bake Off posts on facebook and twitter!

 

Peri Peri Cauliflower Bites + Garlic Dip

peri peri cauliflower bites

You know when you eat something that’s so tasty and satisfying that you can’t possibly believe it’s anything other than horrendously bad for you? Well, I had one of those moments after making these little bites of goodness a few days ago. I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet too much but these sticky, spicy cauliflower bites are seriously incredible, especially considering that they’re 99% veggies. Read Post

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is peanut butter frosting? Buttercream frosting is already one of the most wonderful creations to grace this earth but when you add PB it becomes all kinds of delicious. SERIOUSLY. Now that I’m done gushing over peanut butter (LOL jokes, I’m never done gushing over this stuff), let’s talk cake. I know I’ve started saying Read Post

Moules Marinière Risotto

moules-mariniere-risotto

We might be getting into dark mornings and chilly evenings but there’s no reason you can’t pretend you’re in the south of France sipping wine and enjoying some sunshine! Growing up our family holidays were often in France and my parents and brother always took it as an opportunity to eat copious amounts of mussels, much to my dismay. However, my taste buds seem to Read Post

Hazelnut Chocolate Mille Feuille

chocolate-hazelnut-mille-feuille-recipe

This morning I finished the last of my exams (for a few months at least) so I’ve basically spent the afternoon scoffing these to commiserate myself for how badly they went celebrate them being over! Mille feuille are always my pick from a patisserie, despite them being notoriously unattractive to eat so this week’s GBBO theme didn’t have me scratching my head too much. This recipe Read Post

Banana Cinnamon Breakfast Smoothie

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Yep, it’s that time of year where I put cinnamon in absolutely EVERYTHING. It’s amazing how one ingredient can change this from being a fresh summery smoothie to an autumn breakfast perfect for chilly mornings. Smoothies are fast becoming my go-to breakfast. If you’ve got a blender they’re so simple to whip together and the frozen banana almost makes it taste like a milkshake which frankly is Read Post

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon-roll-recipe

I’m not going to lie, as a baking novice I just about had a panic attack when I saw that this week’s GBBO theme was ‘advanced dough’! Once I pulled myself together though, I realised that this was the perfect opportunity to try out something I’ve been meaning to make for far too long. I’m not really sure what constitutes advanced dough for Paul and Read Post

Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Peanut butter energy bites recipe

Today I’m sharing a bit of a healthier snack for you. These little energy bites are packed full of good stuff and are great for satisfying a sweet tooth without putting you into a sugar coma (something that’s becoming a little too regular an occurence lately!). The dates make these beautifully fudgy and sweet, exactly how I like my healthy snacks I’ve kept it quite light on Read Post

Pecan Pinwheels with Cinnamon Glaze

pecan danish pastry cinnamon glaze recipe

This week I took on the feat of making danish pastry from scratch and, well, it didn’t go so great. Had I realised beforehand just how time consuming and complicated this particular type of pastry is I probably would have saved it for another time, but once I’d got my mind set on these pecan pinwheels there was no going back! Now don’t get me Read Post

Rocket & Basil Pesto

rocket basil pesto recipe

With all the Great Blogger Bake Off fun that’s been going on here lately you’d be forgiven for thinking that I spend my life eating cakes and pastries, but believe it or not I’m just as big a fan of savoury cooking too. This rocket and basil pesto has been a kitchen staple recently – it’s so quick and easy to put together and can Read Post