Vegan ‘Red’ Velvet Cupcakes

Although I had tried a few of those lurid, overly-sweet red velvet cupcakes which have become abundant in the last few years, I only tried my first proper red velvet cake recently – and actually fell in love.  With its eye-catching red and cream colour contrast, velvety soft texture and subtle chocolatey flavour – beautifully balanced out by the tang of cream cheese… Continue reading Vegan ‘Red’ Velvet Cupcakes

Chocolate Macarons with Sour Cherry Buttercream

I think the fact it is Semi-finals Week on GBBO has got me eggstra eggcited (sorry…).  We have been a vegan household for the past six months so my bakes have consequently also been dairy/egg free.   After using eggs to make petit canelé this morning, I had some whites left over so (continuing with the French patisserie theme) I thought I’d… Continue reading Chocolate Macarons with Sour Cherry Buttercream

Petit Canelé

I had never heard of these little French morsels (a speciality of Bordeaux, apparently) until my mum brought me back a silicone petit canelé mould from France.  After sitting in my baking cupboard for over a year, the mould has been dusted off and put to good use for The Great British Bakeoff Semi-Final: Patisserie… Continue reading Petit Canelé

Vegan Shortbread with ‘Parmesan’, Polenta and Pepper

Another experiment in vegan shortbread for GBBO… Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups plain white flour 3/4 tsp fine sea salt 1/2 cup stoneground cornmeal 1/3 cup finely grated Violife Prosociano with Paremsan Flavour 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 cup coconut oil 2/3 cup icing sugar 1 tsp fresh lemon zest Method: Preheat oven to… Continue reading Vegan Shortbread with ‘Parmesan’, Polenta and Pepper

Vegan Shortbread with Pistachio, Black Pepper & Lemon

This is a (very) belated post from episode #2 of The Great British Bakeoff – Biscuit Week.  I had never made shortbread before, let alone a vegan version, so did a fair amount of research before settling on this recipe.  Traditional shortbread relies on butter to give it its rich, melting, crumbly texture; some vegan recipes start by… Continue reading Vegan Shortbread with Pistachio, Black Pepper & Lemon

Chocolate, Chilli & Avocado Cake (Vegan)

The return of the Great British Bake Off on my birthday this year was a pretty awesome present from the BBC…I was excited to eye up the new batch of bakers and their creations.  I was also well up for the challenge of baking something I had never tried before.  But most importantly, I knew it would… Continue reading Chocolate, Chilli & Avocado Cake (Vegan)