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

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)

Cheddar and Marmite Tear and Share

It has barely got light outside today, but this loaf has brought a ray of golden sunshine into the kitchen.  I closely followed this fellow blogger’s recipe, but played around with the shape to give it even more of a comforting communal feel.  I made the construction of the loaf up as I went along so directions are not… Continue reading Cheddar and Marmite Tear and Share

Cashew Butter Cookies (V/GF)

These cookies will change your life.  Or at least your healthy baking repertoire. The recipe which follows is based on one for flourless choc chip cookies posted on The Culinary Jumble: this was in turn inspired by a creation on Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Like recipe Chinese Whispers, I have also modified the recipe.  I used a mix of cashew… Continue reading Cashew Butter Cookies (V/GF)