This is only the second week that I’ve managed to join in with the Great Bloggers Bake Off this year; the last time was for caramel week. I actually had time this week, and seeing that there was a completely new category added to the mix, I thought I’d give it a go. I’d only heard of two of the three bakes this week; pizza of course, and cannoli. I had literally no idea what sfogliatelli was though…
I was surprised that pizza was the technical, but after attempting it myself I can see why! I’ve made my own pizzas before so I thought I would be fine with it, but nope. I managed like a proper Bake Off contestant though and hid my mess!
Who has been watching Great British Bake Off this year, now it’s moved channels? I think I was always going to continue watching it; obviously it was going to be different due to the new panel, but I’m glad they kept the same format. I still love it just as much!
Anyway, this is the first week I’ve managed to join in with, for the bake along this year. The first week I was on holiday, and then I’ve just been so busy. But when I saw it was caramel week, I had to join in and make something with salted caramel – one of my favourites! So I bring you this peanut-salted caramel Millionaire’s shortbread
As it’s only been Jacob’s first year at school, I’ve never done the whole “buying gifts for teachers” thing. He’d had five teachers over the course of the year, so I didn’t really want to spend too much money. Therefore, I decided we would go for the personal touch and make some chocolate bark!
There are so many variations for chocolate bark – you could chuck in whatever ingredients you want really. We made two different versions; white chocolate with salted caramel pretzels and fudge pieces, and milk chocolate with crushed honeycomb and dried fruit. It’s so easy to make too – it can be done in ten minutes, plus setting time in the fridge.
You may have read my recent review of premium MOR sausages and how much we loved them. I used two of the flavours on the barbecue, but I couldn’t decide what to do with the pork, super green veg and lentil ones. I wanted to do something that wouldn’t overpower them, but would also bring out the flavour just a little more. Instead of frying or grilling them, I decided to bake them; I think sausages are always much juicier and tender when baked.
Add some classic sweet shallots and balsamic vinegar to the fold, serve with spicy spaghetti, and you’re faced with a truly scrumptious dish.
We get through an awful lot of pasta in our house; partly due to the fact that it’s a free food on Slimming World (dried pasta, anyway), and also it’s one of the boys’ favourites! A pasta bake is always a great idea; you’re able to just throw everything in and have a family dining experience with it. Take the dish to the table, and let everybody tuck in!
Tinned tuna is really quick and easy to add to a pasta bake, and as strange as butternut squash sounds to accompany it, it’s really quite nice! I use sour cream in this tuna pasta bake to make it a bit creamier, but you could make it syn free by using Quark or the like instead.