Do you remember when you were a child, and your mum or your grandparents would plan an afternoon out, and they would take you to the tea shop? Cream teas with sweet jam and thick clotted cream were the best Sunday snack! If you were going out for a posh brunch, nothing would replace the excitement of the lovely tiered plates covered in cakes and sandwiches. But then you grew up, and suddenly you came to realise that afternoon teas suck a little. Read more
A hamper is one of my favourite gifts to give at Christmastime. Whether to say thank you, Merry Christmas, or just to treat a special someone to lots of delicious treats in one box. Prior to having the boys I made the effort to make my own treats for my own foodie hampers and they went down a storm. Since then, I barely get time to bake goodies for myself, never mind anyone else! So a pre-made hamper with ready to go items is a good place to start. Prestige Hampers can do just the job for you.
Other than week one, I have joined in every single week of the Bake Off so far – it’s a miracle! Even though both kids are now at school full time, I still don’t manage to get around to doing my bake until a weekend. I must remedy that though, as it’s so hard to photograph with them around. “Please Mummy, can I have some now?”. NO! I haven’t finished yet…
Anyway, for dessert week, I thought I would have a go at a roulade. But not a meringue based one, as my oven is so temperamental and I just know it would end up burning, then I’d get frustrated, throw it away, and well; just not join in. So I decided on a cake based one instead. The only roulade I’ve ever made before is a Slimming World one and I’ve never really had a problem, so I was confident about this bake…
I shouldn’t have been! The recipe I was using as a base said to roll up the roulade with some baking paper when it came out of the oven; I presume this is so it already has its shape when you come to roll. But, mine didn’t want to cooperate and started cracking, so I ended up with a ‘trilade’ instead 🙄. And the cake burned slightly underneath. (But was fine on top – see,temperamental oven!). On the whole though, it still tasted nice!
Once again, I’m late to the GBBOBloggers2018 party. I only decided on what I was going to make last Friday, and actually made and photographed on Saturday morning before heading to Blog On Toys for the weekend! Bread week is usually one of my nemesis’, and because I didn’t have much time, I just decided to use a recipe from one of my books. (Which I should actually use more often – does anyone else have a mountain of them and never use them?)
I’ve been a really bad food blogger this year – I think I’ve only posted one recipe! I have blogged foodie reviews, but I’ve not really had the mojo for creating. I’m hoping now that The Bake Off is back, the mojo will return. I’m also happy to see that Jenny over at Mummy Mishaps has brought back the Bloggers Bake Off linky!
I never got around to joining in biscuit week, as the boys had just gone back to school and Noah was only doing two hours a day. But of course I had to join in with one of my favourite things to bake – cake week! I didn’t really fancy any of the other challenges, so I went with a tray bake. Nice and easy!