All posts tagged: baking

Blueberry White Chocolate Muffin Cake

A couple of weekends ago, a fancy took ahold of me to make muffins. I was having a few girls over for brunch, and it seemed the appropriate thing to have on display for whetting appetites upon arrival. My only snag was that I didn’t own a muffin pan and nor did any of my known neighbours. I took to Twitter to ask if it would be a total disaster to bake muffin batter in a loaf tin instead, and the general consensus was that I should take the punt and it was unlikely that much would go wrong. This turned out to be correct, and my friends and I enjoyed our raspberry and white chocolate loaf cake immensely. So this week, I thought I’d repeat the experience with a brownie pan for my preferred shape of bake and here we all are. The recipe below is altered from the raspberry and white chocolate muffins that I found on BBC Good Food. All I’ve really changed here is the fruit, baking receptacle and oven temp/cooking …

Vegan Apricot Muffins

Vegan Apricot Muffins

  I’ve been a little quiet on the recipe front in February, as you may have already noticed. There are two reasons for this.. It’s my 21st birthday month, so I’ve been drunk or hungover for like a lot of the days in February so far. I’m currently in the middle of a pretty huge overhaul of my diet and attitude towards food post-Veganuary. I’m feeling the way and getting used to things and doing lots of thinking and researching and it just hasn’t left a huge amount of room for shareable creativity. I’m hoping that this is me just about over the hump and regular service should resume pretty soon but if I’m still a little slow on it, be patient with me, I’m doing lots of learning over here. That said, today I have been very very brave and stepped nervously into the world of vegan baking. I’ve been here before – the world of vegan baking, that is – but this time I’m here for a different reason. Previous attempts at vegan baking …

The Page 3 Mince Pie on Cate in the Kitchen

The Page Three Mince Pie

I’ve heard lots of people say that they don’t like mince pies over the years, and it doesn’t usually cause an emotional reaction in me. Because that would be weird. But last year, an American that I really like – I think it was Rob Delaney, but I have almost no recollection at all – slagged them off in a way that got me just a tiny bit riled up. I don’t remember what he said exactly, but the quote involved the words “wodges of stodge” and made reference to how British people must just be a bit mad to continue to eat them so much every year. Thinking about it, perhaps it wasn’t an American, do Americans say wodge and stodge? Anyway, the reason it got me a little bit is because.. it’s kind of true. Are both of those layers of pastry entirely necessary? Ever since I was a child, I’ve been removing the lid of mince pies to eat them, and then munching on it afterwards as a sort of second dessert. In …