There have been some sure-fire winners coming out of the oven lately.
The current favourite of No2 is Cookies and cream fudge brownies, by Lorraine Pascale. I loved her Baking Made Easy series and have tried several of the recipes with great success. I can also recommend the breadsticks and her meringue was perfect – soft and marshmallowy in the middle. Oh, and the crème brûlée…
I picked up a great tip in this series – to buy vanilla pods in bulk. It sounds a bit stingy, but I was finding it hard to justify spending almost £3 on just one pod for a batch of these brownies that got wolfed down by hungry boys, so a search online found me here. 25 pods for less than £10, now that’s more like it. The smell was divine when I opened the package, which arrived the next day.
This fabulously sticky ginger cake is from River Cottage Everyday (I couldn’t find a recipe link). It seems to get better and better the older it gets!
My current favourite is packed full of currants – Hot Cross Buns, but without the crosses! I have never made these before and I don’t really know why I was so surprised that they actually tasted like hot cross buns. I mean, what did I expect?!
I think it was the jam glaze brushed on as soon as they came out of the oven, that made them look like the real thing.
Yesterday, I made the same recipe but instead of making individual buns, I made it in a loaf tin and have been enjoying it sliced and toasted.