“Woohooo” my third book is up and published “[amazon_textlink asin=’B071K2YJCN’ text=’Baking at its Best: Summer Picnic Recipes’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’wwwlovetobake-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’3bb9ec97-4f5e-11e7-8b09-37d691c606a3′]”. I am so proud of this book that I cannot sing its praises enough or blow my own trumpet as the case may be. 🙂 I have been that focused on my recipe book that I have actually missed a few food calendar events such as “World Gin Day”, but I don’t drink gin and there is nothing to say I can’t share a recipe with gin as an ingredient at a later date. We will just have to wait and see on that one. Other events which I have missed are  the “Newcastle Vegan Festival” which is a local event near my hometown. Again a vegan recipe can be added some other time.

A Slice of Bakewell Cake
A Slice of Bakewell Cake

Now this Bakewell Cake is an absolute winner  and was demolished at the weekend by my visitors. I made two of these cakes in the end  as I wasn’t too impressed with my first effort which I used a standard sponge recipe for. I felt the resultant cake was too heavy when I added the marzipan and so on. I decided to change the sponge to a genoisé sponge recipe and this worked much better. Needless to say, my husband and children made short work of the first cake so nothing went to waste. This is a recipe which I will be using to make miniature cakes from in the near future and probably mess around with the recipe to produce something different.

If I was to make any changes to this recipe I would try to reduce the sweetness as I though it was very sweet (but that didn’t stop me from having a few slices). 🙂  I wouldn’t want to remove any of the features of this cake as it all together is similar to a Bakewell Slice  apart from the lack of pastry. You can’t remove the sugar from the sponge  as it is vital in the genoisé sponge recipe but the jam, marzipan are just too yummy to remove. Sorry!! If anything could be removed I would leave off the glacé icing and cherries but sprinkle the flaked almonds on the top. This would be a true sacrifice and not one I think I would be willing to  make.

Nutritionally,  one slice of this cake, for a special occasion only, of course,  would contain  7.7g and quite a lot  of calories. However, as a one off treat it isn’t too bad.

  • Calories     319.1
  • Total Fat    4.3 g
  • Saturated Fat  1.0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat   0.7 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat  1.5 g
  • Cholesterol    93.0 mg
  • Sodium   93.6 mg
  • Potassium   47.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate   60.4 g
  • Dietary Fibre  1.0 g
  • Sugars  7.7 g
  • Protein   6.7 g

Back to the week ahead, on the food calendar there is a “Healthy Eating Week” and after eating this cake at the weekend I need a healthy week. However, towards the end of the week it is “Beer Britain Day” on the 15th June so I am thinking about a recipe to add beer to  and not just have a glass of beer with my healthy salad. Hehehe!!

From Friday the 16th June 2017, it is “National Picnic Week” and my book has been published at the perfect time really just in time for this week. So why don’t you treat someone- maybe your father/ father-in-law as it is “Father’s Day” in the UK on Sunday. The adverts for all my books to date which are available from Amazon is featured above if you feel like giving a hint to your husband, partner, father etc that they are needing to bake more in the kitchen (might buy one for my husband actually).

For the rest of today, I am working on adding more back links to my blog, preparing another ingredient to add to my ingredients page  and adding some recipes to my recipe page. I have a few updates to get through on my blog so keep reading.  As for the weekend baking I didn’t manage to catch a photo of the Spaghetti Bolognese which we had for dinner of the Tarte Tatin. My family are like vultures when they start and I wasn’t quick enough with the camera. Sorry 🙁