Firstly, let me apologise as I have been a bit quiet on my blog as of late and I can only put this down to life getting in the way. Being a mother to four children, a wife, a home baker, a student and the general jack of all trades in my house sometimes takes over and the blogging has to take a back seat for a while. Packing up things for the imminent house move takes up a lot of the weekends, so much so, that when I sit down on a Sunday afternoon all I want to do is watch Christmas films and veg out. As of yet, we have no definite date for the house move so it is all just a waiting game and we need to be prepared as I still think it will happen before Christmas?
Yesterday, was a morning of last minute Christmas shopping for my husband and myself so I now have the job of getting everything wrapped and hidden away till Christmas Day.
On the baking front, I started baking larger loaf cakes for a customer a couple of weeks ago and after sourcing the paper cases for these cakes I am going to add then to the webshop as they are a much better size than the small 1lb loaf cakes. This will involve a price change, as well as, some flavour changes, so this is another job to add to my list.
My baking has been all things chocolatey so far this week, as I baked a lovely (even though I say it myself) Milk Chocolate Loaf Cake with a deliciously rich melt in the mouth chocolate frosting. We ate some of it for our treat after a lovely practice roast dinner, last Sunday – although I don’t really need to practice but it made up for the rubbish weather we had here at the weekend. Also, I baked some Chocolate Cookies, over the weekend, which tasted wonderful but were way too thin so I will be using the recipe again but changing the method slightly to stop the overspreading of the cookies when in the oven. A bit of chill time in the fridge is definitely needed with this recipe.
For customers, I have baked Empire Biscuits, Chocolate Baubles and some Sweet Mince Tarts so I have been kept busy in the kitchen as in between baking I have been finishing off the Christmas Cake orders which have been collected and posted off to various parts of the UK, these last few weeks.
My other bake which I want to try out on the family is a Brownie or Blondie with a Cornflake Tart overlay/underlay. An interesting combination which I have seen a few bakers doing that intrigues me. I wonder what it will taste like and if I can put my own twist on it??