Well I wasn’t going to write anything today on my blog but I have changed my mind. On my website I have a new recipe of the week which is now Bakewell Slice. This recipe includes two of my favourite things , jam and almonds. It is so easy to make and is a really nice, light treat which fits in perfectly with Spring. I love Spring, as the food we eat changes to a lighter , airier version of what we have eaten over the Winter. I am making it sound like we are all hibernating but we are not really but as the nights get lighter I feel the diet changes too.

I am adding the recipe for the Bakewell Slice to Yummly and my website so watch this space.  There are other ingredients which can be used in this slice to give a different taste. for a more spring like slice I would use lemon curd or apricot jam which would lighten the  recipe up. To give it a more St Patricks Day celebration  angle I would use a orange marmalade with a hint of whiskey added to the mix. You could also ice the top of the slice if you didn’t sprinkle the flaked almonds on the top. The icing could be flavoured with whiskey, Guinness or some other strange flavour. Whatever you want to try. There is not too much sugar used in the recipe but at a push the sugar used in the cake batter could be reduced if you wanted to make it more suitable for a diabetic person. The flour could be changed to gluten free, of course to suit the gluten intolerant person.

[lt_recipe name=”Bakewell Slice” servings=”16″ prep_time=”20M” cook_time=”30M” total_time=”50M” difficulty=”Intermediate” print=”yes” summary=”Nutritionally, one slice contains 289 calories, 19.2g total fat (25% daily total fat), 26g total carbohydrate (9% daily total carbohydrate), 1g fibre (4% daily fibre) (based on a 2000 calorie diet).” image=”https://www.love-to-bake.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/bakewell-312.jpeg” ingredients=”For the pastry:-;8oz plain flour;1.5oz icing sugar;5oz butter;For the filling:-;4tbsp raspberry jam;6oz self raising flour;6oz soft spread;4oz caster sugar;2oz ground almonds;1tsp almond essence;2tbsp flaked almonds;3 eggs;” ]Preheat the oven to gas 4. Grease a 8inch tin.;Weigh out the ingredients for the pastry into a bowl.;Rub the butter into the flour and icing sugar until a dough is formed.;Roll out the pastry to fit the tin.;Spread the jam over the pastry base.;Weigh the cake batter ingredients into a bowl, apart from the flaked almonds.;Whisk together to form a smooth batter.;Transfer to the pastry base and ensure all the jam is covered.;Sprinkle the top with the flaked almonds.;Bake for 30 minutes till golden brown and springy to touch.[/lt_recipe]

This week is Hydration and Nutrition Week – so get drinking some water,  as well as St Patricks Day. I have been looking at some different baking items available on Ebay which are related to St Patricks Day, one of which in particular caught my eye and I have featured it on my website -( If only my hubby was Irish I would buy him one.) There are all sorts of cookie cutters and tins out there to make the day go with a bang. I have included some links here for you to go and take a look:-

  1. shamrock cookie cutters (I may order some of these for myself).
  2. cool cupcake cases  (love these and buying this many I would have some for years to come).
  3. brilliant shamrock cake mould (this would be cool to serve snacks in at a party too).

This is just a few ideas that I would love to have for the day if time would allow. I think my bake this week to celebrate St Patricks Day will include marmalade and some whiskey – not a drop of Guinness in sight.

Yesterday I made a different version of my brownies for the family to try and they were a hit so I will be featuring this recipe in my new recipe book which will be all about Easter and Springtime treats.

Back to the new recipe book I must go but now I have written about the Bakewell Slice and alternative flavours my brain  is full of ideas, the cogs are  whirring around – I don’t know what I am going to make but something needs to be made.

On a final note today, when I told my husband I was not adding a photo of the Breakfast Pie  because I thought it looked horrible he said I should as he thought it looked okay. I am still in two minds about this and it depends if anyone wants to see it cut up. If you would like to comment below to see the breakfast pie photo when it was sliced up then I may reconsider it. (it would be nice to see some comments nice or otherwise as at the moment I feel that no one reads what I am writing about and it would be good to have other peoples opinions).