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Brilliant Baker Benji

We now have some very awesome baking from the youngest baker in THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC!

Our next brilliant baker is Benji!!  benji1535  benji1535 is the creator of Benji’s Very Big Blog. He also published this post to share with us his secret recipe:

https://benjisverybigblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/20/the-secret-of-my-shortbread/

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Benji is not the only blogger in his family. His amazing mum Ingrid, Ingrid is the creator Experiments in Fiction.  

What has Benji been BAKING? Brilliant biscuits! He has baked sensational Shortbread. I absolutely love that Benji made his name in shortbread! Golden delicious crumbly buttery shortbread! Could somebody put the kettle on please? These are the perfect accompaniment to a lovely cuppa tea!

Thank you Ingrid for these wonderful photos of Benji’s baking!

 

This whole weekend has been about fabulous family fun that everybody can be involved with. It’s great to see the whole family getting involved…even Benji’s brother Ollie got involved!

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The key to awesome baking is often in the beat!!!

 

Inspired by our youngest, and perhaps smallest baker this year, I was longing to tag a link to my own favourite chef, who proves that no matter what your size or age…if you love creating kitchen masterpieces, you can go a long way!!!

 

She Has Conquered The Kitchen!!

I knew that our next blogger was going to make something delicious for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF! Last year she made something delicious…though slightly overcome by the forces of gravity! But this year…gravity, gorgeousness and gloriousness are on her side!

Yes, that’s right…the fantastic Amanda Cade Amanda Cade has made not one, not two, not three…but four awesome Mini-Cheesecakes with a choice of topping for everyone! Caramel for me please Amanda!!!

And….wait for it…they are perfect!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy! Go Amanda!!! This is called complete redemption for the chocolate landslide of 2019. Amanda has nailed perfect cheesecakes…with extremely naughty toppings. Surely a cheesecake should have a calorific topping!

Aaaah…the way to my heart is cheesecake…which I say with a tear in my eye, because I have a dairy intolerance. This is the post Amanda published chronicling how she conquered the kitchen this year to produce these beauties:

https://amandacade.com/2020/07/15/the-great-bloggers-bakeoff-2020/

Thank you so much Amanda!!! Loving the sweet cheesecakes in every way! You rock!!!

Beautiful Banana Baking

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Check out Felicia’s brilliant choices for today’s SLS:

https://nesiesplace.com/2020/07/19/song-lyric-sunday-if-david-gates/

https://feliciadenise.com/2020/07/19/song-lyric-sunday-macarthur-park/

Aaaah! Sigh, as soon as we saw Felicia’s photographs, Jack reminded me that I used to make a banana cake every week when we were flatmates. He and I were both banana hoarders and we always ended up with too many bananas. So I used to use them to make cake, which all our other flatmates and their visitors would help themselves too. Happy memories!

I could have chosen a second song from a long list of annoying songs about bananas…but as Felicia often features hit soul tracks on SLS…I chose another song that has a foodie link…Lady Marmalade!

The Bake Sale – A poem

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For many blogging on WordPress is mainly about producing fantastic fiction and phenomenal poetry. Well, we invited two of WordPress’ most talented creative bloggers to get creative and we are thrilled to share with you their work!

Here is a fantastic poem from one of favourite WordPress bloggers (yes, we have favourites!!!)  talesfromthemindofkristian Kristian, the creator of Tales from the mind of Kristian produced this gorgeous poem inspired by the BAKING theme!

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My blogging friend, Mel from the blog Caramel (learner at Love) is co-hosting a bake Sale event, click on the link below to find out more:

What Will Be In Our Picnic Basket?

To commemorate this event, I have written this poem. 🙂

We are having a giant bake sale, in our neighbourhood.

Auntie Gladys has made her carrot cake

Who knew carrots could taste so good?

And while it’s a Hot July and we’re in a summer sizzle,

What could be more fitting than a slice of Dave’s Lemon Drizzle?

While I enjoy the sunshine, the heat’s been a bit extreme,

So I’m enjoying a slice of cake smothered in Ice-Cream.

It’s great to get together and share what we’ve all been making,

In this sweltering summer heat, it’s us that have been baking!

I won’t moan too much though, it’s winter soon for goodness sake,

So my final…

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She Put The Lime In The Coconut

If you love food and you love foodie blogs, then I am sure you need to take a visit to one of my favourite foodie blogs. Sophie, the creator of Foodzesty, makes the kind of food I love.

We have another treat from Sophie with perfect summer flavours, giving this delicious cake a tropical twist. Sophie has made Coconut Lime Pound Cake. Oooh yes please, I would love a slice of that!

Here is Sophie’s post that she published detailing how she made this perfect summer cake:

Coconut Lime Pound Cake Recipe

Coconut Lime Pound Cake

Coconut Lime Pound Cake Recipe

Call me obvious, but as soon as Sophie said Coconut Lime…my mind jumped to Harry Nilsson. Of course, if the muppets have recorded a version of a song, I just cannot resist the chance to go with Kermit & Co!

Flavours can take you anywhere you choose. Sophie’s coconut and lime combination is taking me away from London…I’m thinking the Caribbean…but truth be told I am so tired of being stuck in London for months on end without seeing my family, you could take me anywhere!

The Picnic Is Heading To The Farm!

I was delighted with the photo we received from Alison  Alison, creator of  Travels with Ali. Alison has travelled all over the world and within Australia, where she resides, and has published photos from her travels on her blog.

This fiesta cake was designed for a very special grandson, who loves “Old MacDonald’s Farm” – with a moo moo here and a moo moo there – don’t get me started because I will be singing all day!!!

Alison published this post when she made this spectacular Old MacDonald’s Farm Cake for a very gorgeous grandson (I know he is gorgeous because Alison sent a photo and he had the most terrific smile over his very special cake!)

https://travelswithali.com/2020/06/28/unusual-topping-a-farmyard-birthday-cake/

I so wish I was two again! Alison, I meant to ask you but in between the red and yellow chickens at the bottom of the cake – are they tiny little chickadees? They look so cute!

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We have a quiz challenge for you. How many different animals can you identify on this fabulous cake? Please leave your answers in the comments below…and we will check with Alison who has matched the most animals!

When I typed in “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” into my search engine, scores and scores of different versions appeared. But as soon as I saw that Elmo and his friends had recorded a version…I could not resist!

Gary You’re The Best!

I have found it hard to keep track of Gary’s accomplishments in recent weeks! He has taken on chocolate cake, doughnuts, muffins? (not sure what that was last night)…and wait until you see his soufflè!!

But this bake from Gary, aka bereavedandbeingasingleparent, is a Classic Sponge Cake, smothered in a cream topping almost as high as the cake! Love it!

This is Gary’s phenomenal post proving that he really did make this:

https://bereavedsingledad.blog/2020/07/15/oh-no-its-baking-time/

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Gary!!!!!! I think we are seeing an astonishing transformation in your kitchen skills!  What can I say? Nobody does it better!!

Espresso Yourself

After a calm start to our Sunday, it’s time to wake up. Yes…it is coffee time! Here is a double shot of caffeine for you with a CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE ESPRESSO TART, which is supposed to look like this when it is finished:

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This recipe was from a supermarket magazine, but I have no idea which one. I cut it out because the recipe looked fabulous! There are essentially three stages to this tart…the pastry, the filling and the decorations. Here are the ingredients I used for this decadent dessert:

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PASTRY

  • 175g plain flour
  • 80g icing sugar (sifted)
  • 100g chilled butter (cut into cubes)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1tbsp vanilla extract

FILLING

  • 1tbsp instant coffee (I just happened to pick up French Vanilla coffee because it sounded so delicious)
  • 300ml double cream
  • 25g golden syrup
  • 50g butter
  • 75g dark chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 75g milk chocolate (finely chopped)

DECORATIONS

  • 150g dark chocolate
  • icing sugar (to dust with)

It’s been a while since I made my own pastry (I usually cheat and buy puff or shortcrust pastry from the supermarket). I can’t remember making pastry in a food processor before, but not one to argue with a recipe, I followed the instructions.

First of all I put the 175g flour and 80g sifted icing sugar into my food processor and pulsed it briefly. Then I added the 100g chilled butter to the food processor and pulsed the mix until it looked like fine breadcrumbs. Then I added the egg yolk and vanilla extract before pulsing again. Before my eyes the pastry started to combine together into a dough.

I did add a teaspoon of water as I thought the pastry was a little bit crumbly. Then on a lightly floured surface I pressed the pastry dough into a disc and wrapped it up in cling film. I put it into the fridge for half an hour to chill.

In the meantime I preheated the oven to 160°c fan (180°c without fan). I took the chilled pastry out of the fridge and rolled out on a lightly floured surface. Then the pastry went into a fluted flan/quiche tin. I pricked the base with a fork and chilled it in the fridge for another ten minutes.

After another chilling, I placed baking parchment over the pastry and poured baking beans over the top. Then I placed it into the preheated oven and baked it for twenty minutes.

After twenty minutes I removed the baking parchment and baking beans and returned the pastry to the oven for another eight minutes. By this point the pastry was golden and felt slightly sandy.

Now that the pastry was ready, it was time to prepare the filling. I forgot to take a photo of the first step, which is to place the 1tbsp of instant coffee granules into a pan with 1tbsp of boiling water and stir them together.

I then added the 300mil of double cream and the 25g golden syrup. As per the recipe, I brought that mixture to the boil while stirring occasionally. Then I removed the pan from the heat and added the 50g of butter and the finely chopped chocolate (75g dark chocolate/75g milk chocolate). Then I went about stir stir stirring until I had a glossy smooth chocolately mix.

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I then poured the chocolate mix into the pastry case (which was still in the tin by the way) and chilled it in the fridge overnight.

The following day, it was time to decorate the chocolate tart. The recipe said to take 150g dark chocolate and place in a bain marie (heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water). Once it was melted I poured it onto a flat baking sheet.

I then placed the baking sheet into the fridge for ten minutes. The chocolate was still quite soft so I put it back in the fridge for another fifteen minutes.

Then…with a large knife I pulled curls of chocolate. There were lots of curls as you can see!

Then heaped the chocolate curls on top of the chocolate truffle espresso tart and dusted with some icing sugar.

I took the tart with me when I went to see some friends for a small garden party they hosted for some of their NHS friends they wanted to do something for. My friends were very very pleased with this tart. It was rich though! Very rich. Thin slices of tart for all of us. It had a lovely strong coffee flavour which complimented the chocolate perfectly.

This recipe is definitely a keeper! The coffee is just what we need to wake up on our Sunday morning!

Time to shake off the sleepy eyes and tired limbs…there is so much in store in todays line-up on THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF!

 

Take Us To Wonderland

Our relaxing Sunday morning continues with more beautiful flowers. But not just flowers…we have kittens too! And…..CHOCOLATE GANACHE! I am in paradise…a paradise officially called DINAH IN WONDERLAND.

We have had a phenomenal selection of goodies from robbiesinspiration Robbie, the creator of Robbie’s inspiration, who has made some spectacular celebration cakes for her family. This was Robbie’s post describing a cake inspired by Dinah, the black cat from Alice In Wonderland:

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/05/24/dinah-in-wonderland-birthday-cake/

Robbie – please don’t tell me the kittens in this cake were eaten! They are too cute to gobble up.

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Our mellow Sunday morning has been wonderful…but there is still more to come. WordPress bloggers have been very busy baking and making for THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC!!!

Sometimes there is just too much choice when it comes to songs!!!

On A Floral Note

We are continuing our serene Sunday morning with something absolutely joyous! We have more from Debbie, Baking for Therapy  Debbie, the creator of Baking for Therapy, who was the maker of the ingenious FAST FOOD CAKE you saw yesterday.

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I think we are seeing Debbie and some of our other talented bloggers making CAKES that look so good I don’t know if I could bring myself to eat them…well…in truth, I am sure I would eat them, but only after I had taken lots of photos to send to all my friends and family.

Debbie has delighted us with a feast for our eyes and we are so glad she sent in photos of her work. Here are two posts from Debbie revealing how she created these exquisite bouquets:

https://bakingfortherapy.com/2020/06/01/beautiful-cupcake-bouquets-the-perfect-gift/

https://bakingfortherapy.com/2020/05/08/cupcake-bouquets-and-strange-birthday-cake/

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As it is early on Sunday morning, Debbie’s flower creations gave us the perfect excuse to mark Sunday morning with a floral note! I was totally split between which flower spectacular to end this post on….(and English Country Garden was also in the running!)

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