German chocolate jimbo cake
Baking / Cakes / chocolate / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

German chocolate jimbo cake

Well, here we are. A tall cake, full of flavour and texture: there’s chocolate cake, a coconut filling that is better than a Bounty bar, salty-sweet pecan-feuilletine crunch, and mellow Ovaltine frosting. Each layer is delicious on its own but makes the most sense together. It’s a lot of work and I’m very proud of … Continue reading

Choux au craquelin stuffed with banana custard
Baking / No yeast baking / Pies and tarts / Small batch / Sweet / vegetarian

Choux au craquelin stuffed with banana custard

Not much to say, except these are rather good. Standard choux pastries topped with a rich, barely sweet cocoa cookie crust and stuffed with banana-infused pastry cream. You might be thinking: why bother infusing it? Surely it’s nicer and simpler to just have fresh sliced banana. I am not denying you that option, rather, I’m suggesting this … Continue reading

Chocolate hazelnut brown butter cake
Baking / Cakes / chocolate / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Chocolate hazelnut brown butter cake

  This chocolate-deep, star-topped cake formed part of my New Year’s spread, the first party I’ve thrown in absolute years. The rest of the menu: Massaman curry, half of Leela’s with chicken drumsticks Khanom jeen nam ya (rice noodles + curry chicken) – this is made to be served at room temp, which helps a lot Mac & cheese, … Continue reading

Salted Caramel Brownies
Baking / Bonfire night / Cakes / chocolate / Christmas (and leftovers) / halloween / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Salted Caramel Brownies

Okay, so, make these. I know at this point salted caramel is a cliche foodie thing which has become more of a gourmet marketing label and not necessarily an indicator of delicious caramel, but this bakes up into a tray of something friendly, inviting, and genuinely very good. Recently I made these for a party. I was a bit nervous, … Continue reading

Black tahini cookies, with optional eyeballs
Baking / Biscuits and Cookies / halloween / holidays / No egg baking / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Black tahini cookies, with optional eyeballs

Spooky, delicious cookies, and a bit of a change from the sticky sweet candy. To be clear, I don’t think it is better–I do not buy into the whole wellness nonsense, and this holiday is all about the candy, after all!–but it’s nice to have variety. These are roasty with black sesame and, if you … Continue reading

Brownie cookies, which are ridiculous in the best way
Baking / Biscuits and Cookies / chocolate / Christmas (and leftovers) / halloween / holidays / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Brownie cookies, which are ridiculous in the best way

Brownie cookies. Forget any vaguely brown, sticky-sweet double chocolate cookies you might have had: these go full-on with plenty of melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and chocolate chunks. I have to say one of my favourite textures in baking is melted chocolate and butter. It’s just so glossy and is the perfect colour. And when you … Continue reading

Plum cardamom loaf cake
Baking / Cakes / dessert / Loaf cake / No yeast baking / Recipes / Small batch / Sweet / vegetarian

Plum cardamom loaf cake

Hello. Hi. How are you? We in much of the U.K. are going through what my friend Maggie calls “fake bullshit summer.” It’s almost a week until autumn really begins and there are absolutely no signs of it cooling down; perhaps this is compensation for our earlier British summertime, where it was hot and sunny all at once for 5 … Continue reading

Small Japanese cheesecake in a loaf pan
Baking / Cakes / dessert / Loaf cake / No yeast baking / Recipes / Small batch / Sweet / vegetarian

Small Japanese cheesecake in a loaf pan

This is so fluffy and gentle. You could bed yourself down right into it. Japanese cheesecake is a treat which needs to be judged on its own merits. What they share with their European and American counterparts is a body largely comprising cream cheese, but rather than a dense baked custard, the making of them requires a good beating for fine, airy … Continue reading