The Cake Diaries: Black Forest Gateau

The Blogger Bake Off: Black Forest Gateau by Poppy alla Norma

As soon as I saw the first episode of the Great British Bake Off this year, I knew I was going to make my own version of the Black Forest Gateau Showstopper. Cherry and chocolate is always a winning combination, and being a relatively simple cake to make there are plenty of options for customisation.

I started off with a Nigella recipe for Black Forest Cake, and as part of that recipe she includes instructions for making chocolate ganache. I chose to add raspberries to my gateau because I love the combination of cherry and raspberry, and I added Chambord instead of the traditional Kirsch to intensify the raspberry flavour.

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Introducing The Blogger Bake Off!

Blogger Bake Off

You may have noticed that it’s been a little quiet over here on Poppy alla Norma recently, but now I can finally reveal what has been keeping me so busy!

After a discussion with Jasmine, the lovely blogger behind Jasmine-Alexa, we have come up with the idea of creating a Blogger Bake Off. Each week, bloggers will be asked to create their own interpretation of the Showstopper challenge from The Great British Bake Off, posting photos and recipes on their blogs. Tweet the links to @BloggerBakeOff and they will be retweeted; through Twitter we are hoping to create a community of baking enthusiasts, and perhaps even start a #bakechat if there is enough interest! At the end of the Great British Bake Off we will compile a list of all entries on our blogs and open a poll to decide the best bake.

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The Cake Diaries: Rhubarb & Custard Mini Sponges

The Cake Diaries: Rhubarb & Custard Mini Sponges

With the Great British Bake Off starting its sixth series on Wednesday, Britain is about to go cake crazy once again. I never fail to find inspiration when I’m watching the Bake Off, and I for one can’t wait to see what the contestants come up with this year.

Although I enjoy every week of the Bake Off, especially Pie Week and Bread Week, the showstopper cakes are always the highlights for me. With this in mind, and my cake-loving boyfriend’s frequent requests for more home-baked goodies in my ears, I have been bitten by the baking bug. Want to see what I’ve been making? Read on to find out!

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Best-ever Brownies: Four Ways

Best-ever Brownies: Four Ways

So, this week was RAG (Raising & Giving) week at university. Everyone has been doing their part to raise money for our university charity, St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice. Events have ranged from a RAG night out at a local nightclub to swing dance-a-thon – it’s been a busy week! I decided to bake some brownies to sell at the RAG bake sale, but I wanted to try something a little different than my usual recipe.

My usual recipe is from BBC GoodFood, simply entitled Best-ever brownies and I have to say, they are truly special. Rich, gooey and oh-so-chocolatey, it is by far the best brownie recipe I’ve ever encountered. It’s basic, but as a result there’s plenty of room for adaptation. I omitted the 50g white chocolate and 50g milk chocolate from all four of the recipes, and used different ingredients to create four different, but equally delicious, types of brownie. I hope you find something to try!


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