Archive for May, 2013

Buns with rhubarb and apple

May 30, 2013


I’ve been whining to people about the sad lack of rhubarb in my life for weeks. Months even. All over the internet I saw baking blogs post their favorite rhubarb recipes, and there I was. Stuck in a country where the weather’s been too bad to produce an early rhubarb harvest. Until last week, where I finally got my first batch of rhubarb. My whining’s sorta kinda come back in my face though, because now I have more rhubarb than I know what to do with. It’s fine though. I made these lovely soft buns with rhubarb and apple, and a rhubarb upside-down cake that was to die for. I’ll need to bake some more this weekend – get rid of my stash.

So you’ve been warned for future rhubarb posts! (I got the idea for these buns here – the blog is in Polish but the pictures are lovely!)



Strawberry layer cake

May 13, 2013


I sometimes have those days where I want to bake something – but I have absolutely no idea what. My pinterest boards are so full of wonderful pictures and amazing recipes that I want to try, that amidst all of it I just don’t know what to choose. Yesterday was one of those days: I just didn’t know. But I wanted to bake something. So instead of choosing something from all the recipes I’ve put aside to try one day – I went and looked for another recipe. Typical. I ended up searching for   and finding a strawberry layer cake recipe with orange zest and vanilla that sounded divine. Since strawberries are the food of spring – even though sometimes it looks more like autumn that spring in Belgium, these days – I thought: yes. This’ll be the one. 


Puff pastry

May 3, 2013


I have a test at the end of June. We have to make a range of hard and soft buns, a Bavarian cream tart, and a mousse tart; two baker’s choice items, and puff pastry. A range of miniature puff pastry items. I decided to test some puff pastry baking first – it’s not regular puff pastry, but a dough with yeast in it – so sadly enough to choices are kind of limited. But I’m going to try to make the most of it, and get some original things baking. I’m not a big fan of Danish Pastry and sweet puff pastry, so I want to try to change things up and be original.

I like what I tried this week – the croissants came out lovely, I think. And I made some cinnamon swirls. I’ll probably make some pizza-swirls too, and I’ll try some other things. This was just a first try – there’ll be more soon! I’ll also be posting recipes and pictures of the other things I have to make for the test, so I’m hoping that I’ll be posting a lot more soon.