We were inspired to make some blackberry shortbread when we saw pictures on the Home Baked blog, however ours were nowhere near as pretty as hers and we felt they needed a little more sugar, but it was a good excuse for Jonathan to have a go with the piping bag and a good use for a handful of autumn blackberries!
When I asked Jonathan what he would like to bake he said a spiders web cake, we had followed a recipe for one before but couldn’t find it so we used Mary Berry’s chocolate version of the Victoria sandwich, our made up version of ganache and some cheap Aldi white chocolate for the web and spider!
I have been using up the apples in the garden. We have had loads and my old jam jars are all full of chutneys and jam, I have been trying to make Andy Hamilton’s Sort Of Cider and I have made three different apple cakes, Devon apple cake, polenta apple cake and my mum’s grated apple cake. The Devon one is a really easy yummy everyday type cake and I think I have made 8 so far this year and will be making more to take to church on Sunday too. The polenta one is an adaptation of this lovely raspberry cake recipe, I’ve just used thin slices of apple instead of the raspberries, this is great for Martin who is trying to avoid wheat and is definitely the best straightforward gluten free cake recipe I have used, we use fine cornmeal instead of standard polenta and it tastes lovely! My mum’s recipe takes a bit more work, kneading the dough, grating it and cooking the apples but it is definitely my favourite (it would be my inheritance track, if I was choosing food rather than records!) and here is a pic of it!
We haven’t made any bread for ages so I was pleased that my Paul Hollywood based cob loaf turned out well.
Our bagels unfortunately were not as good, I think I made the dough too soft so they sort of shriveled in the boiling water rather than puffing up!