This is a quick roundup of the goings on in my kitchen lately.
Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day....whatever you call it. Generally we call it Pancake Day here, which kind of makes everyone forget the true meaning but hey, any excuse for pancakes is okay with me. We decided to make some American style pancakes, using this really simple Martha Stewart recipe. They were so good! I studded a few with blueberries while they were in the pan. Then we realised we had no maple syrup, so we drizzled it with a bit of golden syrup to give it a British twist. I don't think I'm giving up anything for Lent, I was never really brought up doing it plus I have no self-restraint! Are you giving up anything for Lent?
For Valentines Day I made whoopie pies! I had tried whoopie pies ones, pumpkin ones, but I expected them to be like cookies for some reason so was disappointed when they were all cakey. However, I recently saw whoopie pies in Brew Tea Bar and also in my Olive magazine, claiming to be the new cupcakes. Then, when I saw this recipe on Annie's Eats, I knew I HAD to try them. Rather annoyingly, my local supermarket has decided to stop stocking buttermilk! I must have been about the only person who bought it anyway. In a rash decision, I decided to substitute the buttermilk for soured cream. It actually worked out pretty well, although maybe they were stodgier than if I had used buttermilk. It was also SO HARD to pipe the pies into heart shapes! I think they slightly resemble hearts right? And they're red so they're perfect for valentines day.
For World Nutella Day, I gave up on my Uni work, which wasn't going too well in the library, to go home and bake nutella cupcakes. I've made these before, but this time I think my presentation is better. I think that style of icing piped on is becoming my signature.
If you follow me on twitter, you will have seen how annoyed I was about not getting to try any of these! Nutella is one of my favourite things on earth, I could happily eat it from the jar. I love how they try to sell it as a 'healthy' breakfast though - it really isn't! It is delicious though hmmmm. I have previously posted the recipe for these amazing cupcakes here, if you want to try them. (Did I mention they are STUFFED with a big dollop of nutella? Nom)
I also made these cupcakes for a prospective customer for wedding cupcakes. They wanted a sample and they were so pleased with them. I have also had enquiries about wedding cupcakes for a wedding in July and I am so excited and flattered that people actually think my cupcakes are good enough to be their wedding cake! How cute are the sugar flowers too? I get all of mine from this website, Cake Craft Shop. Their cupcakes boxes are also really good and sturdy. I could spend a fortune on that site!
Brownies, nom nom nom. I made these using a recipe from the fabulous Smitten Kitchen. It uses only cocoa powder and no melted chocolate at all! I was a bit dubious about this but still eager to try it. Plus it gave me another excuse to use my delicious chocolate orange cocoa powder from Paris.
Did I mention I've also been trying to eat healthily lately too? Haha! I treat myself at the weekends but during the week I have no snacks inbetween meals at all. I palm off all my baked goods onto unsuspecting victims like Scott or my brother-in-law. What have you all been cooking lately? Anything nice for Valentines Day, pancake day or just for a naughty treat?