Wednesday, 26 January 2011


So at first I wasn't going to post this, I mean flapjack isn't the most exciting thing to find on a baking blog but sometimes you need something simple and classic which is exactly what flapjack is.
I have always, and still do, hate shop bought flapjack.  I can't stand the stuff.  It tastes of cardboard, smells like cardboard and looks like cardboard.  Theres only one shop bought flapjack that I've ever kind of liked.  I'm lucky to have a great little bakery only two minutes away which we often frequent, and they do an amazing flapjack which is half covered in chocolate.  This is the only flapjack I've eaten in years, aside from my Mums occasional homemade version.  Whilst my Mums is great, it has a tendancy to break your teeth if it's left longer than a day.
And so my mission to find a truely great flapjack begins.  I think anyone keen on cooking or baking has a few different recipes that they are always in search of improving and finding the best of.  With a lot of baking bloggers it seems to be the elusive perfect brownie.  Of which I am still looking for.  For me I want to find a really good flapjack recipe, as I don't think you can go wrong with good basic recipes. 
This particular flapjack recipe I found when watching the BBC's new baking programme 'Baking Made Easy' presented by model turned baker Lorraine Pascale.  I'm enjoying the programme so far, the recipes are really simple and easy to follow and she's covered some good basic's as well.

You can find the recipe here.  As for my verdict on the flapjack?  Its lovely and soft and chewy, a great flavour too.  But for me its just not sweet enough, I do agree with the recipe that it would be great as a quick breakfast.  Though maybe mix in some dried fruits at least.  Definately one to try if you don't like your flapjack too sweet.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

New Year

I apologise for the lack of any posts these past few months, I just haven't felt like blogging at all.  I've still been baking plenty but I've just not wanted to post anything.  So I'm sorry for the quiet but I am back and in the right frame of mind.  This is just a quick update to show that I'm still here and still baking and there are lots of treats that I want to share with you.

Here's a sample of what I have made these past few months...
A Thomas the Tank Engine cake for my Nephew's 3rd Birthday party.  My first time at attempting any kind of theme, let alone such a well known character!  I also made chocolate and vanilla fairy cakes with Thomas the Tank Engine cake toppers.

A variety of gingerbread in readyness for Christmas. 

My first attempt at making Sorbet, a wonderful orange flavour but a bit too icey compared with sorbet's I love in restaurants.

And finally Triple Chocolate fairy cakes for a party that my Mum held.

Thats it for now but I'll be back in a day or two with flapjack!