A light yeast leavened bun filled with jam and cream. Almost like a healthier version of a doughnut. No deep frying and only a little sugar to activate the yeast, besides the jam of course.
These buns are fairly straight forward to make and look pretty professional with pipped cream, I made them as a treat for breakfast when a friend of mine came to visit. We filled them with her mums delicious homemade hedgerow jelly, alghough Paul calls for strawberry jam.
Pancake Day marks the beginning of Lent, why pancakes you may ask? Well, I wondered that too, so I had a look and it’s to do with using up what is left of your luxurious food such as eggs, milk and sugar. But not everyone celebrates Pancake Day; Italy, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries celebrate Carnival, which derives from the words carne levare, to take away meat.
Growing up in Portugal, we were always too busy getting dressed up for the parades to even think of pancakes, which is amazing considering how much I love pancakes! I could eat them all day, any day.
Every weekend we would make pancakes for breakfast, its probably one of the first things I learnt how to make and cooked alone. I remember my mum teaching me, ‘an egg per mug of flour and enough milk to make it the right runny consistency’, it’s the closest I have ever gotten to using a recipe! Continue reading
It is said G makes the best arepas in his whole family. Now, I’ve only ever tasted his, but I believe it because they are delicious! Arepas are a staple part of Colombian gastronomy, like our bread here. You could probably classify them as a flat bread made from maize. They eat them for breakfast and/or dinner with whatever you have to hand or like. Again, like bread. G likes his with fried eggs, my aunty likes hers with avocado and cheese. I have been nagging G to teach me to make them for sometime and this weekend he did!
I often bake with my gluten intolerant cousins (age 7 and 9), I love seeing how they are getting more and more interested in the kitchen just like I was at their age. Although we draw the line at big J making toffee apples alone in the middle of the night – thankfully the only thing hurt was a now very black saucepan.
For Christmas big J got The Gluten-Free Cookbook for Kids by Adriana Rabinvich and we are slowly making our way through the sweet recipes. Yesterday we made Snickerdoodles, frankly because they have a cool name.
I made marshmallows for christmas presents this year! I was so pleased with the prosecco marshmallows that I couldn’t wait to have a go with other flavours especially now I have my trustee sugar thermometer.
Then again, I made mine over two evenings, with a massive fail in the meringue department which wouldn’t have gone down so well on the popular tv show…
So I’ve been super busy lately making Christmas decorations! I thought I would share some photos of what I’ve made so you don’t think I’ve totally forgotten this blog!