It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve posted any baked goods on here. But it’s not that I haven’t been baking, I’ve just been trying out a few recipes from the crazy amount of baking books I’ve had sitting on my shelf for a while!
I’ll be honest, I think Mary Berry’s Baking Bible is AWFUL. I have tried several recipes from it and none of them have been up to scratch. I’m not talking about the method, that’s fine. I’m talking about the ingredients. Her carrot cake recipes calls for more banana than carrot and as a result tastes like, well, banana. Her Battenburg recipe has ground rice in the sponge. That makes it crunchy, and horrid. If it wasn’t for the fact it was the first book given to me by Mr LTT and being lovingly inscribed, I would’ve got rid of it by now.
Enough Berry bashing anyway. The whole point of the pre-story was to let you know I’ve moved on. I have fallen in love with a new baking book, one that has shared with me gorgeous recipes laid out beautifully. Actually, I’ve had it for quite a while now and have been meaning to write about it. I have to admit, the only reason that I bought this book was because it was set in one of my favourite typefaces: Gill Sans (used by the BBC, John Lewis). If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably hear me jabber on a fair bit about typefaces, it’s become a bit of an obsession. I’ve just spent a fortune on typefaces for the site redesign too. It’s coming along (hurrah!).
I’m doing it again! Sorry, back on track. We’re talking about the Peyton & Byrne’s British Baking book. Aside from the fact it’s got a lovely typeface, it’s well laid out and the instructions are clear. And the recipes ain’t half bad. I’ve made a few things from the book and they’ve been supertasty but my favourite so far has been the carrot cake. I made it because my desk buddy and colleague Danielle specifically requested it. I gave it a trial run as a “normal cake” and then I made a boat cake like the pirate cake I made, except it was a yacht – the cream cheese frosting worked perfectly.
By the way, our Swedish friends told us that cake laid on its side or falls onto its side is bad luck and means you won’t get married! So what do you do when you want a really small slice?!