Brownie cake

brownies

If you work with me you’ll know I love feeding people! I am currently a head baker but despite the name I don’t get to bake as much as I would like to. The other problem is that during work there isn’t a lot of time to make things perfect. Therefore I need quick bakes.

What’s quicker and more satisfying than brownies?

One bowl, one wooden spoon and whatever mix -ins you want.

These squishy fudgey brownies were finish with large chocolate chunks and salted hazelnuts before going into the oven.

These bad boys are soon available to buy.

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Boston cream pie

Some may or may not know I oversee a baking competition inspired by The Great British Bake off. Located in Tooting called The Big London Bake, each month we have a recipe that we give to customers to compete against eachother at the end of 120 minutes. The judge ( myself) has to try whatever that month may be and say who’s won and why.

As we change recipes every month this means I have a lot of food development to do. One of the recipes I’ve been testing is a Boston cream pie.

A delicious sponge cake filled with custard and topped with a dark chocolate ganache.

You got to forgive the pictures!

We have multiple classes a day which means that I sometimes I have to finish off recipes whilst advising customers.

This is the first time I’ve tried this recipe or Boston cream pie at all, therefore I don’t know if it’s an original recipe? It’s exceedingly soft, due to the whisked sponge and custard middle.

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Carrot cake!!!!!

I think it’s obvious what my tasters favourite flavours are by the abundance of lemon, chocolate and carrot cake on the blog.

This carrot cake for family dinner was supposed to use up some leftover carrots we had in the fridge.  It did so nicely.

I added some VERY toasted walnuts and a handul of orange rum soaked raisins.  The cake was topped off  with a beautifully  smooth lemon and vanilla cream cheese buttercream. 

Chocolate chip muffins

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These were so quick to make, 5 minutes to whip up the batter , about 18 minutes baking time and you’re stuffing your face into chocolate chip muffins.

Moist muffins made with Dark, milk and white chocolate!

I love saying moist. Which sounds really creepy and probably is in real life but come on. MOOOOOIIIIISSSSTTT. So fun to say.

I’m supposed to be eating healthier but I had a craving for a chocolate muffin that needed to be satisfied. Bearing in mind that 12 chocolate chip muffins would be too much temptation, I halved the batter but it still made 7 fat muffins.

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I rarely get the opportunity to take photos of my bakes that aren’t being sold!

Lemon and Blueberry cheesecake

Mr GTGBakes is very fond of  cheesecake.

I wanted a quick no bake lemon cheesecake as my Mr gave some Gu cheesecake high praise the other day and I knew it was time to bring out the big gun.

This is made completely from scratch base and all. I LOVE making biscuits but this biscuit base  was made because I didn’t have any digestives in the cupboard but I had all the ingredients to make them.

We start off with a crunchy biscuit bake. There is a blueberry layer is sandwiched between the lemon and topped off with a mint blueberry compote.

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Chocolate chocolate cake

I am a terrible blogger I think its obvious but this is the birthday cake for my bad boy.

I asked him what he wanted on his cakes and he replied very seriously “More chocolate please”.

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A chocolate mud cake with  chocolate SMBC, chocolate ganache and chocolate stars.

I still want to improve on my writing, I find i write much better in french, but he was happy so I was happy.

oat muffins

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This was one of the recipes  I had bookmarked for ages. I loved the idea of using oat flour and was keen to try it. The only problem is my “tasters” are a bit picky and I’m one of those people whose heart breaks when I haven’t won a whole crowd.

As I didn’t know what to expect I baked up a half batch which resulted in 6 biggish blueberry oat muffins.

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They smelt delicious, but lets face it most baked goods do.

I ground down some oats I had in the cupboard rather than buy. The oat flour made a massive difference to the flavour and texture of the muffins.  The flavour reminded me of a blueberry flapjack ( considering the amount of oats i shouldn’t have been surprised). The texture was heavier than a regular muffin ( not in a bad way) and moist from the yogurt and blueberries.

Another bonus is that there wasn’t a lot of sugar. I think with a tiny bit of tinkering and the addition of some seeds or dried fruit, this would make an amazing breakfast treat.

 

 

Den

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So much as has happened during 2016, so much that I have not been posting regularly. Does this matter too much considering the magnitude of what has happened and the fact that this blog is just to make me happy? Not really.

Despite all of this, I do post pictures on the  Facebook page and Instagram if anyone is interested

Facebook page –  https://www.facebook.com/gtgbakes

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/gtgbakes

 

You can view this chocolate cake named Den.

He is a soft chocolate sponge which has fudge AND vanilla buttercream. I think its pretty darn good and  it’s not dense or sickly like I find some chocolate .

 

 

 

 

Caramel tart

I’ve  taken so long so jump on the whole condensed  milk caramel ( dulce we leche?) Train.

And the simple  reason is that it takes like 2 hours to boil and that’s  a little bit long for me to be boiling one can.

So I boiled it at work.

Then I took it home to make these caramel hazelnut tarts. With shortbread  instead of pastry, my caramel, melted dark chocolate and salted roasted hazelnuts.

It was pure delicious sinfulness.

And not the way to start my diet.

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