Nothing lifts the heart like the smell of a cake baking, the first slice of a warm homemade tart, a hot muffin with your coffee in the morning or a steamed pudding on a cold night.
This book’s simple cakes include classics such as Genoise Sponge and Light Fruit Cake alongside more surprising recipes such as Apple and Honey Crumble Sponge. There are flour-free cakes, muffins and cupcakes too – from the Marshmallow Muffin to the Chai-tea Cupcake.
Delicious puddings are also made easy. Discover how to make the perfect Baked Lemon Cheesecake or a simple Blueberry Cheesecake. Create a gorgeous Steamed Sticky Toffee Pudding or a glamorous Hot Ginger Bread Soufflé. Or learn the simple tricks behind a great Tarte Tatin or a delicious Bakewell Tart.
Delicious recipes, simple tricks … this book contains everything you need to know to make gorgeous homemade bakes.
Blondies with peanut butter
If blondes have more fun, here is the proof! These little cakes have the same texture as a brownie, but use white chocolate and peanut butter for a lighter, sweeter flavor.
Makes 12 blondies
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
7 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup superfine sugar
3oz white chocolate, plus extra to decorate
¾ cup walnut halves, chopped, plus extra to decorate
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
bittersweet chocolate, melted, to decorate
Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Grease an 8 inch square pan with extra butter, and base-line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter together until creamy, using an electric hand mixer at medium speed. Add the vanilla, sugar, and the egg, and beat again until light and creamy.
Chop up the white chocolate, and stir into the mixture along with the chopped walnuts.
Sift the flour and baking powder onto the mixture, and fold in, using a large metal spoon.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 40 minutes until it has a nice golden crust but is still fudgy in the middle.
Allow to cool in the tin. Decorate with white chocolate chunks and walnut pieces and drizzle over some melted dark chocolate (see Tip below). Cut into squares or triangles.
Ideally, use a paper cornet to drizzle on melted chocolate. If you don’t have one, a metal spoon will suffice, or you can make one by rolling a square of waxed paper into a cone and snipping off the tip.