Friday, 13 December 2013

Courgette, Walnut and Spice layered cake

Now I know I've not posted in a long time but hopefully this recipe will make up for it! As well as going away on holiday throughout the summer months, working and now studying for A-levels I haven't really had time to think about baking, until this past weekend when my grandparents came round. I wanted to try something new, different to the typical 'Victoria sponge' or 'chocolate fudge cake',  so I dug out all my recipe books and decided on a recipe called 'cinnamon, courgette and walnut cake' in the Hummingbird Bakery book. Although the concept of a vegetable in a cake sounds unappealing I promise you it's the best way to get the most perfectly moist, yet not gooey consistency in a cake. The addition of courgette meant that there was no over-riding flavor and the cinnamon could really be the star of the show. This cake uses walnuts but pecan nuts would work just as well- perhaps with some cranberries mixed in, perfect for this time of year ;). Even if I do say myself, This. was. delicious. Need I say more.....

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Banana and cinnamon crumble muffins

Whenever I think about making something (Cakes in particular) there's always a part of me that knows I'm being naughty and really shouldn't be making up such a devils concoction of pure deliciousness, however 99.9% of the time I follow through with my mischievous plans and only regret it again once I've scoffed a good 3 (Yes I know, I know...excessive!). Now these muffins right up above are no exception. Although they have plenty of sugar and butter in them, their moistness yet crunch mixed with a slight hint of cinnamon and... the (healthy) banana ;) makes up for it! They are gorgeous and my whole family loves them! As well as my overly fussy brother who mainly eats bacon!

Friday, 12 July 2013

New beginnings

Welcome to Nims Pantry! Being midst in summer and plenty off time to procrastinate due to my early summer (joys of still being student. ;) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to begin to post on my passion for all things food! To share and hopefully inspire other people. Summer has always been one of my favourite seasons as there's so much variety of foods to cook with, from strawberries in a Mascarpone and Strawberry tart to Blackberries in a Blackberry and Apple cake! But for now I thought I would show you a picture of a cheesecake I baked for a family party topped with fresh strawberries to catch your eye, oh and the macaroons in the right hand corner ;)