Photo story: Finnish cinnamon rolls ‘Korvapuusti’

Korvapuusti

I was browsing my Facebook newsfeed last week and came across my friend’s incredible culinary creation – Korvapuusti – which are Finnish cinnamon rolls. My friend, Miina Salminen, is also a fantastic photographer and so I asked if I could show her photo on the Cake takes the biscuit blog. You can get the recipe here via Flickr. I adore pastries so I definitely need to add this to my list of things to bake!

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Celebrating one year of Cake takes the biscuit!

James Martin recipeToday is a special day, as it’s the first anniversary of the Cake takes the biscuit blog. It’s been a fabulous culinary journey so far and I intend to keep it up! I thought a Valentine’s theme post would be particularly appropriate, especially since I did promise to let you know what I would bake. First of all I made a beef and ale pie with this James Martin recipe. It’s a great one to get simmering away on a Sunday in winter and then just finish off on a week night with the puff pastry and add into the oven for 25mins. I added a heart in pastry to make this Valentine themed. It was very tasty and I’d definitely cook it again. My boyfriend did have two helpings so that was a good sign.

Hummingbird Bakery vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing and heart shaped chocolates
For pudding, clearly the most important part of the meal, I baked vanilla Hummingbird cupcakes in heart shaped baking cases. I also used homemade vanilla essence which was a present from my sister-in-law at Christmas. Add two good quality vanilla pods to sterilised jars and fill with decent vodka, shake and wait. It needs 4-6 weeks to mature so this week was great timing to use it. I then decorated the cupcakes with vanilla icing and little hearts wrapped in pink and red foil from M&S. I made these in fairy cake cases rather than bigger cupcake cases. Nonetheless my boyfriend tucked into four of them! And my housemates polished off the rest with me tonight and they went down a treat. All in all, a success and a great way to start the second year of Cake takes the biscuit!

Pancake Day ideas – a month to go!

You might only just be thinking about what you’re baking for Valentines day but it’s only a month away until Pancake day (Shrove Tuesday) on 8th March. Recently, I spied a turquoise mini frying pan in my local department store and decided I had to have it! You can buy them online here in a range of colours for £3.99 and they make perfect mini pancakes. They also double up as good egg friers too when you don’t have a pancake craving!

My friend and I tried out Gordon Ramsay’s cinnamon pancake recipe recently from his Christmas recipe book. We adapted it and showered the pancakes with blueberries, drizzled them with honey and added a spot of natural yoghurt. They were perfect for brunch! Gordon cooks three in a bigger frying pan but it’s more fun to cook in a mini frying pan. Admittedly for pancake day you might be going for volume rather than novelty but you could always have the mini frying pan on the go on a different hob!

For two people making 6 mini pancakes:

75g self raising flour

3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp baking powder

pinch of fine sea salt

3/4 tbsp maple syrup (we used honey)

112.5 ml buttermilk

2 large eggs separated

1 tbsp sunflower oil

Method:

1. Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the middle.

2. Add the honey/maple syrup, buttermilk and egg yolks to the well and gradually incorporate the flour into the liquid by whisking from the middle and working outwards.

3. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites to peaks and then fold into the batter.

4. Cook the pancakes for 1 – 1.5 mins on each side in the mini frying pan

5. Keep warm in a low oven. Then add blueberries, swirls of honey and natural yoghurt. Yum!

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