Something different – a baking post

My daughter bought me the Great British Bake Off Everyday baking book for Christmas and I was determined to not let it be the one gift I would never use. You see, I’m not a cook, I don’t enjoy cooking but I do love cake! I always used to bake when I was younger, nothing very spectacular beyond the odd fairy cake, jam tart or lemon meringue pie from a kit but as I now live on my own if I bake I’ll end up eating it all myself which is not good for the waistline so I rarely do now.

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So for my book club meeting this month (which was actually last night) and as I was hosting, I attempted the first bake in the book which is the Blackberry Buttermilk Sponge!

Here are the ingredients:

150 g fresh blackberries IMG_0132
125 g unsalted butter
175 g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 free range eggs
100 ml buttermilk
200 g self raising flour
1.5 tablespoons demerara sugar

 

After much effort to find the blackberries (tried 5 supermarkets and finally got some in Aldi) the baking commenced. The recipe was fairly straight forward for a novice, the only thing I struggled with was the weight measurements on the scales (oh dear I hear you see)! But it all turned out ok and made it into the oven.

IMG_0133I had a bit of an issue with the timings on one of the cakes, the recipe advised to skewer the cake to check it was cooked after the required cooking time of 35-40 minutes. However one of the cakes took nearly 50 minutes to cook. I guess these things come with practice.

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Anyway, it looked great! It made it out of the tin in one piece and the ladies of book club scoffed the lot – a resounding success I say!IMG_0140

Β Can’t wait to have a go at the next recipe!

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3 thoughts on “Something different – a baking post

  1. jennyinneverland says:

    This looks lovely! Who doesn’t love cake?! I love that you have a book club you get to host – I’d love to do something like that! πŸ™‚ What book are you reading at the moment for it?

    I actually had a food post up today too which I don’t usually do either – it’s my first one as well! It’s not for cake, but it was VERY yummy! (You can see here, if you want to πŸ™‚ https://jennyinneverland.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/cooking-up-a-bombay-curry/ )

    Jenny xx

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