Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – B

BB is for Baking

Since receiving the Great British Bake Off Everyday baking book for Christmas I’ve re-discovered a new found love for baking. I used to enjoy baking when I was in my teens but then life started to get in the way and I lost interest (or time).

My first two attempts from the book went rather well (you can see these here Blackberry Buttermilk Sponge & Very Berry Scones) so although my choice for this post wasn’t from this book; it’s still a Mary Berry classic – Victoria Sponge.

IMG_0294FOR THE SPONGE

  • 225g soft butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs

 

 

FOR THE FILLING AND TOPPING

  • About 4 tbsp raspberry or strawberry jam
  • A little caster sugar

Even for a novice baker such as myself this is a really easy recipe; basically it’s just weigh it and chuck it all the mixing bowl.

IMG_0292Then you mix it up with your electric mixer; now the recipe said put the butter in the bowl, it didn’t say cut it up or anything but I cut it up into small squares and it was a good job really because I didn’t think my £4.99 Argos mixer was up to the job and would mix properly given the struggle it was having to mix it all!

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Before

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After

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I’m being honest, I’ve never had much luck with getting a good rise on a sponge before but this rose extremely well, it was a lovely cake with a very light and fluffy sponge – I was so pleased with it. Must be the combination of a good recipe and a naff mixer. Just goes to show you don’t need all the fancy equipment!

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Simplicity as its best

Next time, I think I’m going to have a go at shortbread or maybe pastry!

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6 thoughts on “Blogging from A-Z April Challenge – B

  1. Teresa says:

    I love baking I like to say that I can not cook but I sure can bake. weird huh? My next task is a tie dye heart cake. I can’t wait to try it and if it goes well I can share pics with you. I will be back by.

    Teresa
    fangirlnextdoor.com

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    • bookboodle says:

      I’m really not into cooking meals either Teresa, it’s just a means to an end. There’s something about baking that is more enjoyable – probably because it’s a choice not a necessity 🙂

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  2. judi says:

    That cake looks delicious! But I have to admit that while I love to cook, baking is not my forte. I admire those that can bake. And if you bring me baked goods, I’ll be your friend forever! xo

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