Gallery

Fourth of July: Blueberry Pie

Blueberry PieHappy Independence day!

To all my American readers, friends and family: I hope you’ve had an amazing day of festivities, laughter and most of all food!

Seeing as today is an American holiday I thought I’d conquer my fear of pastries and give pies a try. Having avoided pastries for oh so long, I realized that I didn’t even own a rolling pin! My substitute: a glass tumbler. (Well, you gotta make do with what you have eh). 

The pastry dough only took me 10 minutes to prepare and the blueberry mixture took me just as quick. The most time consuming part was leaving the dough to rest before rolling out, and setting the pie aside for an hour before baking. Nevertheless, it was worth making patience my virtue…

Out of the oven emerged a thin, golden crust, encasing an abundance of deep, dark, sapphire-coloured blueberries. The berries were complimented by a slight hint of lemon, which gave the pie a fresh summery taste. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, this dessert is the perfect Fourth of July treat …So I think it’s safe to say that I’m going to continue practicing my pie-making skills. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you conquer your fears.

Love & Blueberry pie kisses,

Tracey xoxo

photo (10)

photo (9)

Advertisements
Gallery

Quest for a ‘manly cake’

 Evening cake lovers,

Yes, it is I. Returning to you with new, exciting and mouthwatering recipes.

With Father’s Day in mind I wanted to venture into the untouched pages of my recipe books. With my Dad’s high blood pressure and dislike of “sweet things” I attempted to dig up the most manly-cake… I found a number of recipes containing nuts. What’s more manly than nuts eh? The decision was made, Blueberry Crumble Loaf. (Fruit+Nuts, yup a manly cake!)

Having been a recent convert to blueberry pancakes, I was certain that this cake would be a success. Especially with the divine partnership of a crumble topping with pecans. When I wrapped and presented this loaf of heaven to my Dad, he oh so conveniently announced that he had a conference to attend. Meaning he would be taking the entire cake with him! I know, I know, I baked the cake for him but every baker must sample their own produce, right? And I’m convinced that the rest of our household shed a silent tear as we watched that cake leave the house…

The manly cake!

The good news is that Dad loved the cake! Even more importantly, I baked another cake the next day so that the other hungry mouths could sample the delicacy.

The softness of the berries, embedded in the spongy bed of cake; sitting underneath a blanket of light brown, nutty crumble, was a taste of heaven that I had never experienced before. The crumble topping was crisp, and golden brown corners fell away from the knife, like nuggets of treasure. The contrast of the supple sponge and crunchy crumble was just the right amount of machoism I needed for this Father’s Day treat.

Served with a side of fresh blueberries and a cup of breakfast tea, this is the perfect summer’s afternoon indulgence.

“Over years I discovered that my Father was not just an advisor to kings but a kingmaker” -Nelson Mandela 

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who have raised young boys to be men, and those who taught their girls to value themselves as Queens. And to those who are no longer with us, let us remember the legacies that they’ve left behimd. For me, every day is Father’s day.

Love & manly cakes,
Tracey xoxo

Bluberry Crumble Loaf

Gallery

Pancake Party

Happy Pancake day/Shrove Tuesday!

Once again one of my favourite baking-days has shown its face, and what a beautifully satisfying day it has been.

I just so happened to recall writing a Pancake day post last year, and promising myself that I would learn a completely new pancake, the Chinese pancake. I’m sad to say that I wasn’t even remotely close to finding or attempting this recipe. But rest assured it’s on my baking-to-do-list (some day).

Today I rustled up a stack of ye ol’ faithful American pancakes, but switched it up a little and added blueberries. Growing up I never used to like blueberries, but like many taste buds mine evolved over time. Whilst tucking into these rich, buttery, fruity pancakes I’m wondering why I didn’t consider blueberries sooner. The pancakes remained light in texture and the blueberries softened under the heat of the frying pan, forming a fruity jus.

As I took a bite of my first blueberry pancake I expected the blueberries to be completely soggy… but  I was pleasantly surprised to find that they remained firm on the outside, and burst like mini fireworks as I bit into them!

[Side note, I have to say, my presentation was a bit sloppy. I almost lost control of the free spirited little beauties as they rolled all about the pan! But alas, the taste was superb so I’ll allow the presentation to slip, just this once.]

Love, Pancakes & Maple syrup,

Tracey xoxo