... specifically Cakes ... any recommendations on books or recipes?
I'm a bit of a plain Jane / fussy eater so like to keep things simple but trying to find a decent book or recipes that are basic doesn't seem so simple. I'm not keen on a lot of fruit or nuts etc which leaves me a bit out of luck with most cakes.
I have purchased Mary Berry's Baking Bible recently which has got a good few bits in there.
At the moment I mainly bake: banana cake, lemon drizzle cake, double chocolate cake, Victoria sandwich and cookies The first three I tend to do in loaf tins
I only started baking about a year ago.. Prior to that any attempt failed and I resorted to 'box' mixes.. Add egg and water stuff... I had loads of books but could never make anything work.. Enter Internet.. I can enter what I want and find something that takes my fancy.. Eg: last week I wanted a healthy (!!) muffin with banana that was also tasty. I found... Banana oatmeal and Nutella muffins...
I don't buy books anymore if it can be found online.. By scrolling through the recipes I know if I will like it and the different combinations and it's not let me down yet... My baking has a fan club!
Current favourite & autumny cake is 'toffee apple' cake
It is basically a victoria sponge recipe but you line the tin with a layer of thinly sliced cooking apples, sprinkle over a good handful of dark brown sugar and then put the cake mixture in on top of the apples. Cook for the normal time.
Sandwich together so that the apple sits as the filling and on top with whipped cream and a tablespoon of icing sugar
I haven't got any new recipe books so can't help there but I have a few old favourites and then use a lot of online resources if I want something new and tasty - Rachel Allen always comes up with scrummy stuff!
I had been searching online for things but was struggling to get the banana cake (loaf) right but I'm playing around with amounts and the one I did at the weekend was good, I added white chocolate chunks to the mixture, yum. I like baking but wanted other things to do so I wasn't getting bored of making the same old thing. I don't personally see the point in baking something I won't eat myself, takes half the fun of it away.
I will take a look at Rachel Allen and Jamie Oliver stuff, thank you.
tyr and find a WI (Womens Institute) cookbook.......recipes for everything not just cakes but the cake recipes are easy to follow and virtually foolproof! Theres another one if you can get hold of it as well that is worth its weight in gold to me its the BERO book (goggle BERO flour) and htet should tell you where to buy the recipe book everything in there from cakes to pastries and everything in between and that really is idiot proof, was myu baking bible when I was learning.
One easy recipe is this one
1 plain madeira loaf cake 1 tin of apple pie filling
crumble the cake up into an ovenproof dish or loaf tin (grease the loaf tin if using this) empty the apple pie filling into the cake crumbs Mix well together
bake in a moderate oven for about 10 minutes (it doesn't really need cooking jsut warming through)
Serve with custard of fresh double cream eat and enjoy!