It is half term so an easy bake was on the cards for this weeks Great British Bake Off bake! A fruit savarin with chocolate work and caramel or fondant fancies didn’t seem to fit that description so I decided on palmiers. Sweet palmiers are my preference rather than savoury so my very easy cranberry and pistachio palmiers were the result! So simple to make and perfect for Christmas too.
For some reason I couldn’t bring myself to bake for Tudor Week of Great British Bake Off last week. I’m not sure if it was the Tudor recipes, as I wasn’t up for making pies, jumble knots or marzipan, or if I’ve just got tired of baking something sweet each week. It didn’t inspire me anyway this last week. However when I spotted three very overripe bananas in the fruit bowl (clearly the ones in the photos below are new ones I bought to replenish the bowl!) I decided banana bread was safe. My slow cooker blueberry banana bread makes an ideal afternoon or after-school snack.
My latest recipe is once again inspired by the latest episode of the Great British Bake Off. Last week was Dessert Week and the bakers on the show had to make roulades, a marjolaine, which is a nutty, layered meringue based dessert, and mini mousse cakes. This got me thinking which of those I could feed to my family! We aren’t keen on nuts and the mousse cakes would require a lot of equipment I thought, so I decided on a roulade. As well as pondering what the difference is between a roulade and a Swiss roll, I wanted to find some seasonal flavours that everyone would enjoy. In the end I settled on a caramel apple roulade, filled with caramel buttercream, a soft apple filling, and topped with drippy caramel sauce and roasted apple slices.