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Saturday, 21 January 2017

New Gadget Review (Part One - Bosch Washing machine/Dishwasher)



I almost gave up this blog.  Not because I couldn't be bothered with it any more, or that I could not remember the password to extend the yearly subscription with Google.  But mainly because I just did not have the time to bake anything.

Anyway, here we are at the start of a new year, a new president, Brexit and all that stuff cracking off.  Life can be complicated and this little blog is my escape from all that.

Since I have not baked anything for a while (well, I have but I just didn't take photos) I thought I would write a post about one of my favourite things - gadgets!   Since I last posted I have been updating some of my appliances and I thought I would share them with you.

So, I have now replaced my trusted Gaggia fully automactic coffee maker with a Sage Oracle.  My old dishwasher wasn't cleaning as well as it did when I first got it so I have replaced it with a Bosch Serie 8 top of the range model.  The tumble dryer door broke...it was 7 years old, still working ok after having a major part fixed once, so I thought I would update that - I have a thing for Bosch appliances now - quality German engineering  so I opted for the Seri 8 self cleaning condenser tumble dryer.  Then I really needed to (not really) replace the washing machine with the matching Bosch washer.  Oh and I brought the matching Fridge/Freezer to, but that isn't as exciting as the other three.

So, here is my honest reviews of the devices:


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Raspberry Ripple Cake


This is a cake adapted from a recipe from Edd Kimber, winner of the first series of the 'Great British Bake Off'.  I say adapted...its actually not his sponge cake mix, just the frosting and decoration that I have copied.  I have attempted to make the cake in this book 'The boy who bakes' twice and each time the sponge has failed me.  Each time it is dense and underbaked.  The first time I made it I followed the directions and it didn't work, I tried again a few weeks later, this time leaving the cake to bake longer.  Both times it looked great but on cutting each layer was dense and almost raw!  Yuck!  I even tweeted Edd and asked for advice, showing him the picture, he mentioned oven temperature may be the problem and to invest in an oven thermometer - I did - however the second attempt still failed.  Oh well, can't win them all!

The frosting however is perfect and I have used his recipe a number of times for topping of other cakes, cupcakes etc.  The recipe for the vanilla sponge is from Anna Olson and is the same recipe I used a few weeks back for my salted caramel vanilla cake.  I have only included the assembly instructions and ingredients for the frosting below.  Find the vanilla cake recipe here.