OK that's enough of all that healthy eating! Anyway my grandfather always said that "a little of what you fancy does you good"!!
Brownieville Boy #1, had some friends coming over to spend the night and taste the delights of the local night-life, so I reckoned that the food should be good just in case the nightlife wasn't! What's the first thing you think to bake for four (male) burly college students ...... cupcakes of course!!!!
As you know I have been doing some baking from the gorgeous Eric Lanlard's Home Bake (why do I feel compelled to mention how handsome he is every time I write his name??????), having been lucky enough to have been sent a review copy by the publishers. I followed his recipe for vanilla cupcakes, with a cream cheese vanilla icing - and they didn't offend any macho sensibilities!!!!!
I also made the chocolate cheesecake - changing some of the cheeses (using up all those pre-Christmas purchases!), this was truly a revelation - probably one of the best desserts that have come out of my kitchen! It would have been perfection served with a raspberry coulis and some Barbados Cream or ice-cream.
Here is a rundown of some of the other delights from the book!
This is the Apple Crumble Sponge - perfect when you don't want something too elaborate. I served this with three other desserts - perfect for the non-chocoholics amongst us. (not me obviously!!)
The vanilla cupcakes were well received, although I didn't think they were quite as good as the Hummingbird ones.
These Blondies with Peanut Butter were delicious, this is all that was left after I left them out to cool and then popped out to the shops for some milk!
Wholemeal courgette and seed muffins - despite overcooking these dreadfully (it's your fault - I lost track of time reading everyone's blogs!!) these were tasty, and would be perfect for a virtuous lunch time treat.
These are the Double Chocolate Marshmallow Muffins (I can't find any photos of the finished article - sorry) - bit too sweet for my taste, but this didn't bother Brownieville Boy #2!
Eric's Roasted Banana Muffins were out of this world - so intensely Bananay (!) Roasting the bananas added a real depth of flavour.