We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you another Great British Baking Show classic: Mary Berry’s signature lemon drizzle cake! I wanted to try something that was quintessentially British (and thus quintessentially Mary Berry), and I can’t think of anything that fits that bill better than this particular dessert.
You might recall that my husband and I created a chocolate strawberry pie many moons ago that we ended up serving at our wedding (among others). Sadly, Josh had to make some drastic dietary changes about a year or so ago, one of which involves strictly limiting the amount of chocolate he consumes. Rather than swearing off our strawberry pie altogether, I decided this called for a new recipe. This one’s almost nothing like the old one, but it is equally delicious.
Hey guys, remember me? The crazy lady who likes to bake foods based on Marvel movies and is a little bit obsessed with the Great British Baking Show? I’m back! Long time no see! I’ve been a bit consumed with life stuff lately, so I haven’t had much time or inclination to write. I’m not going to get into that right now, but I will at least say that things are finally starting to settle down and I’m starting to get back into the mood to do what I love: bake!
This week, I wanted to bake something for what has become one of my favorite holidays: Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. While Day of the Dead is not a part of my cultural heritage, I love the concept of the holiday. Rather than mourning the loss of loved ones and wallowing in sadness, the focus of Day of the Dead is to celebrate those who are no longer with us and invite their souls to visit. It’s actually a two-day holiday that happens on November 1 and 2. The first day celebrates children and infants, and the second day celebrates adults. Families create altars, or ofrendas, which hold pictures of the deceased loved ones, as well as favorite items and foods, candles to light their way, and glasses of water to quench their thirst. Other traditional elements include marigolds, tissue paper decorations (papel picado), and the ubiquitous sugar skull. I incorporate the elements that are most meaningful to my family in my personal celebration, but this year I wanted to try something a bit more traditional and make pan de muerto.
Weeeeee’re baaaa-ack! I swear I didn’t plan to wait this long between posts, but as usual, life got in the way. The MCU baking series is trucking right along this week with a companion recipe for Thor: The Dark World. For this recipe, I’ve rendered Yggdrasil (the Norse “world tree”), and the nine realms it connects, in bread.
Happy belated Independence Day! My procrastination worked out well enough this time, as I’ve got a dessert based on Captain America: The First Avenger, a.k.a. Marvel’s most star-spangled, patriotic superhero, to share with you today. I will confess that I’d been putting this one off because I just couldn’t get into any of the ideas I came up with. For a couple weeks, it was between Captain America shield black and white cookies (because Brooklyn) and self-saucing puddings (because super soldier serum injection). Unfortunately, while those were both good ideas (and you may see them in the future), they just didn’t seem right.
Back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) baking series! Remember when I said that I’d have to postpone my Iron Man 2 bakeventure due to the seasonable availability of a particular fruit? Well, the season is now upon us. Apriums are ripe and available for the month of June, so stock up as soon as you see them hit your grocery store, because they likely won’t be around for long.