We're very lucky - our garden has a pear tree. We will have lived there for two years in August, but have had just as many pears from the tree, unfortunately. However, El Husbandio is planning to prune the tree back, in the hope of encouraging more fruit this summer/autumn, so I've decided to be prepared.
Here are some pear cake recipes I hope to try before the winter arrives again, with our very own home grown fruit.
Simple and sweet - Anjou Pear Cake
An almond twist... Amaretti Pear Cake
Apple and Pear Cake - always a fan of apple based cakes.
As the title suggests, very simple: Pear Cake...
A good looking teacake...
For the ginger cravings... Ginger and Pear Cake
A more interesting cake: Pear and Chocolate Cake
These pear recipes are not, in my opinion, hugely exciting... However, it looks like the secret to a good pear bake is either nutmeg and cinnamon, or Poire Williams liqueur, which all adds up to something rather delicious. Mmmm!
Fancy trying any of these recipes yourself? If not, we'll bake and deliver for you, simple!
**Update** El Husbandio pruned the tree almost to oblivion, but there's shoots and blossom to be seen already. Hope remains!
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Yes, Easter weekend is about Christ's sacrifice. Yes, it's about family time.
But you and I both know, Easter weekend is all about the
In celebration of the "Weekend of Chocolate" (or WOC, if you like that kind of thing), we thought we'd share some of our recent chocolate themed cakes with you. Vegan, gluten free, and standard - we've baked them all fresh and from home ovens. Delicious!
Find out why chocolate and chocolate eggs are used to celebrate Easter here - did you know they date back to the 1800s?!
Happy Easter all, enjoy the long weekend and all the chocolate which comes your way!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Louise is going camping next weekend, and she will baking for the occasion. Any excuse… A tenuous link to cake, you may think, but we’ve got a blog out of it!
The boss’s trip made us seriously consider… How can cake make camping even more enjoyable, and which type of cake to take? We have all the solutions you need!
Sticking to the diet
Maintaining a well-behaved nutritional intake can be difficult while camping; fish and chips on the way home to the campsite, a hearty fry-up in the morning, and convenient bottled sugary drinks over water when it’s a trek across a field to collect… However, our Skinny Chocolate Cake or our Low Fat Banana Cake would solve this problem. You can justify a slice or two of these bakes.
Food storage and animals
Louise is taking the dog along with her, and won’t have anywhere really safe to keep food away from curious little mouths, other than in the already full cool box. Given the lack of proper food storage, and the fact chocolate is poisonous to dogs, we suggest a zesty lemon cake. It doesn't need to be refrigerated, it'll stay together well, and there's no 'evil' chocolate elements.
Store precious cargo in the car’s glove box for extra security!
Location based cakes
Why not make your choice of cake relevant to where you're going camping?
If you're heading to the south-west, take in some local culture with a cider apple cake - it won't get you pissed, but it'll bring out your west country spirit.
Going to Wales? Take some Welsh cakes - they keep really well, as a bonus.
Roughing it in Ireland calls for a nice big Chocolate Guinness cake ...
How about some 'proper English' cake for when you're in Kent, England's Garden? We recommend a Victoria Sponge for here.
Camping in Scotland and a round or two of shortbread are a perfect pair.
Top tips for camping with cakes:
1. Pack a good knife for cutting decent slices.
2. Use a cake tin – you may think it’s overkill, but it’s great storage; dry, animal proof, easy to pack.
3. Plan ahead – vegan cakes often last longer than standard cakes, so take one of our vegan home bakes for later in the week, if you’re going for a longer trip.
When you’re sitting on a picnic bench, basking in the sunshine, enjoying a slice of home baked cake, you’ll be grateful for your cake-based forethought.
When the rain is hammering on your canvas overhead, you’ll be grateful for the little pick-me-up of a delicious slice of cake. Perfect with a cuppa!
Order a homemade cake for your camping trip now!
A little bird told us Louise will be taking a lemon cake with her this trip. Safe travels!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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