The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens tonight, and it's already inspiring us to try new things in the 280 Bakes kitchens without having started yet!
This afternoon we tested two new recipes, which we hoped would pass the taste tests and make it onto the 280 Bakes cake menu. Take a look and see what went into the oven...
CINNAMON VANILLA LOAF
Cinnamon and vanilla??? You're talking our language! Cinnamon, especially, is a favourite spice with the bakers on our team, and I bet this cake will be baked by them at home for family and friends, as well as for deliveries to Bristol customers. It's low in sugar, and packed full of flavour.
Secret ingredient: 250g of carrots.
Our second trial recipe of the day was
PLUM UPSIDE DOWN CAKE
Our second trial recipe of the day was the first time we'd tried an upside down cake of any kind - ever - so this was a real experiment. A big box of plums was kindly given to me by a friend from her tree, so this makes the cake technically an 'allotment bake', along with our courgette and carrot cakes.
It was pretty nerve-wracking tipping the cake out, but it was flawless.
Something to try another time... Use nectarines or peaches instead of plums for a different taste.
We're going to need a bigger spoon...
Yum, I think we can call those bakes a success! Stay tuned - Upside Down Plum Cake and Cinnamon Vanilla Loaf will both be on CakeOD in the next week or two.
CakeOD - cake, on demand!
Owner, 280 Bakes
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The team at 280 Bakes.
Are you a keen baker?
Could you bake 10 cakes in two days?
We might have the job for you!
We have an opening for a home baker in September. It's a two day temporary position (1st and 2nd Sept). We, along with you, will be baking for a charity event on Saturday 3rd September and we need extra hands to make lots of cake! You do not need to work the weekend, we will do the selling at the event.
Pay: 40% of takings from event on Saturday 3rd Sept (around £80 potentially). Pay will be via cheque or cash on Sunday after event (4th September).
Ingredients needs to be bought by baker, recipes provided. 10 cakes required.
Collection or delivery to 280 Bakes (BS11 0PW) on Friday night - we can discuss.
Interviews: Via Skype initially, then a face-to-face with home baked cake sample.
Potential to turn into a permanent position.
Interested? Send us a message via our contact us page!
Owner, 280 Bakes
It's harvest time in the 280 Bakes garden!
During August, every chocolate courgette cake and carrot cake ordered will have ingredients from our very own vegetable patch. Organic, hand planted and picked, only the best make the cut!
Follow the tweet activity at #allotmentbakes, and order your Allotment Bake now! Please specify if you'd like a chocolate courgette cake or a carrot cake. Both available in gluten free and for vegan palates.
And, in true 280 Bakes style, we're managing our food waste too. Carrot leaves (by the pound!) will be turned into pesto for our families' dinners. Yum!
See you next blog,
The (GREEN FINGERED) 280 Bakes team x
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