I have two recipes to recommend this time, I have made both on several occasions and they always turn out great. I’m sorry for the quality of the photos – they were made with my phone and then I fiddled some with the settings, but they’re still pretty amateurish. I haven’t been baking that much lately, mostly because I never seem to find the time, but I miss it, so I made time for these.
The first is a plum cake from The Smitten Kitchen (recipe here, she calls it “Purple plum torte”). Every autumn, my mother-in-law’s plum trees bear an enormous quantity of fruit, so we make jam and freeze some pitted plums to enjoy treats like this cake in the middle of the winter. This probably sounds like I’ve been making jam for the past 20 years – in fact, I made my first batch (rhubarb, yum!) three years ago.
My only deviation from the recipe is the amount of plums in relation to dough – I poke the halves into the sticky mass vertically, so I get a higher plum-to-dough ratio (as seen in the photo, pre-baking). I like my cake moist (by the way, moist is one of my favourite English words – inspired by this).
The second recipe I made recently is one for Finnish pulla – or butter eye buns. It’s appropriately multicultural because the blog from which I got it is Australian! I ate these buns every day for a week when we went to Helsinki in 2013 and I had to recreate them at home. I don’t know much about Finland and its cuisine – which is a shame because I loved my visit to Helsinki – but everything I ate there was amazing, especially the baked goods, which are available even in the tiniest of the supermarkets.
The yeasty dough is scented with cardamom and has so much butter it’s better not to think about it. I love kneading dough – it’s so squishy and soft! :) It’s also a great workout. My deviation: I added a bit more sugar to the dough, but it’s by no means necessary. Warning: don’t over-bake them!
I halved the dough and made a dozen or so of these eye buns and a dozen cinnamon rolls. For the buns, you poke a hole into a ball of dough and fill it with a half teaspoon of butter and a half teaspoon of sugar so you get a lovely crater of crunchiness. For the rolls, I rolled the dough out, spread melted butter and cream on it and sprinkled it with sugar, cinnamon, and some ground almonds. So good.
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Have you baked or cooked anything delicious lately?
I’m always looking for new recipes to try!