Forever Nigella #16 – The Round Up
I’m having so much fun hosting and taking part in blog challenges at the moment. They are brilliant examples of how passionate us foodie bloggers are about the delights we make and blog about. Taking part certainly makes me feel more included the blogging community and hosting an event is a great excuse to read more blogs and discover new ones.
The Forever Nigella challenge from Sarah at Maison Cupcake lends itself nicely to baking which, as you may have already guessed, is something I like to do a fair bit. So without further a do, here is the round up after a wonderful afternoon tea with Nigella.
The first entry was a classic coffee and walnut cake from Aga Girls blog. I have not made one of these cakes for a long time but after seeing this entry I’m planning to make one very soon. The cake looks delightful and you just can’t go wrong with a coffee and walnut combo.
The next entry had my taste buds tingling. Passion Fruit short cakes from Jennifer at L’Here Du The blog sounds divine. I’m a big fan of passion fruit and regularly hunt them down in the supermarket so I can add them to my fruit salads, but I had never thought of adding it to cream and sandwiching between short cakes. What a great idea!
When I looked at these Espresso and Cappuccino cupcakes
I was very impressed. The contrasting frosting to represent espresso and cappuccino was very clever and having just discovered Camp coffee essence myself I am totally into coffee flavoured cakes at the moment. Thank you to Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog for sending them in.
Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes sent over these wonderfully sounding apricot and ginger scones
. I’ve never thought of putting those two flavours together but I reckon they would be an absolute winner. And scones for afternoon tea…well that is a must!
This next entry gave me major baking tin envy! Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker blog created these gorgeous vanilla and chocolate mini tea cakes
from her new tin that she brought in America. I fully approve of forgetting the frosting sometimes and letting the sponge be the star.
Now here is an entry that was a total revelation to me. Laura from Laura Loves Cakes entered these forgotten meringues
and I never knew that you could cook meringues in an oven that has been turned off! The result is a marshmallow style meringue. Amazing! I think the fruit on top is perfect and I will certainly be trying these.
Chocolate and banana. What more do I need to say? A winning combination and fabulous in a muffin. Caroline from Cake, Crumb and Cooking made these beautiful looking chocolate and banana muffins
. I know that if I made these they would not last 5 minutes in my house.
Look at how pretty these chocolate raspberry pavlovas
are from Working London Mummy. Making use of the stunning raspberries that are in season right now ensures that this dessert has eye catching potential. I know I would put one, (or even two) straight on my plate.
There is something very satifying about making use of items already in our cupboards when baking. The cost of ingredients easily adds up, so to make something without buying anything extra is a real bonus. This is just what Amy did from Cooking, Cakes and Children blog when she made these easy almond cakes
. And don’t they look fab next to that cup of tea?
Another impressive entry was sent in my Ren from Fabulicious Food. These easy summer fruit tartlets look beautiful on that cake stand and I’m loving the cream that goes with them. In her post Ren shows each step of making these which is very helpful for anyone who might fancy baking them.
Now it would not be a summer afternoon tea party without the inclusion of lemon somewhere. So thank goodness Elizabelle from A Girl in Her Kitchen sent these little lemon puddings in. I imagine these to be tangy but comforting at the same time and a summery alternative to the winter favorite of sticky toffee pudding. Perfect for our tea party.
This next entry was sent in my the lovely Leanne from My Little Life of Scrap. She saw me tweeting about Forever Nigella one night and told me she was going to enter. By 10am the next morning she had made these scrummy looking cheese scones and blogged about them. I was very impressed. Nice to have a savory entry too.
Now that we are getting a little bit of sunshine, to was great to get an entry which included ice cream. These chocolate macaroon and strawberry ice cream sandwiches
sent in by Yummy Chunklet are the height of ice cream sophisication! We would all have to get in quick before they melted but I’m sure that would be no problem at all.
Finally, here’s my contribution to this challenge, Nigella’s chocolate and cherry trifle. A modern and extremely enjoyable variation of the classic traditional trifle. I shall be making this again for sure.
Well, I hope that you enjoyed the round up as much as I did. Thank you to everyone who took part. I loved reading all your posts.
The last thing for me to say is that 5 lucky entries have been picked at random to receive a little treat in the form of a Montezuma’s British Pudding bar like the ones shown below.
Sarah forgot to tell me that this chocolate was part of the challenge so hopefully it’s a nice surprise to those who have been picked.
Chocolette from Chocolate Log blog
Laura from How to Cook Good Food
Amy from Cooking Cakes and Children
Aga Girls blog
Jen from Blue Kitchen Bake
Please email your address to Sarah (email@example.com) and your prize will be sent out in the post to you.
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