Tahini Brownie

I’m not sure what it is, but it seems more and more of my internet friends are falling victims of strange and spectacular baking nightmares.

Things burn, don’t raise, turn out to be weird colours… and it’s happened so much in the past few weeks I’m starting to worry it’s not just a coincidence!

No way that’ll stop be from baking though – I absolutely need both the process and the resulting cake to face the very stressful period of change I’m currently into! – so I more than ever rely on tried-and-tested, fool- (and catastrophy-) proof recipe.

Tahini Brownie Recipe // Cake + Whisky

On top of that list comes brownies.

SO easy to make (no fuss whatsoever), SO delicious (moist and dense and chocolatey and everything a good brownie should be).

I’ve been using the base recipe for years (about 10 of them!) and it’s simply perfect.

And, as it turns out, even better with added tahini to create those dreamy squares of tahini brownie goodness!

Tahini Brownie Recipe // Cake + Whisky

Because it tastes best the day after it’s baked, this tahini brownie is the ultimate make-ahead treat…

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And, if you don’t look too closely, you might even say it’s a fantastic square meal!

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More foolproof cake recipes:

Banana bread (V, Vg & DF options)

Simple lemon cake (V)

Cranberry oatmeal cake (V)

The best carrot cake (V)

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Tahini Brownie

Banana Bread

You know what I like more than the smell of a cake baking in my oven?

Very few things, to be honest.

Unless said cake is not only delicious, but also the ultimate way to turn a bunch of over-ripe bananas into the sweetest treat.

Which is why banana bread is the most genius cake recipe there is.

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Yesterday, after having spent the vast majority of the afternoon laying on the sofa in a desperate attempt to try and digest the feast of a lunch we had at St John’s, I spotted said bunch of sad-looking, brown, not very appeeling bananas in the fruit basket, begging to be made into banana bread.

How could I say no?

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Banana loaf is seriously one of the easiest things to bake.

It’s very adaptable -as long as you have bananas, you’re good, quite healthy as far as cake go, packs in a lot of fruit and good-for-you things, yet it make for such an indulgent breakfast/snack/pudding.

Banana Bread Recipe / Easy baking / Cake + Whisky

I’m not sure why it is, but it seems like bananas are somewhat magic when it comes to baking and allow for quite a lot of substitutions/omissions, which is great if you have food allergies or preferences.

Or very bare cupboards.

No eggs? No problem (maybe add a bit more mashed banana if your batter’s too dense).

No dairy – it works perfectly fine with margarine too.

Want to reduce the sugar? Go ahead.

Switch the baking flour for a gluten-free one? Since banana bread is quite dense, it doesn’t really matter.

Want to make it extra indulgent? Nothing’s easier! Simply add chocolate chips or crushed nuts to the batter, swirl some Nutella through, serve with a nutty or caramely ice cream… There are so many options!

Banana Bread Recipe / Easy baking / Cake + Whisky

So few ingredients, so many possibilities… Just bananas!

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More easy pudding recipe

Simple lemon cake (V)

The best (frosting-free) carrot cake (V)

Easy bread & butter pudding (V)

Vegan chocolate mousse (VE)

Banana Bread

Simple Lemon Cake

When I was in high school, I was a serial baker.

I was the kind of student who put a lot of pressure onto herself and that required a lot of exausting mental work. So I needed to find a way to give myself a break and relax, and baking was just that.

Ensued as many as 6 types of cakes a week being baked, which was really quite a lot for a family of 5 to go through. Thankfully, my siblings’ classmates and mine were always willing to land a hand on the eating front.

Simple Lemon Cake / Easy cake recipe for everyday baking / Cake + Whisky

From that baking frenzy, I kept the unshakable feeling that cake makes many bad things better, as well as a handful of ‘best in show’ recipes, amongst which this simple lemon cake one.

Simple Lemon Cake / Easy cake recipe for everyday baking / Cake + Whisky

A simple lemon cake is a baking classic- and this recipe is perfect on all fronts.

Simple Lemon Cake / Easy cake recipe for everyday baking / Cake + Whisky

Pressed for time? It literally takes minutes to whip up and can happily be made the day before. Plus there’s no need for syrups or any fussing about.

Don’t have any fancy equipment or ingredients / not in the mood for a lot of washing up? All it takes is basic ingredients, one bowl and one baking tin.

Not very comfortable with baking projects? It’s basically impossible to ruin (you could even put all the ingredients in a blender).

Simple Lemon Cake / Easy cake recipe for everyday baking / Cake + Whisky

Scared it’ll be dry and/or boring? Do you really think I’d still be making this recipe after all those years if it wasn’t the most incredible simple lemon cake ever?

I’m talking big on zesty flavours, moist and absolutely perfect both with a cuppa for afternoon tea or a spoonful of Greek yoghurt for breakfast and brunch!

So, if life gives you lemon… make lemon cake!

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More easy (and delicious!) baking projects

The best carrot cake

Cranberry oatmeal cake

The best bread & butter pudding

Simple Lemon Cake

Very Lazy breakfast recipes

I love breakfast.

Especially when I’m not the one cooking it.

Because you see, it rather gets in the way of getting an extra 20 minute sleep.

So, in my house, it’s really just bread and butter, with a little jam if you really insist and scrambled eggs for big occasions only.

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But the truth is, a healthy, balanced breakfast isn’t that complicated or time-consuming a thing!

As I recently found out at an event hosted by Very Lazy and Sally Bee at Food at 52, a few very lazy breakfast recipes and some clever Very Lazy shortcuts are all it takes to cook fuss-free, delicious and nutricious breakfasts quickly!

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First things first: Spicy ginger and apple tea.

A warming hot toddy-style drink combining the antioxydant benefits of ginger and immune system-boosting chilli pepper and lemon.

Perfect to get you energised from the get-go and kicking off any seasonal cold symptoms while it’s at it – and super easy to make too!

In a large saucepan, mix together 750ml of water, 750ml of apple juice, 3 tsp of Very Lazy ginger paste, the juice of 1 lemon, a pinch of Cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 3 tbsp of runny honey. Simmer for 5-6 min and serve warm.

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Next up, the plat de rĂ©sistance – Mexican-inspired butterbean baked eggs.

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A truly egg-straordinary, simple, warming & filling autumnal breakfast with a bit of a kick!

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And because all breakfasts should have a pudding course – Hazelnut, apple and berry ginger cake.

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Scrummy, delicious and simple too!

(Though it’s better if you make this one the night before so it doesn’t take up too much of your much deserved beauty rest)

First, pre-heat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 6) and line a large baking tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl, combine 275g self-raising wholemeal flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 175g rolled oats, 125g soft brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 150ml light olive oil, 175ml Greek yoghurt, 2 eggs and 5 tsp Very Lazy ginger paste. Add the wet mix to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour half the mixture into the prepared tin. Sprinkle with two finely chopped apples and 150g frozen berries. Top with the remaining cake mix and spread evenly.

Top with 50g chopped hazelnuts and a little bit of demerara sugar and bake for 30-40 min until golden.

Served warm with a big spoonful of yoghurt on the side.

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Spiced tea, baked eggs and cake – a very good breakfast if I ever saw one!

And, take it from the worst morning person on hearth (yours truly), all made up of very lazy breakfast recipes!

Egg-cellent news isn’t it?

Very Lazy breakfast recipes

Polenta Plum Cobbler

Though not quite as popular this side of the Atlantic, cobbler, the American cousin to our much beloved crumble, is a rustic affair of the most delicious sort.

Polenta Plum Cobbler • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

Much like its British relative, it’s hot, sweet and incredibly comforting, especially when it’s of the apricot or plum variety.

Polenta Plum Cobbler • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

Much like its British relative, it’s hot, sweet and incredibly comforting – perfect as the cold nights slowly draw in.

Especially when said cobbler is of the plum variety with a cornbread-meet-biscuit topping.

Polenta Plum Cobbler • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

Sharp, sweet, crunchy and crumbly all at once, this polenta plum cobbler is one of the very best things about Autumn.

Give it a try – you’ll see, it’s a-maize-ing!

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More Autumn pudding ideas

The best (no-frosting) carrot cake (V)

Mustard & onion quiche (V)

Garlic butter mushroom buns (V)

Polenta Plum Cobbler

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot cake is one of my absolute favourites.

I mean, when else can you eat cake and say it’s one of your 5 a day?

But I almost never have it because it always comes with a veeeeery generous serving of frosting.

And I don’t like frosting.

The best carrot cake recipe • Cake + Whisky

The best carrot cake recipe • Cake + Whisky

Obviously, I couldn’t allow that no-cake non-sense to continue.

I tried skipping the frosting altogether – but it simply doesn’t work.

Without it, traditonal carrot cake is quite dry and all in all a bit… meh.

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Unless, that is, you add my secret ingredient to your carrot cake.

The secret to the best, moist-est carrot cake?

Cream cheese!

So obvious I wonder how I didn’t think of it before.

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So if you’re not big on frosting, try this carrot cake recipe – it’ll whisk you off you feet!

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More amazing pud’ recipes

Crumble in a jar (V)

Vegan chocolate mousse (Vegan, GF, DF)

Cranberry oatmeal cake (V)

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe

Cake for Dinner at Cutter & Squidge

When the London weather is frightful (August? Really? More like November-ish!), few things are more delightful than cuddling up with a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

Luckily, I know just the place!

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Located in the heart of Soho, minutes from Piccadilly Circus, Cutter & Squidge is a cake’s lover dream come true – with shelves stacked high with all kinds of sweet treats.

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Creative twists on classic puds, like this gorgeous Eton Mess layer cake…

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Dreamy Sundaes…

And shelves full of the most incredible flavours of Biskies.

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What’s a biskuit I hear you ask?

The most amazing biscuit/cookie creation filled with lightened buttercream, handmade jams, caramels and other delights, that’s what.

All crafted using the highest quality ingredients, all beautiful, all delicious… The only difficult thing is to pick one!

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Matcha & black sesame? Chocolate hazelnut pearl?

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Choc O Berry? Lemon meringue?

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Classic (or salted caramel!!) S’mores? PB&J?

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Of course it had to be PB&J!

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

What can I say, that’s just my jam!

Add a glass of (incredible!) ice tea and here it is: the perfect spot to escape the rain/cold/overall dreadful weather – or recover from an especially intensive shopping session…

Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ

(or you can also place an order online)

Cake for Dinner at Cutter & Squidge