This post is very different to what I usually write about, but this is something I couldn't resist doing.
Now if you're an avid baker you're probably more than aware that the Great British Bake Off starts tonight.
So in homage to this mouth-wateringly addictive show, the lovely Lawra over at I Love Crafty has organised a Great Blogger Bake Off, where once a week, alongside the show, bloggers bake something inline with the theme of that week's show.
Now I love any excuse to bake, however I only found out about the whole thing this morning. I didn't want to miss out on the first post though. Now in true Come Dine With Me style, I'm going to come clean and say I didn't bake this today. However, this was a very recent bake of mine that was dedicated to the using up of my homegrown harvest of redcurrents, tayberries and blackcurrents.
I'd never worked with these berries before and had no idea what to do with them, but was determined to make a cake. After a bit of research, I found this Good Food recipe. Alas, still no use of my berries, so I had to adapt it a little.
First off, I didn't have a loaf tin so used a normal, round spring-form tin. Apart from that the majority of the recipe is pretty much the same. I had to add a bit more sugar than the recipe states when reducing the berries with the lemon juice, simply because my selection of berries were a lot more sour tasting compared to those in the recipe.
I can only apologise for this very lackluster first post to what I would love to have been an icing fueled, bowl licking extravaganza.
I do solemnly swear that my next post will contain more dedication.
Enjoy the first show of this Great British Bake Off season!!
(Would still recommend this cake though, a great use of a homegrown harvest, and can really be applied to any berries you have lying around.)