Friday, 8 March 2013

Bake it like Berry - Weeks 3 & 4

With all the extra spring cleaning over the last couple of weeks, and then this week we have had a horrible sore throat bug in the house, there hasn't been a huge amount of cake baking going on.


That's not to say that there hasn't been any though, and so here are the latest bakes from Mary Berry's Baking Bible.


~ Firstly was a nice simple Victoria Sponge, which I made gluten and dairy free.


I quite often make a Victoria Sponge because it is so quick and easy, and Mary's recipe is very similar to mine, as I guess most Victoria Sponge recipes are.
The main difference is that I don't usually add baking powder as I am already using self raising flour. Mary does ask for some, despite using self raising flour, and so I added it too. I think it made the cake even more light and fluffy.


It certainly didn't stick around on the plates for long!


~Secondly I made a Strawberry Pavlova. I love a pavlova but I only make it if we have visitors coming as three of the four boys can't eat egg whites. This one was for a fellowship lunch at church.


~Lastly, I made a Lemon Drizzle Traybake.
I forgot to take a close up photo of this one, and when I remembered that I needed one, the cake was gone!
That's it on the left of the blue plate below.

I didn't make any allergy changes to this recipe and the two boys who could eat it absolutely loved it. They especially loved the crunchy sugar topping. I make a Lemon Drizzle Loaf, recipe here, which also has the crunchy topping but I think as the traybake is cut into squares rather than the thin slices of a loaf, you get a lot more of the sugary crunch per slice, which made them enjoy it all the more.



  1. OH, those look delicious! I've never had pavlova. Does it have a meringue topping?
    Wish you could taste and smell through the screen!
    Have a great day!

    1. The topping is just whipped cream and fruit but the base is the meringue.


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