It's a bit late to wish you all a happy new year, but still: Happy New Year! Amazing, how quickly 2010 flew by! The fact that it's already 2011 also means that my blog is one year old. Its birthday was on 23 December (and I completely forgot. I'm ashamed). For those readers who haven't been around for long (and to remind those who have) I have made a list of the best recipes I made in 2010. You can't go wrong with them. Seriously. As I'm an amateur baker, your skills are probably better than mine in any case, so making these cakes/cookies should be very easy!
It's the first cake I ever made and I still think of it as the best ever. It's my go-to chocolate cake for any occasion, if I have enough time of course. It does take some time to prepare and bake (and wash the pan if you only have one), but the result is delicious and tiny and so cute! Only for chocoholics though.
My attempt at chocolate decorating gone a bit wrong. This is the first and only cake I made from the Whimsical Bakehouse cookbook. It uses white cake and my family actually liked it. Just because it has huge chunks of chocolate in it! The decorations are very simple to make if you have a microwave, some piping tips and the right kind of chocolate. I have none of those and I still managed to do it, so it's not that hard.
Probably the simplest, cutest cookies in the world. Forget cookie cutters. All you have to do is roll the dough into a ball and roll it in nonpareils. Perfect!
By now, you've probably noticed that I like chocolate a lot. This cake tastes good and takes just a fraction of the time you would need to make the Nigella's version. So I love it.
I've never tasted cheesecake before these cupcakes, but it sure tastes good. I still think it's the best recipe in Martha Stewart's Cupcakes so far.
Homemade ice cream! Anyone can make it! I needed someone to force me to try it (the Daring Bakers), but since I did, I have made it many times. It's a time consuming and tiring thing to do, but it tastes really good, especially with this cake on top. Chances are, your cake will actually look beautiful!
The fruity goodness is just something I can't describe with words. The dough is incredibly easy to make. Then, just take a bag of frozen blueberries or whatever berries you have, spread them on top, and bake it. Yum!
I know the season for fruit breads is probably over, but you can still bookmark the recipe for next December. Sure, it uses yeast, but I've made it four times and it was always delicious. It tastes good even after a week, which is great if you don't plan on giving any away, as it's quite huge (it uses almost 1 kg of flour).
I hope this list will keep you busy for a few days until my next post(s). Hint: I was in London and I ate a lot. In the meantime, go bake something! I would, if I wasn't ill and unable to stand, let alone knead. But I guess that's what you get for celebrating the New Year's Eve outside! I had to learn somehow...