These lemon curd cakes were created because I’d been in TK Maxx a while ago and I picked up a mini sponge cake baking tray for the bargain price of £1 which bakes mini round sponge cakes (about the size of a macaron half). I was dying to try making mini victoria sponges, but I didn’t want to fill them with the usual standard whipped cream and strawberry jam. However, one of the staple jams I was brought up with is lemon curd and as a result there’s always a jar of it in my fridge.
I made this Coconut and Banana Cake last week because I’d noticed that I had a few bananas which were ripe, but were about to turn into high FODMAP over-ripe ones within the next couple of days and I wanted to make use of them while I still could. Bananas are only a low FODMAP fruit while they are under-ripe or ripe, but without any blemishes on their skins. Once they start to have discolouration on their skins they’ve become over-ripe and are therefore high FODMAP.
This blood orange cake was created after a strong wave of nostalgia spurred me on to buy a handful of blood oranges from Lidl the other day. My granddad loved blood oranges and he wasn’t stingy about sharing them with me when I was a kid either. Looking back, I think he got a thrill from showing me the unexpected, particularly when it came to food because he would often bring home a handful of blood oranges from Jackie White’s fruit and vegetable market in the town centre and sit and peel the orange before explaining to me the reasons as to why it was uniquely red.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I had a couple of punnets of fresh cranberries left in the freezer which needed to be used up, so the other day when I was trying to fit fresh shopping into the freezer I took a pack of cranberries out to make some room and after a quick brainstorming session I decided to try making a cranberry sticky toffee pudding with them and, by Jove, it worked really well!