Here's what you've all been waiting for.... the round-up of fabulous entries we've had for this month's Alphabakes, where the letter we asked you to incorporate into your bakes was H.
I was expecting plenty of honey and hazelnut recipes and we did get a few of those- but all unique in their own way. In addition, there were some really imaginative entries!
Dave from Baking Beats kicked us off in style this month with a Chocolate and Hazelnut cake. The simple name belies the elaborate decoration – I love the pattern and the caramelised hazelnuts on top!
Ros’s mum Pat made us this beautiful honey cake with honey buttercream icing, decorated with honey bees – aren’t they cute?
Helen from Fuss Free Flavours sent us this Heritage wheat loaf with crimson raisins. The loaf uses einkorn wheat which is a “heritage” wheat - read her post for an explanation! It’s nice to have a few savoury bakes among all the sweet stuff too!
One thing I like about Alphabakes is that as well as getting ideas for new bakes and ingredients that I might not have made before or used in a while, I’m also discovering totally new things that I’d never even heard of! One of these is haupia – apparently a traditional coconut-based Hawaiian dessert. As I said, I’d never heard of it before, so it was a pleasant surprise to get not one but two of these entered into Alphabakes!
And that was immediately followed by Kit fromi-Lost In Austen’s Okinawan Sweet Potato Haupia Pie. I love the fact that you can combine the basic Haupia recipe with all sorts of things whether it’s chocolate or sweet potato or something else. This one has an amazing purple colour which is just a joy to behold.
Mel of Sharky Oven Gloves indulged us with a Pear and apple hazelnut crumble. I love anything with a crumble topping!
Remember Fiona from Sweet Thing You Make MyHeart Sing’s hazelnut macarons? She used the leftovers to make Hazelnut Brownies. What a great way to use up leftovers- you can never go wrong with brownies!
Chaya from Bizzy Bakes says she “threw together” this Hash Brown Cake – it looks really tasty and again is something I wouldn’t have thought of for this month’s challenge, even though I love hash browns!
Sarah from Sarah Bakes used Hershey’s kisses in her recipe for these Hershey’s Almond Kiss Cookies – they look very moreish and really cute!
Daisy from NeverTooSweet made a second entry, but forgot to email it in - BakingAddict just spotted it so I've managed to include it in the round up just before the end of the month! Sorry I didn't see this sooner, Daisy! This is her first ever Hummingbird cake, and I think it turned out really well, don't you?
So that's it for this month's Alphabakes - we had an amazing 50 entries, we seem to be getting more every time, even though the letter was a little more difficult this time! I can't wait to find out what the letter for June is - check out Ros's blog on June 1st!