This month we invited you all to bake something or use an ingredient beginning with the letter P and we had a great selection of entries, I think possibly our biggest challenge yet!
I wonder if it's because you were all tempted by the prize on offer this month, from the lovely people at Charbonnel et Walker. The company has been making fine English chocolates since 1875 and has kindly agreed to offer a box of their delicious truffles for one lucky participant. They agreed to post internationally which meant you were all eligible, and multiple entries meant multiple chances to win the prize. The winner was selected at random - it would have been too hard to try and choose the best entry! Scroll down to the end of this post to find out who has won!
Once again Jacqueline was first off the mark with her entry this month, which I happen to know she already had up her sleeve and was waiting for this letter to come along! She chose what I think is a relatively unusual ingredient for baking but one that I expect gives great results – passionfruit! This is a passion fruit cake with passion fruit icing.
followed that with some fairy cakes, also with passion fruit icing – and
what looks like sweets decorating the top.
I also made these pecan puffs, which are like cookies rather than cakes (or rock cakes maybe?) and would go nicely with a cup of tea.
This Raspberry Margarita Polenta cake was sent in by Becks aka LilMsSquirrel of the 366 Recipe Challenge. Polenta is a great ingredient for baking as it makes the cakes gluten free; in this case Becks added lime juice and tequila to give it a bit of a kick. I’d love to try this!
It was More Than Occasional Baker Ros’s birthday in September (happy birthday, Ros!) and she made these “Painkiller cupcakes” with white chocolate cream cheese frosting. A painkiller cocktail is made from dark rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, sweetened coconut cream and shaved ice, topped with nutmeg. Ros says the cakes were really moist and fruity – and I imagine a bit boozy too!
Here’s another pina colada cake but Claire from Under the Blue Gum Tree has made it look very sophisticated and has enhanced it with white chocolate. I wish I’d thought of that!
My co-host for Alphabakes, Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker, was on holiday in America when she sent in this entry – now that’s dedication! And she’s managed a trio of Ps with these pistachio and pomegranate pitstops, which look very nice. Check out the comments on her blog for some tips on the best way to extract pomegranate seeds!
A while ago I was visiting a friend and wanted to bake something to take with me. She had recently become vegan and I wanted to see what recipes I could find that would taste good and ended up making these peanut butter cookies. I hadn’t gotten around to blogging about it yet so when P came up for Alphabakes I thought it was a good time to do so! These were simple to make and tasted really nice.
Kimmy from Cooking Pleasure sent us this passion fruit soufflé cake, which she said is spongy, light and moist. It looks delicious and well worth the effort!
Ros aka the More Than Occasional Baker sent in this peanut butter and banana bread, which combines two of her favourite ingredients! She says it’s a quick, simple recipe and I’m sure it won’t be the last time she makes this!
Alastair from Alastair’s Miscellany came up with a great way to use up leftover puff pastry and sent us these raspberry puffs, which also have the advantage of being pretty quick to make:
He also sent us this sweet orange polenta cake, which didn’t turn out of the tin on the first attempt; not to be daunted, Al tried again and came up with this delicious looking dessert:
This beautiful blueberry and plum upside down cake comes courtesy of Eira from Cook Books Galore. I love how the blueberries are in the middle and the plums are around the edge.
Gill from Tales of Pigling Bland calls this creation an Imperfect Pretzel Pie but there doesn’t seem to be anything imperfect about it to me! She said there may have been too much sugar in the brownie mix but the crunchy crust that was the result is making my mouth water!
I made these for another challenge but decided to send them in to Alphabakes as they happened to begin with P… pie and mashcupcakes! They are not actually cupcakes at all, but mini beef pies with mashed potato on top, but I tried to make them look like little cupcakes!
A second entry from Olivia at Liv A Little Bakery: this delicious pistachio cake. It looks like it would be perfect on a rainy day with a cup of tea!
Autumn is definitely kicking in so what better ingredient to bake with than pumpkin? Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes created these honey and pumpkin twists which I think would be delicious with a bowl of soup.
Laura from Credit Munched has won me over with her peanut butter cupcakes, which she made to celebrate National Cupcake Week. They have a hidden centre of peanut butter that gives a nice surprise when you bite in!
After that you might need something to refresh the palate, so I recommend this plum sorbet from Maggie at Kitchen Delights. It’s taken from a Jamie Oliver recipe and only needs a few ingredients, but Maggie says it tastes sublime. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Helen from Fuss Free Flavours used flour from Pimhill Farm to make this organic wholemeal loaf, which is fitting as the Soil Association has designated September as “organic September”.
The colder weather has obviously made other people think of autumnal flavours too… Kimmy from Cooking Pleasure sent us this layered pumpkin bread with spicy chicken floss. Chicken floss is a Malay speciality and Kimmy used it as a filling for the bread, which looks really nice!
Don’t forget that the letter we choose can apply to the name of the bake as well as the ingredient… Stuart, aka Cakeyboi, has cleverly come up with these Portugese custard tarts. A great reminder of holidays for many of us, I’m sure!
It's Maria from Box of Stolen Socks’s first time participating in the Alphabakes challenge so welcome! She has made a pistachio and orange flower pavlova. It looks gorgeous and amazingly, is sugar free!
Did I mention already that I love pretzels? Beckie from Bees Teas created a no-bake, salty and sweet recipe using pretzels, nutella and peanut butter – I love it!
This beautiful pumpkin strudel comes from Kit at i-Lost in Austen, check out her lovely blog if you haven’t already. She uses phyllo pastry, which I had to google, and it took me a minute to work out it’s another name for filo pastry (duh – sounds the same so I should have guessed!)
Fiona followed that with these pumpkin and poppy seed crispbreads, which look very healthy and would be a great accompaniment to soup.
Ruth from Mixing Bowl Magic received some poppy seeds in a Foodie Pen Pals package and used them to make these poppy seed bagels. The seeds are incorporated in the dough as well as sprinkled on top and the bagels turned out really well, by the look of this picture!
Laura of Laura Loves Cakes was inspired by the letter P to make these plum and almond crumble slices. They offer a contrast of textures in each bite and remind me a bit of bakewell tart – yum!
Another entry from Mich at Piece of Cake, who says she has always wanted to make profiteroles and took the plunge for a party she had recently. These profiteroles with whipped cream and chocolate ganache took some trial and error but, as they say, third time’s the charm – these look delicious!
Daisy from Never Too Sweet For Me treated us to a Sago (Gula Melaka) Pudding. It’s a traditional Malaysian dessert and one of her family’s favourites. Gula Melaka is dark palm sugar, made from the sap of a Palmyra palm, which gives the pudding its unique taste. It also uses Pandan leaves, something I’ve not come across before, which Daisy says you can find at most Asian grocery stores. Thanks for introducing me to something new, Daisy!
Next we have another newcomer to Alphabakes, so please welcome Angela of The Charmed Cupcake. She sent us this pumpkin seed oil bundt cake, or a Kernoelgugelhupf to give it it’s German name. Pumpkin seed oil is a speciality of the Styria region of Austria and, Angela says, has a delicious nutty flavour. I wonder if you can buy it in England? As the Austrians would say, this cake is indeed lecker!
And the winner of the Charbonnel & Walker chocolates is... Corina of Searching for Spice. Well done, Corina! We'll be in touch regarding your prize.