Towards the end of last year I opened my mailbox to find a thick white envelope lurking there. My stomach clenched a little; here I was thinking it would be another attempt at taking money off me for some bill or a horrible letter from my letting agency. But, when I opened the horrible package upstairs a little book fell out. Never in my life have I been so happy to see a recipe book! There was no letter, no message, just the latest version of the Be-Ro recipe book sitting on my lap. I knew straight away who the sender was of course; it was my baking crazed mother!
This week I finally got around to baking something from it. The recipes are always really straightforward to follow, and the bakes are usually classic home favourites. I picked a carrot and coconut traybake since this is what was left in my cupboards. It was simple, quick and totally delicious. I’m surprised how much I like it considering there isn’t actually any icing on top, just a lovely layer of toasted coconut.
I took a slice for my friend at university yesterday, and it certainly made the policy course a bit easier! Be-Ro actually have a list of recipes online which is a really good stash if you ever want something last-minute and minimal to bake. They don’t have this recipe unfortunately, but it’s essentially a sunflower oil sponge with shredded carrot baked in a square tin with toasted coconut and brown sugar spread on top. You could always order that little book, no reason not to since it’s only £2.50!
On another topic, I’m visiting a certain bakehouse tomorrow to begin the tasting for the Edinburgh Cake Trail that I’m creating with my friend. Admittedly, I’ve been to this bakery far too often and I did in fact once work there, however I promise to be completely objective! The two of us are also signing up to a gym class every week to combat the undesirable effects that all of this cake consumption will have…more on that later!
It’s totally stormy in Scotland today by the way.