I love this. Loveitloveitloveit. Could eat it every day. What is it? Broccoli pasta cheese with salami. Ohmigod, I love it. Mr G and I somehow invented this in our heady student days, although it is quite possible that 50,000 people have also independently invented it. Sorry. Just had to share how much I love this with you.
And then there's pudding. Bread and butter pudding (with (rather old) pandoro and no butter actually, but let's not split hairs here). Quite a long time ago I discovered that brioche makes fabulous b&b pud, and I decided to see if pannetone would work just as well (and salve my conscience a bit because it doesn't have half the fat of brioche). And it does. You should try it.
And finally, cake. Well, the oven was on, what could I do?
As is my wont when I'm blog reading, I always end up reading the blogs I subscribe to, and all the blogs they link to, and all the blogs they link to... nearly ad infinitum. And because of this, I stumbled upon Smitten Kitchen and her walnut jam cake. I like nut cake a lot but somehow I've never made any and this just sounded delish, so last night I went for it.
You have to toast the walnuts in the oven before you grind them, and I have to say that the resulting ground nut and sugar mix tasted really synthetic and I became very doubtful that anything good would come out of the oven. But I was utterly wrong. The cake is (sorry, I have to say it again) delish - on it's own, and with the jam and cream as the recipe suggests - and nothing like it's uncooked self. I don't have a food processor so the nuts were ground in a coffee grinder and a bit on the lumpy side, but I thought this made the cake even better. I think next time, I will try with hazelnuts, and add the nuts with the flour instead of mixing with the sugar at the beginning. But in any case, it's fab and I recommend it to you.