Occasionally the stars align and you get a fantastic opportunity. For a blogger who’s only just started delving into recipe posts, hearing that I’d been picked to review the new Hummingbird Bakery book “Life Is Sweet” was one such moment. I love Hummingbird Bakery recipes!
It’s a beautiful book, you could while away hours just flicking through the pages and gazing at the gorgeous pictures. The recipes range from simple-to-create yumminess to dazzling (slightly more complicated!) deliciousness. There are 10 chapters, containing recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, Layer Cakes, Pies, Cookies & Candies, Tray Bakes, Pancakes, Ice Cream, Puddings and finishing with Bread & Savouries. I want to make them all!
For the purposes of this review though, I wanted to make something with the boy – so we sat down together to choose a recipe. Every turn of the page was met with a “Wow! Let’s make this!” moment, but we eventually settled on what he’d wanted to make from seeing them on the cover – the Vanilla-filled Chocolate Cookies.
I was immediately impressed with how un-fussy the recipe was. I actually already had all the ingredients I needed except for an extra block of butter. Quite a few of the recipes I looked at were like this – nothing you’ll need to traipse around to find. I don’t think any of the recipes are beyond your once in a while baker, even the more complicated ones.
A lot of the recipes suggest using a free standing mixer, which I don’t have – yet! – but I do have a food processor with a dough blade, which worked just fine. Elbow grease should also do the trick for anyone who thinks mixers are cheating (Nana I’m looking at you!)
I got permission to reproduce the recipe below for anyone who wants to try making these at home – hope you enjoy yourselves as much as we did (especially the eating part – I should add they were completely delicious, if not quite as pretty as the ones in the book!)
If you would like to buy “Life Is Sweet” by the Hummingbird Bakery you can find it on Amazon here.