Peel and Stone Bakery 

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On Harborne highstreet, there is a delightful bakery called Peel and Stone. With a constantly changing menu of delightful treats on sale, as well as freshly baked bread varieties, it is the perfect place for a quick shop.

 Downstairs, there is a cosy, slightly urban restaurant, where the food is of the same high quality as the shop floor. The garlic bread resonates in my head as being  particularly soft textured; just remember to chew on parsley after, to rid that pungent garlic aroma, so as not to offend your fellow diners!

Below I have described some of my favourites products from there:

Firstly, their sourdough bread, (different varities shown in both photos) which have a unique hint of sourness. The quite dense, bouncy, crumpet like texture is particularly complementary with a warm, soothing soup. 

Their breads are also superbly frozen; some say they even taste better after defrosting!

My ultimate favourite, however, is their almond baklava croissant (in the forefront of the first picture) as its sweet, subtle, marzipan taste, and soft yet slightly chewy texture, is an unbeatable combination. Despite not being a huge fan of marzipan, this croissant somehow satisfies my taste buds.

Overall, I highly recommend this bakery if you are ever in the parameters of Harborne: go and try their savoury breads or sweet brownies, croissants and more, which are all produced to a very high standard.

-afoodexplorer x

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Apple and Cinnamon Upside Down Cake (recipe review)

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A few weeks ago, I decided to bake this upside-down cake recipe (click word recipe for link) that  I found online. Upside down cakes are beneficial in the sense that toppings are less likely to be burnt and you can recognise more clearly whether the cake is fully baked (it will spring back at the touch).

The end product was super soft! Extremely nourishing with a soft texture and succulent apples (as I accidentally used pink lady apples instead of the intended cooking apples my mum bought, whoops!). It’s final appearance consists of caramelised apples creating a golden brown appearance for a warm, autumnal feel.

If you wish to try the recipe I just have a few tips before you do. When making the toffee to cover the apples, slow cook the sugar and butter, of which you only need very little: about 1/10 of butter on the recipe is needed. For the cinnamon lovers out there (like me!), sprinkle a generous topping of cinnamon over the apples. For the cake, use plain flour. When separating the egg whites and yolk, if some yolk ends up in the whites don’t worry, the whites should still foam up, at which point you can fold them into the cake mixture. To prevent yolk and white mixing, however, you can separate one egg at a time into a small bowl before combining all the whites together. 

Overall, I highly recommend this recipe! I loved it! 

-afoodexplorer