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 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

Pizza express and Paradice (not a spelling error, I promise!)

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A teacher training day (i.e a day off school) meant a trip to Pizza Express with two friends was achievable. No lie, we were counting down the days until our lunch date.

As we arrived, feeling rather grown up eating at a restaurant without adults, we were immediately ready to order, having pre decided our meal in our  elated anticipation.

I ordered my favourite: garlic bread with mozzarella for starter and padana pizza for main. I must comment, I may have had a slight (euphemism) pronounciation difficulty when ordering.

Despite my struggle and slight embarrassment, when the food arrived it exceeded expectations. The sweet, succulent, caramelised onions, combined with the soft spinach and the desired, bitter goats cheese was delightful. 

For dessert, after struggling with split payments and voucher usage at Pizza Express (I recommend downloading the app VoucherCodes for a number of offers) we decided to visit Paradice, a gelateria on Harborne high street, Birmingham. With a range of intriguing flavours, and variety of treats available, we were spoilt for choice. 

Below is my choice: warmed chocolate brownie accompanied with rocky road and strawberry lace ice cream. Only £5! Although the strawberry lace ice cream will only appeal to specific taste buds, it was intriguing to try. The brownie and rocky road ice cream are must haves for the avid chocolate fans out there, though.

My friends both chose the melted cookie and vanilla ice cream displayed below. The 20minutes preparation time was definitely worth the wait for the melt in the mouth dessert!


I highly recommend Pizza Express and Paradice for an indulgent treat if you happen to be in Harborne.

-afoodexplorer x

P.S. I am also planning on posting another Paradice blog if I am able to try some other desserts!