Welcome to January's "G" Roundup of AlphaBakes. It's hard to believe that we are at the end of January which has virtually disappeared! I'm guessing a lot of you have been busy and trying to get back into the swing of things. We've not had as many entries as usual so we are hoping that it will pick up in February. Caroline will be hosting so be sure to check out her blog to find out which letter we are using.
First up is Caroline's mum with her chocolate and ginger cake.
Following on with the same theme we have chocolate and ginger flapjacks by Suelle from Mainly Baking. She wanted to make something simple and chocolatey and came up with these flapjacks. It contains 100% cacao and Turkish crystallised ginger pieces which are quite fiery.
Kate from the Gluten Free Alchemist baked some Ginger cookies/biscuits which are of course gluten free and there's also the option for making them dairy free as well. These ginger biscuits have molasses, ginger and cinnamon. They are rolled in sugar before baking giving them a lovely sparkle.
My co host Caroline from Caroline Makes baked a Chocolate and Peanut Butter Goo Goo Cake. I've not heard of Goo Goo until now and I do wish I could try some! The cake is inspired by her trip to Nashville, America. Goo Goo Cluster is a candy bar with chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow nougat invented in Nashville. It sounds a bit like a rocky road to me and looks great on top of her chocolate and peanut butter cake.
Next is my own entry with a Golden Syrup Cake. It's a really simple cake which showcases the star ingredient, golden syrup. The cake keeps really well and was delicious served with creme fraiche, greek yoghurt or ice cream.
Kate from the Gluten Free Alchemist is back with a Banana, Melon and Strawberry Smoothie. The G here is from Galia melon which is one of her favourite fruits. Melon is quite an unusual choice for a smoothie but it clearly works well and it looks really pretty too. It's a great way of getting extra fruit in your diet and home made smoothies mean less additives and pure goodness.
Laura from How to Cook Good Food baked a very delicious sounding Marmalade, Ginger & Blood Orange Loaf Cake. The inspiration for this recipe is based on a Diana Henry recipe and makes use of her homemade marmalade. She used spelt flour, freshly grated ginger and ground ginger. It pairs well with the marmalade and is perfect for this time of the year.
Last but not least is Elizabeth from The Law Student's Cookbook with a Gingerbread Bundt Cake. It's lovely and gingery with an orange glaze. Cake for breakfast is a definite yes in my book and that's exactly what Elizabeth did with this cake which lasted a week.
That's the end of the G roundup. Thank you to everyone who joined in this month and hope to see more of you in February. Remember to check out Caroline's blog on 1st Feb to find out which letter we are using.