Who knew it was National Baking week?! By some ungodly oversight I seemed to have missed the memo; or maybe I’ve just been so engrossed in The Great British Bake Off (or GBBO as it’s now become affectionately known) that I just haven’t noticed. Still, I know now.

  • Dark Chocolate Delice
    Dark Chocolate Delice from the Tate Modern Restaurant

This week is a guilt-free week.  You have a free pass to make all your baking favourites from the good old fashioned Victoria sponge, to the oh so cool macaroon.  I have to admit, I’m not the world’s best baker; I have discovered sadly that impatience and inaccuracy are not a baker’s friend and that whipped egg whites in any guise are my own personal kryptonite.

So, instead of hitting the oven I have headed to the Tate Modern restaurant to try the new desserts that went live this week created by our new pastry chef.  As it is National Baking Week I have taken on the task of eating at least one dessert a day for the rest of the week. I’m definitely going to start with the Rum Savarin and honey glazed pears and then indulge in the rich dark chocolate delice with vanilla and Tonka bean brûlée, honey wafer and orange caramel.   Although this is where I’ve come unstuck.  I don’t know whether to follow up with the classic steamed ginger pudding, or to plump for the creamy coconut panacotta with mango compote and pistachio wafer.

Still, I’ve got a few dessert-filled days to decide so will have to update you with my decision another time.  If your taste buds are feeling jealous right now or you want to join in the celebrations through indulgence and butter-filled goodness, then come along and get in on the baking action!