April 26, 2018
When baking, we can often experience what we call ‘baker’s block’: that feeling that we make the same things every time. But sometimes it only takes a new addition to take your recipe to a whole other dimension. Take inspiration from these weird flavour combinations to help spruce up some of your recipes - we’ve got ideas from the cult classics to the downright bizarre. Give the ones we’ve suggested a go… trust us on this one!!
For a brilliant topping for vanilla ice cream or a simple vanilla cheesecake, try one of our favourite weird flavour combinations: strawberry and black pepper. Finish softened strawberries with a touch of cracked black pepper, setting it off with a perfect balance of fresh and firey.100g strawberries, cut into quarters
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp coarse cracked black pepper
Place all the ingredients into a bowl, quickly stir. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes. The juices from the strawberries will create their own sauce.
Raspberry and basil may sound like a weird food combination, but it’s perfect for the summer. The vibrant colours lure you in and the flavour combination just blows you away. Try making the Times’ Eastern Mess, which is a twist on the traditional Eton Mess that infuses flavours of rose water, pistachio and basil. It’s light, refreshing and a fragrant mix of delightful ingredients.
Now for a throwback to a previous baking club box. The orange and cardamom cake was a hit then and still is, it provides a fresh and citrusy yet aromatic mix of flavours which work perfectly all year round. Members of the Baking Club can access the recipe via our Dropbox folder for past baking boxes.
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This is a simple yet effective weird flavour combination which can be used on ultimately anything containing dark chocolate. If it’s a brownie, add in a pinch of coarse sea salt into your mix before baking. If it’s a torte, sprinkle a pinch over the top to finish. Sprinkling sea salt over dark chocolate enhances the depth of flavour in the chocolate and balances out its deep bitterness, leaving you with a rich, well balanced flavour.
This isn’t such a bizarre flavour combination when you’re thinking of savoury food, such as roast chicken, but it is more surprising when we say it also works perfectly for sweet baking too. Next time you’re thinking of baking your lemon drizzle cake, try putting your flour into a food processor with a sprig of rosemary and blitz until fine and continue to use this flour as normal into your bake. You will be left with a light, fragrant, zesty and earthy flavour combination.
Lime and Elderflower makes a beautifully light and refreshing flavour combination for an afternoon treat. These shortbread give a perfect blend of zesty with floral and a brilliant twist to the trusty shortbread biscuit and a delectable bake the whole year through.
This weird flavour combination is an ‘oddie but a goodie’. Not strictly a baking recipe, but this makes a perfect salad for during the warmer weather! Forget the age old tomato and mozzarella salad, it’s now all about watermelon, feta cheese and balsamic glaze! This makes a perfectly balanced vibrant salad to impress any dinner guest.
If you’re a little nervous about trying these weird flavour combinations on your own, why not join our Baking Club to receive a tried and tested recipe through your door each month? We are always trying new food combinations and have some great recipes coming up soon!
We’d love to hear your favourite weird flavour combinations - have you ever tried something you thought you’d hate but turned out to be really tasty? Let us know in the comments!
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June 06, 2018
What a colourful mixture of flavour combinations! Will try all of them!
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