the very bri­tish boozy bakes

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life & Style - MARY-JANE WILT­SHER

BOOZY bakes are caus­ing a buzz, with The Great Bri­tish Bake Off’s Luis Troy­ano rustling up cock­tail-in­spired dough­nuts in last week’s episode.

Served in mar­tini glasses, filled with Bai­ley’s and topped with straws, Luis’ cre­ations re­flected the al­co­hol­steeped puds that are dom­i­nat­ing food blogs and so­cial me­dia.

The trend comes as no sur­prise — cit­rus-based cock­tail-dessert hy­brids are a win­ning com­bi­na­tion, as the sweet/sour acid­ity of both fruit and booze cuts through cream and sugar with re­fresh­ing re­sults.

Chefs Lor­raine Pas­cale and Jemma Wilson of­fer their own mo­jito-themed bakes, with Jemma’s cup­cakes packed with white rum, lime zest and topped with can­died mint leaves. Both of their recipes can be found on­line.

And we’re par­tial to Pud­ding Lane’s (the popular blog by bak­ing blog­ger Lucy Bur­ton) take on a Bri­tish clas­sic: gin and tonic cake. A for­ti­fied le­mon driz­zle cake, it’s bol­stered by four shots of gin, with a glaze of ic­ing sugar, gin, tonic and le­mon juice.

If you’re a lit­tle more ad­ven­tur­ous, why not try the deep-fried tequila an­gel cake — cubed, soaked in Jose Cuervo’s finest, fried and dunked in ic­ing sugar.

The only thing you’ll re­gret the morn­ing after one of th­ese boozy bakes is the calo­rie count, (typ­i­cally, the av­er­age slice of cake con­tains 120 calo­ries — the same as one unit of al­co­hol).

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