Well, we've had a satisfyingly autumnal month, even if Newcastle did recieve a blast of snow in the last few days. I think this is the first year that I've really been able to appreciate the changing of the leaves and their contrast with a gorgeous blue sky - in previous years I've either been drenched in rain (in Plymouth) or too cold to notice (particularly last year, when winter hit within the first fortnight of October.) Whatever the weather, though, there is always time for cake, and if that cake contains some warming tipple then all the better!
This month, in honour of Oktoberfest, I asked you to spike your baked goods with beer. I was a bit nervous when it got to the middle of the month and I'd only had two entries, but I shouldn't have worried because I recieved several more afterwards. Let's dive in, shall we?
First up, Caroline of Caroline Makes... brings us a savoury offering with this tasty looking Beer-Battered Cod. I have to admit that I also hate the taste of beer, but it tastes brilliant when it's in a good batter...
...Or indeed in a good cake, as Caroline shows us with her second Baking With Spirit entry, Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake. It sounds incredibly moist and delicious, and I bet the cream cheese icing works brilliantly with it.
Next up we have my entry: Pineapple Upside Down Loaf Cake. I spiked the batter with some Newcastle Brown Ale, which married nicely with the sweetness of the sugar syrup on top. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to those of you who took part in the challenge this month, and for those of you who ran out of time or were too nervous to try it, perhaps you'll be more tempted by next month's theme. I'll be posting the new challenge on Thursday, so keep your eyes peeled.
I made a rather rich and indulgent (even with low fat ingredients) cheesecake over the weekend, so look out for it when I post the recipe in the next couple of days.