week ten – mary berry à la gioia

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all hail to mary berry, britain’s queen of baking and cookery.

despite our already having had a chef as the theme last week, i was excited about trying out a mary berry recipe (just eeever so slightly off topic: i have seen mary berry! in person! she walked past me at a baking fair (because that’s what i apparently do in my past time. attending baking fairs) looking all classy and lovely and adorable). being a proud (ish) owner of not one, not two, not three, no a whole four mary berry (“mary berry”-count: 5) books, there was a lot of material for me to choose from. i knew that i’d be having company for dinner this week and already having had promised a risotto, i decided to let mary be the creator of my dessert. or its recipe. theirs recipes, actually, for i made a total of two recipes from two different books: a chocolate soufflé and a blackberry elderflower sorbet. the soufflé was ever so slightly petrifying to make, considering that i had never made one before and also considering that the light in my oven is currently broken, meaning i was literally in the dark about those fluffy cakes’ progress. but luckily they came out very well, airy (but ever so slightly deflated already when i finally managed to take the photos) and light and sweet and bitter. perfect with the cold and refreshing ice cream which i will most certainly recreate for further dinner invitations. or just myself. that ice cream maker of mine wants to be used after all. thank you, mary, for this good culinary week.

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