21 May 2019

Pink Lane Bakery – Newcastle


It's my birthday on Friday and all I can think about is Milk Bar's Birthday cake. I watched Christina Tosi's Chef's Table episode this morning while I got ready to go out and if anyone is yet to walk into my life and instantly be my best friend, it's her. "Life's too short to worry about how many cookies you ate today" – isn't that the soundest advice you've ever heard? And it's exactly what I'm repeating to myself as I bite into my second brown butter compost cookie of the day (warm out of the oven with a glass of cold milk, obvs).


If, like me, you have to have something sweet and salty and beige and buttery and delicious every single day of your life, get yourself to Pink Lane Bakery. It's a little closer than Milk Bar (I have a thing with outrageously out of reach New York-based bakeries, it seems) and it's pink, so obviously you have to go even if just for the gram. Oh and! They serve up their own version of Tosi's crack pie which... I still have not tried. But it's my birthday on Friday.


Being in Newcastle, Pink Lane proudly puts its own stamp on traditional. I tried their cheese and potato pasty and it was nap-inducing delicious. Lots of cheese! Lovely red onions! Not too many potatoes! Perfect.


Aside from all the baked goods, my favourite thing about Pink Lane, which is something a lot of places have adopted lately, is the bakery is just a few feet behind the counter where you order. There's something quite fun about seeing what goes on behind the scenes as you buy your morning coffee and bite into a still-warm pain au chocolat.

Pink Lane Bakery, based in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, is open Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm. Follow them on Instagram @pinklanebakery or check out their Facebook page here.

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6 May 2019

Kiln – Newcastle


Can anything make the emotional slog of a 9-hour train journey (make that five train journeys) better? I didn't think so, but train rage has a way of leaving my body as soon as I reach my destination, no matter how many delays, run-over cows (yes, really) and cancellations. Plus, the promise of a decent breakfast the following morning was enough to wipe the trauma from my mind completely. I was visiting my brother and his girlfriend in Gateshead a few weeks ago, determined to get away; a nice little break from Wales and a nosy to see what the North East brunch scene had to offer.


Bar, cafe and pottery, Kiln is everything I love all in one. Their brunch menu is perfection – simple dishes that are clearly made with love. I had the eggy in the hole (cute!) which consisted of two poached eggs in a huge square of focaccia (my favourite), tomatoes, mushrooms and aioli, served up on one of their gorgeous handmade plates, which you can even buy to take home. It was delish and I was sold.


I loved Kiln so much I almost – almost – considered applying for the full-time position advertised outside... however, I'm trying this new thing where I don't rush into big changes, but that's a topic for another blog post.

There is loads more to find out about Kiln (and a couple of menus to pore over) on their site, which you must check out as it is absolutely beautiful. Obviously, pay them a visit too if you're in the area; I can't wait to go back!

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18 April 2019

Gluten-Free Mini Egg Chocolate Cake

I've been there for all the Easter trends – creme egg brownies? I obsessed and made countless trays in my uni kitchen. And caramel egg cupcakes – they were a hit with my colleagues a few years ago. But really, there's only one Easter treat that stands the test of time, and that's mini eggs. Mini eggs on shredded wheat nests, mini eggs straight in my mouth, mini eggs on top of this gorgeous chocolate cake!


Since working at Bean & Bread I have been experimenting with lots of new recipes with Jess, the owner, and this gluten-free mini egg chocolate cake has been a huge hit with our customers – both those with a gluten intolerance and without! The absolute dreamiest of buttercream frostings is only atop Magnolia bakery cupcakes (a casual 3,000 mile trip to New York) but a quick google search meant I could recreate it at home and... create something quite special. 



Tomorrow is the last day we'll be serving this cake at Bean & Bread (Good Friday, 9am-5pm) but the recipes are linked below so you can have a go at making it at home if you don't get a chance to try ours! Let us know what you think – @beanandbread_ @wnwrote

Gluten-free chocolate cake recipe via Doves Farm
Chocolate buttercream frosting recipe via Love is in my Tummy
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