coffee shop cakes + half term reads
Half term is nearly here, meaning our little coffee shop on the beach will be bustling with people needing their daily dose of caffeine and yummy baked treats. We serve the best cakes and sausage rolls in town, but if you can't get down to visit us, then fear not, here's a little catch up with our cake legend Connie and a yummy recipe from our other baker Claire. Plus Roo talks about her favourite book of all time that you should all try and read this half term...
What was the 1st cake you ever baked?
My mum always made Victoria Sponges when I was growing up, it was the classic cake that always came out for birthdays, so I think I attempted my first when I was either seven or eight.
Who's been the biggest baking influence in your life?
I come from a family of chiefs and bakers so it was a good combo for me to learn and practice cooking and baking at home. I was massively influenced by both parents as well as my brother. It definitely doesn't come naturally though, there were a lot of mistakes, especially with baking in particular!
What's your favourite cake to make and why?
Oh it has to be cinnamon buns. It's a long and relaxing process and I find the whole thing very therapeutic.
What's your go-to hangover cure, cake-wise?
That would have to be a lovely croissant if I had to choose something sweet, but in truth, I would always go for something savoury. I'm always the first up and cooking for everyone the next day, normally a big traditional breakfast. My favourite is an egg and bacon sandwich!
What's your favourite 'dancing around the kitchen' tune?
Wow that's a tough one, it's always changing but normally something funky, jazzy yet chilled. Much like the tunes we always have on in the Roo's Beach Coffee Shop. If I'm not listening to music, I'll be listening to pod casts about cooking.
Last question - we have a lot of visitors who bring their dogs to the shop, what's your favourite breed?
We certainly do, I must have seen all the breeds under the sun working here. But for me, my favourite has to be a Jack Russell. I had one as a child and I find them so funny, full of character and I'd love one again for all the fantastic walks we have on our doorstep.
Make Our Most Popular Muffin - The Yogi Muffin -
By Claire / @nakedbakingmama
Claire - "These muffins are a great dairy-free treat and energy booster at any time of day. Perfect for breakfast with slow-releasing oats and no refined sugar, or with a coffee or an afternoon cuppa. Named 'Yogi Muffins' as I bake and serve these to my yogis after a class with herbal tea."
Wet Ingredients100ml Sunflower or Rapeseed Oil
250ml Almond Milk (or your choice of milk substitute)
1 large egg (or 2 small)
- 100g dried fruit, 50g desiccated coconut, 20g Milled Flaxseed, Mixed seeds.
- 2 Grated Carrots, Orange Rind, Juice from half an orange, ground or stem ginger.
- Mashed banana with chocolate chips, peanut butter or chopped pecans.
- Blue berries, raspberries, blackberries or sour cherries. Or a mix of both.
Roo's Half Term Recommended Read - Where The Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens
Roo - "When I go on holiday, I always message a few friends and my cousin who I know are keen readers, and ask them for their top recommendations. All of them told me that this was THE best book they’ve read in years, so I knew it was a winner. I honestly think it’s right up there in my top three books I’ve ever read!"
Set in the swamp-lands of North Carolina between 1952 and 1970, this story follows the early years of Kya Clark, a remarkable girl who, between the ages of six and 25, grows up alone in a shack after being abandoned by her family. Her extraordinary life, resilience and survival are just captivating. The story is interwoven with coming-of-age romance, friendship, kindness and extreme hardship, with the suspense of a murder all interwoven in a beautifully written, heartwarming and never predictable plot.
"Unbelievably this is Delia Owens' first novel and I’m excited to discover that a film is now in the making. I couldn’t put it down and read it within two days! Along with every member of my family, I implore you to read it, I loved it so much I’m going to read it again as there’s so much to take in, I’ve already forgotten so much of the detail!"