Tagged: baking

Cheat Almond Pastries

These simple pastries are shamelessly inspired by Jésuite Amandes, a triangular puff pastry filled with frangipane, that’s shaped like a Jesuit three-cornered hat. I devoured a number of them on a recent brief trip to France for a friend’s wedding. These Cheat Almond Pastries are not Jésuite Amandes. I’ve...

Queen of Puddings

I have a vintage and very British pudding for you today! It’s a great recipe to use up stale bread and will certainly solicit curiosity in your friends. I learnt how to make it as a child, my mum was a rather pudding orientated person and...

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chunky Chocolate Muffins

 An absolutely delicious muffin for you this week! It is a bit of a cheaty post because I’m out in a beautiful pip of France at a wedding, having a wonderful time without any time to bake, other than myself in the glorious sunshine of...

Spiced Rice Pudding with Roasted Rhubarb

Ah rice pudding. Creamy and nurturing, it fills your heart with comforting warmth. I had roasted some rhubarb to top the individual pavlovas and had plenty to spare, it soon dawned on me that it would go rather marvellously with some rice pudding. I’ve been...

Gooseberry Meringue Roulade

Gooseberries in a colander, now that’s summer. A yearly ritual of childhood when we were sent down the garden to the veg patch to pick the goosegogs. We’d wander back up the path with colanders heavy with fruity jewels and our forearms scratched and scraped from the...

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cupcakes

This is a super old post from February 2012. It somehow didn’t make it across the migration from the old blog to this so I’ve simply cut and pasted it onto a fresh post.  I spend far too much time on Pinterest. It has absorbed...

Individual Rhubarb Pavlovas

Clouds of meringue topped with velvety fresh cream and roasted rhubarb freshly harvested from the garden, these individual rhubarb pavlovas are luscious and summery. We timed our return to the UK perfectly, the weather has been wonderful these last couple of weeks, of which much...

Chocolate and Pistachio Biscotti

  I’m on a bit of a pistachio fling at the moment, throwing them in everything. I just adore their sweet jade loveliness. I whipped up a quick, and small batch of these biscotti over the weekend. It was purely an exercise to use up...

Pistachio Loaf Cake with Salted Pistachio Praline

This would make a superb and easy festive cake, would you just look at the way that topping looks like jewel encrusted gold. I created a completely delicious salted pistachio brittle/praline to decorate my pistachio loaf and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results....

Raisin Bread Cake {Rosenkuchen}

In my attempts to clear through my baking ingredients, before the van goes into storage, I’ve revisited a favourite swiss recipe, rosenkuchen, this week. I discovered this yeasted cake while visiting Lauterbrunnen last winter. In the original recipe the sweet, heavenly soft bread was filled...

Cinder Toffee Cupcakes

How angelic do these buns look! I haven’t baked cupcakes for ages and I had a real hankering to make some over the last few days. We are in our final week of a four-week house sit in rural Lancashire, counting down to our winter...

Lincolnshire Plum Bread {my version of}

One of the pleasures of travel is discovering local foods that aren’t necessarily well-known outside of the area. More often than not, savoury dishes are meat based so I miss out on those, but many places have regional breads, cakes and baked goods too. When...

Lemon and Poppy Seed Madeleines

These glossy little morsels are sharp and zesty with lemon and have a little crunch from the poppy seeds, they look so pretty and dainty. They still have that wonderful butteriness of regular madeleines, I just can’t get enough of it! As with my other...

Baking {out of my comfort zone} at Malham Show

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to experience new, exciting things. I received a tweet a fortnight ago asking if I would like to do a baking demonstration at one of the agricultural shows up in North Yorkshire. I was staying...

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Blueberry Compote

Do you remember the Strawberries and Cream Meringue Cake post from a few weeks ago? Well brace yourself, there’s now a chocolate version! Take some brownie-esque batter and top it with a cocoa meringue, bake it in two sandwich pans then fill it with some...