Category Archive: baking

The “Easier Than it Looks” Birthday Cake

It’s only on special occasions that I bake big cakes here. I was asked to bake a special cake for my Mother-in-Law’s 60th birthday. The original brief was a sugarpaste creation, but time limitations didn’t allow this, then I remembered the cake that Lorraine Pascale made in her first series of Baking Made Easy. You …

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Cheese & Onion Fougasse

Saturdays have become Soup Saturday here. Most weekends, even through the depths of a rather wet winter, Hubs has been working outside on building the pizza oven. This means lunches have to be quick, warm and grabbed when ever the time is convenient. Also soup means the labourers can spend as little time as possible …

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The last minute Christmas holly wreath cake

December has been a busy one for me. Along with my classes I’ve also been the guest speaker at various WIs. Unsurprisingly WI ladies love their food demonstrations especially festive food demos. The first one I did in November was savoury Christmas canapes (think mini beef & yorkshire puds, turkey curry bites, bruchetta), and the …

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How to make lollipop biscuits

I have a bit of a confession, I made these back in June and intended on blogging them. I photographed the process of making the biscuit, iced them, but forgot to photo the icing bit. I ummed and ahhed about if I should blog them then thought, pah. It’s a baking technique that you can …

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Vampire Spider Cupcakes

Earlier today I stumbled across a photo I did for a kids’ workshop last half term and decided I had to share. Looking back at all my other Halloween bakes over the years there seems to be a prevalence of creepy crawlies, I have an affinity to them and arachnids are far nicer than severed …

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Spinach, Feta and Polenta Crust Tartlets

We love a good quiche tart. Even though father-in-law claims to be on a carb-free diet he often requests my cheese and bacon tart.  When there are only 2 of us at home a full sized tart can be a bit tempting. Yes a 1/6 is a better portion, but a 1/4 is far more likely to …

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Beginner’s guide to bread making

I love baking bread, I find it really rather therapeutic. Some have even suggested recently that baking can make you happier. When I find the time I always try to bake us bread, however it does have its downsides. There is nothing more delicious in this world than bread fresh from the oven and slathered …

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