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Mini Orange Gibassiers…

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…. are just delicious!

Do you remember the Gibassiers I made last year after Aldeburgh Food Festival, when I had them at Pump Street Bakery? I only make these in the wintry months, they don’t feel right in the summer, with all the berries around there are lots of other things to make, [… More …]

Osso Buco and a Risotto Milanese….

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….cos practice makes perfect.

I’m not sure.. did I mention that I am going to be one of the judges in the Essential Cuisine Risotto competition on Facebook and Twitter? And that means that I will be cooking the finalist risotti along with fellow judges Jeremy from Essential Cuisine, and fellow blogger Jenny from [… More …]

A Hufflepuff of Brioche

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I am very happily experimenting with yeast baking. I love the slowness, and the sheer life of yeast dough. It comes alive under your hands, it is wonderful stuff.

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Mostly, I have [… More …]

The Dark Side…. Sourdough Scalded Rye Bread

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I am very fond of rye bread. Both light rye, as you get in delis in NY and in French boulangeries, and also the darker Eastern European style of rye bread, deep in flavour with malt and caraway.

I discovered a rather excellent bakery in Westfield at Stratford, Karaway. They produce breads from Russia [… More …]

Proper Right Royal Elizabeth Sponges with Jam and Buttercream…

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In this year of the Queen’s Diamond anniversary of her coronation, I am thinking that I shall rename these modern Victoria Sandwiches as Elizabeth Sponges. Only one year to go to match Victoria’s reign, and my money is on her keeping on to make Elizabeth our longest reigning monarch of all time.

So, as [… More …]

Drunken Scones and Sober Madeleines

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The grandson came to tea after the Spurs match on Sunday, out of the blue, so I needed something really quick to put on the table. I haven’t made scones for a long time, and thought they would be rather tasty with some of Vickie Humber’s delicious apricot jam. And maybe a little plate [… More …]

Puffy Flat Breads

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I wanted some lunch. I had some left over home made soup.

But that meant I wanted some bread. Oh dear. No bread yet, the sponge was still setting.

I looked at the sponge, sitting there all fluffy and bubbly. I looked at the frying pan sitting there all black and empty.

I [… More …]

Malteser Cakes for Easter

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Did you see the little sponge cakes I made for my mum for Mother’s Day? I thought a variation on that theme would be nice for Easter. I meant to get some little eggs for the nests. And some flakes. But guess what… I didn’t. Oops.

But I did have plenty of chocolate in [… More …]

Perfect Little Cakes for Mother’s Day

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These little Victoria Sponge cakes are perfect for coffee with your Mum on Sunday, just the right size for a bite or three.

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I wanted to try out my new loose bottomed [… More …]

Sharp Little Clouds – Lime and Brandy Syllabubs

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I had an urge for desserts again yesterday. A lovely light creamy squishy dessert, as against a good wintry stodgy pudding.

Normally I would have a Proper Pudding this time of year, and keep the squishy desserts for summer, but I think it was Carol’s request for a recipe for the Black Forest Cherry [… More …]